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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

My new best friend

OK, anyone who can actually make me scream with laughter to the point where I can't catch my breath is an automatic lock to be added to my blogroll. 

[Note: Slightly irreverent, but a total panic!]


[Don't thank me... I'm a giver]

Update:  Just to show you I'm not afraid to admit that I too came of age during the 70s, here is a photo that my blogdaughter Weese was nice enough to scan from our high school yearbook:


For the record, the suit was powder blue... not 'Fantasy Island White' as it appears in the picutre.  And that brittle puffy hair?  Compliments of Prell.

Posted by David Bogner on November 13, 2007 | Permalink


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Did you see the guy got 462 comments???? His blog must be his full time job.
My husband actually wore one of those suits on our first date (in 1991). I went out with him again anyway, and burned the suit soon afterward.
very funny!

Posted by: Baila | Nov 13, 2007 2:23:43 PM

The 70's were not kind to anyone. My children laugh and point with amazement at the photos in my H.S. yearbook. They want to know if it was a spoof. Then they take it out to show to their friends.

Still, I cried reading this post.

Posted by: Lee | Nov 13, 2007 3:53:58 PM

Three people have tried to send me copies of this. Finally I know what the hell they are talking about.

Posted by: Jack | Nov 13, 2007 4:32:27 PM

Apparently this is floating around the blogosphere. Three people have tried to send me copies of this JC Penny deal.Except each time they sent it the pictures didn't come through. Finally I know what they were talking about.

Posted by: Jack | Nov 13, 2007 4:33:39 PM

oh. my. God.
i'm glad i missed that decade.

Posted by: Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) | Nov 13, 2007 4:47:57 PM

I lived that decade and what made it not seem like any big deal was that we didn't have today's cool fashions to compare them to... like you know, the pants hanging off the last 1/4" of a boys ass, while their boxers are showing off about 8 inches above them? Or the skin tight pants on people who should be wearing mumu's (aka tent dresses) with the muffin top showing above them cuz the shirts are only barely covering their boobs!

Yeah, I'll take the polyester 70's look anyday! At least they were covered and neat!

Sick color schemes and matching outfits galore, I'll admit were just plain wrong!

Posted by: Val | Nov 13, 2007 4:53:17 PM

Oh. My. Heavens. I was born in 1977 and I am crying from laughter.

Posted by: SaraK | Nov 13, 2007 6:35:13 PM

Oy! Just the name Prell is enough to evoke a flood of 70s memories!

Anyone else sport the ever-popular-Dorothy-Hammill haircut back then? Hmmmm, huh, huh?!


Posted by: zahava | Nov 13, 2007 6:42:43 PM

Dave... that picture absolutely KILLS me! You shoulda been in that JC Penny catalog! HA. Thanks for updating... so glad I came back to check on things again today!

Posted by: Val | Nov 13, 2007 6:48:10 PM


As far as the guy's swimming trunks, those things were all the rage in the former Soviet Union, and despite the creeping impact of globalization, many people still prefer them to full length-trunks (they say they are more comfortable to swim in.)

Posted by: Irina | Nov 13, 2007 10:04:15 PM

You looked like Howard Stern (please don't banish me
from commenting on your site). By the way, I attended
Boy Scout camp with Stern (irrelevant).

Posted by: Schvach | Nov 13, 2007 11:27:51 PM

Anyone else sport the ever-popular-Dorothy-Hammill haircut back then

My sister had that cut. The girl down the street had that Farrah Fawcett feathered look going for a while.

Posted by: Jack | Nov 13, 2007 11:58:14 PM

OMG,OMG,OMG I have a picture of my oldest brother in the used car salesman suit and how could your suit be anything BUT powder blue?! But David, you need a warning sign that says, "Do NOT click on this link while there's a spouse sleeping in the room!". Definitely going back tomorrow morning to finish reading the rest.

Posted by: Jennifer | Nov 14, 2007 12:07:56 AM

Hey Uncle David... I asked my daughter who that was in the picture and she guessed me, then Gail and then gave up! When I told her who it was, she just gasped and with her mouth wide open! hehehhe!

Posted by: Val | Nov 14, 2007 1:00:33 AM

There are no photos extant of me taken between 1968 and 1979. I go from cute infant in diapers and sweater running around a backyard in 1959 to exiled nihilist (or Amish anarchist) on my drivers license in the eighties.

I do not own any 1970's clothes at all.

Life can not get any better.

Posted by: Back of the Hill | Nov 14, 2007 1:05:28 AM

Sweetness. I had a stretchy belt for my kelly-green culottes that said FOXY LADY- in 3rd grade. And then I fully embraced nearly every bad 80s trend through high school. Shameless.

Posted by: Alice | Nov 14, 2007 1:23:43 AM

"And that brittle puffy hair?"

i'd take some brittly puffy hair today. i'd take any hair today.

Posted by: Lion of Zion | Nov 14, 2007 6:06:57 AM

Powder blue was the way to go... especially to the prom, replete with cummerbund...

Posted by: Wry Mouth | Nov 14, 2007 6:47:35 AM

i sent it to my mom and we have a good crack up together on the phone, even though I cracked up at it myself a few hours before. She tried to deny that my father had clothes like that ("Oh, we didn't dress like that") until I reminded her of her constant stories of my father's double knit pants and blue suede shoes.

For some reason the chest hair emergency tab really got me. It's a genius work.

Posted by: Abbi | Nov 14, 2007 8:49:06 AM

... so this is what you out-of-towners were wearing, eh?

(sniffs, sticks nose in air...)

Throughout the 60s and early 70s, my mom's NY Jewish liberal-hippie joint-smoking baby-boom cousins were showing up at our Hanukah parties in see-through macrame lace minis, tie-dyed tunics, and purple velvet suits with lapels out to there.

This is just what happened when the carnival finally filtered through to the polyester set.

Although I did have a plaid jacket. Briefly, very briefly.

Posted by: Ben-David | Nov 14, 2007 12:38:50 PM

And if I remember correctly, this was just before the mauve-ing of America.

Posted by: Ben-David | Nov 14, 2007 12:40:39 PM

oh, because powder blue is just so much better than "fantasy- island-white?" whew, i was worried there for a minute that you were a fashion "don't!"

Posted by: nikki | Nov 14, 2007 7:07:00 PM

oo so handsome.

Posted by: weese | Nov 14, 2007 8:34:27 PM

You mean I could actually get my name on your blogroll, after all these years of being a faithful fan and not being on it. Woo Hoo. I am on a mission.

Posted by: Jaime | Nov 20, 2007 10:26:40 PM

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