Remember old D&D? What, 3rd edition? Pah! Not 2nd edition AD&D either, nor 1st edition. Not even "original" Basic/Expert/Companion/Master/Immortal. I'm talking really
original D&D, based off of Chainmail wargaming rules. OD&D
! Read about it at Delta's D&D Hotspot
, which discusses the development of a game system that is almost 35 years old. [more inside]
posted by JHarris
on Mar 11, 2008 -
In 1971 Delancey Street began with four residents, a thousand dollar loan, and a dream to develop a new model to turn around the lives of substance abusers, former felons, and others who have hit bottom by empowering the people with the problems to become their own solution.
With no professionals, no government funding, and at no charge to the clients, Delancey Street Foundation has rehabilitated and provided job skills to thousands of former drug addicts and criminals. They have a successful moving company
, a well loved (although not necessarily critically acclaimed
) restaurant, a thriving Christmas tree business
, and a partnership with the local state university
Founded in the heady radical days of the early 70s
, they've had a few bumps along the way,
(cofounder John Maher died of a drug overdose)
but they are one of the most well respected models for rehabilitation in the world
. In recent news, San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom
has been spending a lot of time there.
posted by serazin
on Feb 25, 2007 -
Life Beyond Earth and the Mind of Man. Direct Google Video link
to a fruitcake-tastic half-hour film of "a symposium held at Boston University on November 20, 1972 that explores the implications of the possible existence of extraterrestrial life within the galaxy and the universe. " Well worth scrubbing through for some good moments if you don't have time to watch the whole thing. Other cool old NASA videos on google video
include Who's Out There?
, starring a cigar smoking Orson Welles squinting a lot and reading off the cue cards, and Debrief: Apollo 8
: "Happiness is bacon squares for breakfast".
posted by 6am
on May 11, 2006 -
Typing...on a screen!
Text (and cover image) of a 1973 issue of Radio-Electronics mag, showing a new fangled way of typing with a TV screen. I like how the mag is billed as "for MEN with ideas in electronics." Heh...
posted by braun_richard
on Feb 28, 2005 -
As I'm sure
you all know, today would've been the 74th birthday of actor Vic Tayback
, best known as everybody's favorite hairy, sweaty, ill-tempered (yet almost cuddly) diner chef
on that wacky piece of 70's tv Americana Alice
(Remember when Mel called Vera "dingy"? Sitcom gold!). Kept busy for years as a character actor with constant tv guest spots on everything from "I Dream of Jeannie" to "Gunsmoke," Vic embraced job security when given an opportunity to expand one character in particular, Mel Sharples from Martin Scorcese's drama "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore"
(starring Ellen Burstyn [she won an Oscar], Kris Kristofferson, Diane Ladd, Harvey Keitel and Jodie Foster). Thanks to Vic, the character of Mel smoothly adapted from his dramatic origins into his new home of sit-com hi-larity... one of the rare attempts of that kind to succeed.
Vic. Oh, and kiss my grits.
posted by miss lynnster
on Jan 6, 2005 -
The great studio drummer Steve Gadd
is of the most important musicians of the 1970's. Gadd brought bassist Tony Levin
(Buddy Rich, Paul Simon, John Lennon, Peter Gabriel, King Crimson) into the business in New York 30 years ago, and that alone is enough to secure a place in history. You may remember his
on "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover", one of many brilliant contributions Gadd made to
classics of the 70's pop charts
posted by crunchburger
on May 7, 2004 -
Bar Mitzvah Disco
• When We Were Shtetl Fabulous
"If you are Jewish, there would have been a golden year when it seemed like you attended a bar mitzvah disco almost weekly. Each one was like a pee-wee Studio 54, a potent cocktail of ritual, acne, insecurity, and hormones run amok." Help
at Bar Mitzvah Disco gather photos
, stories and details from Bar/Bat Mitzvahs from the 70s and 80s to publish in their forthcoming book on the subject.
posted by dhoyt
on Jul 31, 2003 -
is an informational website about the three disco-related Muppets/Sesame Street records released in the 1970s. It makes for a good argument in favor of file-sharing, it reveals some of the stranger children's music of the past twenty or so years, and it's cute. (warning, some flash)
posted by pxe2000
on Jun 24, 2003 -
Wife Swapping Swingers Orgy Porgy Party:
Married couples banging their way up the ladder, greedy for position and power, hungry for sex. (NSFW, also, rage-inducing VBScript pop-up)
Ah, 8-Track Porn
, sadly, no audio included. Explore the rest of 8-Track Heaven
, including odd 8-track technology
(check out the portable horse player), a gallery of players
, the 8-track Hall Of Fame
, and bootleg cart artwork
. Do you still have any 8-tracks laying around? Wish you did? Don't worry, they still make them
posted by Stan Chin
on Feb 15, 2003 -
Those of you old enough to remember watching sporting events in the late 70's and early 80's may remeber a gentleman with a rainbow colored wig who enjoyed holding up a sign reading JOHN 3:16. That gentleman was named Rollen Stewart
and while he was ubiquitous for a time, he came to sad and bizarre end. His rise and fall detailed in this article
and a short movie
is an interesting cautionary tale about the nature of celebrity in a media saturated world.
posted by jonmc
on Oct 14, 2002 -
Enter ... The Tickler!
A page documenting all the villians that Spider-Man faced on that classic Tv Show The Electric Company
. Among them "The Mouse: A happy-go-lucky man until an errant associate at McDonald's forgets to put cheese on a specially-ordered Big Mac.He dons a mouse costume and becomes a glutton for cheese."
posted by Shadowkeeper
on Apr 19, 2002 -
60 school kids from the 70s singing Bowie's Space Oddity.
An incredible recording. A 60 student chorus of western Canadian rural school children belting out, among other things, Good Vibrations, Desperado, and, the cream of the crop, I think, Klaatu's Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft. mp3 samples on the page. It is amazing. Read David Bowie's quip. (And the quip from the American Orff-Schulwerk Association is classic.)
posted by mmarcos
on Nov 8, 2001 -