Jim Owen

EVERY ROSE HAS ITS THORN – POISON – 1988

  NEWS•    The United States returned to space for the first time in over 2 years since the Challenger disaster.•    A Pan Am 747 exploded in the skies above Lockerbie Scotland, brought down by a terrorist bomb.•    The Reverend Jimmy Swaggart was caught red-handed bedding prostitute.  •    Az. Governor Ev Mecham is impeached and removed from office.•    Sonny Bono was ... Read More »

HAPPY TOGETHER – TURTLES – 1967

  NEWS•    3 of our astronauts die in the Apollo 1 fire. It was planned to be the first manned mission of the Apollo lunar landing program to launch in February 1967.•    Jimmy Hoffa was convicted of jury tampering, attempted bribery, and fraud in 1964 and jailed in 1967.•    The first heart transplant is performed.•    Thurgood Marshal becomes the first ... Read More »

MONEY FOR NOTHING – DIRE STRAITS – 1984

NEWS •    Ronald Regan is sworn in for his second term.•    Mikhail Gorbachev becomes General Secretary of the communist party in the Soviet Union.  •    The Achille Lauro cruise ship is hijacked.•    Richard Ramirez, the serial killer known as the Night Stalker, is captured in Los Angeles. •    Missing children are put on milk cartons for the first time.•    The Food ... Read More »

WILL IT GO ROUND IN CIRCLES – BILLY PRESTON – 1973

  NEWS •    Nuclear Magnesium Resonance had been developed. (We call it MRI for short now)•    The Arab Oil Embargo would get our attention & gasoline prices skyrocketed 80%!•    Spiro T. Agnew was out as VP and Gerald Ford was in.•    A cease-fire was called in the Viet Nam conflict and the first American prisoners of war began to come ... Read More »

SATISFACTION – ROLLING STONES – 1965

  NEWS •    Vietnam war escalation begins, 150,000 U.S. troops deployed to Vietnam.•    The U.S. would put the first commercial communications satellite called Early Bird into orbit.•    An outfit called Students for a Democratic Society (S-D-S) organized the 1st “Teach-In” to stress non-violent protest and draft card burning.•    The Watts riots raged for 5 days and killed 30 people.•    Lyndon ... Read More »

LUNCHTIME THEME PARK THEMES FOR 2/10 THROUGH 2/14:

MONDAY – JIM STARTS OFF THE WEEK BY TRANSPORTING ALL OF US TO AN ALTERNATE REALITY.  IT’S ONE WAY OF EXTENDING THE WEEKEND!   TUESDAY – THEY SAY IMITATION IS THE HIGHEST FORM OF FLATTERY.  IN THE 60s AND 70s LOTS OF WHITE BOYS TRIED TO MASTER THE BLUES THEY HEARD FROM THE GREAT BLACK PLAYERS.  LET’S SEE HOW THEY ... Read More »

FRANKENSTEIN – EDGAR WINTER BAND – 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 »

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST – QUEEN – 1980

NEWS •    President Jimmy Carter O.k.’s a bailout of Chrysler Corporation•    Mount St. Helen’s in Washington State erupted, killing 57 and causing over $3 billion in damage.•    Ronald Regan would become the 40th President of the United States and Time Magazine’s Man of the Year.•    The “Miracle on Ice” took place during the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York.•   ... Read More »

TICKET TO RIDE – BEATLES – 1965

  NEWS•    Lyndon Johnson began his first full term as President and proclaims his “Great Society”.•    The Watts riots raged for 5 days and killed 30 people.•    The first commercial communications satellite is launched.•    Martin Luther King, Jr. leads 3,200 civil rights activists in the third march from Selma, Alabama to the capitol in Montgomery. •    U.S. spacecraft Mariner 4 flies ... Read More »

ADDICTED TO LOVE – ROBERT PALMER – 1986

  NEWS•    We were stunned at the sight over Cape Canaveral Florida in early 1986 as the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after take off killing all 7 astronauts on board.•    The Russians launched the Mir space station into orbit•    The world’s worst nuclear disaster took place at Chernobyl.•    We watched as Al Capone’s secret vault was opened only ... Read More »