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In 1976, A Pony Was Born



In 1976 (the year you were born)


Gerald Ford is president of the US


The US celebrates its bicentennial, marking the 200th anniversary of its independence


The Viking II sets down on Mars' Utopia Plains


Promising, "I will never lie to you," Jimmy Carter is elected president of the United States


Israeli commandos rescue hostages from Entebbe, Uganda


The Concorde begins flights from New York to Europe


George W. Bush is arrested and fined for driving under the influence of alcohol


Cray-1, the first commercially developed supercomputer, is invented by Seymour Cray


Freddie Prinze Jr., Reese Witherspoon, Colin Farrell, 50 Cent, Fred Savage, and Shannon Elizabeth are born


Cincinnati Reds win the World Series


Pittsburgh Steelers win Superbowl X


Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup


Rocky is the top grossing film


Filming begins on George Lucas' Star Wars


The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins is published


The Eagles Their Greatest Hits compilation becomes the first album in history to be certified platinum


"Tonight's The Night" by Rod Stewart spends the most time at the top of the US chart


Charlie's Angels and The Muppet Show premiere



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In fact, I was born the very day that Viking II landed. I am inordinately proud of this fact.

I did not realize that I am as old as "The Muppet Show." That was one of my favorite things when I was around six or seven, was to sit up at 8:00 on Saturday nights with my mom and my dad. We'd all cuddle together and watch "The Muppet Show" on Channel 8. I saw a few old episodes on DVD recently, and I'm beginning to realize just how many of those jokes went right over my head. Of course, that's the genius of "The Muppet Show," that a six-year-old and her thirty-five-year-old parents can all get age-appropriate humor out of it.

It's time to play the music
It's time to light the lights. . .

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dawtheminstrel
May. 3rd, 2005 01:55 am (UTC)
Oh god, I'm old. The things that happened in the year you were born are NOT things I would have to look up.
frenchpony
May. 3rd, 2005 04:26 am (UTC)
Then you must have been around and conscious to witness gold and puke green kitchen appliances, polyester leisure suits, and that horrible dark wood paneling back when it wasn't retro. All things that I'm glad I either missed or don't remember (although I've got an original 1970s Harvest Gold refrigerator in my otherwise modern kitchen right now; it still runs, and the landlady said they had a hard time replacing refrigerators in the building, so they keep them until they die). Do you have any idea what possessed people to purchase such hideous things?
dawtheminstrel
May. 3rd, 2005 10:43 am (UTC)
Some day, you'll look at pictures of yourself, blink at the clothes, and say, "What was I thinking?" There is no answer.
frenchpony
May. 3rd, 2005 03:36 pm (UTC)
I guess. I do that now sometimes, but I can attribute that to having been a generally messed-up, ugly-duckling adolescent.
saadiira
May. 3rd, 2005 02:56 pm (UTC)
No, no I do not know what posessed them. I do, however, remember it all quite well.

I was eight that year. I went to the fireworks display for the bicentennial in New York City, with my parents.

I collected Bi-centennial quarters.

I really didn't like Rocky, but it was a CRAZE on the school bus. So was Charley's Angels. My father didn't want me to see it, but I got to occasionally anyway. lol.

-Dira-
frenchpony
May. 3rd, 2005 03:34 pm (UTC)
I have heard much about the bicentennial, and I'm almost sorry I missed it. It must have been something to see. And, assuming I live to the tricentennial, I'll be a hundred years old and probably not in the best shape to appreciate it. But it'd be one major league birthday party, me turning 100 and the country turning 300.
saadiira
May. 4th, 2005 03:09 pm (UTC)
WOW. Heck yes!

I would be 108. I'm hoping, kinda. lol.

Who knows, if you're still sharp at 100, and there's a good chance with all the advances you will be, you may just get one HECK of a party!

It was pretty impressive. lol. Fireworks. I also have a bad memory attached, but mostly good. It was soo pretty.

-Dira-
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