Back in the late 1970s, Bill Tolle of Woodlawn, Ohio figured out a way to use empty beer cans to heat his home in the winter. Basically he made a solar heater, with the empty cans trapping the sun's heat. But the beer can angle perked the media's interest.
Skinny people aren't often recognized as being part of an oppressed minority. Back in 1972, Barry Goldsmith tried to change this by announcing the Skinny Liberation movement and issuing an "emaciation proclamation." But his efforts don't seem to have changed public attitudes significantly. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find a picture of Mr. Goldsmith. But it sounds like he was definitely quite skinny. Source: The Deseret News - Aug 4, 1972
It's not much of a dance, but Trisha Brown
could certainly have had a career as a sign-language interpreter in South Africa.
Oh, yes, recipient of MacArthur "genius grant."
I never knew before about Morph, the forerunner
of Wallace & Gromit. On first glance, he seems less weird and manic than either Gumby or W&G.
Back in 1978, Lidia Mostovy was chosen to deliver the valedictory address at the 99th commencement of Frank H. Morrell High School, so she decided to give it in Latin. Her speech began: "Olim Alexander Magnus dixit: 'Meis parentibus vitam debeo, meis magistris, vitam bonam.'"
She explained that she "wanted to add dignity to the graduation exercises and... draw attention to the high school's Latin program. 'A lot of people ask why take Latin — you're not going to use it. So now I will.'"
Source: The Ukrainian Weekly - June 25, 1978
Since I took Latin throughout high school, and even participated in our high school's Latin play, I'm sympathetic to what she did. And I guess it probably wasn't any more or less boring than any other high school valediction, just because no one could understand it.
If you jump in front of a train, is it the train driver's fault if he doesn't stop in time to run you over? Maybe. Back in 1977, Milo Stephens tried to commit suicide in this way and later sued the New York City Transit Authority for running him over. The TA gave him a settlement payment of $650,000 rather than going to trial.
A Time magazine article (Jan 9, 1984) explains why the TA opted for the settlement rather than fighting it:
The new rules, known as comparative negligence, allow a jury to assess the percentage of fault on each side and apportion damages accordingly. This is what worried Richard Bernard, general counsel for the Transit Authority. Stephens' injuries, based on other recent jury awards, "would have justified a verdict of, say, $3.5 million," observes Bernard. If the jury then found that Stephens was only 75% responsible for the accident, the Transit Authority might have been liable for $875,000, plus the cost of going to trial, thus making a $650,000 settlement 'favorable from our point of view.'
Caution: brief flashes of uncovered upper female chest area and two swears.
All the fake employee singing in the world could not save the Robert Hall chain
from bankruptcy a mere 4 years after this commercial aired.