1970s

Tom Laughlin: The Renegade Who Challenged Hollywood and Won

Posted on 12/19/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyAction flicks of the 1970s featured an army of  two-fisted tough guys with hard stares and gritted teeth, who angrily defied the establishment and did things their own way, especially if that entailed acts of violence at frequent intervals. But none was angrier, more defiant or more willing to kick butt and take names than Billy Jack, the protagonist of a trio of films by actor-director-producer Tom Laughlin. Laughlin, who died on Dec. 12 at age 82 in Thousand Oaks, …

Remember ‘O-o-h Child’ by the Five Stairsteps?

Posted on 05/30/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyClarence Burke Jr., who died on May 26 at age 64 in Marietta, Ga., was the lead singer, guitar player, sometime songwriter, and choreographer of the Five Stairsteps, four brothers and a sister from Chicago who got their name because their mother said that when the siblings stood together, they looked like stairs. While the Five Stairsteps achieved an impressive string of R&B hits in the 1960s and 1970s, their shining moment was “O-o-h Child,” a 1970 single that became their …

To My Dad: Memories of the 8-Track

Posted on 06/14/2012 by | Technology | Comments

TechnologyIn late 1970, my Dad brought home a new car–a cobalt blue Chevy Caprice Classic with an 8-track tape deck installed under the dashboard. That tape deck, in that car, was my springboard to my technology adventures. As soon as I got my drivers’ license in early 1971, I got behind the wheel of that bright blue baby, and cruised my neighborhood, with tape recorded music playing inside this car.  Most of my friends had only heard of eight track …

Levon Helm Passes

Posted on 04/19/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentLevon Helm, drummer for The Band, has passed, aged 71. We’ll be watching The Last Waltz tonight. Did you ever see Helm or The Band in concert?