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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Where were you in '52?

Today's History Lesson...the movies

Sometimes it takes only one movie...just one...to kick start the careers of film actors and directors. Then, the movie itself goes on to become a classic, an American icon. These are the films that truly bring back the memories as you stroll down memory lane revisiting the scenes and listening to the music of the era!

This Day in History: August 11, 1973

The 50s - Rockin' in the 50s, Rollin' Too! and the 60s - The decade that changed a nation proudly claim eras of their own. None ever like either one, none to ever be again. Both are definitely iconic America. Today in history marks the opening of not only one of the most nostalgic movies of all time, American Graffiti, but also launched the careers of Richard Dreyfuss and Harrison Ford, as well as the future Oscar-winning film maker Ron Howard. If that was not enough, because of the movie's overwhelming success, it enabled the film's director, George Lucas, to get his next movie made, the mega-hit Star Wars (1977). We all know where that led!

American Graffiti was the first in a series of movies and television shows that evoked nostalgia for the more carefree days of the 50s and early '60s and the iconic cars that defined the era. Within both decades evolved some of the greatest music of all time. And what is a movie without an awesome soundtrack?

It’s the soundtrack, man, the soundtrack. This, the best film George Lucas ever “directed,” felt like it was birthed from a kid’s subconscious before the world became a darker (read: Kennedy assassination) place. Hearkening back to his nights as a bored teenager in Modesto, California, Lucas’s homage to his youth takes place over one summer night in 1962, when all you had to do was slick back your hair, roll some cigs into your t-shirt sleeve, and drive your bitchin’ car up and down the main drag. The real star, though, was the faux radio station’s soundtrack that played non-stop through the entire film. It made Wolfman Jack a household name, and created a resurgent interest in everything ‘50s (including, for better or worse, the creation of Happy Days).
Source: Pretty Cleaver Films
American Graffiti: A Step Back in Time

41 Original Hits from the Soundtrack of
American Graffifi

The Real Stars of America Graffiti: The Cars

Terry the Toad and the Impala
 Played by Charles Martin Smith

 John Milner’s ’32 Deuce Coupé
Played by Paul Le Mat 

 The Blonde in the T-Bird
Played by Suzanne Somers
American Graffiti was just the beginning. In 1975, Lucas founded Industrial Light & Magic, a company that has provided cutting-edge visual effects to a long list of films, including the Star Wars series, the Indiana Jones films, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Forrest Gump, Men in Black and the Harry Potter movies. Source: History.com

Let's rock, let's roll, let's go to the movies...watch the classics!