One Day In Your Life: November 24, 1971

November 24, 1971, is a Wednesday. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day. Headlines on the morning’s newspapers include passage of a major defense bill by the United States Senate and the ongoing tensions in south Asia, where India and Pakistan are on the brink of war. On an inside page of the Wisconsin State Journal, hungry pre-Thanksgiving shoppers learn that they can get a spaghetti dinner with salad, roll, and beverage for 95 cents at their local Rennebohm’s lunch counter. Future actress Lola Glaudini, who will appear on NYPD Blue, The Sopranos, and Criminal Minds, is born, and so is future professional hockey player Keith Primeau. Radio relay operator Rick Holt of Dundalk, Maryland, with less than 30 days remaining on his hitch in Vietnam, writes two letters home. Tonight, a Northwest Airlines flight from Portland to Seattle will be hijacked by a man who claims to have a bomb in his briefcase. He demands $200,000 and two parachutes. The plane lands to release the other passengers and get the hijacker his money, then takes off again. Somewhere over Washington state, the man jumps out of the plane, and he is never seen again. Although he’s on the passenger list as Dan Cooper, his name will be reported by the media, and he will be remembered forever after, as D. B. Cooper. In today’s Doonesbury strip, documentarian Mark intrudes on B. D.’s football huddle.

The CBS-TV lineup tonight features The Carol Burnett Show, Medical Center, and Mannix; on NBC, it’s Adam-12, McCloud, and Night Gallery. In the UK, George Harrison is a guest on The David Frost Show. Led Zeppelin plays Manchester, England. The Kinks album Muswell Hillbillies is released. The Doors, minus the late Jim Morrison, play at the University of Pennsylvania, while King Crimson and Yes play the Academy of Music in New York City. At WWDJ in Hackensack, New Jersey, there’s lots of movement at the top of this week’s chart: “Family Affair” by Sly and the Family Stone leaps from 9 to 1, and “Got to Be There” by Michael Jackson jumps from 17 to 2. Last week’s Number-One, “Gypsys Tramps and Thieves” by Cher falls to Number Three. Also moving up: “Superstar” by the Temptations, from 16 to 11, and “I Know I’m Losing You” by Rod Stewart from 21 to 14. New on the chart this week are David Cassidy’s “Cherish,” “Scorpio” by Dennis Coffey, and “Hallelujah” by Sweathog.

A sixth-grader in Wisconsin (who will shortly buy “Scorpio” on a 45)  looks forward to Thanksgiving Day, to be spent with his mother’s side of the family. He’ll play with his cousins and watch football with the men of the family. The day will end too early, as such days always do.

Just as tomorrow will do. Happy Thanksgiving to one and all, and thanks for your continued support of this Internet feature.

7 responses

  1. Happy T-Day, Mr. Bartlett. If my time machine ever gets finished, I’ll drop you off with your fam en route to that Yes/Crimson gig. (With an eight-track of There’s a Riot Goin’ On in the dash.)

  2. D.B. Cooper lives!
    Have a good Turkey Day, and thank *you* for bringing us your unique and perennially entertaining perspective.

  3. jb, Happy Thanksgiving to you and the Mrs.

  4. My question is, how did the Doors continue to perform without Jim Morrison? Did they hire a new lead singer?

    1. The Doors carried on for two albums after Morrison, “Other Voices” and “Full Circle,” with Ray Manzarek on vocals. I wrote about their post-Morrison career here: http://www.wnew.com/2010/07/rock-flashback-the-doors-after-morrison.html

  5. Both of us wish you and the Mrs. a happy Thanksgiving. May it be one of those days that should never end.

  6. Nov. 24, 1971. Home from first semester of college. Got to see all the changes in my friends who went away after high school. Beards where there had been clean-shaven faces. Quality dope where there had been maybe sneak-one-beer-hope we-don’t-get-caught. Ten Years After, Traffic, Tull, Rod Stewart (the Maggie May Rod Stewart), Sly and ‘Riot’, where there had been Patridge Family and Carpenters.

    The next day, Thanksgiving, is the epic Nebraska-Oklahoma college football ‘game of the century’ showdown. A wonderful, meal will be consumed by a loving family, the men will watch the big game, and later, the college kids home for the holidays will meet in various rooms in various houses where matches will be struck and tabs will be pulled.

    I’d like to go back, just for one day.

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