The early 1970s were angry times. From Kent State to Watergate, from Vietnam to Patty Hearst, society was polarized, and arguably no figure was more polarizing than mild-mannered, bespectacled singer-songwriter John Denver. By the late ’70s Denver had found mainstream success as a Hollywood leading man and a new life’s hobby–flying experimental aircraft…
Could there be a stranger time and place than the Bay Area in the 1970s? The saga of Patty Hearst and the SLA would seem to say no.
In this two-part episode of the TV Room, we revisit those events and review some of the tapes Patty and the SLA released to the media throughout the ordeal, which the public eagerly lapped up, and which chronicled the transformation of a frightened 19-year old kidnap victim into a gun-toting revolutionary.
In 1980, album oriented rock was high art, radio was king, and music videos were mere novelty items featured on an obscure cable program called Video Concert Hall. There was no better embodiment of these ideals at the time than Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and their breakthrough album “Damn the Torpedoes,” particularly the single “Here Comes My Girl,” which stands out as a great love song as well as a breakout music video from before there was even MTV.
Sometimes, life imitates art. Sometimes, reality is the most potent drug of all. Steve Jobs understood that. Oscar Goldman understood that.
Before there was Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, there was Oscar Goldman and Rudy Wells. Jobs was the ideas man, and Woz was the technician who could build the personal computer.
Oscar Goldman was the ideas man, and Rudy Wells was the physician who could rebuild Steve Austin.
A plane touches down at LAX. Moments later, Jim Rockford is striding through the terminal with cagy purpose and the feigned nonchalance of a man who knows he’s being watched. Rockford finds a payphone and reports to his client, a Mr. Warner Jameson. Rockford informs Jameson that something “a little weird” happened back in Newark, and that Jim will fill him in later. But first he has to go home, shower and change. It’s pretty obvious from Jimbo’s body language that whatever happened in Jersey has left him feeling uneasy and unclean.