Saturday, April 07, 2007

40 Years Ago Today

San Francisco DJ Tom Donahue launched the progressive rock radio format on KMPX, and FM rock radio was born. The Summer of Love was just a few months away.

The Turtles "Happy Together" was the #1 song in America.

The prime time TV lineup* included Dr. Kildare, The Wild Wild West, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (in color!), Hogan's Heroes (in color!), Tarzan, The Time Tunnel (in color!), National All-Star Wrestling and the sports special "A Portrait of Willie Mays".

Michigan Governor George Romney (father of Mitt Romney), predicted military victory in Viet Nam, and "called for peace preparations that would allow the Viet Cong conditional participation in the political life of the country." Yes, he was preparing for a Presidential campaign run.

Israel and Syria were fighting over the Golan Heights.

The weather was wild.
The deluge is over, the weatherman says. Except in Castro Valley, where a stray cloud produced a spectacular 25-minute combination hail storm and thunder-and-lightning show this morning. The cloud, surrounded by blue skies, dumped its contents then moved slowly away. (Oakland Tribune, April 7, 1967, p.1)
(Did you notice, mom & dad?)

All in all, not a bad day to be born!

* Newspaper links are to, which requires a subscription. Sorry.

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Blogger Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Hey, happy birthday, fellow April baby! Hope it's a great one.

And how fitting that what we now call FM radio was created during the month.

1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peg, Happy Birthday.

Oh my, do we remember that day!!

Considering how seldom Castro Valley has thunder and lightning, then add pelting hail and you have a very exciting storm. It seemed like a grand and auspicious entrance for you!!

You were being delivered at Eden Hospital! There wasn't much for me to do except observe since yours was a caesarean section birth. I do remember hearing the nurse looking out the window and discussing the crazy weather with Dr. Wilson as you were being delivered. I also remember the nurse because she had beautiful large blue/grey eyes which were more striking above the face mask that she was wearing. (She later became a friend when we met in nursery school and she said that she was a nurse at Eden.)

Also on that happy day, your dad won a set of bronze coins in a give-away at the Shell gas station that used to be on the corner next to Romley's on Lake Chabot Road. Each time we bought gas, we would receive a special coin; the idea was to keep buying gas to collect a complete set. So that was really neat when your dad won a complete set.

However, we were so excited about your arrival that the coins "took a back seat" in the momentous occasion catagory!

Happy memories. I must confess that it had been a long time since I thought about that day.


3:28 PM  
Blogger Peggy said...

I don't remember hearing about any of that. Thanks for the memories, mom!

3:58 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Happy Birthday Sis

7:59 PM  

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