Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - The End


This certainly has been an experience revisiting this diary. It's been 30 years since I've written it, and almost as long since I've read it. It's been fascinating for me to visit my former 16 year old self and to see what has radically changed and spooky what is still exactly the same. And it's been fun to have my memory jogged about all the hundreds of hours of forgotten television shows that I watched.

Thanks to everyone whose been reading it and commenting. It's been a long, hard slog to transcribe this thing, so it was nice to know that someone was reading. And at the same time very strange. Who would have thought 30 years ago when I was writing this that people all over the world would be able to read this book that I used to hide behind my dresser.

I wish I would have continued to keep a diary through my teen years... I did my senior year, but it was sporadic and mostly filled with teenage angst diatribes. I threw it away about ten years ago in a purge. It's probably good I stopped this one when I did... as I recall the next year was pretty bleak...

Anyway... best to you all and to all a good night.

Sunday, May 8, 1977

Listen... Let's not write in here this week.

I've too much on my mind. O.K.

Saturday, May 7, 1977

Note: No entries May 5-6.

Finally, I'm caught up in here. Nothing much happened today. Uncle Bruno and Aunt Fran came over. I typed out my first short story. It's called: "I Was a Teenage Vampire".

Jeez... I wish I knew where that short story is today... or maybe not...

May 4, 1977

Note: No entries from April 28-May 3.

Oh God! I was in gym when Hazcowitz's called me to his office to tell me that my grades were slipping. But I'm going to get those grades up so I can go up with Cathy.

Wednesday, April 27, 1977

I finally got up the courage to ask Cathy to go up with me at the graduation. Her answer is that she'll think about it.

Tuesday, April 26, 1977

Got a telephone call from Cathy Brown at 12:00.

Note: No entries for April 24-25.

Saturday, April 23, 1977

I'm writing this on the 7th of May, so I'm only going to write the high points of the week.

Friday, April 22, 1977

The final day. It was almost the same, but we had to stay after school.

Thursday, April 21, 1977

My speech was a failure. I got up there and read everything off of my paper. That was about a minute and a half. To make up time I said stupid things like, "Shirley Jones says to the American people that's it's luxurious to take a bath in Calgon."

Paul came over at 7. 9:00- Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. 10:00- Mary Hartman. 10:30 - All That Glitters.

I've no memory of this speech or what class it was for...?

Wednesday, April 20, 1977

Science; we watched our first "Feeling Good" film strip. I.A. Worked on tin for my tool box. Gym; played kick baseball.

It was pouring outside. This is the second time I was caught in the rain; I was drenched yesterday. When I got home Cher got her hair cut. Eugene brought me to the library at 3:30. At 4 I had to wait while we went to the car shop. I had a laughing attack.

My sister had always had long 'Cher'-like hair. But she cut it into that Dorothy Hamill look that was so popular.

And my brother although we didn't have much to say to each other, could sometimes make me laugh until I peed...

Tuesday, April 19, 1977

Today it was a rainy day, and cloudy and everything like that. In Science, "Feeling Good" He named off the names of those who might not pass. That God my name wasn't on the list. I.A. Started working on my tool box. Art, worked on my Mickey Mouse. English, O'Keefe wasn't there so Mrs. Particle took us to the lunch room.

From 1:30- 2:15 - It was the first practice for graduation. We sang "I'd Like to Teach The World to Sing" and "A Time For Us".

9:00- Listened to The Shadow. 10:00- Mary Hartman. 10:30 - All That Glitters.

I love how during our "Feeling Good" science class he took the time to humiliate all the people who were failing.

Monday, April 18, 1977

Science. Started "New Feeling Good" program. In Gym, he made us run around the park and the ones who walked did it over. I was one of them. I'll skip the rest of the day and tell you about "All That Glitters".

"All That Glitters" is a simply about a world where women have men's roles and visa-versa. What I've seen of it, it's pretty good. But nothing can top Mary Hartman; Tom's accused of a murder he didn't do.

Went to bed at 12:30.

My memories of this show are pretty strong. Created by Norman Lear, he tried to do another comic soap opera. Lois Nettleton played a executive and she had a simpering man at home who was her house-husband. Linda Grey played a (wo)manizer, and I think that Gary Sandy played a bimbo secretary. All the roles were reversed. Even then I though the premise was extremely sexy and it made me 'feel weird'... It had a very short run, maybe 3 months or so. My only really clear memory of it was that Gary Sandy had really long feather-cut hair that I was envious.

A bit of trivia is that the song, You Don't Bring Me Flowers was written to be it's theme song. But instead they used some strange rap song about God creating Eve and then Adam*. It's one of those things I'm sure I'll never see again.

*One morning the Lord she woke up to say
I feel like I wanna be creative today
So by virtue of the power I've invested in me
I'll make the Heaven, Earth and the deep blue sea.
Things that swim, fly, walk by, creep and crawl
Now I better make someone to name them all.
Yes, a human was needed in the neighborhood
So the Lord made woman, and it was good.
She said the Garden of Eden's no place to be alone
So from the rib of the madame came Adam full grown.
As time went by this groom and brideFollowed the instructions, and multiplied.
She's hunt, he'd cook, she'd work, he'd play
While she administered the government, he crocheyed.
She wore the male, he wore the veil
Her head was crowned, his feet were bound
He concubined and walked behind
She was, to pardon the expression, the mastermind.
So is it any wonder that the men complain
When from the dawn of time it's been a woman's domain.

Sunday, April 17, 1977

Woke at 12:00. All day I worked on projects like embroidering a panda bear and a wooden bird on a stick.

7:00- Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes. The women won.

10:00- Monty Python.

Embroidering a panda bear? WTF?!!!

Saturday, April 16, 1977

We woke up at 6. I was crabby and didn't really get out of bed until 8. We started downtown at 9. Got to the museum at 11:30. I had number 4707 and after 3 1/2 hours of looking at Museum exhibits we finally got in their at 3. The treasures were marvelous and I might see them again. We got home at 6. 6:15 The Goonies. 6:30- The Odd Couple. 7:00- Mary Tyler Moore. 7:30- Bob Newhart. Randy left at 9:15. I went to bed at 11.

The exhibit we went to was the treasures of King Tut exhibit that was touring the country. It was such a huge deal that year. Steve Martin had that King Tut song which was a number one hit. Everyone was Tut crazy. I still can't believe I use the term "marvelous" to describe it.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Friday, April 15, 1977

Let's skip school for something more important. I came home Randy was here. We watched my movies, TV, til 5:30. When he had to leave his bike had a flat. So after half an hour he decided to stay the night. All night we worked on my scrapbook and my movie star pictures. 10:00- Mary Hartman. 10:30- Preview of All That Glitters, I'll talk about that on Monday. Went to bed at 2:00.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Thursday, April 14, 1977

Almost like yesterday. School is the same, old boring thing. So let's skip it. After school sat around. Forgot to write. I got two more Celopatra's but I'm missing the 3rd part of the movie. I spliced it all together. It's now a 400 foot film.

8:00- The Amazing Howard Hughes. 10:00- Mary Hartman.

Wednesday, April 13, 1977

Can't write to much today. School was the same. No one mentioned yesterday. So let's skip school. In fact, let's skip the whole day, until 8 went i was doing my homework. I watched The Amazing Howard Hughes. 10:00- Mary Hartman. 10:30- Tonight Show. 12:00-30 I read The Coming of the Rats by the night light.

Tuesday, April 12, 1977

I hated today. I woke up with an upset stomach, but nothing would come out. So I went to school. With every pedal of my bike, the pain in my stomach got worse. In science, he was talking about heart attacks, but I wasn't listening because poo was starting to come out. It was sick! I raised my hand and ran out of the room. I went to the bathroom and poohed my guts out. There was already some in my pants, so I went to the office and they sent me home.

All afternoon I felt fine, but I didn't go back to school.

Monday, April 11, 1977

Felt sort of sick in school today. But I was okay. Don't want to write about it. At 8:00 went to Uncle Bruno's. Lauren and Gail were there. 8:30- watched the Critic's Choice awards. I missed Mary Hartman.

Well we went upstairs. Lauren told me that she sleep walks. I was so funny the way she told it. I was laughing all the way home. She also told me that they saw A Star is Born. How much I want to see that movie! Left at 11:00. They are on their spring vacation. Went to bed at 12:30.

I always loved being with Lauren and Gail. They were one of the few relatives that were my age. They were 2nd cousins. Because my mother had me so late in life and she was the 2nd youngest in her family, all my first cousins were twenty or twenty-five years older than me. This left me with many, many an evening with me sitting by myself in the livingroom while my parents played cards. I was really jealous of them because they had a mother who was so cool and hip, and took them to see R rated movies, and they went on vacations all the time. My parents were 55, and in 1977, 55 might as well have been 85.

Sunday, April 10, 1977

It's Easter! And it was the warmest, sunniest day of the year. Woke at 12:00. Today was a pretty boring day. In the afternoon finished reading "The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane". Mom was snapping photos of Mike, Cheryl, Dad and me.

From 7-11:30 watch The Ten Commandments. It was a long movie. Went to bed at 12:30.

Saturday, April 8, 1977

I hated this afternoon. My parents went downstairs and started screaming at me. I was so disturbed I sat in the bathroom and cried. Cher wanted to go to the store. We started to leave but then the phone rang. Cher went back and then said she had to go to Nancy's. I went to the library until 4.

I think it's interested I didn't write why my parents were so mad at me. But my mother in any case was very volatile during this period; perhaps menopause, and the stress of my sister getting married.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Friday, April 8, 1977

Woke at 12:00. Watched Casper. 1:30- Family Feud. 2:00- All in the Family. 2:30- Re-taped my Mystery Theatres. 3:30- Varon the Unbelievable. 6:00- I Love Lucy. 6:30- Get Smart. 7:00- a half hour of Here Comes Peter Cotton Tail. 7:30- Listened to music. 8:00- Easter Parade. 10:00- Mary Hartman; Bigfoot is in Fernwood!

10:30- Talked to Paul while I taped Mystery Theatre. 12:30- A movie about a Wax Museum. 2:00- Men with Wings. Went to bed at 3:30.

Thursday, April 7, 1977

Let's skip school today. And start at 3:30. 3:30- The Mysterians. 8:00- The People's Command Performance. 10:00- Mary Hartmen. 10:30- Talked to Paul. 12:00- Man Alive.

This is my 8th month of writing in here!

Wednesday, April 6, 1977

OK. Today I hated. I left my mallet head on my Science table and I went to do an experiment. I told the stupidest kid in the room Escamela, a Spanish kid, that he was dumb, because he called me a fag! So he took my mallet head, but I can't prove it.

7:00- 10 - Did homework.

Being called a fag and being harassed and beaten up didn't really reach full force until I was a freshmen in high school. So it's interesting that this incident happened.

Tuesday, April 5, 1977

Today was a half day. 9:30- Went to get graduation pictures taken. I.A. Worked on my mallet. All afternoon I fooled around with the stereo. I put four speakers on it. 3:30- Plan 9 from Outer Space. 7:00- Listened to story on the radio. 10:00- Mary Hartman. 10:30- Mystery Theatre. Continued to read book by the night.

Monday, April 4, 1977

Today was like all the others. In I.A. I forgot my mallet head, so I started doing my handle. In gym, we were doing the high jump. I made it up to 4 feet. It was pouring outside when I left school. 3:30- A stupid movie called First Space Ship on Venus. 5:00- Fixed up my puzzle picture that I made. 6:00- Dick Van Dyke. 6:30- The Odd Couple. 7:00- worked on my puzzle. 8:00- Maude. 8:30- All's Fair. 9:00- Paul called. 10:00 Mary Hartman. 10;30- Mystery Theatre. I'm finished with my third tape of shows. 12:00-45. I read "The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane" by the night light.

I clearly remember The Little Girl... and I remember reading by night light. My parents at this time, probably because I was sick all the time, had put me on a strict curfew for going to sleep. But once a night owl, always a night owl... I would wait until they went to sleep and I'd sit on the floor and read by the five watt light light that was in my room. I did this for months, and it's really the best experience I can think of reading. I was so into everything I read. And it was a tad dangerous.

The Little Girl was made into a movie with Jodie Foster.

Sunday, April 3, 1977

All you can say happened today was Paul came over and we looked at films on the editor. Don't really feel like writing today.

Oh yeah at 10:30 The Producers, a very funny movie. Went to bed at 12:45.

Saturday, April 2, 1977

What a birthday. It was horrid. There were tornado watches all day. I had a cold and didn't feel good. Cher wanted to play cards but I didn't so I watched a movie with Jerry Lewis, "Your Never Too Young". At 12:30 went to the store with Cher. 6:00- The Goodies. 6:30 - The Odd Couple. 11:00- Witness for the Prosecution, during which I ate pizza.

Birthdays have never been a big thing in my family. And although things have changed, I've had many a crappy birthday. I remember the first year I moved away from home the only birthday card I got was from the Home Shopping Network.

Friday, April 1, 1977

I'm catching a cold again. In school, Science he gave us a lecture on high school. I.A. Yesterday he was burning mad that someone had taken his key to the glasses cabinet. So today he was so happy that someone sent it to him in the mail.

During reading I started a short story report on The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. I also stayed after school to finish it, but he gave me the book to take home. I got the film Cleopatra, set 4 but they didn't have the other 3.

Referring to Cleopatra: As I am now, I was obsessed with projecting things. And the libraries would often have 8mm films to take out. And the main branch still did up until a couple years ago. The problem was that they never had the full movies.

I have vivid memories of watching the 3 hour DW Griffith movie Intolerance on a small movie editor sitting on my bed with the covers over my head pretending I was in a grand movie palace.

March 31, 1977

This thing will never happen again. From now on I will write in here everyday. Today was the Roller Skating party. 5:00 - took shower. 6:00- Dykel came over and stayed to 6:30.

The high points of the evening were that I skated with Brown twice. and one kid took so many uppers that he ran into a wall. Also this other kids was slammed into the wall.

That's all I'm writing today.

The Fleetwood Roller Rink was a complete dive. I was suprised that they are still there on the corner of Archer and Harlem... but a visit to their web-site shows that they have brushed off the dirt and put some glitter on it and are celebrating their 50th anniversary. My memories of it are that it looked like a brick barn.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Missing Days

There is nothing written for March 28, 29. On the 30th I wrote. I'm not going to write in her until April 1.

Sunday, March 27, 1977

In the news.

An Airline collided with another killing 550 people.

Saturday, March 26, 1977

Went downtown with Randy today.

That's all I wrote.

Friday, March 25, 1977

This page was not written on.

Thursday, March 24, 1977

Didn't do anything today, so I'm not going to write much, but I gave Korshack The Ghosts That Walk in Washington book. 6:00- Listened to Dick Lawrence's Sounds of the 20s. 7:00- Fantastic Journey. 8:30- Three's Company.

Wednesday, March 23, 1977

Let's skip school again and let's just start at 3:30. 30;30- Dinah with Phyllis Diller. 5:00- Read The Ghosts that Walk in Washington. 6:00- Talked to Dick Lawrence and he said my records are going to be on the radio. 7:30- The premiere of Loves Me, Loves Me Not. 8:00- A half hour of Prince Valiant.

10:00- Mary Hartman. 10:30- Mystery Theatre.

I've talked about Dick Lawrence before but to remind everyone. He was a disc jockey on an FM station in Chicago in 70s. He did a couple shows, one a Broadway show tunes show, and the other an old music show. He later went on to produce a great series of radio shows using old music and talking about the stories of the day. He was really nice to me, and would talk to me for hours about old music. It was huge deal for me to have my 78s on the air, and ironic because 30 years later I was programing music for This American Life.

And it looks like Love Me/Loves Me Not was just a pilot. No more info on it... Anyone else remember it?

Tuesday, March 22, 1977

Today I was tardy. That's all that happened today. But other 5 kids were caught smoking in the bathroom. Most of them were suspended. Oh, Yeah and I had to stay after to school to finish my bird in Art. Walis was there so I to 3:30. Then we walked out but he forgot his books, so we had to go get them. The teacher left, but we caught her before she left. Didn't get home until 3:15.

Finished my puzzle.

I'm sure things are still the same in schools today with kids doing bad things in the bathroom... But I'm sure today it's meth.

Monday, March 21, 1977

I got a lot to write, I'll skip talking about school, but I did have to stay after school with Mr. O'Keefe. 3:30- Went to the store and got a Fred Astaire puzzle. 4:30- Dinah. 5:00- My Favorite Martian. 6:00- I Love Lucy. 6:30- Get Smart. 7:30- The Brady Bunch Hour. 8:00- The American Film Institute's Salate to Bette Davis. 10:00- Mary Hartman. 10:30- Mystery Theatre. 11:30- Listened to Eddie Schwartz.

Sunday, March 20, 1977

In the morning I woke up and the amplifier was on and my shirt which I had hung on the hook in the bathroom was on the floor in front of the amplifier. Spooky huh... Paul and I worked on the board again; I wasn't moving it nor Paul, but the thing was answering questions. 2:30- The Time Travelers. 6:00 -The Wizard of Oz. 8:30-10 Talked to Randy. 10:00- No Honestly. 10:30 - My Favorite Martian.

I was always spooked in that basement, maybe because of all the nooks and closets that there were to hide in. But I hated to be down there alone; until I was in high school then I spent most of my time down there alone. I remember this night fairly clearly because it was really scary... although I wouldn't have put it past Paul to have moved my shirt. Years later I was doing the Ouija with another friend, it told me I was going to work the rest of my life at McDonald's. So much for the spirit world.

Saturday, March 19, 1977

Today was the scariest day of my life. Paul sept over and he brought his Ouiji Board. All night long he listened to Kiss and to the basketball game, but at 10:00 we worked with the board. The Leters T.M.G came up. 10:30- Mystery Theatre. 11:30-Saturday Night. 1:00-2:50 - Monkey Business. 3:30- started to play a taped Mystery Theatre, but both of us were too tired to listen to more than one story. So I got up and shut off EVERYTHING.

They had the last Mary Tyler Moore show on tonight.

Paul had every Kiss album and was most proud of Kiss' Love Gun album which he a copy in the wrapper. I remember him saying that it was going to be worth a fortune in ten years. 30 years later it's going for $24.99 on ebay. The spookiness continues on the next post.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Friday, March 18, 1977

Must keep this very short. The highlight of today was the high school interview. In O'Keefe read Phantoms of the South. When I left at 1:00. The classes I'm taking are Early World History and Drafting.

Wednesday, March 16, 1977

I'm so behind on this diary, that I'm just going to write down some of the highlights of the week. It started Thursday when Dad shut off my Mystery Theatre and almost ruined my tape. I was so mad that I didn't write in here for that night. One night went into the next and here I am.

I got two puzzles all of which I finished and glued together on a long piece of wood.. One is "Gone With the Wind" and other is Laurel and Hardy. On Mary Hartman this week Mary was in the collapsed factory.

Missing Days

There are no entries from March 10-15.

Wednesday, December 1, 1976

Today both my ears were clogged, which is the worst thing that could happen to to you when everyone is sitting around you and wants the answers in Math and you can't hear them.

Well, that's the way it was today. You see Randy Dykel, my all-time protector, let me use his calculator but the batteries went dead. That's the high points of school.

At home I was laying on the couch when Randy walked in and I don't mean Dykel. That was about 4. From then until 5 we went to the park. He left at 5:30. Paul came over at 7. We did homework. It seemed like I couldn't stop laughing. I laugh at the most trivial of thing. He left at 9. Went to bed at 12:15.

Having a calculator in 1977 was a huge deal. They were the Ipods of their day.

Tuesday, March 8, 1977

Yesterday I forgot to mention that I went to the library and I got out many books on parapsychology or the study of ghosts. I believe in the subject all together. My late Uncle Tom (remember I went to his funeral) seems to be paying his family in Wisconsin some visits. From what I heard they hear footsteps when there's no one there. Sort of spooky, ain't it.

Well I got three books about the subject "The Phantoms of Dixie", which I'm now on page 58. And one about the reincarnation of a woman and another about psychics.

My ear is getting better, but sometimes it relapses into being clogged.

Ghosts have and still interest me... give me a good Discovery Channel documentary on some haunted house and I'm happy.

Monday, March 7, 1977

It always feels strange when you come back to school after having been out a few days. So there I was. I always feel like I'm an outsider in that school, but that's a different story. My ear was crummy. It was like I was deaf in one or both ears.

In Science we're going to learn about heart attacks and what to do if someone has one.

Would you believe that this is my 6th month of writing in here. This diary is half over, how time flies. I remember when I first got this diary. I wondered what would happen; the answer is nothing much. The next six months must be more exciting.

And I remember the problems I had with my ears. They got worse when I was in high school and I think it was my sophomore year I was completely deaf in one of my ears. Because my mother was didn't trust doctors she never took me to see anyone about it; Then when she was with my sister and her new baby at the pediatrician she asked the doctor to look at my ear. I remember him telling her it was a vitamin deficiency and he gave me some Flintstones Vitamins to take. It didn't clear up for about three months; and I continue to have some hearing loss in that ear.

Sunday, March 6, 1977

Woke at 1:30. My ear was cleared up a little bit. I must keep it short. The high points of the day were I finally finished my puzzle, but I'm missing 4 pieces. I taped an "Adventure" radio drama. To get back to my ear, around 8:30 it started to act up so I asked Mom to put this stuff that clears up your ears. It made it worse!

I finished the day this way. 10:00- Rock Follies. 12:00- Bob Hope movie that I don't know the name and from then on to 2:00. I listened to a variety of things on the radio.

Rock Follies was a PBS/BBC program that had Rula Lenska in it. She became a joke later on when she was in some hair shampoo commercial where she acted like everyone knew her. Because I used to watch Rock Follies, I really did know who she was.

Saturday, March 5, 1977

I hate to be deaf, because now I know the way it is. I barely have a cold now, but my right ear is clogged to the point of deafness. I spent my day with my head on a heating pad while I was re-taping the Mystery Theatre I taped but didn't have. Did that until 2:30, when I watched Abbott and Costello in Keep 'em Flying. After that taped some more. 5:00- Beverly Hillbillies. 5:30- Lucy. 6:30- 7:00 - I found a tape of Barbra Streisand, My Name Is Barbra. 7-8 Talked to Paul. 8-8:40 - Talked to Randy. 8:45 - 10 - talked to Paul.

10:00- Opening Soon at a Theatre Near You. 10:30- A Barbra Streisand Special. Went to bed at 3.

This must have been the start of my Barbra Streisand obsession.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Friday, March 4, 1977

Woke at 1. 1:00- Green Acres. I feel worse than yesterday. So again I didn't go to school. 1:30- Lucy. 3:00- Star Trek Cartoons. 3:30- Torn Curtain, part 2. 5:00- My Favorite Martian. 5:30- Hazel. 6:00- I Love Lucy. 6:30- Get Smart. 8:00- The Man From Atlantis. 10:00- Mary Hartman, during which Paul said he was sick too. So that kills tomorrow because Paul and Randy were going to come over.

10:30- I taped Mystery Theatre but I didn't listen to it. 12:30- Blood Mania. Went to bed reading An American Tragedy to page 113. Went to bed at 3.

The Man from Atlantis was one of my favorite shows. Patrick Duffy in a speedo with gills, what wasn't to like. And I don't remember Blood Mania... but again Friday night horror movies were the best in the 70s.

Thursday, March 3, 1977

I woke today sicker than yesterday. So sick that I didn't go to school. Woke at 11:00- Watched TV all day. 11:30- Banana Splits. 12:00- Mike Douglas. 1:30- Green Acres. 2:00- Love American Style. 2:30- 3:30- Wrote in here. 3:30- Torn Curtain, part 1. 5:00 - My Favorite Martian.

Well today I got a haircut. I didn't want it as short as it is, but I know it will grow back.

7:00- The Outer Space Connection. 10:30- Put my puzzle together while I was taping Mystery Theatre. I went to be at 1.

My mother always cut my hair. I think the first time I ever got my hair cut by someone else was at the Capri Beauty School on Archer Avenue. My mother wasn't a bad haircutter, just sort of along the lines of cut straight and short...

Wednesday, March 1977

I have a cold, and I know that I'm not going to school tomorrow because I'm writing this on Thursday. Forget school again.

3:45 - Talked to Randy. He may be sleeping here on Saturday. 5:00- My Favorite Martian. 5:30- Hazel. 6:00- Paul called. The rest of the night I worked on my puzzle and listened to Huck Finn that I got from the library.

9:00- Barry Manilow special. 10:00- Mary Hartman. 10:30- I taped the Mystery Theatre but I didn't listen to it yet. I did the same thing yesterday.

Started a book called Witchcraft in Salem's Lot, but I'm still reading American Tragedy.

Tuesday, March 1, 1977

Didn't feel good today. I'm skipping school today because I don't have that much time with this diary. After school worked on my tapes. Oh yeah, in I.A. we made screwdrivers.

7:30- Laverne and Shirley 8:00- Rich Man, Poor Man. 9:45. Mom wanted to give me haircut, 15 minutes before Mary Hartman!!!

10:30- Mystery Theatre.

Monday, February 28, 1977

Nothing happened. Really it's the same thing everyday. But I did go to the library and started An American Tragedy. I don't want to write a lot. 8:00- The end of Bigfoot: The Mysterious Monsters. 8:30 - The Strange Possession of Mrs. Oliver. 10:00- Mary Hartman. 10:30- Mystery Theatre.

There's an extra page in here so I'm saving it for Cheryl's wedding.

A blank page for the leap year followed this...I didn't keep writing until Cheryl's wedding in August... now I'm sorry I stopped.

Sunday, February 27, 1977

So Paul came here again from 2 until 9. First we went all over looking for a candy that pops in your mouth. We sat around and did homework. He left at 9. 10:30- Mystery Theatre.

I'm writing this on Thursday because I didn't write all week.

I think at this point I was getting bored writing everyday... the diary starts to get a little fragmented until it ends mid April...

Saturday, February 26, 1977

Must keep it short. I'm writing this on Monday. Don't remember much, but what I watched. 4:30- Green Acres. 5:00- Beverly Hillbillies. 6:00- The Goodies. 6:30- The Muppets. 7:00 - Mary Tyler Moore. 7:30- Bob Newhart. 8:00- The Land That Time Forgot. 10:00- Talked to Paul. 10:30- Rosemary's Baby. Went to bed at 2.

Monday, April 2, 2007

Friday, February 25, 1977

I hate staying after school, but today in Science I didn't finish something. I.A. He told me that the, morning the car was stuck in the ice, there was a test in I.A, that I never made up so I get an 'N' the rest of the year. In Art, she finally moved Wallis away from me; we're still making boxes.

I'm not reading 'The Scarlett Letter".

After school was so funny. some kids had to go to three classes. All I had to do was write one line.

10:30- Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Went to bed at 1:00.

As evidenced before in here, the I.A. teacher hated me... so it's not surprising he'd give me a failing grade for the year. I think "N" meant Not Completed. Poor screwed up Wallis; if a nerd like me couldn't stand him or was he in love with me and I with him... hmmm.

Thursday, February 24, 1977

Today's subject for today is High school. I don't want to go! We got a list of all the classes. First of all you must get 18 units to pass. 16 in a major and 2 in other subjects. You must take 4 years of English or 3 years and one elective. One of the electives is drama. When i get older I want to be an actor.

Then 2 years of Math and 1 year Science or the other way around. Then 4 years of gym. One year of Art is 1/2 unit. and 1 year of Music. And last, but not least, Social Studies 3 years! And you must pass all of them. Isn't that dumb!

It was funny that I keep saying I want to be an actor. When I was in high school the Goodman Theatre came to our school and offered a off-site class to be trained there. They were doing a Chicago Public Schools joint project. There was an extra fee but my parents thought it was a waste of money... Who knows where I'd be if I'd have taken that class... probably on a UPN sitcom playing the nerdy boss of Brandy right now...

Wednesday, Feburary 23, 1977

Nothing happened in school today. But Kervectin (sp?) is checking every one's absence notes to see if they were forged. Today Mr. Particle made us cases for mallet heads and my table made ours up-side-down. We had Co-Ed gym classes today. O'Keefe made us write down what happened to us this week; That's a laugh because nothing happened to me this week. Korshack was mad today because everyone was coughing. she said, "it sounds like a clinic in here'. So she gave us a punishment. she said if it's like this tomorrow we won't finish the chapter and we'll get a test and we'll have to turn in our work. Then I'm in trouble because I didn't do it!

Tuesday, February 22, 1977

Wallis is such a fag. He's always touching me. But I don't want to get sick on this book, so I'm glad he's going to Curie H.S. next year. As a matter of fact I will not know him after this year. Thank God. Let's skip school, that's good, but I have to back tomorrow, that's bad.

I have just tons of homework that I was going to finish tonight, but guess who came over -- Paul. So I didn't do a thing. 10:00- Mary Hartman. Cheryl watched it with me. I was so embarrassed because they were talking about lesbians. 10:30- You Can't Cheat an Honest Man. Went to bed listening to the radio.

I think that this might have been the time my sister talked to my parents about Mary Hartman and how I shouldn't be watching it.

Monday, February 21, 1977

Woke at 1:30. Watched Lucy, Beverly Hillbillies. From 2:30- 3:30- listened to tapes. 3:30- The Hot Rock. 5:00- My Favorite Martian. 5:30- Tapes, records, puzzle. 7:00-9:00- Paul was here. 9:30- Dean Martin's Celebrity Roast. 10:00- Mary Hartman: Heather wants to become a nun. 10:30- Tillie and Gus.

Went to bed at 12:45.

Sunday, February 20, 1977

12:00- Woke up from a call from Paul saying he was coming over, but I'd heard that before. He got here at 3. I think we did the same thing as yesterday. Worked on my puzzle and made a silly tape. I thought he could sleep over, but he couldn't. I asked three times.

7:00- The Spell. 8:30- 9:30 - Puzzle. Then he left. 9:30- 10:30- Puzzle. 10:30- Mystery Theatre; I taped it but it came out all fuzzy. 11:30- The Skull. 12:30- The 5 Pennies.

Then I went to bed.

The Spell was a made-for-tv version of Carrie. All I remember is some girl falling from some rope she was climbing on... I think I lived for these outsiders seek revenge movies. I so wanted to be able to make people's heads explode at this time.

Saturday, February 19, 1977

Woke at 12 from a phone call from Paul. He said he was coming over. 1-2 sat at the table with Nancy and Cheryl. Paul came at 2. We worked on my puzzle, played air hockey, etc, etc. He left at 5.

Worked on my puzzle to 6. 6:30- Muppets. 7:00- Mary Tyler Moore. 7:30- Bob Newhart. 8:00- All in the Family. 8-9, puzzle. 9:00- Talked to Randy. 10:00- Burns and Allen. 10:30 - Saturday Night Live. Paul called in the middle of it and we talked until 11:40. Paul and Randy may sleep over tomorrow. 12:15 - Love Happy. Went to bed at 2:45.

Nancy was my sister's best friend. I think she was her bridesmaid at her wedding. Nancy around this time became a born-again Christian and got a glassy look in her eyes. She constantly was preaching to me, and in fact brought me to her church and for about a year I was 'born-again' too. But then I got bored with it and started listening to Barbra Streisand, but that's another story. I remember Nancy got married around the same time as my sister, she didn't have any booze or music at her wedding. Her mother snuck around to all the guests and said that another party would be happening at the house where they'd really have fun.

Puzzles are wonderful. I miss doing them. They always put me in a tranquil state of mind.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Friday, February 18, 1977

Forgot to say yesterday that I've stopped reading Green Darkness. Science: All we get are lectures in that room. I hate it so much. I hate the kids, I hate the teachers and the work.

I.A. notes, Art made boxes. English; started reading the Scarlet Letter.

6:00- I Love Lucy. 6:30 - Get Smart. 7-9 - My Man Godfrey. 10:00 - Mary Hartman. 10;30- The Last Man on Earth. 12:30- The Creeping Terror. A stupid movie!

I see I'm still filled with hate and despair...

The Creeping Terror was awful, but I'll always remember it because the monster was just a big carpet.

Thursday, February 17, 1977

Today I got a TV for my birthday (that's in April). It's a 12 inch b/w. It's better than our TV because you can listen with the earphones. And it has instant on. Went to bed at 12:30.

Perhaps my parents were sensing that I was being neglected because of my sister... funny they gave me my birthday present two months early!

Wednesday, February 16, 1977

Everyone is talking about Cheryl's wedding and forgetting about me. I bet there not even going to go to my graduation. No one cares one thing about me; I just sit downstairs and read. I hardly have any friends or anything. I do anything right. I think when i grow up I want to be an actor. I'm getting lots of practice. I put on this act that I'm the quiet brainy type, but lately I've been thinking about killing people and when I do daydream about this, I seem to gain power, I don't know how to explain it. It's like I have a good and evil spirit.

Sometimes the good is present and sometimes the bad. Some times both. But good always seems to dominate. If there was someway to switch the good with the bad I would teach those who have given me insult a lesson. What would I do? I must think about this...

Read King Kong to page 156 went to bed at 12:00.

Wow! I don't know what got into me this day! It think this is a textbook case of the beginning of teenage angst and raging hormones! It's interesting to read this because I remember when the Columbine High School massacre happened, part of me remembered being so angry at everyone that if I had access to a gun I would have shot someone. All that anger and no place to dissipate it considering I would never have talked with my parents. I think this was the beginning of a period of extreme isolation for me that started with my sister's wedding.

Years ago I saw a therapist for a while and talked out a lot of these issues. All is forgiven.

and I never did become an actor... I found out I was terrible at it!

Tuesday, February 15, 1977

Science; He wasn't there so we had Mrs. Particle as a substitute. Did self-exam in I.A. Had the first day of Art with the stupid, crabby teacher we had for English. We were in there for a few minutes when everyone started yelling and making noise when O'Brian (remember her, she was my 6th grade teacher) came in and started yelling.

After school went to the store and got a puzzle with 1000 pieces. 4:00- Sweet November. 6:30- Get Smart. 7:00- Happy Days. 7:30- Laverne and Shirley. 8:00- RM, PM. 10:00- Mary Hartman. 10:30- Mystery Theatere: The Star Killers.

I've no idea what RM/PM was. I can't find anything on it.

Sweet November was one of my favorite movies of the day; a 1968 movie with Sandy Dennis and Anthony Newley where Dennis plays a dying woman who takes a new lover every month. I never missed it when it was on, I haven't seen it in 30 years.
They recently remade it with Keanu Reeves.

Monday, February 14, 1977

In Gym we played floor hockey. History got a 86 on test. After school watched Valley of the Dolls; they cut so much out it didn't make any sense.

7:00- Paul came over and we went to the library and I got Mystery in the Air. 10:00 Mary Hartman. 10:30- Mystery Theatre - Stamped for Death. 12:00- Started to read King Kong.

I think I mentioned before about the Channel 7 Afternoon movies and how they would cut the films to fit a 1 1/2 time slot. So sometimes they would cut out half of a film to fit it.

Sunday, February 13, 1977

Woke at 11:30. 12:00- ate. All day we sat around and listened to tapes. Randy left at 6:00. 6:00- Donald Duck's Life. 7:00- Space Odyssey: 2001, but didn't really see it because Paul and I were doing homework. 8:30- Oscar's Greatest Moments. 10:30- Mystery Theatre: The Queen of Cats. 12:00.

Saturday, February 12, 1977

Woke at 11:30. 12:15 talked with Randy and told him that we were going to see King Kong, but we left early at 12:30. Went to the show, but first went to get a couple records. 1:30 - King Kong, It was so sad at the end I almost cried. 7:00- Blansky's Beauties. 7:30- Randy came over. 8:00- Bob Newhart Show. 8:00- Lauren and Gail came over. We just sat there and watched All in the Family, Alice and The Carol Burnett Show. At 10:00 We all went downstairs to watch Randy's 8mm films. 11:30- We played Aggravation and we laughed at silly things until 1:00. 2:00- Listened to Burns and Allen. We went to bed when the sun came up at 7:30.

I have no memory of Blansky's Beauties... but it was a spin off of Laverne and Shirley starring Nancy Walker. Somehow it didn't make much of impression. And Lauren and Gail were 2nd cousins of mine who were my age. I have nothing but fond memories of them, we just used to laugh the whole time we were together. I recently ran into Gail at a family members funeral... she was still as giggly and silly 30 years later...

and concerning King Kong. I recently saw the remake of the remake... and I still think the 70s version is better despite the CGI special effects. I found the 2005 version very cold.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Friday, February 11, 1977

Today I woke at the usual time. But today Dad took Mom's car. so she took his car, but the car got stuck in the ice. So I didn't go to school in the morning. 9:00- Hollywood Squares. 10:00- Laid down until 11:00, then went to school.
English - O'Keefe is back.
3:30- The Body Kids. 6:30- Get Smart. 7:00- Sonny and Cher. 8:00- The Last Dinosaur. 10:00- Mary Hartman 10:30- House of Seven Corpses. 12:30- The Two Faces of Mr. Jekyll.

There was never anything sweeter than having being able to stay home and watch Hollywood Squares.

The House of 7 Corpses at the time was one of the scariest movies I think I'd seen. It was on a lot, but I still remember being frozen in the big orange chair in the basement, unable to move until it was over.

and I must have liked
the Last Dinosaur...

Thursday, February 10, 1977

The air is warmer. The snow is melting. Spring is here. I think? Science we got a lecture. I.A. Computer data. During lunch our room got in trouble for goofing off.

4:00- Went to the library for a few minutes and got a tape. Fred Allen and Red Skelton; listened to it when it when I got home. 6:30- Paul called and said he was coming over, then watched In Search of Martians. 7:00- Fantastic Journey. 8:00- People's Choice Awards. 10:00- Mary Hartman. 10:30- Guinness Book of World Records. Went to bed at 12:30.

I remember I loved Fantastic Journey and I think i might have had a tiny crush on Ike Eisenmann. He was on everything.

Wednesday, February 9, 1977

Today in school: I.A. Worked with computers.

3:30- The Grass is Always Greener. 5:00- Listened to tape I got from the libarary: The Wierd Circle. 6:00- Read and finished The Omen. 7:00- Bionic Woman. 8:00- Half hour of Rollerball. 9:00- Tales of the Unexpected. 10:00- Mary Hartman. 10:30- Mystery Theatre. 11:30- Started Green Darkness. Went to bed at 12:00.

Tuesday, February 8, 1977

Science. He was so mad at us because someone mixed their two substances when the mixes turned yellow. So that means we are not doing experiments for the rest of the year. English/Reading, the teacher is giving us homework by the pound because we were talking.

3:30- How To Marry a Millionaire. 6:00- Listened to tape I got from the library; The Silent Man. 6:30- Get Smart 7:00- Talked to Paul. 7:30- Laverne and Shirley. 8:00- Rich Man, Poor Man. 10:30- The Giant Spider Invasion.

Monday, February 7, 1977

In Gym we started floor hockey. 4:00- Went to the library and got out 5 books. Started "The Omen". 7:00- Paul came over and we listed to Gene's tapes when they started to unravel, so we spent most of the time trying to fix it. 10:00- Mary Hartman. 10:30- Mystery Theatre, one of the best ones I've ever heard called The Goddess.

Sunday, February 6, 1977

Randy said he's sleeping here on Feb 12. I hope. Woke at 12:40. Didn't do anything today until 3:30. Paul called and told me to come over. At first I didn't want to but then he got me to. I stayed at his house until 5:30. 6:00- Randy called and we talked for 15 minutes. 7:00- Rhoda. 7:30- Phyllis. 8:00- Paul called. 9:00- Talked to Randy. 10:30- Mystery Theatre. 12:45 - Wrote in here. Went to bed at 12:30.

Saturday, February 5, 1977

Woke at 11:00. 11:30- Way Out Games. 12:00- Kid's World. 1:15 World of Survival. 1:30 - As you may remember Randy said he was coming, so he called and said he didn't know what time he would be here. So I waited. 2:30- Here Come the Coeds with Abbott and Costello. 4:30- Green Acres. 5:00- Beverly Hillbillies. 5:30- Called Randy, then his mother called his grandmother's house. He called me back and said it was too late to come over. 6:00- The Goodies. 7:00- Mary Tyler Moore. 7:30- Bob Newhart. 8:30- Alice. 9:00- Carol Burnett. 10:40- - Talked to Randy. 10:50- Talked to Paul. 12:15 - Darling.

As usual, Randy stood me up again. As I've said before, things haven't changed, he's extremely unreliable when it comes to keeping appointments. And I don't remember seeing Darling. I can't believe I'd be interested in seeing a movie like that when I was 13. Must watch it again to see what kept my interest.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Friday, February 4, 1977

I must make this short. Finished mass production and we got our games. Music, we had that same Science substitute teacher, Ms. Wojack for two weeks. Reading, I'm not going to read Count of Monte Cristo, because it was too boring. 3:30- The Immortal. 6:00- I Love Lucy. 6:30- Get Smart. 7:30- The 39 Steps. 10;00- Mary Hartman. 10:30- Crucible of Terror. 1:00- Dracula's Castle, but was too tired to stay up and watch it. Went to bed at 1.

Referring to the games we got in I.A. That was what we were mass producing. Somewhere I think I still have it; it was a peg game that was similar to checkers.

The Immortal was one of my favorite TV movies. It was also a series which ran in the early 70s. Per IMDB.COM A professional race-car driver discovers that there are certain properties in his blood that will make him, basically, immortal. A dying multi-millionaire also finds out about the racer's blood, and is determined to get it to keep himself alive.

And Friday night horror movies in Chicago were the best!

Thursday, February 3, 1977

Science. Six kids got in trouble because of yesterday's substitute teacher. I.A. I hate this period. It was going fine until he told me to go to the sanding area, but I didn't go and then he screamed at me to get back to sanding. After sanding awhile he came up to me and said he was sorry. That really hurt my pride. It's bad enough being yelled at by your teacher, but to have him say he was sorry was really humiliating.

In English, O'Keefe is in the hospital for back problems, so we got yesterday's Science substitute. Math, first day sitting in back of McAdams. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.

Went to bed at 12:15.

Wednesday, February 2, 1977

Science, had substitute. I.A.; we started mass production. I have the easiest job, I drill the pilot hole. Just one hole, it's very easy. Gym, played a groovy game of volley ball. Math, McGuire told Kroner I was talking too much, so he moved me in the back of McAdams, if she says one word to me I'm telling on her.

3:30- The People. 5:30- Taped. 6:30- Get Smart. 7:00- The Bionic Woman. 8:30 - Paul called and we talked to 9:45. 10:00- Mary Hartman. 10:30- Mystery Theatre. Went to bed at 12:00.

I think I mentioned McGuire and McAdams before, but they were two girls who always picked on me.

Tuesday, February 1, 1977

Today in Science he gave us a lecture on improvement. I.A. We moved the machines so that they resembled an assembly line. In English, Mrs Particle was our sub, but she brought a bunch of little kids in the room with us who were on lunch.

3:30- The Omega Man. 5:00- Gave Eydie my book of Knock on Any Door. Also, taped Burns and Allen from the tape I got from the library. 6:30- Called Dick Lawrence and talked for five minutes. 7:00- Happy Days. 7:30- Laverne and Shirley. 8:00- Rich Man, Poor Man. 10:00- Mary Hartman; Loretta regained her memory. 10:30- A Shot in the Dark. Went to bed at 12:30.

Our Science teacher I think fancied himself another Zig Zigler, he would always give us long lectures about life every few days.

Monday, January 31, 1977

I've been coming down with a cold since Friday, but I haven't been writing about it. Today in school I was sneezing and everything else. In Science, Walis seems changed. I.A. He showed us a creepy film about eye safety. Gym, forgot shoes again.

3:30- The Stranger. 5:00- My Favorite Martian. 6:00- I Love Lucy. 6:30- Get Smart. 7:00- Captain and Tennille. 8:00- The Grammy Awards. 8:30- Took shower. 9:30- Read.

Got report card Reading G, Spelling S, Science S, History G, Math S, I.A S,

10:00- Mary Hartman. 10:30 Run for the Money. Then read and finished Knock on Any Door. Went to bed at 12:30.

I'm assuming that Walis got some of the smart ass kicked out of him by his parents.

Sunday, January 30, 1977

Everyday, everywhere the weather is getting worse. Also our natural gas is going. Jimmy Carter's answer is a four day work week and turning down the heat. They say that some homes will not have heat. I will probably laugh at this in July; but in Buffalo there are 10-15 feel drifts.

Woke at 1:00. 3:00-5:00- Union Pacific. 6:00- Went to Gene's new apartment. There we ate spaghetti. 8:00- We watched Roots, the last episode and I didn't tape it. Left at 10:00. 10:30- The Golden Globe Awards. Went to bed at 1:00.

I think everyone was frightened that year. The weather had never been so cold. But like I said, everyone forgot about it July.

Saturday, January 29, 1977

Woke at 12:30 watched a special about violence. 1:00- I watched a special about the hedgehog. 1:30 - When I Grow Up. 2:30- Abbott and Costello in a Night in the Tropics. 4:30- Green Acres. 5:00- Beverly Hillbillies. 5:30- Lucy. 6:00- Goodies. 6:30- Taped. 7:00- Ate. 7:30- Bob Newhart. 8:00- All in the Family. 8:30- Called Randy and talked until 9. 9:00- Roots. 10:00- Playing Soon at a Theatre Near You. 10:30- Called Randy, he's sleeping here on Feb 5. 11:30- Irma la Douce. Went to bed at 2:30.

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Friday, January, 28, 1977

Today was a horrible day, weather wise. Let me start with what I did today. 7:00- Paul called to say "There was no school because of the sub-zero weather". I was so excited that I couldn't sleep, so I stayed up and watched Ray Rayner. 8:00- Went back to sleep and woke up at 12:30. It was 13 below zero.

I found out that Freddie Prinze shot himself in the head because of his marriage, his wife left him. Also died was an old man, that I don't know his name, but he was 90!

1:00- Green Acres, 1:30- Lucy, 2:00- All in the Family. 2:30- Match Game. 3:00 The Gong Show. 3:00 It's Alive. 8:00- Roots, 12:00- Countess Dracula. 2:00 The Devil Doll. Went to bed at 3:30.

Go here for an interesting article on what was called the Winter of White Death

and the old man who died was this guy,
Burt Mustin. He was on a lot of sitcoms and movies during this period. Most known for his later appearances on All in the Family.

Thursday, January 27, 1977

No school. Woke at 10:50. 1:00- Green Acres. 2:00- All in the Family. 2:30- Superman. 3:00- The Gong Show. 3:30- I, Monster. I started to feel sort of sick. 5:00- My favorite Martian. 5:30- - Big Blue Marble. Worked on tape. 6:30- Paul called and we talked until 7:10. While we were talking I dropped a 2 quart bottle on my toes.

9:00- Roots. 10:00 - Mary Hartman. 10:30 A little of Good Night America. 12:00- Tonight Show.

Oh yes, Cheryl and I were sitting in the front room watching TV when Sparky blew one, so I got the spray and he then peed all over the place!

Good Night America was one of the first news shows at night; Geraldo was the host.

Wednesday, January 26, 1977

Today, let's talk about gym. Let's face facts, I don't like sports. Now I like sports, but not with kids that think it's the end of the world. Sometimes in gym I don't plan to go, like today because I didn't get much sleep last night. So they treated me like I was a leper.

4:00- Worked on Roots, still having trouble. 7:00- The Bionic Woman. 8-9 Worked on Roots. 9:00- Roots. 10:00- Mary Hartman. 10:30- Theatre of Blood. Went to bed at 12:45. No school tomorrow, records day.

As time went on, gym really was the thing I dreaded every day. I wish that schools really taught physical fitness and nutrition as opposed to team sports. I mean I wish that I would have been working with weights instead of sitting on the side because no one wanted me on their team.

Tuesday, January 25, 1977

Science, we had a sub. Music, he just let us do our work that we had to do. History, got a 100 on my test! 4:00- Worked on my Roots tape. 7:00- Happy Days. 7:30- The tape seem to be going crazy because their breaking, snapping and everything. 9:00- Roots. 10:00- Mary Hartman. 10:30- Mystery Theatre. 11:30- Read. Went to bed at 12:30.

I'm unsure what working on my Roots tape meant. It's possible I got in my head to read the whole book aloud, or I know that I taped the audio off of the TV maybe I was transferring it to reel-to-reel cutting out the commercials? I have no memory of doing either.

Monday, January 24, 1977

Another week of school, as if I care. Every day's the same. 9:00 - In Science, Schultz, Walis were making Dykel crack up by making jokes about Roots.

3:30- The Body Snatchers. 5:00- Started homework while listening to Poseidon Adventure on tape. 8:00- Roots, Chapter II. 10:00- Mary Hartman. Read Knock on Any Door to page 300. Went to bed at 12:15.

Sunday - January 23, 1977

Woke at 1. Well nothing happened all afternoon; it was very boring. 3-4 worked on Scrapbook II, or I should say my Mary Hartman scrap book because it has all that stuff that has to do with Mary Hartman in it.

Well time goes by so slow when your not doing anything. 5:00- Beverly Hillbillies. 5:30 - The "new 3 Stooges" 6:00- The Brady Bunch Hour. It is so stupid. GOD, it is so dumb, how could anything like that be on!

Matt bought a $10,000 car. Mike2 came over here when I was taping Roots. Must remember to put on gym shoes.

Went to bed at 12:30.

A couple years ago a DVD of two episodes of the Brady Bunch Variety Hour were release. It is horrible... but hilarious. It makes me very happy to watch it now.

Saturday, January 22, 1977

I woke today at about 11:00 from Mom and Dad screaming about money. You see she bought sheets for Cheryl's bed and he thought she was spending too much money. She got SO mad; she said she would never buy another thing as long as she lived because, and I quote, "I'm unemployed", unquote.

Another big thing of the day was I thought Sparky was sick because he didn't eat his dinner. But we found out that he just didn't like the stuff. So Mom and Dad aren't talking to each other, and the dog may still be sick. This was a real fun day. Went to bed at 3AM after watching Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House.

I think money was the only thing my parents ever fought about. And I think the fact that my mother was a 'housewife' and hadn't earned any money since 1948 was a constant tension between them. My mother actually didn't keep her promise not to buy another thing again. After my sister got married she started to compulsively buy groceries. This really needs to be another full post on my regular blog because it's such a long story; but in a nutshell she started buying damaged cheap food soon after the wedding and didn't stop for five years, until the basement looked like a homeless food pantry warehouse. Recently after her stroke my sister and I tried to clean the basement up a bit, we threw rusted cans of chicken broth away that had expiration dates on it of 1983.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Friday, January 21, 1977

Today was a day of tests. We did an experiment with screws in Science. I.A. test, got a S+. Then music, what a bore. Finished Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. History test.

5:00 - My Favorite Martian. 5:30 - Big Blue Marble. 6:00- I Love Lucy. 6:30 - Get Smart. 7:00 - Things to Come, one of my favorite movies. 9:00- Love Boat II. 10:00- Mary Hartman.
10:30 - Tonight Show. 12:30 - Vampire Circus. Went to bed at 2:00.

Thursday, January 20, 1977

It's Inaugural Day. Carter is our new president. Today was a late day. We had a puppet show today from 9:30 - 10:30. Aesop's Fables. It was pretty good, but it was made for younger kids.

Started Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in English/Reading.

After school I danced twice to Rhapsody in Blue. 5:30- Big Blue Marble. 6:00- I Love Lucy. 7:00 - Monsters: Real or Myths. 9:00- Watched a re-run of the inaugural. 10:00- Mary Hartman. 10:30 - Mystery Theatre, for a 1/2 hour but I'd heard it before. Read Knock on Any Door to page 176. Went to be at 12:15.

I remember Mr. O'Keefe when ever he would talk about Dr. Jekyll would pronounce his name "Jee-kel" With a long 'e' sound. It drove me nuts.

And another embarrasing admission: I used to really dance around to Rhapsody in Blue. I'd invented some story about a princess or something and I'd run around the basement using furniture throws as dresses and jumping on pillows. I used to do it over and over.

and why did it take me until I was 22 to admit to myself I was gay!

Wednesday, January 19, 1977

I.A. had substitute. Gym, I forgot to put on gym shoes this morning, so I didn't have gym. Lunch was indoors.

After school Aunt Fran and Aunt Anna were here. 5:00 - My Favorite Martian. 5:30- Big Blue Marble. 6:00- I Love Lucy. 7:00 - Bionic Woman. 9:00- Homework. 10:00- Mary Hartman. 10:30 - Mystery Theatre. Read Knock on Any Door to page 105.

Both Aunt Fran (my Uncle Bruno's wife) and Aunt Anna (my mother's sister) are long dead. Aunt Fran reminded me of a female version of Arthur Godfrey. Short, always smoking, with a harsh nasal voice. Aunt Anna was a small petite woman who was a lot like Molly Picon. They both made me nervous; my Aunt Anna was 20 years older than my mother, so she would have been in her seventies at the time. I remember thinking that I could catch 'old' from her...

Tuesday, January 18, 1977

Well today was like any other day. School was the same. Everything is the same. The only thing was in History the teacher wanted "Roots" the book from the library. Walis was going to get it. I had to go to the library anyway, so I went. He wasn't there. The book wasn't there. I got a book of O'Henry stories. I also got a cassette of Burns and Allen and Mrs. Goldberg. Listened to them at 8:00.

10:00 - Mary Hartman. 10:30- Tale of Two Cities was on the radio, but I didn't finish it. Went to bed at 12:30.

Sorry that above story is confusing to me too... I have no idea why Walis had to go to the library to get Roots? Nevermind...

Monday, January 17, 1977

Cher is so stupid. She bought a bed without thinking where she was going to put it. So it's in my bedroom against my wall. My bed is against the window. It's going to stay there until August or until they find an apartment. So here I am sitting in my cramped room. My bed feels strange, like it isn't my bed. I don't want to write much today, so bye for now.

Started "Knock on Any Door".

That huge king size bed did stay in my bedroom until way after my sister got married. I think it was the beginning of feeling like I didn't matter much because of my sister's upcoming wedding. I was slowly coming invisible. After the bed, other wedding apartment things started being put into my bedroom like it was a storage room.

Knock on Any Door was a great book. I should re-read it. One thing I remember from it was one of the characters peeing and reading on a stall door: "No matter how much you shake and dance, the last few drops go down your pants." Funny the things you remember.

Sunday, January 16, 1977

I was cold. VERY COLD!!!! It was 20 degrees below zero at it's lowest. Woke at 11:30. Three Stooges until 12. Laid down until 12:45 there was ice on all the bedroom windows. At 3:00 - Gene and Eydie came over. Gene was monkeying around with the phonograph, then about 4:30 I showed Eydie Cheryl's pictures. One thing led to another and soon all our family pictures were out. By the time we were done looking at them it was 6:30. 7:00- Rhoda. 7:30 - Phyllis. 10:30 - Mystery Theatre, another O'Henry Story. Went to bed at 12:00.

Saturday, January 15, 1977

I'm getting gray. It's seems funny, but I am. I don't want to write today, but I will. Woke at 11:00. 1:30 - The Head That Wouldn't Die. 3:00 - The World of Abbott and Costello. 4:30 - Green Acres. 5:00 - David Copperfield, part 1. 6:00 - The Goodies. 6:30 - David Copperfield, part 2. 7:00 - Mary Tyler Moore. 7:30 - Bob Newhart. 8:00- Black Sabbath. Paul called at 9:30. 10:30 - The Old Fashioned Way. 12:00- You're Telling Me. Went to to bed at 2:15. Oh yes! We went out for pizza at 11:30.

So according to this diary entry I was sitting in front of the TV almost 12 hours non-stop, except for a short break to talk on the phone and eat pizza... no wonder I was going grey.

I didn't go pre-maturely grey... but I always had these 15 strands of hair on the side that were grey... I think they fell out a few years ago... because I don't see them now...

Monday, February 19, 2007

Friday, January 14, 1977

Oh My God!!! My mother found this diary. I must have left it out at night; I don't know what she read, if she read anything at all.

So in school the same old thing. I'm not reading, First Men in the Moon. 5:00 -My Favorite Martian. 6:00 - I Love Lucy. 6:30 - Get Smart. 7:00- The Front Page (1934 version). 9:00 - Fantasy Island. 10:00 - Mary Hartman. 10:30 - Giant Gila Monster. Went to bed at 1:00.

My mother never had much respect for my privacy. She would often read my diary and then comment to me about stuff later on. Years later when I was a senior in high school she read another diary I kept and I wrote something like "keep your nose out of my stuff bitch"... she didn't talk to me for two weeks, but she couldn't tell me why she was mad because she would have to had admitted that she was reading my diary. Ah, adolescence.

Thursday, January 13, 1977

Didn't do much but finish The Invisible Man. 5:00- My Favorite Martian. 5:30-6:30 - Homework. 6:30 - In Search of Ancient Fliers. 7:00- Homework. 7:30 - Called Paul. 8:00 - Nova: Warm Blooded Dinosaurs. 9:00- 10:00- Homework. 10:00- Mary Hartman. 10:30 - Mystery Theatre (It's O'Henry week). Started First Men in the Moon. Went to bed at 12:00.

Wednesday, January 12, 1977

Not going to write much today because nothing happened. I got to school a little late, so I didn't know what was going on. But there was no heat in our school. So we went to the Kennedy Auditorium.

That's all I can say. I spent six hours sitting, except for 40 minutes for lunch. It was so boring I walked home. 3:30 - Dinah. 5:00 - My Favorite Martian. 5:30 - Fell asleep until 8:30. 10:00 - Mary Hartman. 10:30- Mystery Theatre. 11:30-12:00 - Read and finished The Island of Dr. Moreau. Went to bed at 12:15.

Tuesday, January 11, 1977

It was a half day today. I'm going to tell you what happened. Remember Walis, the big fat galoot of a kid. He had to get a paper signed by O'Keefe because he never does his homework. He was afraid to tell his parents, so he signed his mother's name. I think he comes from a psychopathic family, because he's always getting beat up.

He got into so much trouble he had to all up his parents and tell them what he did.

Finished "Carrie". Went to bed at 12:00. Cheryl went to a bridal fashion show.

Poor Walis. I remember him as being sort of an broken intellectual. He was really smart, but had a strange screwed up quality to him. I remember my mother hated him and was one of the few times she told me to stay away from someone.

Monday, January 10, 1977

Today I'm going to talk about the news. But I'm not going to write a lot because I'm reading "Carrie".

Every week or so I should say, "Today, there's a fire" and how many people are killed. Mike told me that a piece of Antarctica is melting and it's going to raise the level of the ocean 250 feet.

I'm going to kill that dog, he did it again; came into my room and peed just because I wouldn't let him go downstairs. He's so stupid. Read to page 115. Went to bed at 1:00. It was Sparky's birthday today. And Jim Thompson was inaugurated.

I'm certainly not one to dis-believe about global warming. But I find that being told that Antarctica is melting in 1977 is a little amusing.

And poor Sparky and his bladder problem... it was his downfall. He was also going through some major issues emotionally because Cheryl was now serious with Mike and was ignoring him.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Sunday, January 9, 1977

Woke at 12:00. Really didn't do anything all afternoon. Paul left at 4:30. Oh, yes, we did go to the store for Cher. He is always asking stupid questions like: Why are Cher and Mike getting married.

4:30 - Beverly Hillbillies. 5:00 - Caves. 5:30 - Let's Make a Deal. 6:00 - Homework.

7:30 - THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT. 10:00- More homework. 11:00- David Niven's World. Went to bed at 12:30.

That's Entertainment made a huge impression on me. It was the first time that I had been exposed to the movie musical, besides The Wizard of Oz.

I recall David Niven's World being a very cozy Sunday night show with him traveling around the world talking quietly about foreign lands...

Saturday, January 8, 1977

Paul slept over today. Woke at 12:00. He came over at about 7:00. We cleaned up the basement, etc, until about 10:00, when we went to my bedroom and looked at this diary. 10:30- Listened to the Mystery Theatre, played cards and stuff, until about 2. We played Crazy 8s and Tong. I lost three games, he lost one.

About 5:00 when we were going to bed, he started act like a baby. He wanted all the covers. We went to sleep at 5:30.

Tong was a game that my parents would play with my Uncle Tony and Uncle Bruno. It basically was Poker, except that when you got a winning hand you slammed you hand on the table and yelled "TONG".

When I write that Paul acted like a baby I don't think I'm exaggerating. He would stamp his feet and talk in a baby voice and pretend to cry saying things like "Paulie want blanket". Looking back on it, it seems very strange.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Friday, January 7, 1977

Yesterday did another composition about THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO . I'm going to just put down things that happened from now on. In Science, did experiment about melting iodine. Music, that room is such a bore, I almost fell asleep.

During lunch Wallis was making such a pig of himself that Troy made him sit by himself. Reading, read part of the Time Machine, finished it later on during the day.

I was reading The Christmas Carol on tape. I still have two more chapters, and I'm still not finished. That's all I'm writing. Went to bed at 2:00.

If I ever find my tapes of my reading the Christmas Carol, I'll be sure to post them for all the world to hear. But I think that they must be destroyed or thown away. Too bad, I bet they are a hoot.

Thursday, January 6, 1977

Today I'm going to talk about Mary Hartman, because the show was on a for a year. Yesterday I remember while it first came one. It started with a mass murder, and I can't say ended because it hasn't ended. Mary has her own style; a brand of comedy that no one has matched.

Some of my favorite shows are when Loretta was on Dinah and she made that crack about the Jews. And the last show of the season when everything happened, Charlie got shot, Mary had a nervous breakdown, and Cathy ran away.

So may I wish to the show 'Good Luck'. Good luck to Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. Went to bed at 12:40.

This is a bit like when blogs collide, but I just did a post about Mary Hartman on my other blog. Click here if you haven't read it.

Wednesday, January 5, 1977

Today I saw a show about violence in America. And it does affect children. It doesn't affect me, but some kids there heroes are Batman and Robin, so they act like them. They come up to you on the street and they start kicking and hitting. They think Happy Days Fonzie started the boys to act like him.

There's no more room. Went to bed at 12:45.

Tuesday, January 4, 1977

I'm not going to write about school today, because it's always the same. I'm always being picked on, because I'm not like them. I don't smoke or make out under the bridge. I just sit around and watch TV and read. I used to pal around with lots of girls, but they are in another room (like Brown) or they are stuck-ups like Kim and they snub there nose at me because I don't meet their standards. McAdams and McGyer, Ryan and Wojack are what we are supposed to be to be cool, but if that's cool I'd rather be square.

Mary Hartman means more to me than the whole school could, put together. It's taught me more about life and that's more than those punks know.

Almost everyone I meet likes me. Let's face it I'm different. What they like, I don't like. I like the opposite people, places. Music, especially.

Now I must go, I'm wasting a whole page and who knows what tomorrow will bring. Went to bed at 12:30.

I think that the world was just on my shoulders at the beginning of 1977... and it didn't seem like I was getting a lot of sleep!

Monday - January 3, 1977

Had trouble falling asleep. I maybe fell asleep at 4:30 or 5:00. And to top that I woke at 8:15. In school the usual. Science, I.A. Took notes. He gave us a lecture on the high price of living. Gym; they were fixing the heating unit in there, but we still went in the gym. It was so cold; I'd guess about 40 degrees. And to top it off they made us take our shirts off...

3:00- Space Angel . I can't remember the time, but I was taping comic books with me as all the actors. It came out pretty good.

7:00- Rhoda. 7:30 - Phyllis. 8:00- Maude. 8:30 - All's Fair. 10:00- Mary Hartman. Fell asleep while watching the Tonight Show.

Sunday, January 2, 1977

Last night before they (Gene and Eydie) left; they watched Those Magnificant Men in Their Flying Machines until 12:00. the movie ended at 1:15. I went to bed at 3. Woke today at 3:00. Watched Angry Red Planet; it was so stupid. I wasted the whole day sleeping. The Christmas tree was taken down today. Tha's all for Christmas for a year.

At 6:00 - Emergency One. 7:00 - A half hour of McMillian. I found out that his wife died in the series. 8:00 - WW and the Dixie Dance Kings. 10:00 - Washed Hair. 10:30- A Star is Born, the 1937 version. It was very good. Back to school again. I hope I can get up tomorrow. Went to bed at 12:45.

I recently re-watched Those Magnificant Men... it was terribly dull.

Saturday, January 1, 1977

A New Year. 1977! Who knows what will happened. It may be the best year, but then again it may not. Woke at 10:50, from Sparky wanting to go out. That dog has to go out every three minutes and I'm the one who has to let him out.

At 11, watched a musical with Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra. I think I saw it before but it had a different title. Oh, yes the name of the movie was Anchors Away. While watching TV I fell asleep about 2:00 and woke at 4. Watched Angel in My Pocket. then Gene came by to eat. They are trying to have a baby.

7:00- Mary Tyler Moore. 7:30 - Bob Newhart. 8:00 - Belle of Amherst. I will will tell you about that tomorrow, also what happened the rest of the night.

Poor Sparky had bad kidneys. He was probably about 11 at this point and a pure bred. My parents had no patience for animals; and had him put to sleep as soon as my sister got married. My brother and his wife never did have a baby.

And I'm planning on re-watching Belle of Amherst soon. It was one of those PBS staples that was always on at pledge drive time. I remember that I was always moved by the performance of Julie Harris, and she became one of my favorite actresses because of this show.

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Friday, December 31, 1976

I was going to pour my heart out on these last two pages of this diary, but there's nothing to pour. woke at 2:30.

Watched Match Game 76, or should I say Match Game 77. 3:30- Gay Paree. 5:00 - Dick Van Dyke and Company. 6:30- Odd Couple. 7:00- It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. This is the funniest movie I've ever seen. 10:00- I spent all New Year's Eve alone. You see my whole family went to a party. I had a fun (ha!) evening anyway. 10:00- Mary Hartman. 10:30- Duck Soup. 12:00- The Flying Deuces. From 1:00 - 1:40- Read my diary. 1:45, Abbot and Costello Meet the Invisible Man.

I don't like this new year because I'm going to have to go to high school. Well, the next time I write in here it will be a new year. 1977!!!!

Saw the last Bi-Centennial minute.

Went to bed at 5:00.

I don't know why I stayed home by myself and didn't go to the party. Maybe it was because I couldn't miss Mary Hartman? But I recall that most of my New Year's Eve nights were spent watching classic films on WGN and WLS. WGN would always show Marx Bros movies and then after midnight WLS would show Astaire and Rogers films like Top Hat. I don't think I went to an actual New Year's Eve party until I was 19 or so.

And Mad World, still remains one of my favorite films. I finally saw it at the Cinerama Theatre in L.A on a huge screen. Laine Kazan and Michelle Lee were sitting behind me.

I wish that all the
Bicentennial minutes were released. I remember that at the beginning there were all these big stars doing them, but to do 365 of them the started to slip into the Loretta Swifts and McLean Stevenson about August.

See you all next week in 1977.

Thursday, December 30, 1976

Well didn't sleep as late today. Woke at 2:30 and watched Match Game. 3:30- I Remember Mama. 6:00- Dick Van Dyke. 6:30- Odd Couple. 7:00 - Van Dyke and Company. 8:00- My new soap, "Strange Paradise". 9:00- Tried and succeeded in taping a story.

10:00- Mary Hartman, Loretta got amnesia. 10:30 - Tonight Show. 11:30 - Played checkers with Cheryl, 3 games. I lost all. 1:00- Land of the Giants. Read and finished Time Traders.

Sparky had the nerve to come into my bedroom when I was sitting there and pee... Was I mad!

Went to bed at 3:30.

Wednesday, December 29, 1976

I feel so stupid. First for writing Tuesday's entry on Thursday page, then second for sleeping until 4:00! Remember for the time I put down that I go to bed is not the time I fall asleep; it may vary from 5 minutes to 5 hours. Well 4:00- I Remember Mama. 5:00- My Favorite Martian. 6:30 - Odd Couple. 7:00- CPO Sharky. 8:30- The Practice.

I have found my new Dark Shadows, but it's a new soap opera, that I haven't caught the story yet. 10:00- Mary Hartman. 11:30 - Worked on scrap book. 1:00- Land of the Giants. Started to read Time Traders to page 114.

Oh, yes the name of the soup is called "Strange Paradise". Went to bed at 2:45.

I used to be a regular viewer of CPO Sharky. I have no memory of The Practice, but a IMDB reviewer claims it was one of the best sitcoms he'd seen.

and I think I thought that Strange Paradise was a new show. But it was from 1969. It was a clone of Dark Shadows. It was set on some island and had lots of references to voodoo.

Tuesday, December 28, 1976

Woke at 12:30 from a phone call from Paul. After a while he started to talk dumb, like saying that I was stupid for reading books. So I told him that I didn't want him to come over.

1:00- Green Acres. 1:30 - Paul came anyway. We played checkers. 5:30 - Big Blue Marble. 6:30- Odd Couple. 7:00 - Happy Days. 7:30- Went to the library and took out about 7 books. Oh yes, Paul got me "Carrie".

8:30- Rich Man, Poor Man. 10:00- Mary Hartman. 10:30 - Tonight Show. 12:00- Tomorrow. 1:00- Land of the Giants. Went to bed at 2:30.

I'm not sure what Paul intension was to insult me about reading books and then getting me a book. I remember reading "Carrie" very clearly. It was the first time I'd ever heard of Stephen King. And the first time I ever read about a period!

Monday - December 27, 1976

So another day, another dollar as they say. Because today I got three! So now I have a total of $20. First $5 from Grandma, then $2 from Uncle Tony and Aunt Celica. $10 from Gene and Eydie and today $3 from Aunty Mae and Mike.

Woke at 1:00. There were so many phone calls all day long. 1:00- Green Acres. 1:30 - Lucy. 2:00 - All in the Family. 2:30 - Match Game.

3:00- Randy called from downtown. 3:30. The Snow Queen. 5:00- My Favorite Martian. 5:30 - Got a phone call from my cousin Tom, who I hardly know. Well he invited us to his party. Friday (New Year's Eve) where there's going to be a party with everyone on my mother's side coming. 6:00- Washed hair. 6:30- Odd Couple. 7:00 - The Goodies. 7:30 - Went to Mike(2) house. To know which Mike I'm talking about I'm putting a "1" next to Cher's Mike and a "2" next to Aunty Mae's Mike.

I've no more room.

I'm shocked that I got money from my Grandmother. I really never knew her because my mother hated my father's side of the family and we never had much to do with them. My Uncle George lived on the corner and we hardly ever saw them. My Grandmother lived with them for a long time. I remember my parents having fights because my mother thought that they were going to have to take in the old woman.

Sunday, December 26, 1976

Woke late today at 1:30. Paul came over. Played cards and listened to Poe tape. Not much happened after that.

8:30 - "When the Year That Was", a funny look at last year. 10:00 - No Honestly. 10:30 - Mr Deeds Goes to Town, parts I didn't see. Not much to write so that's all I'm going to write. Went to bed at 2:45.

Saturday, December 25, 1976

I didn't watch TV all day (almost). It's strange that I like Christmas Eve better than Christmas, but that all depends. I woke at 1:00 and almost went straight to my Monster's Book, that I finished today. 4:30 - Gene and Eydie came over. We ate roast. About 7:30 - Mike and his folks came by. I didn't even say 'hi'.

Gene was looking at my Movie Book that has a chapter on sex. Aunt Cecila saw it too yesterday. I was so embarrassed. 8:00 - 12:00 - We all watched films of the family. When we got to the one with Cheryl as a baby taking a bath the bulb blew out. Another one would cost $10! M.D.P. Went to bed at 3:15.

Might see the new version of King Kong tomorrow.

I can still feel the embarrassment of of my Aunt Celica looking at the Movie book. There was a chapter on sex, and the photo was from I Am Curious Yellow. It was a scene with a couple nude pressed together, standing in a nude embrace. Really no gental action, but pretty risque stuff to give a 13 year old. My aunt just went 'Oh!' and quickly turned the page. My Aunt Celica just died last week. I wrote a post about it on my Hole in the Head blog.

and I have no idea what M.D.P means. I'm sure it was so masterbatory code that's lost in time.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Friday, December 24, 1976

I must make a decision. What about I will tell you later. Woke at 10:00, but went back to bed at 11:00. Woke again at 12:30. Let's skip the afternoon (I'm very tired now) On WIND, they played A Christmas Carol with Lionel Barrymore. 7:00 - Mr Magoo's Christmas Carol. 8-9:30 - Off and on watched Chester's Mystery Plays. 9:30- For a half hour read A Christmas Carol.

10:00- My favorite episode of Mary Hartman. Everything good happened. 10:30- Mystery Theatre did a version of A Christmas Carol. 12:00- Midnight Mass. 1:00- For once we opened our presents on Christmas Eve. I got a Monster Movie Book and a very fancy diary. So should I stop this one at the end of the year or go on. I don't know.

Went to bed at 4:10.

This must have been the year I was obsessed to see/hear/read every version of A Christmas Carol.

and I didn't stop writing in the raggedy red diary. I've no idea where the fancy diary went to.

Thursday, December 23, 1976

Something happened during the night. Yesterday I was feeling good, but during the night my nose was so clogged it hurt. It was like my whole body hurt. So I didn't go to school. There was a party at school today too, so I missed it (Oh, well).

Woke at 12:30 - Watched Casper. 1:00- Green Acres. 1:30 - Lucy. 2:00 - Beverly Hillbillies. 2:30- Match Game. 3:00- Popeye. 3:30- "Getting Away From It All" 5:00- My Favorite Martian. 6:00- Dick Van Dyke. 6:30- Odd Couple. 7:00 - Meet Me in St. Louis (I taped it). 9:00- Merv Griffin. 10:00- Mary Hartman. 10:30- Androcles and the Lion . 12:10 - Listened to Ed Schwartz. 1:10 - 2:30 - The Boogyman Will Get You If You Don't Watch Out

I'd just recently watched The Boogyman movie. It's funny because it a childhood favorite of a friend of mine. I swore I never saw it. And had no memory of seeing it. It was pretty forgettable.

Wednesday, December 22, 1976

Today was weird. Got out of school at 10:45, so that the teachers could get paid. In I.A. worked on a crossword puzzle. Gym, didn't do anything; just sat around. 11:00- Watched Daley's funeral. 12:00- Casper. 1:30 - Green Acres. 2:30 - 3:30 Popeye. 5:00- My Favorite Martian. 6:00- Homework while I listened to my tape of "Look: We've Come Through".

9:00- Paul called. 10:00- Mary Hartman. 10:30- - Took a bath, while listening to Mystery Theatre.

I'm not reading "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court", because it was too boring.

Tuesday, December 21, 1976

IN I.A. raced Dykel and won with my car. History, took test that I should have taken Wednesday. After school, "How to Steal a Million Dollars" part 2. Listened to tapes all afternoon. 7:00 - Happy Days. 7:30 - Laverne and Shirley. 8:00- Rich Man, Poor Man. 10:00- Mary Hartman. 10:30 - Look: We've Come Through.

12:15 - Tomorrow Show. Went to bed at 1:10.

I'm making an effort to link movies and tv shows to imdb.com when I can. But it's interesting that some stuff isn't even mentioned, such as Look: We've Come Through...

Also a word about the afternoon movies. Channel 7 used to show movies every day at 3:30. And they had a awful habit of just cutting the movies to pieces. They would show something like Hitchcock's "Torn Curtain" but break it up into two separate days, and still cut out a half-hour of the movies. Roger Ebert wrote scathing articles about this practice. The Channel 7 afternoon movie is probably best known for starting the career of Freddie Silverman uber producer of NBC in the late 70s. He had this idea of putting on a week of big monkey movies: King Kong, Mighty Joe Young, Son of Kong. And some guy in a monkey suit introduced them. It was a huge hit. And from there he went on to Super Train.