Thursday, July 17, 2014

Observations — 1973, Vietnam, Nixon Over, Moving On

A ceasefire was agreed to in Vietnam. U.S. bombing of Cambodia ended. Egypt and Syria attacked Israel.  Arab terrorists cause chaos in Athens, killed three.  Chile’s Allende was overthrown in favor of Pinochet. Richard Nixon began his series of Watergate admissions.  Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned under threat of criminal indictment. Technology leading to MRI technology was developed. Sears Tower was completed. Roe v. Wade was decided. Reggae emerged as a musical force. Billie Jean King won at Wimbledon. Foreman knocked out Frazier. Willie Mays hit 660th and final home run.  O. J. Simpson was the first to rush 2,000 yards in one season. Rocky Horror Picture Show opened on Broadway.  Equus opened in London. Eudora Welty received the Pulitzer Prize for The Optimist’s  Daughter. The Mystery Writers of America gave its top honor to Warren Kiefer for The Lingala Code.  We also read The Hollow Hills by Mary Stewart, Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut, Billion Dollar Sure Thing by Paul Erdman, World Without End by Jimmy Breslin, The Honorary Consul by Graham Greene, Once Is Not Enough by Jacqueline Susanne and The Salamander by Morris L. West. The Academy Award for best film went to The Godfather.  Also on the big screen in1973 were: The Poseidon Adventure, Deliverance, The Getaway, Live and Let Live, Paper Moon, Last Tango in Paris, Sound of Music, Jesus Christ Superstar and American Graffiti. We listened to “Tie A Yellow Ribbon” by Dawn, “You Are The Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder, “You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon, ‘Superstition” by Stevie Wonder, “Crocodile” by Elton John, and Killing Me Softly” by Roberta Flack.  Born this year were Jim Parsons, Seth McFarlane, Neil Patrick Harris and Pharrell Williams.  Died: J. R. R. Tolkien, John Ford, Vaughn Monroe, Picasso, Noel Coward, LBJ, Veronica Lake, Wally Cox, Lawrence Harvey, Lex Barker, Jim Croce, Betty Grable, Pearl S. Buck, W. H. Auden, Bruce Lee, and Edward G. Robinson. If you were around, what were you doing during this year of the water ox?

1 comment:

Bill Crider said...

Not a bad year. I still like the music, though the cars were kind of ugly. Sure was glad to see the end of that war.