Jim Owen

THE SOUND OF SILENCE – SIMON AND GARFUNKEL – 1966

NEWS•    Lyndon Johnson states that the United States should stay in South Vietnam until Communist aggression there is ended.•    The first SR-71 Blackbird spy plane goes into service•    Fidel Castro declares martial law in Cuba because of a possible U.S. attack.•    The National Organization for Women (NOW) is founded in Washington, DC.•    Lyndon Johnson signs a bill creating the United ... Read More »

SIR DUKE – STEVIE WONDER – 1977

NEWS•    The space shuttle Enterprise, sitting atop a Boeing 747, went on its maiden flight above the Mojave Desert•    Jimmy Carter was sworn in as the 39th President of the United States•    Gary Gilmore becomes first person executed in United States since 1967.•    British Airways introduces a regular supersonic Concorde service between London and New York. •    The U.S. returns the ... Read More »

JUMP – VAN HALEN – 1984

NEWS •    Bernie Goetz uses 4 muggers on a NYC subway train for target practice.•    Winter Olympics were in Sarajevo – The summer in Los Angles. The Soviet Union announces that it will boycott the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California•    NASA gets a new space shuttle called “Discovery”•    The last Volkswagen Rabbit rolls off the assembly line.•    US ... Read More »

WE’RE AN AMERICAN BAND – GRAND FUNK – 1973

NEWS•    A cease-fire was called and the first American prisoners began to come home from North Viet Nam.•    The World Trade Center in New York becomes the tallest building in the world•    The Arab Oil Embargo shot Gasoline prices up by 80%.•    Sky Lab:  (United States’ first space station) is launched•    Agnew was out, Gerald Ford in as Vice President ... Read More »

CAN’T BUY ME LOVE – BEATLES – 1965

  NEWS•    The first protest of the Viet Nam conflict took place in New York City’s Time Square•    Audrey Hepburn did not get an Oscar nomination for her performance in My Fair Lady. Marni Nixon did the singing, so the Academy figured it was “half a performance”.•    President Johnson got the nod to run for a full 4-year term after ... Read More »

SHAKEDOWN – BOB SEGER – 1987

NEWS•    During a visit to Berlin, Germany, President Ronald Reagan challenges Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.•    Iran-Contra – Reagan security advisor Ollie North was part of a plan to help anti-communist Contra guerrillas in Nicaragua with funds from Iran which directly (or indirectly) got hostages out of Iran.•    Prozac hit the market and quickly became ... Read More »

MRS. ROBINSON – SIMON AND GARFUNKEL – 1968

NEWS•    U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1968.•    Police battled protesters at the Democratic Convention in Chicago.•    North Vietnam tried to grip the South with an offensive named Tet.•    We saw the first live broadcast from the moon as Apollo 8 circled above.•    North Korea grabbed one of our warships.•    Black Panthers, the S.D.S. and ... Read More »

ONE OF THESE NIGHTS – EAGLES – 1975

NEWS•    President Ford escapes 2 assassination attempts!•    The Viet Nam war comes to an end.•    The Weather Underground bombs the U.S. State Department main office in Washington, D.C..•    Microsoft is founded.•    The Altair 8800 is released, sparking the microcomputer revolution.  FADS and ENTERTAINMENT•    MOVIES: “Jaws”  “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest”.•    T.V.: “All in the Family”, “Maude”, “Lavern & Shirley”, ... Read More »

LUNCHTIME THEME PARK THEMES FOR 3/17 THROUGH 3/21:

MONDAY: ALL THIS WEEK ON THE LTTP JIM PRESENTS THE HISTORY OF ROCK N’ ROLL YEAR BY YEAR TODAY, IT’S 1972. TUESDAY: ALL THIS WEEK ON THE LTTP JIM PRESENTS THE HISTORY OF ROCK N’ ROLL YEAR BY YEAR TODAY, IT’S 1966. WEDNESDAY: ALL THIS WEEK ON THE LTTP JIM PRESENTS THE HISTORY OF ROCK N’ ROLL BY YEAR BY ... Read More »

LUNCHTIME THEME PARK THEMES FOR 3/10 THROUGH 3/14:

MONDAY – REALLY PRETTY SONGS FROM BANDS THAT NORMALLY ROCK PART2.   TUESDAY – INSTRUMENTALS…GIVING THE LEAD SINGER THE HOUR OFF ON THE LUNCHTIME THEME PARK.   WEDNESDAY – FEELIN’ A LITTLE BEAT UP BY LIFE?  IT’S BLACK AND BLUE SONGS ON THE LTTP TODAY.   THURSDAY – WE’RE CELEBRATING THE ROCK AND ROLL RHYTHM SECTION FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF ... Read More »