Some other observations about “The Wonder Years”. They played an overload of way too sentimental music from the sixties like (Joni Mitchell and Johnny Rivers). I think this was more relevant to some of the writers than it would have been to the kids of that time. Yeah I developed a taste for Joni Mitchell but as a kid I was much more interested in the latest Led Zeppelin IV with “Stairway to Heaven” (voted by my classmates as the most popular album of the year) which was released in the fall of 1971, beginning of my junior year in high school.
This leads me to another observation. The show could not extend the “Wonder Years” into Kevin Arnold’s senior year in high school just because at that point his innocence is long gone. If you ask me he was too mature for them to extend the show into his 11 grade year either. The show was popular and one of the reasons they could keep going is cause the actor Fred Savage was still young looking enough (he was 15 when the show ended).
I myself was a late bloomer (didn’t develop breasts or reach puberty until 15) but by the time I was in my junior year (11th grade, 16/17 years old) I was already experimenting with LSD which was easier to score in my neighborhood than pot, and I lost my virginity at 17. (Halfway through my senior year I moved out of my parents house.) So my youthful wonder and innocence was totally shot after I finished my sophomore year (grade 10). I was more like the character of Kevin’s hippie sister Karen (except that I didn’t get married and have a kid).
People are so “connected” they can no longer truly connect.
Is there anything about ladies?
There should be..the naked truth ..no matter what lifting one does everyone gets old and then….on never mind.
Hiya Jack smoothie time 😀
excellent sign! we need those in Murica but the phone companies would “lobby”, and probably bring lawsuits as their precious profits were being infringed on or some such bullshit.
damnit this was supposed to be for the pic above…
What do people want ~ A delay to take their flight or to get blown up by the person across the aisle who also wasn’t inconvenienced by security checks and to end up floating around in pieces?! IMO, privatization would be less secure, more expensive, and more likely to result in tragedy.
privatization is always bullshit, always costs more and is less efficient.
For me I’ll take inconvenience Vera. The thought of being blown up doesn’t appeal to me. Why spend all the money to privatize and be less safe.
The sad part is that he was going to Disney World.
Poor guy didn’t make it, at least not at an age to enjoy Jack.
“The Wonder Years” TV show (1988-1993) was written to relate the junior high/high school experience circa 1968-1973. Huge disservice to the show was their insistence on repeating the same schmaltzy songs like Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides, Now”, over and over and over. Sheeeeesh.
With the prevalent theme of anti war protests going on at the time and the war being broadcast into your home everyday (which they did accurately portray), they would have been better off playing more songs like “War” very popular song from 1970.
This idiot has developed a funky like following, those from HP pre 2011 know, now so called Hillary supporters not only defend the racist Clinton policies of the 90s but deflect it back to W.Bush. This guy uses a nom de plume as far as I can tell and was an Obama puppy in the 2012 campaign.
“welfare reform was not all bad, Most people agree it had many positive aspects. It provided a parth to work and got many generational people off of welfare. There were fewer people on welfare and more workers making good wages at the end of the Clinton Administration. Bush screwed us all over, and the blowback hurt everyone. That is no reason to blame the Clintons.”
From what I have read dependency and poverty are not a cause and effect situation. Dependency may be down but the poverty part HAS never been addressed nor those who were dependent got ANY benefit other than a path to incarceration. Now let me remember how has the president that increase jails culminating in superman facilities? Nope it was not Bush, though he did take-up that torch.
You spelled “Bernie Sanders” way wrong ~ just sayin’ ❤
Oh! BTW, it’s ok to spell it Bernie.
But will that be understood by the powers who decide what gets chucked out (aka DWS)?
On the NYC primary ballots he was listed as Bernie Sanders—of course regardless of spelling he gets purged.
I know. The anointed one made it so.
but…, but…, “it’s her turn”!
Another thing depicted in the “Wonder Years” TV show was the homage to Robert Kennedy, (they did a play). And the Junior High School in the show was named RFK. (My high school was named JFK). My high school class also paid tribute to Roberts Kennedy. I remember the art class put together a montage of video clips with another hugely popular song from 1970. Another song they could have / should have played on the show.
Hey Wavester—TWY was such a wholesome show—even with BUTTHEAD older brother—and seems to be so accurate in the depiction of that era.
Hiya Jack, yes they did get a lot of things right on the show. Like the fact that suburbia comfortablely distanced families from the cold hard realities of war images on TV evening news served up to you during your dinner hour. The mainstream news back then was still willing to bring you accurate accounts, and did not hide as much news as they do today.
Yeah the show itself was way wholesome and sweet, undoubtedly enabling its longevity spanning over 5 seasons. Curiously the similarly styled show “Freaks & Geeks” only lasted one year. Although F&G did later achieve cult status. The show probably didn’t get as huge positive feedback because of it’s more controversial stance. It portrayed its characters closer to the dynamics witnessed in a real high school setting.
What I would like to see is TWY time period redone with the characters from F&G. In my high school circa 1969-1973 we – “the vestiges of the 60’s hippies” actively referred to ourselves as “freaks”. To us it was a compliment, like calling someone a “free thinker”.
I just saw the description about F&G—something to the effect that these guys would become the media millionaires of the . com era and I remembered how the WTY crowd became the 80’s Greed poster children, just musing.
F&G Probably was too gritty in comparison as middle school tends to be more innocent than HS.
Your musings seem to be spot on Jack. Yes – F&G was more “gritty”. Accurate description. I wasn’t stoned while in school like James Franco’s character. But as soon as I walked out the door I was. TWY was too sweet to portray drug use. Although they did depict pregnancy scares. Not enough rock n roll.
Obviously you’ve never been parent to a child in middle school.
Most of the kids I did do drugs with started in middle school.
My comment was more focused on Jack’s comment “middle school tends to be more innocent than HS.”
As for me, I was way too focused on work, raising my siblings, & both middle- and high-school to get into drugs. I guess I dodged that bullet.
But I was a child in middle school.
Jeff Merkley Becomes First Senator to Endorse Bernie Sanders
“Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon endorsed Bernie Sanders for president on Wednesday, becoming the first member of the U.S. Senate to back him and breaking from the large majority of Democratic leaders who are supporting front-runner Hillary Clinton.”
Bernie also picked-up super delegates Larry Taylor and Lupita Maurer in Oregon–why is this important? Just because the Hillary team has been saying pack it in we got it all—she may take the nomination but the process is not over.
Good news – I hope it spreads.
Another popular song from 1970 shoulda been played on TWY.
Hey I heard this song by someone else—-I like this better.
Badfinger – wildly popular band on the Beatles Apple record label. Here’s two more from them during my high school years.
Hey I’m really digging these guys—Thanks!
Glad you liked them, so did I.
One thing I would have liked to have seen more accurately portrayed on the Wonder Years was the hair and clothes. Real high school kids of that era had longer straighter hair, even the jocks. No one had their hair cut above the ears. Also everyone wore denim jackets then, everyone. Plus no one wore straight legged high waisted jeans, not in NY. Everyone wore low-rise tight fitting bell bottom blue jeans. Period. It was like the dress code then. Bell bottoms only died out after 1976.
” Bell bottoms only died out after 1976.” THANK PROVIDENCE 😀
Oh definitely- bell bottoms were ugly as sin. But you can’t have an accurate portrayal of that time period without them. They were everywhere, that’s all that anyone wore.
We have been so programmed to think that the two major parties of the united states are the EMBODIMENT of what it means to be a liberal/progressive moderate/conservative and the values and ideologies assigned the parties.
Political Parties, striped down are nothing more than privately funded institutions that nominate the individual they want to be POTUS.
There is nothing to prevent anyone from writing in Bernie in as YOUR nominee let’s make Bernie POTUS without the need of these corrupt organizations:
In 1928, Herbert Hoover won the Republican Massachusetts presidential primary on write-ins, polling 100,279.
In 1940, Franklin D. Roosevelt won the Democratic New Jersey presidential primary with 34,278 write-ins.
In 1944, Thomas Dewey won the Republican Pennsylvania presidential primary with 146,706 write-ins.
In 1948, Harold Stassen won the Republican Pennsylvania presidential primary with 81,242 write-ins.
In 1952, Robert A. Taft won the Republican Nebraska presidential primary with 79,357 write-ins.
Also in 1952, Estes Kefauver won the Democratic Pennsylvania presidential primary with 93,160 write-ins.
Also in 1952, Dwight Eisenhower won the Republican Massachusetts presidential primary with 254,898 write-ins.
In 1956, Dwight Eisenhower won the Republican Massachusetts presidential primary with 51,951 write-ins.
In 1960, Richard Nixon won the Republican Massachusetts presidential primary with 53,164 write-ins.
Also in 1960, John F. Kennedy won the Democratic Pennsylvania presidential primary with 183,073 write-ins, and he won the Democratic Massachusetts presidential primary with 91,607 write-ins.
In 1964, a write-in campaign organized by supporters of former U.S. Senator and vice presidential nominee Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. won Republican primaries for President in New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, defeating declared candidates Barry Goldwater, Nelson Rockefeller, and Margaret Chase Smith.
Ok gotta eat–maybe we can just relax with music and good stuff when I return.
Beautiful picture Classical.
One hit wonder band “Ides of March” had a hugely popular hit “Vehicle” that all the local bands love to play at my high school dances.
That was,another thing with TWY, they should have showed more “live” bands at their dances. Nothing, I say nothing sounds better than live music played on real instruments.
One more from 1970
Wish I could find a better recording of this that did these guys justice.
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Ok this one came out in 1971. Would have liked to have heard this on TWY. You have to remember that most kids got there music from listening to radio back then. Since my dad worked for GE manufacturing radios at the time our house was loaded with all kinds of radios, stereo radios, pocket transistor radios, you name it. All of us five kids would get radios as presents all the time. And thankfully we had progressive radio stations where I lived at the time as well. I can literally recall hundreds and hundreds of songs from the sixties and seventies.
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