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Vincent Price hiding in a cave

Yesterday, I watched a Mod Squad marathon on MeTV. Well, actually it wasn’t really a marathon. Only 4 episodes.

Anyway, it was the first time that I had watched it since it’s original run. OMG, you were alive then? Ummmm, yes.
I had forgotten how catatonic the show was. Everybody was pretty wooden whenever they said their lines. Like they were on quaaludes or something.

There was an episode yesterday with Vincent Price. His character was hiding in a cave. I was like, “Didn’t you do that same thing on The Brady Bunch“? You know, when you tied up the Brady Boys and demanded to know where they got the tiki idol.


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Dear Diary: It’s my birthday. 56 is the new…I don’t know what

Well, it’s here. My birthday. 56. I have nothing big planned. Still being here is plan enough.

I suppose that I could have had a Sweet 16 + 40 party. That might have been fun. Or not.

I was born on a Friday and today is Friday. According to that Monday’s Child fortune-telling nursery rhyme song, Friday’s Child is ‘loving and giving’. I suppose that could be true. On some days anyway. I really feel sorry for those Wednesday’s Child people. They are full of woe. Nice way to set someone up for success.

It’s also Hart Hanson’s birthday. Same day and year. He is the creator of the Bones tv show. It’s like we’re twins. Only he’s a famous television producer and I’m not.


ugh. Another birthday.

And let’s not forget Mick Jagger. He turns 70 today. That’s really impressive. To go through all of that rock star stuff and still be here and performing.

Let’s not forget Dorothy Hamill. She turns 57 today. She won the Olympic Gold in figure skating in 1976. Tomorrow is Peggy Fleming’s birthday. She won the gold medal in 1968. Hmmm…that’s weird. I think I’ll go check out the birthday’s of the other U.S. female gold winners in figure skating.

…a few minutes later.

Tenley Albright, the ’56 champion. Born July 18. Another winner born in July.
Kristi Yamaguchi, the ’92 champion. Born July 12. Yet another winner born in July. Strange!

Oh wait. Carol Heiss, Tara Lipinski and Sarah Hughes screwed it up. Tara is June 10. Well, that’s kinda close. Carol Heiss, the ’60 winner is Jan. 20. Sarah Hughes, the 2002 winner is May 2.

Oh well, there goes that theory.

Let’s see. Who else was born today.

George Clinton, the 4th vice president of the U.S. Well, if I can’t have a presidential birthday, then I guess a vice president will have to do. Although, sharing a birthday with Funkadelic George Clinton would have been much cooler.

George Bernard Shaw. That’s cool. Nobel Prize laureate.

Carl Jung. A Swiss psychiatrist.

George Grosz. German Painter. I love Grosz. His stuff is cool.

Aldous Huxley. The guy who wrote Brave New World. He died on Nov. 22, 1963. The exact same day as JFK. I’m pretty sure that it wasn’t by a stray bullet though. C.S. Lewis also died on that day too. Of course, their deaths were kind of overlooked.

Vivian Vance. AKA Ethel Mertz

Blake Edwards and Jason Robards. Both born in 1922. One a director and the other an actor.

Stanley Kubrick. Another director.

Joe Jackson. Father of Michael and the rest of the Jackson clan.

Dobie Gray and Mary Jo Kopechne. Both born in 1940. Dobie was a singer/songwriter. He did that song Drift Away. It was a big hit in ’73. Mary Jo was that girl who died in Ted Kennedy’s car at Chappaquiddick.

Bobby Hebb, Darlene Love and Brenton Wood. All born in 1941. All famous American singers.

Helen Mirren (1945) and Sandra Bullock (1964). Both academy award-winning actresses. At one time, they were both up for the award at the same time. Interesting.

Kevin Spacey. He’s cool.

There are more, but yeah, I’m over listing them.

As far as events go, Carlos Castillo Armas, dictator of Guatemala, was assassinated on the day I was born.

Things sure that changed a lot since the day I was born. They have color tv now. How remarkable. Who’da thought. The Viet Nam war is over. Eisenhower isn’t president anymore (how time flies). We went to the moon like 6 times (allegedly). We played golf on the moon (allegedly). There was a thing called Women’s Lib. Ladies marched and burned their bras. There was the Civil Rights movement. There was disco (I turned 21 at the height of the disco era. That was fun).
slinkyThere was the slinky (which I could never get to go down the stairs like in the commercials), Silly Putty (that got me grounded because I was always ripping the newspaper when I was trying to copy the comics on it) and the Rubik’s Cube (which I could never solve).
There were assassinations. JFK. RFK. MLK.
There was the thing called Y2K. That was a weird time.
Oh no, all of the computers are going to shut down and there will be chaos. We should stock up on water and guns.
Oh wait, we fixed it. Never mind.
There was 9/11. It was a Tuesday. I was in Blimpy’s Sandwich shop when I found out. I immediately ran home and started recording all of the news coverage on vcr tapes. I later recorded over them with Magnum pi episodes. So much for preserving history.

Three no. 1 Disco songs of 1974

TSOP by MFSB and Three Degrees

MFSB (Mother Father Sister Brother)(or for those in the know Mother Fuckin’ Son of a Bitch) was a pool of more than thirty studio musicians based at Philadelphia’s famed Sigma Sound Studios.
They were very influential in helping establish the disco sound.
TSOP was used as the Soul Train theme song. It went to number one on the Billboard charts during the weeks of April 20th and 27th in 1974.

Love’s Theme by Love Unlimited Orchestra

The Love Unlimited Orchestra was a 40 piece orchestra formed by Barry White. It went to no. 1 the week of Feb. 9 in 1974.
This song is one of the most fabulous pieces of instrumental pop ever written.

Kung Fu Fighting by Carl Douglas

This is a song written and performed by Jamaican Carl Douglas. It went to no. 1 the weeks of Dec. 7th and 14th in 1974. It is considered a one-hit wonder.

Dear Diary: Chandler Rocks, Ulysses is really Hiram and Carol is a twit

OMG. Jump up and down and do cartwheels. It’s Raymond Chandler’s birthday. Homeboy died in 1959. I got to share the earth with him for 20 months.

Chandler wrote some of the best lines in the history of fiction. At least I think so.

There is no trap so deadly as the trap you set for yourself.
=The Long Goodbye

That’s so true. Nobody can sabotage your life more that yourself.

Dead men are heavier than broken hearts.
-The Big Sleep

So true. It is a hell of a lot easier to get over a broken heart than it is to get over being dead. It’s also easier to HELP someone get over a broken heart than it is to help someone get over being dead.

To say goodbye is to die a little
-The Long Goodbye

IKR. Relevant and true.

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You’ve Made Me So Very Happy – Blood, Sweat & Tears

You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” is a song written by Brenda Holloway, Patrice Holloway, Frank Wilson and Berry Gordy, and was released first as a single in 1967 by Holloway on the Tamla label. The song was later a huge hit for jazz-rock band Blood, Sweat & Tears in 1969.

Never Been to Spain – Three Dog Night

Blood Red and Goin’ Down – Tanya Tucker

This is my favorite Tanya Tucker song.

Rating the No. 1 Songs of 1973

In 1973 I was in the 10th grade. I listened to the radio a lot. And I bought quite a few records. We didn’t have itunes or mp3 players. Music wasn’t as accessible as it is today.

Billboard Hot 100 no. 1 singles of 1973

You’re so Vain by Carly Simon
No. 1 the weeks of Jan. 6, 13 and 20.

The big question was ‘Who was she singing about?’. Years later I heard that it was Hugh Hefner. That made sense to me. Then I heard it was Warren Beatty. It seemed to me that Hugh Hefner was the one most likely to fly to Nova Scotia to see the total eclipse of the sun. Or wear an apricot scarf.
Did I have the record? Yes

My rating: ***

Superstition by Stevie Wonder
No. 1 the week of Jan. 27

This song was on the radio all of the time. I wasn’t a big fan then. I like it better now. We played it in band when I was in college.
Did I have the record? No

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Heart – Magic Man

Magic Man” is a hit rock song released in 1976 by American hard rock band Heart. It was issued as the second single from the band’s debut album Dreamboat Annie. Written by Ann and Nancy Wilson, the song is sung from the viewpoint of a young girl who is being seduced by an older man (referred to as a Magic Man), much to the chagrin of her mother, who calls and begs the girl to come home.