Jim Owen

LUNCHTIME THEME PARK THEMES FOR 3/3 THROUGH 3/7:

MONDAY – WE EXPLORE THE INTERSECTION OF SPACE AND TIME ON THE LTTP TODAY.   TUESDAY – RAINY, CLOUDY, WEATHER SONGS TODAY.   WEDNESDAY – REALLY PRETTY SONGS FROM BANDS THAT NORMALLY ROCK.    THURSDAY – ROCKERS GET ARRESTED – IT’S A GIVEN, STUFF HAPPENS.  SOME OF THEIR ARREST STORIES ARE MORE FUN AND INTERESTING THAN OTHERS AND JIM HAS ... Read More »

MY SHARONA – THE KNACK – 1979

  NEWS•    US embassy in Iran seized by “students”, and embassy staff are held hostage.•    The accident at 3 Mile Island when radiation is released into the atmosphere.•    The “Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher became the first female Prime Minister of Great Britain.•    Voyager I discovers faint ring system around Jupiter.•    Gold would rocket past $400 per ounce.•    Gas prices shot ... Read More »

ALONE – HEART – 1987

  NEWS•    President Regan took responsibility for the Iran-Contra affair.•    Prozac was poised to become a necessity•    Hustler Magazine & the Rev. Jerry Falwell duked it out before the Supreme Court•    Senator Gary Hart got caught with Donna Rice•    The Iraqis lob a couple of missiles into the USS Stark killing 37 sailors.•    Rev. Jim Baker admitted committing adultery with ... Read More »

PENNY LANE – BEATLES – 1967

NEWS•    3 of our astronauts die in the Apollo 1 fire.•    The first heart transplant is performed.•    Muhammad Ali is stripped of his boxing title for refusing military service.•    Joseph Stalin’s daughter defects to the USA. FADS and ENTERTAINMENT•    MOVIE: “Georgie Girl” “To Sir With Love” and “The Dirty Dozen”•    T.V.: Mannix, Ironside & Dragnet solved crime on our TV’s.•   ... Read More »

CROCODILE ROCK – ELTON JOHN – 1973

  NEWS•    A cease-fire was called, and the first American prisoners began to come home from North Viet Nam.•    The Supreme Court would hand down Roe vs. Wade•    A ribbon cutting signaled the grand opening of the tallest building on the planet: The World Trade Center. (The Sears Tower would take the title later in the year)•    Secretariat won the ... Read More »

LUNCHTIME THEME PARK THEMES FOR 2/24 THROUGH 2/28:

MONDAY: ALL THIS WEEK ON THE LTTP JIM PRESENTS THE HISTORY OF ROCK N’ ROLL YEAR BY YEAR TODAY, IT’S 1980.   TUESDAY: ALL THIS WEEK ON THE LTTP JIM PRESENTS THE HISTORY OF ROCK N’ ROLL YEAR BY YEAR TODAY, IT’S 1976.   WEDNESDAY: ALL THIS WEEK ON THE LTTP JIM PRESENTS THE HISTORY OF ROCK N’ ROLL BY YEAR ... Read More »

HEART OF GOLD – NEIL YOUNG – 1972

NEWS•    Nixon was re-elected as President•    Five White House operatives are arrested for burglarizing the offices of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate.•    The first cellular phone call was made in New York City.•    Munich Massacre takes place in the Olympic compound during the summer Olympics.•    George Wallace is shot.•    The first Boston Marathon in which women are officially ... Read More »

JACK AND DIANE – JOHN MELLENCAMP – 1982

NEWS•    Poisoned Tylenol scare, 7 people in the Chicago area die after ingesting capsules laced with potassium cyanide.•    Argentina took on the British Empire over the Falkland Islands•    Princess Di gives birth to her first child William.•    USA Today was first published.•    All eight planets align on the same side of the Sun.•    A ground-breaking ceremony for the Vietnam Veterans ... Read More »

LUNCHTIME THEME PARK THEMES FOR 2/17 THROUGH 2/21:

MONDAY:  NO THEME PARK!   TUESDAY: ALL THIS WEEK ON THE LTTP JIM PRESENTS THE HISTORY OF ROCK N’ ROLL YEAR BY YEAR TODAY, IT’S 1968.   WEDNESDAY: ALL THIS WEEK ON THE LTTP JIM PRESENTS THE HISTORY OF ROCK N’ ROLL BY YEAR BY YEAR, TODAY IT’S 1973.   THURSDAY: ALL THIS WEEK ON THE LTTP JIM PRESENTS THE HISTORY ... Read More »

BAND ON THE RUN – PAUL MCCARTNEY – 1974

  NEWS•    President Nixon resigned in disgrace over the Watergate affair only to be pardoned by his successor Gerald Ford.•    Sears Tower in Chicago becomes the worlds tallest building•    The first supermarket checkout scanner goes into service.•    The national speed limit was lowered to 55 miles per hour.•    After 84 days in space, the last crew of the temporary American ... Read More »