40 Years in 40 Days: 1977

Me at 3.

1977 was a mixed bag in 3 year-old Kerry’s world. My great-grandmother, Maw, died. She had a farm and I really liked going there. My sister was born in September, which changed everything. I saw my first real movie in a for-real drive-in, Star Wars. Even at 3, I knew it was amazing. A friend said it still holds up today, but it more than holds up. For me, it was the first of its kind – the adventure story/love story/science fiction genre. It was a space western. You can’t tell me it’s not. Luke’s the deputy, Han’s the outlaw-turned-sheriff, Vader’s the guy in the black hat, and Leia is the girl in town everyone wants.  Simple.

Ok, let’s go to the facts.

1977 in Film was pretty damn amazing. I’ve already talked about Star Wars, so let’s talk about my guilty pleasure movie: Smokey and the Bandit. Oh, yeah. This is the movie that started my love of Basset Hounds, using great accents, and Jackie Gleason. It’s the best.

One of my other favorite movies from 1977 is The Rescuers, which kind of made me what I am today, a combination of Miss Bianca (Eva Gabor) and Madame Medusa, the redheaded villain of the movie. Here’s one of the sweetest clips Disney has ever animated.

Music in 1977 was a desert except for Fleetwood Mac. Here’s “Go Your Own Way.”


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