The legend of Scotland’s Nessie… otherwise known as the Loch Ness Monster… has been around for a long, long time. The first sighting covered by a news source took place in 1933. A local paper reported that “an enormous animal” was seen “rolling and plunging on the surface” of Loch Ness, which prompted London newspapers to send reporters to the scene. No proof was found. Since then, plenty of attempts have been made – both amateur and expert –to locate and identify the creature, but nothing has ever come to light verifying the creature’s existence. Sightings continue, however.
On October 6, 1866, a gang of outlaws called “The Reno Brothers” successfully carried out an act considered by The Library of Congress to be the first robbery of a moving train in the United States of America. The group boarded the train, emptied a safe, and threw another safe off the train to retrieve and crack open later. Soon thereafter, robbing trains as they moved along the tracks became popular with thieves across the Wild West.
“Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head,” recorded by B.J. Thomas, was 1970’s first #1 hit on the Billboard Chart. Burt Bacharach and Hal David wrote the song for the year’s big screen success “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. It ended up snagging the Academy Award for Best Original Song. As the story goes… both Bob Dylan and Ray Stevens supposedly turned down the song before it was offered to B. J. Thomas. “Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
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Anyone who read comic books in the 1960s or 1970s, you must remember Sea-Monkeys! Their ads filled the back pages of comic books. Tailored after the ant farms that were so popular in those days, Sea-Monkeys kits were for hatching a type of mini shrimp. They didn’t look like shrimp… and they certainly didn’t look like the human/fish hybrids shown on ads promoting the little beings.
“Hazel” was a 1960s television series about a live-in maid and the family she worked for and loved. Although her “boss” Mr. Baxter thought he was the head of the household, it was obvious that Hazel really ran the household. In most instances, she was the one in charge! Hazel had nicknames for everyone in the family. Mr. Baxter was “Mr. B,” Mrs. Baxter was “Missy,” and their son Harold was “Sport.” The role of Hazel earned actress Shirley Booth two Emmy Awards.
Puka necklaces were all the rage back in the ‘70s and ‘80s? A puka necklace was usually designed in the choker style that fits close to the neck. Both men and women wore them! Teen heartthrob David Cassidy played a big role in boosting their popularity, because the actor/singer always seemed to be wearing one! Originally, puka necklaces were made of seashells or seashell fragments that were strung together through holes naturally formed by the elements. Before long, however, shell-like beads were being manufactured with the same look.