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This Week In History, June 19-25, 1978

Greetings from Asheville, where they say that the altitude affects attitude; hopefully for the better.  Here, there’s always good music on the turntable, in the CD, or on the MP3.  It’s break time from the album reviews to take a look back at this week in 1978.


Today was a Monday and it was this day that saw the debut of a new cartoon strip, Garfield. Also, today, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas began it’s stage run.  A couple of births of note, actress Zoe Saldana and Dallas Mavericks superstar, Dirk Nowitzki.


Tragedy in the Greek town of Thessaloniki, as forty-five were confirmed dead in an earthquake.  Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was still expressing optimism for peace with Israel.  And bad news for Chrysler, as Car And Driver magazine is critical of the steering on new Dodge Omni’s and Plymouth Horizons.


Eight are killed when the Soviet Union shot down two of four Iranian military helicopters that had strayed into the USSR.  The Supreme Court also rejected an attempt by Zenith (remember them?) to force the federal government to impose higher tariffs on Japanese products.


The Equal Rights Amendment continued to struggle as the Illinois House voted 105 to 71 against it.  A couple of births of note for sports fans; ten-time NFL pro bowler Champ Bailey and two-time Indianapolis 500 champion, Dan Wheldon.


It’s Friday night, pretty much into the rerun season on television. A look at the Big 3 that night sees ABC with “Donnie & Marie” and  “ABC Friday Night Movie”.  Over  at NBC, it was “The Rockford Files” and “Quincy M. E.”, while “Chico And The Man” was finishing it’s network run.  As for CBS, there was “The New Adventures Of Wonder Woman” and “The Incredible Hulk”.


Yemen President Ahmad al-Ghashimi was assassinated.  Meanwhile, in a speech in Beaumont, Texas, President Carter was expressing his determination to stop inflation.  At the ballparks, Chicago; Boston; Kansas City; Cleveland; Detroit; Milwaukee; and Texas were winners in the American League, while in the National League, Los Angeles; San Francisco; Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; San Diego; and Montreal were the winners.


Chicago Cubs fans can likely tell you that Aramis Ramirez was born today.  NASCAR was off, but USAC’s Indy cars were in Pocono, as Al Unser held off Johnny Rutherford and Tom Sneva to win the Shaefer 500.


Has it really been that long since these were on the big screen?

Grease, Damien-Omen 2, The Bad News Bears Go To Japan, Jaws 2, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Saturday Night Fever, The End, Harper Valley P. T. A.


Willie Nelson had the hot album as “Stardust” was dusting everyone else, sales-wise.  Tune to your favorite Country station, you would have heard “I’ll Be True To You” by the Oak Ridge Boys; Emmylou Harris’ “Two More Bottles Of Wine”; “Only One Love In My Life” from Ronnie Milsap; “It Only Hurts For A Little While” from Margo Smith; and Mel Tillis’ “I Believe In You”.


The “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack was the  top album, while the top forty stations were spinning Andy Gibbs’ “Shadow Dancing”; John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John with “You’re The One That I Want”; as well as The Rolling Stones’ “Miss You”.


You could pick up a Snuggies doll from Ideal Toys for $12.  Painting?  Sherwin-Williams latex wall paint could be had for $8 a gallon.  How about fresh ground beef for $1.25 a pound or 3 ears of sweet corn for 45 cents?  Remember when J. C. Penney’s sold tires?  Their own brand could be had for $30 a tire in a 78-14 size.  On the other hand, if you wanted a name brand, you could have grabbed some Michelins at $40 a tire.

Remember this 1978 commercial with Pete Rose and Don Knotts?

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