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16 Photographs That Capture the Best and Worst of 1970s America

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A new exhibit at the National Archives highlights an interesting decade—one that gave rise to the environmental movement and some awkward fashion

Via Kenneth Weene
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Ah-h-h! The 70s...filled with Groovy Times: http://awakenings2012.blogspot.com/2012/05/groovy-70s.html

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, March 11, 2013 11:14 AM

For good or ill, I cannot help but share the way we were. So many memories.

Rosemary J. Adkins's curator insight, March 11, 2013 1:10 PM

Many memories good or bad can't change he fact that during these years so much was better.

mickipeluso's curator insight, March 13, 2013 4:29 PM

interesting story

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Awakenings: Say it for America

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"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word:

freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."

—Winston Churchill (1874–1965)

 
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Marilyn Armstrong's curator insight, January 15, 2013 8:49 AM

 

Poetry, quotation ... America as she could be and ought to be.

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Awakenings: The Kipfel

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January 30 is...National Croissant Day

 

Stories of the roll being made in the shape of the crescent of the Turkish flag, after the defeat of the Turks in the Siege of Vienna in 1683, are a perpetuated myth. The croissant is descendant of the Austrian kipfel, a crescent roll that was brought to Paris in 1938 or 1939 by August Zang, an Austrian military officer. The kipfel was ultimately interpreted into puff pastry by the French, where it achieved immortality as the croissant.

 

Any type of bread is enhanced when slathered with flavorful butter...to layer dough with butter has to be the epitome of buttery goodness! Croissants, at their height of goodness, are served warm with more butter and a touch of jam if you like the extra sweet taste. A sweet croissant might even have chocolate baked into the pastry. Of course, the croissant can also be savory or plain. A savory croissant might be filled with ham and cheese, or bacon and onions, just for starters.

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Check out the recipes for many varieties of croissants from classics to hybrids...eat and enjoy!

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Awakenings: Baseball IS America!

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This Day in History: January 29, 1936

Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet. Ah-h-h...the American Classics. At the top of the list is baseball, the story in the forefront for this day in America's history. After all baseball IS America or is it America IS baseball? Either way you view it, the focal point is the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Cooperstown...pure Americana. The spirit of Cooperstown ...  baseball! It is in Cooperstown, New York where one will find the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Awakenings: Blues Boom to Pop Rock

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Today in Music History: January 28

From blues to pop is not unusual. Transitions include shuffling of band members and experimentation with styles until sound emerges 'just right'. Despite multiple changes, the core is solid with some things remaining constant. The band in today's spotlight encountered three definitive lineups: the blues-oriented music of the late 60s, ethereal pop masterpieces of the mid-70s and a solid rhythm section from mid- to late 70s.
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Most bands endure numerous changes over the course of their careers but few groups do so with as much radical stylistic changes as Fleetwood Mac. In the 60s, the band was conceived as a hard-edged British blues combo. Gradually over the course of a decade, Fleetwood Mac evolved into a polished pop/rock act.

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Awakenings: NBPD

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January 28 is...

National Blueberry Pancake Day

 

Pancakes are terrific for breakfast...nutritious and you don't have to coax the kids into eating some! The addition of fruit makes them even more scrumptious. And, they are not just a breakfast food...prepare a plateful for brunch or maybe even a surprise 'breakfast supper'. Pancakes even make a great mid-day snack.

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When making homemade blueberry pancakes, do not stir the blueberries into the batter. Wash and pat dry the berries. Pour a ladle of batter onto the griddle and dot with a handful of berries. This protects the berries from bruising during the cooking process. After all, when done you want every flavor burst to count...in your mouth! Top with blueberry maple syrup and lemon zest for a little extra pizazz.

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Check out a few blueberry pancake variations and even a blueberry pancake dessert recipe!

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Awakenings: On this Day...a step back in time

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On this Day...a step back in time


History is filled with myth and mystery, fact and fiction. It is the foundation of who we are, from whence we came. Each step back in time brings forward the beginnings of so much that has made us what we are today. Wartime and peacetime have both left their marks. As for foundings and inventions, some come and go while others leave the imagination to wonder how people ever survived without them.

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Do you have a favorite memory of this day?

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Awakenings: Seemingly Unstoppable Career

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Today in Music History: January 26

Like so many recording artists before her, today's feature started out young and is moving up the ladder fast with a seemingly unstoppable career. What will be next? We'll just see what we'll see...or hear, in this case...won't we?

Welcome into the Spotlight...

 

Alicia Augello Cook, known professionally as . . . Alicia Keys: American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress
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2008 Alicia Keys was at No.1 on the US album chart with her third album As I Am. The album sold over 742,000 copies in its first week the largest ever first week sales for any female R&B artist.

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Awakenings: Nutty, Crunchy, Sweet & Salty

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January 26 is...National Peanut Brittle Day

 

Brittle dates back to ancient cultures where those with access to molasses, sugar or honey produced some form of it. By most accounts, this is probably the first candy ever made. The extra ingredient - peanuts - came much later making this nutty, crunchy, sweet and salty indulgence very popular. The exact origin of the first peanut brittle is uncertain. Southern roots support the most common story although some accounts take the story out of the south, in fact, out of the county altogether, to Celtic roots. There are even reports, as with so many recipes, it evolved as a result of a cook's mistake.

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When it comes to making homemade peanut brittle, much like divinity, it can be tricky to make. The atmosphere must be just right! One is advised NOT to attempt making brittle on a humid day. Another tip is to be sure you have FRESH baking soda!


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Awakenings: Inaugural Emmy Award

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The Emmy Awards are an award ceremony for television and is equivalent to the Grammy Awards for music. An Emmy win can make an actor’s career and prevent a show from being cancelled.

On this day, January 25, 1949, the Hollywood Athletic Club in Los Angeles holds the first Emmy Awards ceremony for television arts. The first person to win the Emmy Award was Shirley Dinsdale and her puppet Judy, a ventriloquist for the children’s show Judy Splinters.
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The success of the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles led to the development of East Coast Television in New York City. Both cities’ collaborative efforts established The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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Awakenings: Coffee with a Kick!

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It's a bit early for celebrating St. Patrick's Day, not too early to enjoy a coffee with a kick! After all winter IS in full swing and story has it that this coffee originated to warm chilled transatlantic travelers when the weather turned miserable. So, the sweet boozy, elixir should definitely hit the spot wherever cold, damp, windy weather is occurring!
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Perhaps you do not care for the Irish Coffee as a beverage and would prefer an Irish Coffee Pie instead or an Irish Coffee Cake or Irish Coffee Cupcakes or Irish Coffee Blondies or Irish Coffee Mousse!

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Awakenings: Oh, that Nutter Butter!

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January 24 is...National Peanut Butter Day

 

It has the consistency of butter, spreads like butter, adds flavor like butter, but this butter is the nutter butter since it is made from peanuts.

 

There is no denying people are passionate about their peanut butter: Creamy, Extra Creamy, Crunchy, Extra Crunchy, Sugar-free, Organic, Natural, etc. How do you like your peanut butter...in candy, cookies, cupcakes, a pie, as a sandwich? How about a PB cake? Have a creamy or nutty PB day with your favorite PB sandwich or any way you like it. Try creating a new recipe in celebration of National Peanut Butter Day...

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Enjoy a classic PB&J or even a fried PB&J, maybe go for a pie or other sweet PB treat... St. Louis Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie, Buckeye Blondies, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes , Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Cupcakes, PB&J cake recipes!

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Rosemary J. Adkins's curator insight, January 24, 12:38 AM

Imagine that-A national holiday for peanut butter- but what a fine thing to celebrate!

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Awakenings: A bird? a plane? a flying saucer?

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This Day in History: January 23, 1957

It's not a bird. It's not a plane. It is a disc, but not a flying saucer.

Alien? Only in the sense of being a strange new invention.

What is it? A pie tin! Well, it started out that way anyway. It is a Frisbie Pie's pie tin turned Frisbee's toy!

At least that is one story. For we all know there is often more than one story behind the story and more than one story to the original version.
There is always a history behind any invention and with that history frequently comes debate as to who invented it first. But one thing for sure, on this day...

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There has been discussion about the origin and evolution of the Frisbee but who is the most natural Frisbee player? In other words, who is as naturally talented as anyone when it comes to catching a Frisbee? This could just possibly be the ultimate Frisbee player! Watch the videos...they are insane!

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Awakenings: Pie! Pie! Pie!

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National Pie Day
where celebrating is as easy as 1-2-3 (1/23)!

 

What can possibly be better for celebrating National Pie Day than indulging in a slice - or two - of warm, delicious apple pie? Top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and yum! yum! After all, apple pie is one of the American Classics!
Of course, your pie indulgence does not have to be a sweet pie. When the Pilgrims made their voyage to the New World in the late 1600s, they arrived with English pie recipes for beef, lamb, duck, or pigeon. These are still a menu item in the 21st century along with the traditional chicken pot pie.
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Whether you prefer the sweet pie for dessert - apple, peach, cherry, flaky pear, anyfruit, coconut, anyberry, pumpkin, sweet potato, chocolate cream, peanut butter, pecan, key lime, yogurt or creamcheese based - OR desire a meat or seafood pie for the main course, bake your favorite pie recipe in honor of National Pie Day!

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Awakenings: Rock 'n Soul

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Today in Music History: January 30

The legendary 80s were amazing...the hair, the clothes and especially the music. Just awesome. New musical styles emerged as electronic instruments became mainstream amid the 80s Music Mania. It was during this time when a musical duo could do no wrong and the release of Rock 'n Soul became a snapshot of the duo at their finest.

Welcome into the Spotlight...
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Hall and Oates: Blending genres of soul, rock and pop to create a uniquely catchy brand of sound
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Awakenings: The Original American Idol

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Today in Music History: January 29

Popular talent show TV shows have been popular for decades (nearly 70 years). Many recording artists got their start on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts (first episode December, 1948) going on to be showcased on the already established Ed Sullivan Show. In the 21st century, shows such as America's Got Talent, The Voice, Britain's Got Talent, X-Factor and American Idol begin the list of Best Talent Show TV Shows. Do you have a favorite which you watch and vote? Did you watch the first American Idol episode?

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Kelly Brianne Clarkson: winner of the first season of American Idol

Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982) is an American singer and songwriter who rose to fame in 2002 after winning thefirst season of American Idol. She has since been established as "The Original American Idol." 

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Awakenings: Chipper Dipper!

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"What are chips without dip? What is dip without the chips? These two buddies go together like peas & carrots, Jack & Jill, sugar & spice,  macaroni & cheese...you get the picture!"

January 29 is...National Corn Chip Day

 

In 1932, C.E. Doolin bought a small business that manufactured corn chips and began to sell them from his Model T Ford in Texas. The most recognizable corn chip was born – the Frito. The Frito has become the #1 ever popular corn chip when it comes to snacks, parties and football. Speaking of the latter, coming up in a few days is Superbowl weekend, when the corn chips will rock 'n' roll...dance in, out & around the bowl!

 

 

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 At a party, do you often wonder how many people take a chip, dip it, bite it, & dip it again?  There is a way around such an uncouth chipper dipper...

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Awakenings: Love Continues

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On this day in 2013, Awakenings featured one of many love stories which have endured the pits of hell as a result of war. It is being posted again two years later as a reminder of the sacrifices being made every day by our military. Such pain is not endured by this one soldier only but by many of our military men and women. As for this story, many hurdles are yet to be crossed but through it all the love continues.

"When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won.There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall — think of it, always." - Mahatma Gandhi
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Why is Awakenings featuring a love story? The answer is clear: wounded warrior. This is not just about a warrior but about what happened when that warrior returned home a different man having lost ALL of his limbs. Can you imagine what that would be like...no hands, partial arms, no legs?

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Awakenings: Good Girl Gone Bad

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Today in Music History: January 27

Many of our top recording artists in the 21st century place as much focus on their appearance and performance as their singing. Apparently there is no limit. The one featured in today's spotlight is no exception.

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Rihanna: the youngest artist to score 12 number one singles in the US

As a teenager, Rihanna turned to singing as a release from her troubles at home. She left home in Barbados and signed with Def Jam records at age 16 and released her first album, which sold more than 2 million copies worldwide, in 2005.

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Awakenings: All for the love of CHOCOLATE!

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January 27 is...National Chocolate Cake Day

 

Hope you enjoy every bite of it...just don't forget to share!

 

Probably one of the greatest memories of childhood is eating chocolate cake! The ooeier, the gooier, the betterer! Ooey, gooey goodness just doesn't get any better than this! So round up the kids, head for the kitchen and Bake, Bake, Bake Away! Today is another day to Have your cake...& eat it too!!

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Today sheath cakes, layer cakes, cupcakes and maybe even a cheesecake should be on your menu but with one stipulation...the main ingredient is none other than chocolate...LOTS of chocolate!

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Awakenings: When a Dollar was Worth About a Dollar

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A quick post with thoughts on the economy back in the day vs. today...

Examine the picture paying particular attention to the decor, the furnishings, the dress, the intensiveness by which the sewing tasks are being done. Also, notice the gender and ages of the persons in the photograph. Examine the photo very closely before reading the caption that provides the 'true picture' of the picture. Time Period is the early 20th century when a dollar was worth about a dollar.

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Food for thought...

“Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten-dollar haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair.” — Sam Ewing
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Awakenings: Twin Souls

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Today in Music History: January 25

Twin souls are two souls coming together to be of benefit and service to humanity, usually by inspiring and leading others with the creative work they do together. This may be accomplished through books they write together, ideas that are sparked by both souls as a team, healing they bring together to others in need, the artistic and creative works they complete or perform together, etc. That which they accomplish together usually lives on, long after one or both have gone. Most often the twin souls are a male and female but this is not set in stone. The premise may manifest itself as brother and sister, such as in the twin souls in today’s spotlight.
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Richard & Karen Carpenter: a unique and inimitable sound brought a new dimension to the sound of popular music

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Awakenings: Are We There Yet?

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Since history is recorded to be revisited year after year after year the same can be said of blog postings. Questions posed in an earlier year can still be reflected upon a year(s) later, especially in relation to travel in the 21st century where "on the trail" so to speak is much different. Whether traveling by car, bus, train, boat or plane, one question inevitably pops up from at least one of the passengers on the trip..."Are we there yet?" If a kid is involved (maybe even more than one), the question more than likely arises multiple times to the point a headache consumes the listener's entire brain allowing one thought to find its way out, "SCREAM!"
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Do you suppose the children of the early pioneers questioned along the way "Are we there yet?" Every five minutes a repeat of the refrain, "Are we there yet?" An ever nagging, whiny "Are we there yet?",  "Are we there yet?", "Are we there yet?"

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Awakenings: The Gushy Dude

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Today in Music History: January 24

Eloquent reminiscences of the 40s, 50s and 60s will long be revered in the music collections of each decade. The stepping stones of music from year upon year past laid the path for the recording artists of the 21st century.

Welcome into the Spotlight...Bruno Mars

 

Bruno Mars began his success as a songwriter, writing songs for popular artists. He ranked as one of pop music's premier songwriters breaking out as a singer in his own right with the 2010 hit "Nothin' on You." Other popular songs by Mars include "Just the Way You Are" (2010) and "Locked Out of Heaven" (2012). Bruno Mars songs are very romantic. When asked if he worried about being characterized as too gushy he replied, "I have a romantic side, but if you come see a show, we're rocking out. But no, I don't mind being the gushy dude."

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Bruno Mars: American singer-songwriter from a behind-the-scenes composer into a pop performer. Bruno Mars has tallied his first five No. 1s faster than any male artist since Elvis Presley. The ascent also results in just the second No. 1 ever for a song featuring only piano and vocals.

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Awakenings: Tidbits of Music Trivia

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Tidbits of Music Trivia | A bit of extra music trivia...January 23, 1943 Duke Ellington, 1986 First annual induction ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,
2014 Justin Bieber arrested after racing his yellow Lamborghini against another sports car on a Miami Beach street

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Music trivia is always interesting. Some good, some not so good. No matter the situation the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...

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Awakenings: Supernatural

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Today in Music History: January 23

The '70s & '80s. If you are one who is Stuck in the 70s or feel you are a product of 80s Music Mania, then the spotlight for this day will bring on the memories! Of course, the trip down Memory Lane does not end with the 80s. This band had a terrific comeback at the turn of the century!

Welcome into the Spotlight...Santana

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On this day in 2000, Santana started a three week run at No.1 on the US album chart with Supernatural. The album, which went on to win eight Grammy awards, spent a total of nine weeks at No.1 during this year.

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Nothing like a lot of Nostalgia to make one feel so good.  The music of that time and further back was one you could understand and fits right back into todays' way of music. Great things never change!

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Awakenings: Laugh-In

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This Day in History: January 22, 1968

Unless your were brought up during the 60s & 70s you may not be familiar with "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In." I guess that is what makes history so intriguing. If you did not live it, at least you can learn about it, what an impact it had on society at the time and how it influenced the future.

Before looking at "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" debut on NBC TV let's see if you know any of the performers: How about Goldie Hawn? Perhaps Lillie Tomlin? Maybe Ruth Buzzi? or Rita Hayworth? Arte Johnson? Henry Gibson? Um-m-m-m-m? Jo Anne Worley? Alan Sues? Richard Dawson?

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Long live comedy for where would we be without laughter? Perhaps that is what is wrong with the world today...just not enough smiles amid belly laughs!
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