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Summer 2009 - History repeats itself from the Summer of '77 - CinemaDave

Jun. 26th, 2009 04:12 pm Summer 2009 - History repeats itself from the Summer of '77

As the summer of '77 drew to a close,
the world knew that Groucho Marx was in his final days. Groucho's live-in companion Erin Fleming was in court with the Marx family. Fleming was accused of taking advantage of the old comic legend. Eventually, the case was settled in the 1980s and Fleming was forced to pay nearly one half a million dollars to the Marx estate. Groucho died on August 19, three days after the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley died.

The parallels between the Summer of '77 and the Summer of '09 is eerie, given the passing of Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson on the same day. Farrah's final days were a morbid death watch, with a "Love Story" comparison featuring Ryan O'Neal himself. Yet, Farrah's passing was swallowed up by the passing of Michael Jackson, much like Elvis Presley's death overshadowed Groucho Marx's death.

Soak in these days today, because you will be asked about these events thirty years from now.

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Date:June 27th, 2009 10:59 am (UTC)
The passing of Farrah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson on the same day has featured some weird details. The David Carradine death has not yet been fully explained.

Johnny Carson's partner Ed McMahon passed on recently due to old age but there were reports of him being broke because of the spending habits of his much younger wife, which in some ways reminds me of the Groucho Marx case.
Date:June 27th, 2009 11:46 am (UTC)

Amazing Impulse.

For all of their wealth, fame and privledge, these celebrties never knew how to save a buck for a rainy day.

There is a certain impusiveness that I have seen with celebrities or certain celebrities. This impusiveness gets them through the doors and over some hurdles, but it does not sustain satisfaction,
Date:June 29th, 2009 04:20 am (UTC)
Chances are, we'll remember exactly what we were doing on that day when we're asked. My mom was in her teens when John F. Kennedy was shot and can tell you to this day exactly where she was and what she was doing when they heard the news.

My generation has one of their own already anyway: Over two decades after the fact and I can describe in perfect detail what I was doing the precise moment the news came down that the Challenger had exploded.

Really good article, Dave. Well said.
Date:June 29th, 2009 12:16 pm (UTC)

Thanks for the Soulful visit...

Of course, there is 9/11.
I guess that is why the MJ story is not as numbing as 9/11, the loss of the twin towers was more personal for me.
Date:June 30th, 2009 10:59 am (UTC)

Re: Thanks for the Soulful visit...

I was in grammar school when JFK was killed and I can recall much of what happened that day it in great detail. But other major tragedies after that did not always stick in my mind as clearly, to the point of remembering exactly where I was when I first heard the sad news.

The RFK And Martin Luther King killings were only about 5 years after JFK, but the where I was when I first learned of them details were not burned into my memory. It's as though I went through a kind of overload when JFK was killed. Perhaps without realizing it my mind went into some sort of defensive, do not remember too much mode when tragedies similar to JFK's later took place.
Date:June 30th, 2009 11:16 am (UTC)

Re: Thanks for the Soulful visit...

Before 9/11 - I think Challenger was the biggie for me.

While not in the same league, I remember the O.J. Verdict in 1995 was a big deal, the world stopped, at least the middle school I was teaching in stopped.

The verdict was read and the children cheered. Before the week was over, some father woke up, shot his wife, two children and himself. One of the teachers said to an upset student;
"What do you think of the O.J. verdict now?"