F is for Forty

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I turn 40 this year. On the one hand, it’s not a big deal, on the other it’s a little hard to believe.

I thought I’d take a quick look back to ’74 and then to the year I graduated high school, 1993.

1974

World Series Champions: Oakland Athletics

Average cost of a new house: $34,900.00

Movies:
· The Sting
· The Exorcist
· Papillon
· Herbie Rides Again
· Blazing Saddles
· The Great Gatsby
· Serpico
· Death Wish
· The Godfather, Part II (I’ve seen this and the one below)
· Murder on the Orient Express

On TV: (I think I’ve seen all of these except Chico and the Man, thanks to reruns.))
1. All in the Family (CBS)
2. Sanford and Son (NBC)
3. Chico and the Man (NBC)
4. The Jeffersons (CBS)
5. M*A*S*H (CBS)
6. Rhoda (CBS)
7. Good Times (CBS)
8. The Waltons (CBS)
9. Maude (CBS)
10. Hawaii Five-O (CBS)

Music:
1. The Way We Were – Memories, Barbra Streisand
2. Seasons In the Sun, Terry Jacks
3. Love’s Theme, Love Unlimited Orchestra
4. Come and Get Your Love, Redbone
5. Dancing Machine, The Jackson 5 (Funny that Michael Jackson shows up on this list and in the news in ’93)
6. The Loco-Motion, Grand Funk Railroad
7. T.S.O.P. (The Sound of Philadelphia), MFSB
8. The Streak, Ray Stevens
9. Bennie and the Jets, Elton John
10. One Hell of a Woman, Mac Davis

In the news:
Richard Nixon resigned.
Patty Hearst was kidnapped.

1993

World Series Champions: Toronto Blue Jays

Average cost of a new house: $113,200

Movies (I’ve seen some of these but not all)
· Jurassic Park (Saw this one again in 3D last year – it’s still good.)
· Mrs. Doubtfire
· The Fugitive
· The Firm
· Sleepless in Seattle
· Indecent Proposal
· In the Line of Fire
· The Pelican Brief
· Schindler’s List
· Cliffhanger
· Philadelpha
· Robin Hood: Men in Tights

On TV: (I don’t know what Thunder Alley was, but we watched all the rest, except 60 Minutes. We still don’t watch it.)
1. 60 Minutes (CBS)
2. Home Improvement (ABC)
3. Seinfeld (NBC)
4. Roseanne (ABC)
5. Grace Under Fire (ABC)
6. Coach (ABC)
7. Frasier (NBC)
8. Murphy Brown (CBS)
9. Murder, She Wrote (CBS)
10. Thunder Alley (ABC)

Music:
1. I Will Always Love You, Whitney Houston (She also made this list in ’99, the year we got married)
2. Whoomp! (There It Is), Tag Team
3. (I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You, UB40
4. That’s the Way Love Goes, Janet Jackson
5. Freak Me, Silk
6. Weak, SWV
7. If I Ever Fall In Love, Shai
8. Dreamlover, Mariah Carey
9. Rump Shaker, Wreckx-N-Effect
10. Informer, Snow

In the news:
Michael Jackson was alleged to have engaged in sexual activities with a teenage boy.
Brandon Lee died on the set of The Crow.

21 Comments

  1. I remember 1974 well. My boyfriend and I went to the drive in with my brother and his girlfriend to see The Exorcist. I loved all those tv shows in 1974. My favorite was Hawaii 5-0, and I’m loving the remake too!

    I watched all those shows in 1993, but my favorite was Grace Under Fire. (I liked, and still do, 60 Minutes).

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