THE MIDDLE EAST, 1973: Oil, Occupied Territories, Nixon, Kissinger, Threats and Jimmy Carter (1977)

As the intense changes happen across the Middle East in this winter of 2011, I happened to see this news clip from the OPEC imposed Energy Crisis during the Yom Kippur War in October, 1973. It’s interesting to see. By summer 1974, I recall, gas station line-ups were massive. People used up more gas waiting to get to the pump than they were able to get from the pump itself. That’s the same feeling I get when I believe an advertisement.

This is so long ago, Tom Brokaw was a journalist, my boyhood hockey hero Yvan Cournoyer had won the Conn Smythe Trophy as Most Valuable Player in the NHL Play-offs and Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree by Tony Orlando and Dawn was the years number one song (1973). Good times.

As for fuel conservation, here’s President Carter’s energy conservation speech of 1977. It certainly didn’t help with his re-election, and the solar panels he put up on the roof of the White House were taken down by the Gipper, Ronald Reagan, President of the Screen Actors Guild (a big union man, clearly).

Carter’s speech begins with the inspiring:

“Good evening. Tonight I want to have an unpleasant talk with you…”

Ah yes, the material world, constantly changing, constantly staying the same.


I had this hockey card in a drawer, with tons of other ones. One day, something happened, and all the cards were gone, along with my animal bone collection. I’m still looking for clues. If you know anything, please call…


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