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Brainac Goes Back 40 Years in his Time Machine
Orange County Register ^

Posted on 05/10/2014 7:41:53 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Brainiac hopped in the time machine this week, set the dial for this week in April 1974 and traveled back 40 years to see what was happening in our fair towns back in the days of high inflation, the oil crisis and ’70s sitcoms both classic and cheesy.

Our time machine, of course, is the microfilm – it’s like Google before Google existed, kids! – of the Orange County Register, and what we found was a whole lot of ordinary. The big news of the day was pretty big indeed, we must acknowledge. “Patty Calls Dad, Boyfriend ‘Pigs,’” read the headline on just one of many stories about Patty Hearst, the kidnapped heiress-turned-terrorist Tania. “Impeach Agenda To Start May 7” declared the latest in a series of stories on the tumbling disgrace of the Richard Nixon presidency.

In the world of pop culture, a benchmark by which Brainiac has always tracked the passing of time, comedian Bud Abbott of Abbott and Costello fame died, as did Cordelia Knott – Mrs. Walter Knott, as the Register identified her in a front-page obituary.

“Serpico” was playing at the Hi-way 39 Drive-In in Westminster, while “American Graffiti” was at the Edwards Westbrook at Westminster Avenue and Brookhurst Street. One Garden Grove church advertised a special service themed around the horror film “The Exorcist,” promising to answer questions such as “Is there actually such a thing as demon possession today?” and “Is it safe to see the film?”

But the local news was very much just that.

Frederick Walter, a 14-year-old Garden Grove boy, got his Eagle Scout badge at a ceremony at First Presbyterian Church of Garden Grove, and you just know that a yellowed clipping of Fred in his Boy Scout uniform is glued into a scrapbook somewhere still today.

(Excerpt) Read more at ocregister.com ...


TOPICS: Education; History
KEYWORDS: 1974; pattyhearst

1 posted on 05/10/2014 7:41:53 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Wasn’t Brainiac from Krypton?

I recall reading somewhere that the Carl Zeiss company in Germany may have been the first purchaser of an early computer. Their lens designs required a tremendous amount of calculations.


2 posted on 05/10/2014 7:48:20 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: nickcarraway

I do remember living in 1974. Do you have some point?


3 posted on 05/10/2014 7:52:52 PM PDT by DManA
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To: nickcarraway

I do remember living in 1974. Do you have some point?


4 posted on 05/10/2014 7:52:53 PM PDT by DManA
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To: nickcarraway

Back when the Raiders actually were a good football team.


5 posted on 05/10/2014 7:57:32 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: DManA

I remember living a few years earlier than that.


6 posted on 05/10/2014 7:58:06 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek

You old fart.


7 posted on 05/10/2014 8:01:54 PM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

The song that topped the charts the day I was born is still one of the greatest. And a bit of an omen some might say.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgTSfJEf_jM


8 posted on 05/10/2014 8:04:55 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: yarddog

No, but Brainiac visited Krypton, shrunk down one of its cities and stuck it in a bottle. DC Comics lore has the character coming from a planet called “Colu”.


9 posted on 05/10/2014 8:08:22 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: cripplecreek

My first cousin became a moderately successful singer tho never famous. I once mentioned to him that another friend of mine learned “House of the Rising Sun” as his first song.

He replied that just about everybody played that song early in their career.


10 posted on 05/10/2014 8:10:43 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: yarddog

It’s pretty much the first song people try to play when they are learning how to play the guitar.


11 posted on 05/10/2014 8:12:44 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Olog-hai

When I was around 11, our local grocer who liked kids, would let me exchange comic books as long as I kept them mint. Superboy and Superman were my favorites. I would always fantasize about being able to fly.

I can recall the miniature city but not how it came to exist.


12 posted on 05/10/2014 8:13:26 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: cripplecreek

You were born in ‘74?

You got good instincts. I like you kid, You listen to me you’ll go far.


13 posted on 05/10/2014 8:13:43 PM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

64

Holy crap, I’m Pre Hippie!


14 posted on 05/10/2014 8:16:28 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: yarddog

Indeed. It’s origin may go back to England before 1600, and it has been regularly recorded since the 1930s. Roy Acuff is probably the first ‘pop music’ artist to record it. Even Andy Griffith has recorded it.


15 posted on 05/10/2014 8:19:30 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: yarddog

Its kind of funny. When the Animals were just starting out in Great Britain they went by the name “The Kansas City 5”.


16 posted on 05/10/2014 8:22:05 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek

I still got 10 years on ya. I’m beatnik contemporary.


17 posted on 05/10/2014 8:22:54 PM PDT by DManA
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To: cripplecreek

That was a great song, still one of my favorites almost 50 years after it was made.


18 posted on 05/10/2014 8:25:49 PM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: DManA

What I wouldn’t give to take the world back to 1964 on some ways. Things have really gone downhill over the past 50 years.


19 posted on 05/10/2014 8:25:59 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek

I know exactly what you mean. But we live here. We live now. And we have to do what we have to do.


20 posted on 05/10/2014 8:34:16 PM PDT by DManA
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To: yarddog

Brainiac’s debut had him coming to Earth and shrinking down cities (including Metropolis) in the same manner that the Kryptonian capital city (”Kandor”) was shrunken down. The character’s original intent for the cities was to use them somehow in restoring his home planet, of which he was ruler/despot.

Funny enough, Superman didn’t fly originally in the comics; he leaped great distances, similar to what the Hulk does. The original explanation for the leaping ability was due to Earth having a lower gravitational pull than Krypton; the principle kind of foreshadowed how astronauts were able to jump over eight feet on the moon even while encumbered with a spacesuit.


21 posted on 05/10/2014 8:34:25 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: nickcarraway

Microfilm. A real pain to research with.


22 posted on 05/10/2014 8:34:54 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: DManA
And we have to do what we have to do.

Enslave the masses and force them to build a time machine?
23 posted on 05/10/2014 8:36:02 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: dfwgator
Back when the Raiders actually were a good football team.

Oh, they were better than good, they had a dynamic that really couldn't be defined. Which makes now so sad, sigh.

24 posted on 05/10/2014 9:49:43 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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