Tag: 1975

Football Friday — Week 11 Highlights, Chargers vs. Broncos 1975

Football Friday — Week 11 Highlights, Chargers vs. Broncos 1975

Football Friday, Sports
Sorry, not a ton of time this week to put together something too involved. So it's back to the YouTube vaults for some more vintage game highlight films. Specifically, the San Diego Chargers/Denver Broncos contest from week 11 of the 1975 regular season. On November 30, 1975, winless San Diego traveled to Denver to play the Broncos on a brisk, 19-degree afternoon. Despite racking up a meager three first downs and 123 yards on offense, the Bolts managed to bring the game to overtime. Of course, it stands that the Chargers' only TD was a 42-yard punt return by rookie Mike Fuller. But all was for naught as Jim Turner booted a 25-yard field goal in the extra period.
Retrotisements — 1975 Chevrolet New Car and Truck Lineup

Retrotisements — 1975 Chevrolet New Car and Truck Lineup

Featured Posts, Retrotisements
I wouldn't go so far as to say that 1975 was a great year because that's when I was born but it's totally the case. And that's pretty much all the inspiration behind the choice for this car capsule. It features Chevrolet, perhaps the most All-American automotive brand around (sorry Ford fans). Chevy's slogan for the 1975 model year was "Chevrolet Makes Sense for America," which was a recession-themed tagline carried over from the previous year, according to this very in-depth look at Chevy marketing. Their TV ads sported a catchy little jingle titled "Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie, and Chevrolet." And the '75 Chevy lineup was rather a large one, featuring nearly a dozen passenger cars. And here they are, ads and brochure pages for every Chevy model from the subcompact Vega to...
Fall TV Preview Madness! (NBC, 1975)

Fall TV Preview Madness! (NBC, 1975)

TV & Radio
In Fall TV Preview Madness, I present a network television schedule preview special from the distant past. We see the good, bad, and ugly for a network's entire upcoming fall slate. Today's preview is for NBC's 1975 Fall TV season, dubbed the Superseason. The network debuted nine new series, hoping to build on the successes of young hits like Little House on the Prairie, Chico and the Man, and Sanford and Son. Their boldest play came on Thursday, where the entire prime time lineup was filled with freshman shows. Here's a quick promo from '75. Unfortunately, success proved elusive for these new programs, none of which lasted past the 1975-76 season. Thursday in particular was rough, as NBC was up against ratings powerhouses like The Waltons and The Streets of San Francisco. Th...
Album cover of the week: Mobius (Cedar Walton)

Album cover of the week: Mobius (Cedar Walton)

Album Cover of the Week, Music
The recent death of French artist Jean Giraud -- aka Moebius -- was the inspiration for this week's album cover selection. It's Cedar Walton's Mobius, released on RCA Records (APL1-1009) in 1975. The album notes pretty much give away the inspiration for the title: "Mobius, which is the theoretical shape of the infinite universe, makes use of the most modern recording techniques and synthesizers. We mastered and mixed so that it's hotter than the competition, which should help radio play and in-store demonstration." Technically the correct spelling would be Möbius, but I'm not sure how jazz/funk fans in 1975 would've reacted to seeing an umlaut in an album title. But they'd probably get past it hearing hot tracks like "Road Island Red." Unfortunately I do not know who illust
Album cover of the week: Warner Brothers Presents… Montrose!

Album cover of the week: Warner Brothers Presents… Montrose!

Album Cover of the Week, Music
The pantheon of rock greats who have left us has had another join its ranks, as guitarist and bandleader Ronnie Montrose passed away on Saturday after a long battle with cancer. So in his memory, let's look at one of the great album covers in rock. It's from Montrose's 1975 LP, Warner Brothers Presents... Montrose!. It was the band's third full-length release and first without lead singer Sammy Hagar. Artwork on this lovely tribute to 1950s monster movies is credited to Harry Rossit. Related articles Remembering Ronnie Montrose (joebeans2002.wordpress.com) Legendary Guitarist RONNIE MONTROSE Passes (bravewords.com)
Retro Football Cards — Adrian Peterson, Topps 1975

Retro Football Cards — Adrian Peterson, Topps 1975

Football Friday, Sports
I had so much fun designing my retro Drew Brees card, I got started on my next one right away. So here's Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian "All Day" Peterson. I used a 1975 Chuck Foreman Topps card as the template. I used a headshot of Peterson as Topps still relied mainly on them in the mid-'70s. Astute fans will notice that the Vikings patch on the jersey chest is missing. I removed it to maintain consistency, as Topps did not have the right to use team logos throughout the 1970s. Logos returned starting with the 1982 set. All Day failed to reach 1,000 for the first time in his pro career, but that's only due to injures. He is poised to become the Vikings' all-time leading rusher within the first game or two of the 2012 NFL season, surpassing Robert Smith's 6,818 yards. For
Album Cover of the Week: Look At Them Beans

Album Cover of the Week: Look At Them Beans

Album Cover of the Week, Music
Ladies and gentlemen I give you Johnny Cash, the Man in... Beans? I would love to know the story behind this cover. I do know that the title is taken from a Joe Tex song called "Papa's Dream," which appeared on his 1973 album Joe Tex Spills the Beans. But anyway, about the Johnny Cash album. That's the Man in Black wearing blue on the front, and with his son John Carter Cash -- then just five years old and the only son of Johnny and June Carter Cash. Photography on Look at Them Beans (Columbia Records KC 33814) is credited to Marion Ward and Bill Barnes, and the design was by Barnes.
Football Friday — Packers vs. Saints, 1975

Football Friday — Packers vs. Saints, 1975

Football Friday, Sports
As the 2011 NFL season -- which opens next Thursday -- inches ever closer, I'm going to take a crack at a new series called Football Friday. Each week from now until the end of the 2011 season I'll post something of interest regarding the NFL. Since the first game of the new season is a matchup between the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers and the visiting New Orleans Saints. The Saints are coming off a stunning upset loss against the Seattle Seahawks in last year's NFC Wild Card round. Today's video is a time capsule back to Week 4 of the 1975 NFL regular season, and a clash between the Packers and Saints. New Orleans was playing their ninth season in the league, and their first in the newly opened Louisiana Superdome (mmm, Corned Beef Domewich!). The Saints, led by quarterback...