Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Freakin' Weekend (1971)

What's on TV tonight (Friday, Aug. 20, 1971)?

The Aldridge lineup ...

OK, here's the deal ... it's time to catch up on what's been going on TVwise ...

And now's the time to catch up on any music I might've missed so far in 1971 ...

Or if there's a movie out there I want to see, this is the weekend to see it ...

Or if there's some baseball teams or players I want to take a look at, other than the likely playoff participants, I better get on it ...

Or if I want to give a whirl to some new boutique parlor activity ... or check out what the hipsters are going crazy about ... or deep dive on one of those long, one-off, oddball SI takeouts ... whatever freak-flag curiosity that's catching my fancy ... the time is now ...

Because do you know what's drawing near?


  1. I couldn't remember how it was that Deacon Jones ended up at Pete's football practice, and I'm glad they explained it well--that he and Pete's coach played high-school football together. That's fine.

    Greg got to meet Wes Parker because Parker was dating Greg's teacher. I don't remember how it was explained that Don Drysdale or Joe Namath ended up on the show--I think those had something to do with Mike's work.

  2. Gene Rayburn in this episode ofTo Tell the Truth drops some knowledge on me about the distinction of Indiana-style fried chicken--that it is known for its light batter and crispiness. I had no idea. I was born in Indiana but have spent most of my life in Kentucky, and it was the Kentucky side of my family that has most often been the source of the homemade fried chicken that I have eaten.

    And, of course, there's KFC.

  3. I don't know who this is doing this Ford Motor Co. ad, but I love how serious he plays it. That's pretty much the game face I have to get on whenever I go to buy a car. There is no joy in the process for me, but it also doesn't work for me to stay wallowing in my fear and resistance. At some point, I have to say to myself, "OK, it's time to do this," and then I get serious and bear down and get it over with.

  4. Hoptown 1971 me probably didn't get out to see Love Story last year, but it looks like quite a pleasant romantic comedy. I'll probably end up seeing it on Netflix 40 years or so, and I hope it turns out to be just 90 minutes of montage of Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal playing football in the snow or reading books around their apartment to pretty music.

  5. The Carpenters were quite an exotic and talented act. Their arrangements (I think that was Richard's doing) are always interesting, and, in addition to being just a terrific pop drummer, Karen is--for my money--effectively a flawless singer. And I'm sure that every competent songwriter wanted to write something for them.

    On a related note, my wife loves tiramisu, and I totally get that. But if you're asking what I love, the answer is that I love cake, coffee, brandy, chocolate and cheese.