Month: November 2017

What was On TV Today in 1972

What Was on TV Today in 1972 Today, 26th November, in 2017 it is a Sunday, and it was on this day in 1972 as well. So shall we see what was on the box? When I looked at what was on in 1971, the early morning (it was a Saturday) was dominated by foreign language learning programmes, and it looks like 1972 they’re still keen on this with ‘Respondez S’il Vout Plait’ on at 9.30 and inviting you to converse in French, and episode 9 of 25 in the Italian language learning course Avventura. If they were on these …

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Computer Games in 1972 – Magnavox Odyssey and Pong

Computer Games 1972 1972 was a landmark year in the history of computer games, because it saw the launch of the first video games console, the Magnavox Odyssey. It didn’t start out as this, the idea had been kicking around for a good few years in the mind of engineer Ralph Baer. He had two problems however – he couldn’t find anyone willing to manufacture it, and he was calling his idea the Brown Box. I mean come on, it may have been descriptively accurate but how many are going to be enticed to part with their money to buy …

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Top Bestselling Books of 1972

Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach – Richard Bach is an American writer who was very popular in the 1970s. Jonathan Livingston Seagull is one of his most popular books. The main character is a seagull who grows bored with the meaningless life as part of the flock. He seeks to learn everything he can about flying and life. He leaves the flock and starts a happy life, meeting other outcasts along the way and teaching others how to live. A short book, just over 100 pages, but one to make you think. August 1914 by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn – A …

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Amazon Music – Play Music on Multiple Alexa Echo Devices

In my household we’ve embraced the Amazon Echo, but not previously tried Amazon Music. We started out with one last year and we’re now upto three, with probably another one before the end of the year. After playing around with Alexa’s more gimmicky features, we now mostly use the Echo devices listen to music. Up to now we’ve used Spotify (Family subscription) which is great, but the only problem is we can only listen on one device at once. If you ask Alexa to play music on one Echo device when someone elsewhere in the house is listening to music …

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What’s on TV in 1971?

As I’m writing this it is 6th November. I could go on and choose from any one of hundreds of channels and thousands of TV shows and films on demand. But what was there to watch on TV on 6th November 1971? Well it is a Saturday so there was probably some sports involved, and maybe some good wholesome Saturday evening entertainment. 9.35 – Square Two – A morning educational programme. 10.00 – Weibitte – A beginners course in German 10.30 – Zarabanda – Spanish for beginners. 12.05 – Ali Bongo’s Cartoon Carnival – featuring Ali Bongo and his assistant, …

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Top Films of 1971

There were a few good films in 1970, so what will 1971 have in store? To start off with, here’s the top 10 films at the box office in 1971. This is figures for the US Box Office, and are taken from IMDB (different sources have slightly different lists). Note: RT = Rotten Tomatoes Billy Jack (RT: 64%)- A drama about a half Indian, half white ex green beret hapkido expert who saves wild horses from being slaughtered and made into dog food. No seriously, I mean it. It’s an anti-establishment film with themes like make love not war, killing of …

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Top TV Shows of 1971 – Comedy, Thrillers, Chat Shows & More

If you thought there was a lot of good TV shows that first aired in 1970, there’s a lot more in 1971 including a few long lasting shows that will be recognisable to many people, if only because of TV re-runs. Here’s a few of the highlights. The Waltons – This family drama was set in depression era American (and later, World War 2), in a fictional Virginia town, Walton’s Mountain. It features the Jon-Boy Walton, his six siblings and their parents and grandparents. The series was created by Earl Hamner Jr, and was based on his 1963 book, Spencer’s …

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1971 in Music

While you are reading this article, why not listen to my 1971 playlist which includes all the songs mentioned on this page as well as a few others too, courtesy of Spotify. Or for links to the playlist, see the bottom of the page. To get things started, here’s the top 10 music from 1971 in the UK   Knock Three Times by Tony Orlando Maggie May by Rod Stewart Hot Love by T-Rex My Sweet Lord by George Harrison Grandad by Clive Dunn Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me by The Tams Pushbike Song by The Mixtures I’m Still Waiting …

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Top Books from 1971

I started out by looking at the most popular books published in 1971, as voted for by Goodreads.com readers. I thought this would be a good place to start, however actually it is precisely the worst place to start. If I looked at what was popular now, I’d be viewing it through the lens of history, and forgotten classics would be just that… forgotten. Instead, I need to go back to what was popular at the time. Here’s the Publisher’s Weekly Bestselling books of 1971 (it’s from the USA only and also may exclude some books, but it is a …

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Computer Games in 1971

The first computer games sprung up in the 1950s and 1960s, not long after the inception of the computer. Early computer games were very basic and very few people had access to them (they were played on expensive mainframes and the ironically named ‘mini-computers’ – they were the size of filing cabinets). The 1970s though was the decade when all that started to change – firstly with arcade video machines and then not much later the first video games consoles hit the shelves. The first personal computers began appearing on the scene towards the end of the decade. 1971 was …

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