Time Capsule

On June 18, 2007 by Eden M. Kennedy

More goodies from the time capsule that is my mom’s house.

(All photos can be viewed in their full crumbling hugeosity by clicking on them, which will take you to flickr, where you can click on “all sizes” and see them big, bigger, BIGGEST.)

The Denver Post

The Denver Post entertainment section, Friday, January 6, 1978. This is why you should always wrap your hostages stuff with newspaper, so you can time travel back and experience the cultural riches of your backwater heritage.

Movie ads

Every single kid in the world who was taking ballet class in 1978 begged their mom take them to see The Turning Point. You could tell that Anne Bancroft wasn’t really a dancer, but she and Shirley MacLaine whirling around in front of Lincoln Center whacking each other with their handbags is the most awesome ballet fight ever committed to film, I’m pretty sure, though I didn’t see that Neve Campbell movie so I can’t be positive.

Movie ads

There’s probably a lot to say about this page but I’m not the one to do it. Although now that I look at it, we have side-by-side Richard Dreyfuss movies, the sight of which will probably make my husband sick. I’m not sure why Richard Dreyfuss makes Jack ill, but Dustin Hoffman has the same effect. Well, the foundation of a successful marriage begins with a sensitively built Netflix queue, doesn’t it, ladies.

Movie ads

This page kills me, the fact that all this stuff was going on in Denver, of all places, at the same time. Julia and Semi-Tough and Star Wars and Looking for Mr. Goodbar and uh, Pete’s Dragon were all playing. Or you could go downtown to the somewhat sketchy revival cinema and see either Citizen Kane or Luis Buñuel. Or you could remind yourself that you live in a total cow town and go the the National Western Stock Show and pet a sheep and watch some barrel racing and stand next to a bull that would just as soon crush you beneath its two-ton ass as look at you. Or you could be a Sissy McNancypants and go to a production of The Threepenny Opera, but I suppose if you had real balls you would have been at the Calvary Temple listening to Eldridge Cleaver.

Movie ads

Midnight show at the Continental, aw yeah. The Continental used to have one of the most gigantic screens in Denver but the last time I drove by it looked like it had been carved up into a multiplex. I hate it when they do that; I know the cinema makes more money that way, but seriously, you can buy a TV that’s bigger than some of the screens they show first-run movies on these days. And another thing! *Grumble, grumble, the popcorn sucks, grumble, three dollars for water, hmph.*

Movie ads

Truly, we lived in an age of giants. With giant hair. And really tight pants. Who wanted you to catch their disease.

Spider-man daily strip

“Bombs don’t exactly turn me on! But if that so-called liberation front is gonna cramp my love life . . .” Oh, Peter! Stifling terrorist rebellion just to keep your date with that moody snob, Tana? What were you thinking?!

TV schedule

Hey, kids! Remember when we just had five television channels? And if you were home sick from school and got tired of reading comic books and listening to the radio your only TV choices were As the World Turns, One Life to Live, Mayberry RFD, or, if you were lucky and it was Wednesday, Advanced Sewing. Aw, heck, I’ll just take a nap and wait for Match Game to come on at 2:30.



28 Responses to “Time Capsule”

  • That is so so cool. It is like a time warp!
    I once found a cut out recipe from the paper that Mum had kept, and it was dated March 12th, 1978. I said “you would have been getting lucky around this time Mum”….I was born 9 months later.

  • I was born in 1960, so these pages really resonate with me – thanks for the blast from the past. It is amazing to realize that a lot of those movies came out at the same time, relatively. I wonder if we scanned a page of a 2007 newspaper entertainment section, how many of the current movies will still be remembered 30 years from now?

  • In our house, I don’t think our day was complete without a dose of Charles Nelson Reilly.

  • aims that must have been a REALLY good recipe!

    Old newspapers are fun but a bit disorienting, like shopping in an unfamiliar grocery store

  • Gene Rayburn had fantastic microphones. They were almost ridiculous. Long, skinny like a straw. I never saw anyone else use one like it. I am typing in short, choppy sentences.

  • God I loved The Turning Point. I even read the book, which is around that corner I always seem to turn, the corner where you weirdness in common with others becomes your own unique and frightening weirdness.

  • I’m with your husband on Richard Dreyfuss. Dustin Hoffman, not so much. But just hearing Dreyfuss’ voice makes me break out in a rash.

  • Wow, you made Comics Curmudgeon with this Spidey-strip — what a confluence of blog faves!

    And in a brief aside (and do I write anything but?), I had to sing “Candle on the Water” (from Pete’s Dragon) in the boy’s choir I was in, ca. 1978-1979. We all knew that was lame, even then.

  • God, that is an awesome find! And The Goodbye Girl? I love that movie. I don’t know why. Possibly because it was one of the only tapes (Betamax!) that we had while living overseas. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

  • 5 CHANNELS?? Wow! We had 2 if the weather was right. (Yep, farmer-vision)

    That paper is awesome. I would have been 8 at the time and probably not allowed to go to any of those movies, but I do remember them appearing…

  • Lori, I’m living your past. If the weather is nice I can receive FOX and PBS.

    I feel inspired to save the movie listings so my posterity can ridicule/pity me for living through The Summer of Films That End in :3. The future will thank me.

  • I love how small the internets are. I see an Eden over at comics curmudgeon and I’m all “That must be the Fussy Lady!”

    Nice find, Fussy lady.

  • I know! I’m so happy. He’s awesome.

  • Oh, man. What a great trip down memory lane. Thanks.

  • Bossy saw the Neve Campbell movie because Neve used to go out with Bossy’s next husband John Cusack, and Bossy firmly believes in order to rise to true Stalker status one must know everything there is to know about their subject’s nervous Ex.

    But Bossy knows this about that Neve ballet movie: Not half the hair of Turning Point.

  • I am sorry to report that 1978 was the year I was born. I have seen 4% of the movies advertised – Star Wars and Saturday Night Fever. Am I banned for being too young?

  • Thank you, Mrs. Kennedy, for reminding me that I am one million years old.

  • I still watch One Life to Live sometimes.

    And this whole post reminds me of why I always use the personal ads section of the Austin Chronicle to wrap up those breakables. Unpacking is so much more entertaining that way.

  • And the Turning Point? Had Misha in it. Be still my heart.

  • Okay, now I’m emotionally scarred. I actually went to see Three Penny Opera. That very production, at the Shwayder Theater, in fact. Well, my parents made go with them, because it was a “family thing” to do.

    It did make an impression on me, though; but I’m not sure it was a good thing to expose my wavering ego to Brecht’s hollow-eyed post-war sensibilities. Just recovering and now wham, all those years of therapy – gone in an instant!

    You know I’m just kidding about the therapy, but I really was there, and TPO was not for the faint of heart.

  • God, now that I think about it, that would have been around the time we first met, David, between rounds at some speech meet.

  • The chick in the Spiderman comic is named Tana? How cool is that!

  • Ok I think I saw Star Wars eight times but the offical count for mmy boyfriend AKA boy I sat next too was 16….. I never did that kind of math back then….
    I think my dad has vintage playboy in his time capsule.

  • What confounds me about those listings is what the heck did channel 6 air on Mondays? The only thing I’m seeing is Sesame Street at 9:30, Over Easy at noon and then Lilias, Yoga and You at 3:30. I guess it must have been the off day for their engineers…

    I’d also like to invite you, or anyone here who has a blog in the States to submit your blog to the US Blogs community on Bumpzee. It’s a great place to connect with other bloggers. :)


  • This is so great. I was a child of those times, six months from my 13th birthday. Great trip down memory lane. I love looking back through old newspapers and magazines.

  • This child of the 70s is sighing wistfully. The Turning Point was my faaaavorite movie back then, spurring my lifelong hankering for Mikhail B. And the Goodbye Girl theme song still makes me cry. I’m lame that way.

  • But I love Kurt Weill. And The March from “The Love for Three Oranges.”


    ~Sissy McNancypants

  • Also? Named my first showhorse after Mikhail Baryshnikov (I’m here, why not seal my geeky fate?). Not telling what his registered name is, but he’s called “Misha.” And yes, he’s still around, and yes, I still love them BOTH.