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The summer of 1977…35 years ago, talk about crazy?

Time sure flies when you’re having fun, right?

On June 7, the day I turned 13 years old I was officially a teenager?

At the time, I had no clue as to what that meant.

In May of 1977, Star Wars opened in theaters. It’s too bad I have never seen the movie; nor was I interested. I was never a space opera type guy. But that George Lucas was one heck of a director!

In June, the Portland Trailblazers topped the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA finals. Who can forget Bill Walton and company knocking off Dr. J’s squad? Probably what most remember from that series was the fight in game two. Darryl Dawkins and Bobby Gross got tangled up but Dawkins, who was ready to fight landed a blow to his teammate Doug Collins. Maurice Lucas came charging towards Dawkins and the two were ready to throw down but nothing happened.

Just a day or two later my father stood me up. If you read the blog, you know he told me to be ready the night of my birthday for he was taking me to Shea Stadium to see the Mets and the Reds. We all know how that turned out.

On June 15th the Mets traded Tom Seaver to the Reds.

Seattle Slew won the Triple Crown.

In July, there was a City-wide blackout on the 13th, lasting 25 hours. “Christmas in July!”

Son of Sam was arrested up in Yonkers. How about that sick bastard going around shooting people?

The King, Elvis Presley died in August. One of the best of all time. To this day I get up off my ass and dance to “Jailhouse Rock.”

Just three days later Groucho Marx dies. I will never forget watching his show, ‘You Bet Your Life’ on a daily basis.  Any of the Marx Brothers movies had me laughing out loud.

It was also the summer when the New York Jets waived Joe Namath. The Rams picked him up and he was able to play four games for them.

In August, Lou Brock broke Ty Cobb’s record for most career stolen bases.

Last but not least, Reggie Jackson smacks three HR’s in leading the Yankees to the World Series over the LA Dodgers. Their first W.S.  in 15 years.

The summer of 1977, how can we forget it?

-Steve

HOOPS135@HOTMAIL.COM

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