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May 24, 2009

A Look Back at a True Summer Blockbuster…

Filed under: Movies — Tags: — blasterhappy @ 6:18 am

I know this is not car related but….with all of the hype with summer blockbuster movies I would like to reflect back to a movie that totally became my world growing up.  I can remember like it was yesterday, me at 7 years old sitting in a dark theater waiting for the most anticipated movie of the 70s.  To me no other movie has really ever lived up to it’s hype like this one.

I love the fact that my son loves this movie as much as I do and has the  same excitement as I did at his age.

On May 25, 1977 the world was treated to an adventure like no other…

Yeah I can remember $2.50 ($1.75 Matinee) got you in and you could stay there all day long and watch the movie as many times as you wanted.  I also remember Mom buying popcorn and a coke for me and never touching it until we left.  I don’t even think I blinked through the whole movie.  That kind of excitement is unmatched these days.  Great memories of a great time in my childhood.

Here is what else was going on that day…

On Wednesday, May 25, 1977 — the day “Star Wars” opened — a gallon of gas cost about 64 cents, the minimum wage was $2.30 an hour and Elvis Presley, who turned 42 that year, had less than three months to live. Here’s a glance at other highlights of the year: It was the year three pioneer personal computers hit the market. Radio Shack had the TRS-80, Commodore offered the PET (Personal Electronics Transactor) and Steven Jobs and Steven Wozniak introduced their Apple II computer, the first to come with a color monitor. The basic unit had 4K expandable RAM. (That’s kilobytes, not megabytes). The popularity of disco music continued in 1977, but a few days before the “Star Wars” premiere Stevie Wonder’s tribute to Duke Ellington, “Sir Duke,” began a three-week run as the nation’s number one song. The biggest hit of the year was Debbie Boone’s “You Light Up My Life,” which remained atop Billboard magazine’s pop music chart for 10 weeks. May 25 also brought a continued slide on the Dow Jones industrial average. It dropped to 903.23 as investors worried about inflation and Mideast tension. (The Dow lost 165 points that year). The average price of a movie ticket in 1977 was about $2.25. Tea became more popular after coffee shot up to $5/pound. Unemployment held at 7 percent.

1 Comment »

  1. OHH This is good for me. Thank ^_^ I really do appreciate your time on putting this up

    Comment by brokerage — June 2, 2009 @ 8:41 pm


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