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Larry Celebrates A Milestone Birthday

Birthday Cake
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February 26th, 1978. Was that really 35 years ago? Wow. I don’t feel old or any older for that matter. Just feels like another number to me. I still goof off and play like a little kid, and that couldn’t drive my wife up a wall faster than anything.

So what went on in 1978? According to, here’s a short list of things in the late 70’s:

President: Jimmy Carter
Vice President: Walter Mondale
Median Household Income: $15,064
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.15

The music we were listening to was Poco, Eagles, Loggins and Messina, James Taylor, Souther, Hillman and Furay Band, Steely Dan, Hall and Oates, along with the Doobie Brothers.

From the Billboard Top 100
1. Shadow Dancing – Andy Gibb
2. Night Fever – Bee Gees
3. You Light Up My Life – Debby Boone
4. Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees
5. Kiss You All Over – Exile

There was no cable television, home computer, or cell phone. There were also no CD players or CD’s. The Walkman was the latest innovation.

On the Television
For Children: Schoolhouse Rock
Daytime Talk: Donahue
Comedy: All in the Family

Cast of Saturday Night Live: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Garrett Morris, Jane Curtin, Laraine Newman, Bill Murray, and Don Novello with the Paul Shaffer Orchestra.

At the Theater: The Deer Hunter, Midnight Express, Heaven Can Wait, Coming Home

In Sports: Muhammad Ali beat Leon Spinks for the world heavyweight boxing title. Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds had his 3000th major league hit.

The comic strip character, Garfield, first appeared. He’s my favorite cartoon character, I’ve been drawing him since I was 7.

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