An incomplete synopsis of 1973, my comments in italics.

A ceasefire was signed January 28 ending American involvement in Viet Nam. And the civilian killing began as Charlie ran roughshod over the void left by our cut and run politicians. Sound familiar?

Egyptian and Syrian forces attack Israel on their holy day Yom Kippur. Few things change.

OPEC hikes oil prices in retaliation for American support of Israel. Gas prices tripled from 33 cents a gallon to over a dollar. And y’all thought it was Exxon’s and George Bush’s fault.

US Supreme court rules on Roe v. Wade. So begins the slaughter of millions of Americans at the hands of doctors and Moms paid for by my taxes.

Median household income was $10,512, unemployment was at 4.9%, and a first class stamp was 8 cents.

Miami won the super bowl, Oakland defeated the Mets in the World Series, Montreal took the Stanley Cup, and Billy Jean King triumphed over Evert in tennis. If you had to ask “what sport” you weren’t around.

Marlon Brando refused his Best Actor Oscar for The Godfather, also the best picture.

Popular movies included American Graffiti, The Exorcist, The Sting, and The Last Tango in Paris. My parents were sure we were going to hell in a handbasket but they hadn’t seen nothin’ yet. They didn’t even see these.

Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) is designed. I don’t see Algore’s name anywhere.

Pearl S. Buck, LBJ, Betty Grable, and Pablo Picasso died. Pearl wrote books, Lyndon Baines Johnson is a viable suspect in the JFK assassination and cover-up, Betty Grable was a WWII swimsuit pin-up girl and insured her legs through Lloyds of London for an unheard of sum of $1 million.  Picasso painted very expensive art that makes you frown, bend sideways and squint.

The Nobel Peace prize in literature went to Eudora Welty for The Optimist’ Daughter. Maybe I was a little too preoccupied with getting married ’cause that fact hasn’t crossed my mind ……. once?

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack took the Grammy, album of the year went to The Concert For Bangla Desh, and the state of Wisconsin donated our Miss America. Other popular music included I Shot the Sheriff, Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree (over and over and over and over) Killing Me Softly, Bad Bad Leroy Brown, You Are the Sunshine of My Life, and Midnight Train to Georgia.

Ernst Otto Fischer (W. Germany) and Geoffry Wilkinson (UK) were awarded the Nobel in Science for their work that could solve the problem of automobile exhaust pollution. Shortly thereafter they were captured by OPEC and have been in a dungeon to this day.

Watergate became a synonym for scandal but in reality, spying on the opposition during a campaign was the norm, not the exception. Nixon just got caught. (2020: that was the boy scouts compared to the FISA debacle.)

Vice President Spiro Agnew resigns under pressure pleading no contest to charges of income tax evasion, the same charge that managed to put Al Capone behind bars. If I remember correctly, Agnew went on the lecture circuit and became a consultant.

Catholics and Protestants were at each others throats in Ireland. Not good Christian examples.

The U.S. space station Skylab 1 was launched, National Cash Register (NCR) launched the first ATMs, the FDA recalls diet drugs containing amphetamines (dang!), the Church of Scientology is declared a cult (no duh), and J.R.R.Tolkien of Lord of the Rings fame, died in Bournmouth, Hampshire at age 81. Bruce Lee cashed out at age 32.


On Saturday, May 26, at 6:30 pm in Cameron, Illinois, Stanley Harold Brock and Jane Marie Murphy were married in the middle of a thunderstorm complete with a tornado watch and two power outages during the solo. And I thought my candles wouldn’t show. Side note: Jaimie Swick, ring bearer, was sporting a swollen lip from a baseball strike.

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