May 11, 1997: Deep Blue

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(Pictured: Garry Kasparov makes a move against computer opponent Deep Blue.)

May 11, 1997, was a Sunday.  It is Mother’s Day. Rain is forecast for the Northeast and Midwest, but the southern United States and Pacific Coast are mostly dry. Headlines on the Sunday papers include an earthquake in Iran that killed 2,000 people; more legal wrangling over the Whitewater real estate scandal involving Bill and Hillary Clinton; the agreement between NBC and the cast of Seinfeld to continue the top-rated show; and the ongoing match between Russian world chess champion Garry Kasparov and IBM’s Deep Blue supercomputer, which is tied going into today’s final match. Today, Deep Blue wins.

At Radio Shack, you can get a new IBM Aptiva home computer with 3.1GB of memory, 16MB of RAM, a fast 33.6Kbps modem with fax, and a 166Mhz Pentium processor for $1999. If you’re in the market for a car, the Cherry Burrell Employees Credit Union of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is offering a 7.4 percent/60-month auto loan for 1996 or 1997 models, with higher rates and shorter terms for older models.

In the NBA, the Chicago Bulls, going for their fifth title in seven years, take a 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series with an 89-80 win over the Hawks in Atlanta. Also today, the New York Knicks go up 2-1 on Miami with a 77-73 win. In the Western Conference semifinals, the Houston Rockets beat the Seattle SuperSonics 110-106 in overtime and lead 3-1. The other Western semifinal has the day off; the Utah Jazz lead the Los Angeles Lakers three games to one. Game five is tomorrow night in Salt Lake City. In the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, three series are decided today: the New York Rangers, Philadelphia, and Edmonton join Detroit in the conference finals. The Red Wings swept their semifinal series over Anaheim last week; game two of the series went 91 seconds into the third overtime before the Red Wings won it, five hours and 40 minutes after the game began. In Major League Baseball, the best record belongs to the Atlanta Braves, who beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-2 today.

Two new movies top the box office this weekend: The Fifth Element, a science-fiction thriller starring Bruce Willis, and Father’s Day, a comedy starring Robin Williams and Billy Crystal. Other top movies include Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion. On TV tonight, CBS wins the night with part 1 of The Last Don, a miniseries based on the novel by Godfather author Mario Puzo, which stars Danny Aiello and Joe Mantegna. ABC airs the first episode of its own novel-based miniseries tonight, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. NBC Sunday Night at the Movies presents the theatrical release Timecop. Fox presents its regular Sunday-night lineup, which includes The Simpsons, King of the Hill, and The X-Files. Shows on the WB tonight include The Parent ‘Hood, The Steve Harvey Show, and The Jamie Foxx Show.

On this week’s Billboard Hot 100, “Hypnotize” by Notorious B. I. G. is #1 again this week, two months after Biggie’s death in a drive-by shooting. “You Were Meant for Me” by Jewel is #2. “Mmm Bop” by Hanson makes a big leap to #6 from #16. “Wannabe,” the first hit by the Spice Girls, is down to #10 from #6. Only three songs are new in the Top 40 this week: “G.H.E.T.T.O.U.T” by Changing Faces makes its Hot 100 debut at #28; “Don’t Wanna Be a Player” by Joe is at #34, and “Bitch” by Meredith Brooks debuts in the 40 at #37. Michael Jackson’s new song, “Blood on the Dance Floor,” makes its Hot 100 debut at #42. The #1 spot on the Billboard 200 album chart belongs to Share My World by Mary J. Blige. The #1 adult contemporary song is “For the First Time” by Kenny Loggins; #1 country is “One Night at a Time” by George Strait.

Perspective From the Present: I finished my teacher-ed program at the University of Iowa during the previous week, although I would take one additional course during the summer while hunting for a job. The lone offer I received was from a Catholic school in Illinois where I would have made as much money as I did on my last radio job. A couple of weeks later, I was offered a job by an educational publishing firm, which I took. I regret, a little bit, that I never taught beyond my student-teacher semester to see if I could do it without a net. But going into publishing was the right choice, and I’ve never regretted that.

April 18, 1972: A Cowboy’s Work Is Never Done

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(Pictured: Apollo 16 commander John Young burns rubber on the moon in April 1972.)

April 18, 1972, is a Tuesday. The weather is pleasant across most of the country. In the Midwest, high temperatures reach into the 70s, well above normal. Apollo 16 is on its way to the moon after launch on Sunday afternoon. John Young and Charlie Duke are expected to become the ninth and 10th humans to walk on the moon after touchdown on Thursday night. The Command Module pilot is Ken Mattingly, who famously missed the Apollo 13 disaster two years ago after being grounded for exposure to the measles. On Earth, President Nixon orders a halt in the massive bombing campaign currently underway against Hanoi and Haiphong, which has been intended to force the North Vietnamese back to the negotiating table. The two-week assault is the most extensive in three years; in its wake, college campuses have erupted again. Today students at the University of Maryland are teargassed; protesters at Stanford break windows. About 100 campuses plan student strikes for Friday. Other headlines include the massive recall of every 1972 Ford Torino and Mercury Montego, an estimated 436,000 vehicles, to repair faulty rear axles.

Tonight, the Los Angeles Lakers take a 3-2 lead in the NBA Western Conference Finals with a 115-90 win over the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar leads all scorers with 28; Wilt Chamberlain grabs 26 rebounds for the Lakers. The New York Knicks and Boston Celtics will resume the Eastern finals tomorrow night in Boston. The Knicks lead that series 2-0. (The Lakers will win the series in Milwaukee on Saturday and beat the Knicks in the Finals.) Major League Baseball’s season was delayed by a 13-day players’ strike, which was settled last Thursday. Games began on Saturday. All 24 teams are in action today. The Montreal Expos are the National League’s only unbeaten team at 3-and-0 after a 7-2 win over the New York Mets. The American League’s lone unbeaten is the Detroit Tigers, now 2-and-0 after a 5-3 win at Baltimore. Also in the AL, the Chicago White Sox get their first win, 14-0 over the Texas Rangers, the former Washington Senators now playing in Arlington, Texas. It’s the first nighttime home opener in White Sox history, and it’s over early: in the bottom of the first, the first five Sox batters get to Rangers starter Bill Gogolewski for three hits, a walk, and a home run by Carlos May.

On TV tonight, NBC airs an hour of highlights from Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings into the bombing of Haiphong, sandwiched by Double Jeopardy, a detective story starring Lauren Bacall and Zsa Zsa Gabor (originally aired as an episode of Bob Hope Chrysler Theater in 1965) and an episode of James Garner as Nichols. CBS airs a news special called What’s New at School? that examines the differences between a traditional New York City elementary classroom and a more informal “open classroom” in North Dakota. It’s followed by episodes of Hawaii Five-O and Cannon. ABC airs an episode of The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau and the TV movie The Birdmen before its live broadcast of the Lakers/Bucks game.

Accompanied by an entourage of over 100 people, Elvis Presley plays San Antonio. Procol Harum plays Milwaukee. Creedence Clearwater Revival plays Jacksonville, Florida, with opening acts Tony Joe White and Tower of Power. Detroit, led by Mitch Ryder, plays the first of two shows scheduled for tonight in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; the second is cancelled after a fire breaks out in the theater. A local radio station convinces Ryder to stay in town and play an outdoor show tomorrow night.

Michael Jackson’s “Rockin’ Robin” is the #1 song in Cash Box this week, knocking “A Horse With No Name” by America to #3 after three weeks at the top. “First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” by Roberta Flack, jumps to #2. (It’s currently #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.) Three songs are new in the Top 10: “Betcha By Golly Wow” by the Stylistics, “A Cowboy’s Work Is Never Done” by Sonny and Cher, and “Day Dreaming” by Aretha Franklin. The hottest record on the Cash Box Top 40 is “Look What You Done for Me” by Al Green, up from #38 to #18.

In Wisconsin, nature is waking up after the long winter. It’s possible that on this warm day, windows of one particular farmhouse are open and laundry is hung on the line for the first time this year. It is difficult for one particular sixth-grader to sit in a classroom on such a lovely day, but he has already learned a lesson about obligations that will still resonate 50 years from now: cowboys are not the only ones whose work is never done.

March 14, 1992: Come As You Are

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(Pictured: Jerry Brown makes a point on the campaign trail in 1992.)

March 14, 1992, was a Saturday. Snow falls in the Great Lakes states and in New England; locations in New York State set low temperature records. Headlines in the papers today include the shutdown of Pravda, the Soviet Communist Party newspaper, which has run out of operating funds in post-Soviet Russia, although the shutdown proves to be temporary. Senate Democrats have narrowly passed a $57 billion middle-class tax cut that will be paid for by tax increases on the nation’s richest 800,000 citizens. No Republican voted for it; four Democrats voted against. President Bush has vowed to veto it. Over 350 current and former members of the House of Representatives have written bad checks on the House Bank; one Minnesota congressman bounced nearly $120,000 worth. An Associated Press feature running in papers around the country this weekend discusses the growing support for presidential candidate Jerry Brown among organized labor. Brown hopes to slow Bill Clinton, who won several Super Tuesday primaries earlier this week. Brown says that Clinton represents “everything that stinks about the American political process.” A spokesperson for candidate Paul Tsongas says “Jerry Brown has this incredible talent for sucking votes away from the front-runner. I think that helps us.” Former TV evangelist Tammy Faye Bakker has been granted a divorce from her husband Jim, who is current in jail on a federal fraud and conspiracy conviction. The Red Cross says that the death toll in an earthquake that struck Turkey on Friday may reach 4,000.

In college basketball, conference tournaments are held in advance of NCAA tournament selections tomorrow. In the SEC tournament, Kentucky beats LSU 80-74; LSU is without center Shaquille O’Neal, who served a mandatory one-game suspension after being ejected during a fight in yesterday’s win over Tennessee. Seven games are played in the NBA tonight; the defending champion Chicago Bulls have a league-best record of 53-and-12 after beating Orlando 112-96.

Texas Stadium in suburban Dallas is the site of Farm Aid V. The massive show features Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Paul Simon, John Mellencamp, Bonnie Raitt, Joe Walsh, Nick Lowe, and a host of other rock, pop, and country performers. Metallica plays Miami, Phish plays New York City, Rush plays New Haven, Connecticut, Tesla plays Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and a heavy-metal show in Germany featuring a number of bands espousing pro-Nazi themes attracts a crowd of 1,000.

On TV, NBC wins the night with its lineup of The Golden Girls, The Powers That Be (starring John Forsythe as a United States senator with a wacky family and staff), Empty Nest, the Empty Nest spinoff The Nurses, and Bob Hope and Other Young Comedians. CBS presents two hours of the Ice Capades and an episode of The Boys of Twilight, a western starring Richard Farnsworth and Wilford Brimley. It will be canceled after next week’s broadcast. ABC starts with the animated sitcom Capitol Critters, followed by Who’s the Boss, Perfect Strangers, Growing Pains, and The Commish. Fox airs two episodes of Cops and World’s Greatest Stunts III. Later, John Goodman hosts Saturday Night Live with musical guest Garth Brooks, whose album Ropin’ the Wind is currently #1 on the Billboard 200.

In the current edition of Radio and Records, Michael Jackson tops the CHR and Urban Contemporary charts with “Remember the Time.” “Save the Best for Last” by Vanessa Williams is #2 CHR, #4 Urban Contemporary, and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart. On the AOR Tracks chart, Bruce Springsteen’s “Human Touch” debuts at #1, just ahead of “Come As You Are” by Nirvana. “Human Touch” debuts on the CHR and Adult Contemporary charts as well, and this weekend, Shadoe Stevens plays it as a “sneak peek” on American Top 40. The Radio and Records New Rock chart is led by U2’s album Achtung Baby. That album’s lead track, “One,” is new on the AOR Tracks and CHR charts.

Perspective From the Present: I spent nearly four years in the early 90s at an AM-FM combo in small-town Iowa. The spring of 1992 was the approximate midpoint of those years, and things were pretty good; we were operating out of a remodeled main studio and the work we had put into reviving a moribund operation over the last two years was paying off. I did not often go to work on Saturdays unless I had to do a remote broadcast from a sponsor; whether I did on this day I do not know.

At this point in my life, I assumed I would work in radio forever. Turns out I was right, sort of.

February 15, 2003: All I Have

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(Pictured: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, on the right, with co-stars Colin Farrell and Michael Clarke Duncan at the Los Angeles premiere of Daredevil.)

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February 15, 2003, was a Saturday. Around the world, protests are held in over 60 countries against the United States’ imminent attack on Iraq. The BBC reports between six and 10 million people participated. Strong storms strike the southeast, with four tornadoes and several reports of wind damage in Mississippi. Obituaries in the newspapers this weekend include those for Walt Rostow, former Kennedy advisor, age 86; jockey Johnny Longden, 96; Holiday Inn founder Kemmons Wilson, 90; and Dolly, the cloned sheep, 6.

Four games are played in the NBA. The Dallas Mavericks extend their league-best record to 40-and-12 with a 98-92 win over last-place Miami. In the NHL, the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-1. The first fight of the game breaks out 2:42 into the first period. A brawl in the second period results in four fighting majors, two game misconducts, and a total of 56 penalty minutes. Moe White, who played four games for the Montreal Canadiens during the 1945-46 season, dies at age 83. In Wisconsin, the state wrestling tournament series begins with regional matches. Yesterday, the University of Wisconsin named football coach Barry Alvarez as athletic director, to take over when current AD Pat Richter retires next year.

On TV tonight, ABC repeats Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown and the theatrical movie Notting Hill. On CBS, Touched by an Angel is followed by The District (a police drama starring Craig T. Nelson, which is the most-watched show of the night) and The Agency. NBC presents Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU, and Law and Order: Criminal Intent. Fox airs two episodes of Cops and one America’s Most Wanted. Later, Jennifer Garner hosts Saturday Night Live with musical guest Beck. Garner stars in the weekend’s top movie, Daredevil, co-starring Ben Affleck.

Bob Dylan plays Perth, Australia, and Tracy Chapman plays in Switzerland. In Las Vegas, Phish plays the Thomas and Mack Center while Whitesnake brings its 25th anniversary tour to the Mandalay Bay Events Center with the Scorpions and Dokken. Santana opens a two-night stand in suburban Dallas. The Pretenders play Chicago. On the new Billboard Hot 100, the #1 song again this week is “All I Have” by Jennifer Lopez with LL Cool J. “Mesmerize” by Ja Rule with Ashanti is #2. “Landslide,” a cover of the Fleetwood Mac song by the Dixie Chicks holds at #9 in its 22nd week on the Hot 100, and it goes to #1 on Billboard‘s Adult Contemporary chart. The Chicks also take over the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 album chart with Home. The highest-debuting new song on the Hot 100 is “Excuse Me Miss” by Jay-Z at #53.

Perspective From the Present: On this day, I covered the state wrestling regionals in Wisconsin as a freelance radio broadcaster; I had the gig from the mid-90s through 2009, covering the regional, sectional, and state meets. The day after, February 16, we visited my parents. That night, in my journal, I wrote:

Mother and Dad have been cleaning out the attic and upstairs, and they want us to take back the possessions that are ours. Mother took me upstairs to show all the loot to me, and it was like every Christmas morning of the 1960s and 1970s come back again—toys and games I loved, my first record player and tape recorder, and other things about which I had completely forgotten. For a few minutes, it was as if my whole childhood was rushing back.

I miss it so—I miss being wrapped up in the warm embrace of family, with my parents worrying about the world so I didn’t have to, we kids safe in the knowledge that nothing too bad could ever happen to us. An endless string of clear spring mornings, hothouse summer nights, crisp autumn afternoons, and winters warmed by the the golden light of the house and barn. It wasn’t always really that way, of course. Bad things could happen, and we feared them. We were not always happy and did not always love each other. But it was also absolutely true. We were protected, and I know now that both of my parents would have given up anything for us, even died for us if it were necessary. And the light was real.

… It’s back to work tomorrow, back to the grind, where little seems real and even less seems meaningful. I think I’ll remember this weekend for a while, more than most.


January 31, 1946: Peacetime

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(Pictured: R&B pioneer Louis Jordan, in the center with the saxophone, 1944.)

January 31, 1946, was a Thursday. Steelworkers continue their nationwide strike, which began on January 19. About 750,000 men are off the job, idling 1200 steel plants in 30 states. It’s estimated that a million workers are currently striking various industries across the country, including electrical workers and meat packers who went on strike this month, and members of the United Auto Workers, who have been out since last November. Critics say the job actions are slowing the nation’s reconversion from wartime to peacetime production. Today, an open letter from United States Steel president Benjamin F. Fairless to Harry Truman appears in newspapers across the country, shooting down Truman’s proposal that the company grant a raise of 18-and-a-half cents per hour. Also in the papers today are obituaries and retrospectives discussing the career of Harry Hopkins, one of the architects of the New Deal, a former Secretary of Commerce, and a close advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Second World War. Hopkins, who had battled stomach cancer and other health problems for several years, died on Tuesday at the age of 55. Local newspapers are crowded with stories about the comings and goings of local soldiers and sailors. In one Illinois town, a young woman proposes to her beau tonight; they will be married tomorrow, one day before he ships out for six more months in the Navy.

After FDR died last April, a bill was introduced in Congress to honor him on a coin. Today, the first Roosevelt dimes go into circulation, on what would have been his 64th birthday. They replace the Mercury dime, which had been minted since 1916. Also today, the People’s Republic of Yugoslavia is officially established; it is under the control of a Communist party headed by Marshal Josip Broz Tito. Tito led the Yugoslavian resistance against the Axis Powers during the war. Today is the last day of the Victory Clothing Collection for Overseas Relief, which has already distributed clothes, shoes, and bedding to 25 million people in war-torn areas of Europe and Asia. Future musician Terry Kath is born.

In Murray, Kentucky, patrons of the Varsity Theater can see Marjorie Reynolds, Fred Brady, and Jinx Falkenburg in Meet Me on Broadway tonight and tomorrow; Boris Karloff in Isle of the Dead on Saturday; Fallen Angel with Alice Faye, Dana Andrews, and Linda Darnell on Sunday and Monday; The Dolly Sisters with Betty Grable and June Haver Tuesday and Wednesday; and A Close Call for Boston Blackie next Thursday.

The current edition of The Billboard contains television reviews discussing recent evenings of programming on W6XAO in Hollywood and WBKB in Chicago. The Billboard also contains reviews of nightclub, Broadway, and vaudeville shows, and an extensive section of stories and display ads devoted to the traveling show and arcade trades. There’s also a Veterans Re-Employment Service, with free listings for honorably discharged musicians seeking work.

The Billboard‘s Honor Roll of Hits lists the 15 most popular songs of the week by title only. The top song is “Symphony,” currently heard in popular versions by Freddy Martin, Benny Goodman, Jo Stafford, and Bing Crosby. Songs With Greatest Radio Audiences is based on logs from network stations in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. “Aren’t You Glad You’re You,” from the currently popular movie The Bells of St. Mary’s, tops that list; popular recordings of the song are available by Crosby, Tommy Dorsey, the Pied Pipers, and Les Brown. Records Most-Played on the Air are those most heard on record shows, as reported by local disc jockeys around the country. The chart is led by Vaughn Monroe’s “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” The top jukebox record is “I Can’t Begin to Tell You,” also by Crosby, featured in the movie The Dolly Sisters. On the chart of Most-Played Juke Box Race Records, Louis Jordan appears twice, with the #1 song, “Buzz Me,” and “Don’t Worry ‘Bout That Mule.”

Perspective From the Present: The wave of strikes began shortly after VJ Day and would reach a peak by the summer of 1946. Also at a peak: Bing Crosby, whose domination of the record charts and the movie box office (and the radio ratings, as star of Kraft Music Hall) was unmatched by anyone, then or since.

This post is by reader request. If there’s a date you’d like to get the ODIYL treatment, get in touch. Also: a new Sidepiece went out this morning. Check your spam filter. Also also: I’ll have a few words about Howard Hesseman tomorrow or Wednesday. 

January 28, 1972: Family Affair

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(Pictured: “Sir, what would it take for me to put you and your good lady wife into this Gremlin today?”)

We’re having a One Day in Your Life mini-blitz here. This is a new post, and there will be another one by reader request on Monday. There might be more next week if I don’t find the bandwidth to write about anything else.

January 28, 1972, is a Friday. It is extremely cold across much of the nation’s midsection. High temperatures yesterday were in the single digits in Wisconsin and Minnesota and fell well below zero early this morning. More single-digit cold is expected today. Recently, Democratic presidential candidates have been criticizing the Nixon Administration’s Vietnam policy. Today, newspapers report the administration’s response, which is to call such criticism “irrational.” Tonight, at a White House gala, a member of the Ray Conniff Singers pulls a “stop the war” banner from her dress and confronts Nixon over “the bombing of human beings, animals, and vegetation.” After voluntarily leaving the ballroom, she is questioned by Nixon aides and sent home. An Associated Press feature story profiles New York representative Shirley Chisholm, who became the first black woman in Congress in 1969, and who is planning a run for president.

Future Supreme Court justice Amy Coney Barrett is born. In Madison, Wisconsin, Goben Motors will sell you a new 1972 AMC Gremlin for $1999, and give you an official size-and-weight basketball with any AMC test drive, while supplies last. Two different TV dealers advertise 25-inch RCA console color TVs priced from $499. At TV Clinic, you can get an RCA portable radio for $3.99, including a free battery.

Two University of Minnesota basketball players have been suspended after a bench-clearing brawl during their game against Ohio State on Tuesday night. Yesterday, the Chicago Bears hired Abe Gibron as head coach, replacing the recently fired Jim Dooley. Sports fans (and everyone else) can stock up for the weekend at Leske’s Liquor Locker, where cases of Budweiser, Pabst, Hamms, and Schlitz are $3.99 in returnable bottles, plus tax and deposit. Friday night fish fry specials abound at Madison-area restaurants: at the Sterling House, all-you-can-eat ocean perch is $1.25; at Lombardino’s, the fish special costs $1.75. A choice T-bone at Tony Frank’s North is $3.95. Movies playing in Madison theaters this weekend include Dirty Harry, Straw Dogs, Sometimes a Great Notion, The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight, Star-Spangled Girl (“a patriotic, chaotic comedy” starring Sandy Duncan), and The Butterfly, which is rated X.

During the day today, CBS and ABC present a number of prime-time reruns: The Lucy Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, Family Affair, Gomer Pyle USMC, Bewitched, and That Girl. Tonight, CBS starts with David Janssen in O’Hara: US Treasury, followed by the made-for-TV horror movie She Waits, which stars Patty Duke as a murdered woman whose spirit possesses her husband’s new wife. Last up is an episode of The Don Rickles Show, a sitcom in which the comedian plays an advertising executive with problems at work and at home. NBC presents Sanford and Son and an extended episode of its news magazine Chronolog. ABC airs The Brady Bunch, The Partridge Family, Room 222, The Odd Couple, and Love American Style. Country star Lynn Anderson, who made the pop Top 10 with “Rose Garden” a year ago, plays the Dane County Memorial Coliseum in Madison tonight with Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass and Johnny Paycheck and the Cashiers; Sonny and Cher will play the Coliseum on Sunday night with special guest Steve Martin. Tickets are available for both shows at $3.50, $4.50, and $5.50.

At KMFB in Mendocino, California, Don McLean’s “American Pie” is the #1 song. (It also tops the Billboard Hot 100 in this week.) “Friends With You” by John Denver, “Joy” by Apollo 100, Carly Simon’s “Anticipation,” and Nilsson’s “Without You” round out the top five. Former Hot 100s #1 “Brand New Key” by Melanie and “Family Affair” by Sly and the Family Stone are at #7 and #14 respectively. “It’s One of Those Nights” by the Partridge Family is at #6 and David Cassidy’s “Cherish” is at #13.

Perspective From the Present: On this day, I was in the sixth grade, bundled up against the weather. Shirley Chisholm ended up receiving 152 delegate votes at the Democratic convention that summer, even though the party organization had not permitted her to participate in candidate debates. In current dollars, that new Gremlin would cost over $13,000. That console TV at $499 is equivalent to nearly $3,300 2022 dollars, and a $5.50 concert ticket would be $36. A $1.75 restaurant dinner is equivalent to about $12. In Madison, Goben Motors and Lombardino’s are still in business today, and the Dane County Coliseum hosts the occasional concert.