Wednesday, August 31, 2011

That 70s Surf

One of my Facebook friends, Sally, was surprised when she saw my picture for the first time the other day. I'm much younger than she thought, born in 1966, the same year Sesame Street was conceived. Three years later, when Sesame Street first aired I was watching. Cookie Monster was my hero. Decades later, I still dissolve into laughter when I see this scene with Kermit and Cookie Monster.

Watching Sesame Street made me think of William Wegman, whose work first started to gain attention in the 70s. I've met Bill, his sister, Pam, and some of the dogs that were maybe the third generation of Wegman Weimaraners. I met Batty, Chundo, Crooky, and Chip. My parents met some of the other dogs, and Mom goes to the same church as Pam in the summer. This short video from 1972 is one of Wegman's earlier works. Cracks me up every time.

Lost in a 70s surf, I drift between Alka Seltzer commercials and Schoolhouse Rock, from Hong Kong Phooey to The Brady Bunch, and beyond. Lately, I've even been looking at the quilts and textiles of that crazy decade. I don't know if I'd want to relive the 70s, but the memories are interesting and amusing. Most of all, the 70s were my formative years.

Born in the 60s, grew up in the 70s, reached adulthood in the 80s. Explains a lot about me, doesn't it, Sally?


  1. The concensus is 'the sixties' really was at it's peak in the early 70s so you've just scraped in....

  2. So...basically...I was aware of what was going on just in time to experience the hangover...


  3. Hooray for 1966, a great year to be born.

  4. I never realized how type "A" Kermit the frog was.

  5. Thank you for a trip down memory lane!!!
    I love the one about I am a Bill~ I remember that every Saturday during cartoons! ♥♥♥

    1. And "Conjunction Junction"...and when Fat Albert was over and Soul Train was coming on (WNEW-NY, I think), it was time to get up and do something or else Mom would give me a really hard time!