The Swine Flu of 1976 will go down as one of the biggest fear mongering campaigns ever next to covid-19. Here is how some of the same tactics being used now to scare people was also used back then to try to scare people into getting a vaccine that caused over 4000 adverse reactions including death!
In 1976 Martin Scorsese recorded The Band’s final gig. It’s gone down in history, with Levon Helm’s performance of The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down being considered one of the all-time-great live music moments. A must for fans of good music. A film account and presentation of the final concert of The Band.
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer: Mardik Martin (treatment)
Stars: Robbie Robertson, Muddy Waters, Neil Young
I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!
One of the best scenes in Cinema performed by Peter Finch
I don’t have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It’s a depression. Everybody’s out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel’s worth. Banks are going bust. Shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there’s nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there’s no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TVs while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that’s the way it’s supposed to be.
We know things are bad – worse than bad. They’re crazy. It’s like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don’t go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is: ‘Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won’t say anything. Just leave us alone.’
Well, I’m not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get MAD! I don’t want you to protest. I don’t want you to riot – I don’t want you to write to your congressman, because I wouldn’t know what to tell you to write. I don’t know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you’ve got to get mad. (shouting) You’ve got to say: ‘I’m a human being, god-dammit! My life has value!’
So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell: ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take this anymore!’
I want you to get up right now. Sit up. Go to your windows. Open them and stick your head out and yell – ‘I’m as mad as hell and I’m not gonna take this anymore!’ Things have got to change. But first, you’ve gotta get mad!…You’ve got to say, ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take this anymore!’ Then we’ll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first, get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take this anymore!’
Network (1976) Movie Trailer
In this lauded satire, veteran news anchorman Howard Beale (Peter Finch) discovers that he's being put out to pasture, and he's none too happy about it. After threatening to shoot himself on live television, instead he launches into an angry televised rant, which turns out to be a huge ratings boost for the UBS network. This stunt allows ambitious producer Diana Christensen (Faye Dunaway) to develop even more outrageous programming, a concept that she takes to unsettling extremes.
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"LEST WE FORGET"
1976: Fear of a great plague - On the cold afternoon of February 5, 1976, an Army recruit told his drill instructor at Fort Dix that he felt tired and weak but not sick enough to see military medics or skip a big training hike.
Within 24 hours, 19-year-old Pvt. David Lewis of Ashley Falls, Mass., was dead, killed by an influenza not seen since the plague of 1918-19, which took 500,000 American lives and 20 million worldwide.
Two weeks after the recruit's death, health officials disclosed to America that something called "swine flu" had killed Lewis and hospitalized four of his fellow soldiers at the Army base in Burlington County.
The ominous name of the flu alone was enough to touch off civilian fear of an epidemic. And government doctors knew from tests hastily conducted at Dix after Lewis' death that 500 soldiers had caught swine flu without falling ill.
Any flu able to reach that many people so fast was capable of becoming another worldwide plague, the doctors warned, raising these questions:
Does America mobilize for mass inoculations in time to have everybody ready for the next flu season? Or should the country wait to see if the new virus would, as they often do, get stronger to hit harder in the second year?
Thus was born what would become known to some medical historians as a fiasco and to others as perhaps the finest hour of America's public health bureaucracy.
Only young Lewis died from the swine flu itself in 1976. But as the critics are quick to point out, hundreds of Americans were killed or seriously injured by the inoculation the government gave them to stave off the virus.
According to his sister-in-law, John Kent of President Avenue in Lawrence went to his grave in 1997 believing the shot from the government had killed his first wife, Mary, long before her time.
Among other critics are Arthur M. Silverstein, whose book, "Pure Politics and Impure Science," suggests President Gerald Ford's desire to win the office on his own, as well as the influence of America's big drug manufacturers, figured into the decision to immunize all 220 million Americans.
Still, even the partisan who first branded Ford's program a fiasco, says now that it happened because America's public health establishment identified what easily could have been a new plague and mobilized to beat it amazingly well.
To understand the fear of the time you have to know something about the plague American soldiers seemed to bring home with them after fighting in Europe during World War I.
It got its name because it was a brand of flu usually found in domestic pigs and wild swine. It was long thought to have come, like so many flus, out of the Chinese farm country, where people and domestic pigs live closely together.
Recent research has shown, however, that the post-WWI flu was brought to Europe by American troops who had been based in the South before they went to war. Medical detectives, still working on the case in the 1990s, determined that a small group of our soldiers took swine flu to Europe and that it spread to the world from there.
How the swine flu got to Fort Dix in 1976 still hasn't been tracked down. At the time, Dix military doctors knew only that a killer flu had made it to the base and that they were lucky more men hadn't died or been sickened seriously.
Weeks after Lewis died, doctors from the Centers for Disease Control and other federal public health officials were meeting in Washington, trying to decide if they should recommend the government start a costly program of mass inoculations.
One doc later told the authors of "The Epidemic that Never Was" that he and others in on the meetings realized there was "nothing in this for the CDC except trouble," especially because a decision had to be made fast to get the immunizations manufactured by the fall.
"...The obvious thing to do was immunize everybody," the doctor said. "But if we tried to do that ... we might have to interrupt a hell of a lot of work on other diseases."
The doctors knew they faced complaints if the epidemic broke out and vaccines weren't ready, as well as criticism if they spent millions inoculating people for a plague that didn't happen.
"As for 'another 1918,' 1 didn't expect that," the doctor continued in the book. "But who could be sure? It would wreck us. Yet, if there weren't a pandemic, we'd be charged with wasting public money, crying wolf and causing all the inconvenience for nothing ... It was a no-win situation."
By mid-March, CDC Director Dr. David J. Sencer had lined up most of the medical establishment behind his plan to call on Ford to support a $135 million program of mass inoculation.
*When GM "A" Bodies Ruled *
Nights Are Forever is the fourth and breakthrough album by the pop rock duo England Dan & John Ford Coley."I'd Really Love to See You Tonight" became one of their biggest hits, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.The follow-up single, "Nights Are Forever Without You," also proved successful, peaking at #10None
Hey kids (of all ages), it's Saturday Morning Cartoon time again!
Last week's entry on THE NEW 3 STOOGES brought-on a mention of the later ROBONIC STOOGES series, and how their screwy bionics were probably designed by the the same engineers who built the Blue Falcon's candroid companion.
Scooby-Doo was big in the mid '70s. As were the SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN, and reruns of the Adam West BATMAN series. Leave it to Hanna-Barbera to slurry them all together for Saturday Morning.
Radley Crown is an ersatz Adam West style Bruce Wayne who (for no particular reason) fights crime as the Blue Falcon, a costumed and gadget-loaded superhero. Assisting him (sort of) is his bionic, semi-anthropomorphic dog, whose origin is never revealed. These guys were about the worst at the whole "secret identity" thing. But somehow, nobody noticed that Radley had a robotic dog that casually referred to him as "B.F."
The cybernetics should have been a giveaway. Though the goofy, talking dog might not have been. Our heroes live in the same world as Scooby-Doo, who makes guest appearances (two-legged supporting cast in-tow). Since the Mystery Inc. gang also met Batman in the same era, one could argue that Blue Falcon and Batsy coexisted.
DYNOMUTT, DOG WONDER was part of the SCOOBY-DOO/DYNOMUTT HOUR, then SCOOBY'S ALL-STAR LAFF-A-LYMPICS. Later, his segments were rerun on their own.
The B.F. and Dog Blunder characters have been used a good bit in the years since. Including a memorable episode of DEXTER'S LABORATORY and the recent animated film SCOOB!.
This is their first broadcast adventure from September of the big Bicentennial year. (1976 for you kids!)
60 Minutes Swine Flu 1976 - Vaccine ushered in many deaths, is HISTORY going to repeat those 1976 method's with Covid19
The Swine Flu Epidemic of 1976 inspired the vaccination of 40 Million people a little known fact was that those vaccinations caused devastating side effects to over 4000 victims. The frightening revelations about this event are the similarities with today.
My Movie Review of "Carrie" (1976).
Starring: Sissy Spacek, John Travolta, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, William Katt, Nancy Allen, Betty Buckley, P. J. Soles, Edie McClurg & Priscilla Pointer.
Written By: Laurence D. Cohen (Based on the first Novel By: Stephen King). Directed By: Brian De Palma.
Hey kids (of all ages), it's Saturday Morning Cartoon time again!
Okay... Not *exactly* a cartoon. But still animation.
If anything is worse than the ever-earlier start to the Christmas season stepping all over Hallowe'en and Thanksgiving, it's the sudden, whiplash END of the whole holly-jolly business by the afternoon of the 25th! From September-on it's been an escalating wave of Grinch and reindeer and Scrooge and Frosty and carols and Santa and then WHAM! Nothing but tattered wrapping paper and ordinary TV...
There have been a few attempts to create a sort of Holiday TV Special Methadone to ease us out of the season... I covered FROSTY'S WINTER WONDERLAND last year. This one has "New Year" explicitly in the freakin' title, but the morons at the network missed the whole point and ran these post-Christmas specials in early December anyway.
While this is a direct sequel to the 1964 Rudolph special, with its narrative starting the very next day, it used character designs similar to more recent productions like THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS. As a result, Rudolph went from being a fully-developed buck to looking like a fawn with little antlers overnight. But that wasn't the only thing I found ridiculous when this show first aired...
Rudy is out in the snow with a clockwork soldier and complains about the cold. ("You live at the North Freakin' Pole, Rudolph!!!")
Rudy looks out across a vast dessert and doesn't know how to cross it. ("You are a goddamned FLYING reindeer who can lead a team pulling a sleigh all over the planet in one night!!!")
Also: "Why is that camel trotting rather than pacing?"
Still, it's a pretty decent addition to the Rankin-Bass third-string holiday canon. And one of the few post-Christmas entries.
Note the Bicentennial aspects, as this was first aired in December 1976, despite being produced a year earlier.
"The Network" (1976) is a movie about how controversy is exploited by the media and the public readily devours it. An anchor at a fictional TV station accidentally saves said fictional TV station's ratings by having a breakdown on air. From there, the TV station's ratings surge and their corporate network push for even wilder antics to horde in more viewers. The anchor then hosts increasingly controversial shows featuring controversial groups. It comes to a head when he warns the American public of his network being bought by a Saudi Arabian conglomerate and is publicly assassinated for it. In 2019, both the media and social media seem to go out of their way to prove the points of "The Network".
MP4 can be found here:
My Special Review of "It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown" (1976).
Starring: Dylan Beach, Gail M. Davis, Sarah Beach, Stuart Brotman, Greg Felton, Liam Martin, Michelle Muller, Vinnie Dow & Bill Melendez.
Created & Written By: Charles M. Schulz. Directed By: Phil Roman.
It's October and Hallowe'en festivities continue!
As Uncle Arthur from BEWITCHED, Paul Lynde was already used to the company of witches. So he should have been right at home with Margaret Hamilton, the Wicked Witch of the West from THE WIZARD OF OZ and Billie Hayes, Witchiepoo from HR PUFFNSTUFF, as they join him in this ABC special program.
Also prominently featured are KISS, who were exploding (literally!) onto the pop culture scene at the time. Roz Kelly, who was supposed to be a rising star, was billed as "Pinky Tuscadero", denoting her 15 minutes of fame from HAPPY DAYS. On the opposite end of the scale was an appearance by Betty White, who has been a TV star continuously from the earliest experimental broadcast stations right through to today!
This somehow wasn't officially a Krofft production, but it sure looked like one. Not only did it feature Witchiepoo (a Krofft character), but also several regulars from Krofft shows including Florence Henderson, Billy Barty, Donny and Marie Osmond.
So, from October 1976, here's the PAUL LYNDE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL.
Hey kids (of all ages), it's Saturday Morning Cartoon time again!
Hanna-Barbera was the 900 pound gorilla of TV cartoons, and relied heavily on knock-offs of previously successful characters and concepts. The closest thing to competition they had was Filmation, who also relied on characters who had previous success in other media... But they usually licensed theirs properly.
Considering that this was made for 1970s Saturday Morning TV, which had been mostly neutered by uptight wannabe social-workers, TARZAN, Lord of the Jungle managed to steer amazingly close to the original source material. (Yes, in the original stories, Tarzan was very intelligent and articulate, rather than the simple-minded savage of the movies.) They did have to tone the violence down to judo throws and such. Don't suppose it would have been acceptable for Tarzan to whip out a big knife and gut Lurch (who guest-voices in this episode).
They used rotoscoping to get realistic movement for Tarzan. These elements would be re-used throughout the show's run, then recycled in Filmation's Batman, He-Man, and other cartoons for years to come!
Interesting that this fanciful version of Africa features hidden cities full of white folks, usually in Greek-Roman costumes, not unlike the books... I suppose the classic Tarzan Movie bone-though-the-nose black natives weren't gonna cut it in September of 1976, when this, the first episode of the series was aired!
The Two Ronnies - The Phantom Raspberry Blower Of Old London Town 1976
Saturday morning cartoon time again kids!
In 1975, the Summer blockbuster movie came into being with JAWS. The Great White's bloody wake through popular culture left all manner of shark references. Before Fonzie could get around to jumping one on Happy Days, Hanna-Barbera featured one (with a Curly Howard imitator using Rodney Dangerfield's catch-phrase, no-less) in an undersea Josie and the Pussycats knock-off. Just as fast on the draw was DePatie-Freleng, who added MisterJaw as a back-up segment to their Pink Panther show on September 11, 1976. The same day HB's Jabberjaw hit the airwaves.
Here we have MisterJaw's first appearance, Flying Fool.
Ster blok zomer 1976
Stichting Ether Reclame
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The STER, (short for Stichting Ether Reclame, in English: "Foundation for Ether Advertisement") is responsible for the broadcast of radio and television ads on the NPO. With the income from these part of the costs of public broadcasting are paid for.
STER was founded in 1965 as the Stichting tot Uitzenden van Reclame ("Foundation for the Broadcasting of Advertisements"); the name was changed to the present name that same year. STER is most famous for Loeki de Leeuw, an animated puppet which appeared at the beginning and ending of all of STER's commercials from 1972 until 2004.
STER may not use more than 10% of the airtime per year on advertisement and daily not more than 15% and also not air ads within programs (as happens on the Dutch commercial stations). For programming with long runtimes, like UEFA Champions League events, they consider the pregame, each half of the game, halftime, and the postgame as separate programs in their programming guide and air ads between them. STER is responsible for the contents of the ads which have to be strictly separate from the programs on the public networks and not influence the programming. Complaints about ads can be made at the Reclame Code Commissie (in English: "Advertising Code Committee", comparable to the Advertising Standards Authority in the UK). STER contributes about 200 million euro to the total budget of 900 million euro (2013) of the Dutch Public Broadcaster.
On November 8, 2001, STER introduced a new logo for the first time of 36 years since its establishment in 1965: The 36-year-old four-blocked diamond-octahedron logo was confined to history after 36 years of legal competition, and were replaced in favour by a blue-lined diamond that contains the "Ster" wordmark which uses the Franklin Gothic typeface. The new logo was later debuted on STER's website on January 2, 2002.