Tag Archives: 1970s

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The dog gets billing with Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, and Jackie Gleason. That there is the sign of fine cinema.

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In 1979, the Ku Klux Klan murdered members of the American Communist Workers Party at a rally in a North Carolina small town. Police looked the other way.

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In 1979, a group of labor organizers protested outside a Ku Klux Klan screening of the 1915 white supremacist film, The Birth of a Nation. Nelson Johnson and Signe Waller-Foxworth remember shouting at armed Klansmen and burning a confederate flag, until eventually police forced the KKK inside and the standoff ended without violence. The labor organizers felt they’d won a small victory, and planned a much bigger anti-Klan demonstration in Greensboro, North Carolina. They advertised with the slogan: “Death to the Klan” and set the date for November 3rd, 1979.

As protestors assembled, a caravan of nine cars appeared, and a man in a pick-up truck yelled: “You asked for the Klan! Now you’ve got them!” Thirty-nine shots were fired in eighty-eight seconds, and five protestors were killed. The city of Greensboro is still grappling with the complicated legacy of that day.

Donny & Marie Osmond sing Steely Dan’s “Reelin’ in the Years” on their 1978 TV variety show.

“Reelin’ in the Years” is a fine song, but it really needed Vegas showgirl ice-dancers wearing giant bunny tails, to make it complete.

Via Boing Boing and reddit.com….

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Opening credits for the 70s kiddie show “Ark II,” about a high-tech RV that roams the Earth bringing science to the natives after an environmental apocalypse.

The crew of the vehicle includes a chimp. Because chimps are cool.

Mentioned on a recent Back To Work podcast.