Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Movie Nostalgia part #4
Another Junior High Girls double header tonight at Spencerville, then after a day off, another pair in Celina Thursday....Boys action begins Friday, and I'll stay busy with a JV game Friday and 3 games on Saturday, 2 in the morning and a JV Boys game Saturday night.
The Jeep Wrangler suffered it's 3rd broken windshield in the 8 years I've had it....and the guys from Lima that do the work for Nationwide Insurance, will be over sometime today to replace that...I'm guessing the flat up and down design of that model makes it susceptible to rocks damage, and that's why I've had the problems.
After I turned 30 in 1979 I found myself going to movies less and less, instead choosing to watch most on VHS or DVD releases....there have been some exceptions, The Harry Potter Stuff, Spiderman, as well as Indiana Jones, but for the most part, we have chosen to catch the vast majority at home. Up until that time I was a movie junkie catching the good and even some bad flicks, at the walk in theaters in the towns I lived or the bases I was stationed in my four year Air Force stint. I caught a few hundred at the area drive-in show places as well.
As I mentioned yesterday, the 70s began at Tan Son Nhut Air Base Theater, which was located right next to the 377th Security Police Compound where I lived the first six months of the new decade.... the movie house was a quick 5 minute walk, at most, from my barracks. I saw a few afternoon shows there(since I was working the 7pm to 5am shift), including "The Undefeated" and "MASH". Later in 1970 I returned stateside, and was stationed at Griffiss AFB, in Rome, New York, and frankly don't remember a base theater there, although I'm sure we had one. I watched most of the flicks from the early 1970s in a movie house in nearby Utica. Usually with my buddies, the late Jack Friedl or George Hundley, and a few others, whose names I have forgotten in the nearly 40 years since.
There I saw the first of Eastwood's "Dirty Harry" offerings, as well as the coming of age classic "Summer of 42". After moving back to Celina in 1973 I saw some of my favorite movies of all time. Included in that list was another coming of age flick "American Graffiti", in which the acting and story were only topped by the classic music that flowed throughout the film:
In 1974, on Patricia and my first "real date", we took off on my Kawasaki Motorcycle and after a meal at the local Pizza Hut, we took in "Blazing Saddles" at the Celina Theater.....those great movies were followed by more viewed at the same location. "Rocky", Star Wars","Close Encounters of the Third Kind", and my all time favorite Eastwood Western, "The Outlaw Josey Wales"...as well as dozens of others. I was so impressed with Josey that I named one of my Airedales after the flick....changing the spelling, naming him "Josie Wales".:
In late 1977 we moved to Wausau, Wisconsin, where we remained for a couple of years....I remember the night before Anissa was born, February 16, 1979, we took in the hilarious Cheech and Chong in "Up in Smoke"...Anissa was born late the next Afternoon. We finished out the decade of the 1970s in Kokomo, Indiana, and took in the first "Star Trek" movie on the big screen.
All in all though most of the movies I have chosen to view, whether on the big screen, or via TV or DVD, have been worth the couple hours spent...many are worth watching many times over.....
Photos-MASH the Movie, the last flick I saw while stationed in Vietnam. "Rocky" was a surprise blockbuster from the mid 1970s. Eastwood was at his best in "Dirty Harry" and as "The Outlaw Josey Wales. "American Graffiti", "Blazing Saddles". and "Up in Smoke" were among my favorites of the decade.