October 29, 1971: A Space in Time

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(Pictured: Duane Allman.)

October 29, 1971, was a Friday. News headlines this morning include the British Parliament’s vote yesterday to join the European Common Market. An Associated Press story appearing in newspapers around the country today discusses the political future of Vice President Spiro Agnew. There’s been speculation that President Nixon might want to replace Agnew in 1972 with Treasury Secretary and former Texas governor John Connally. Agnew wants Nixon to decide “in a cold and practical political way” whether to keep him. Agnew also says he believes Nixon can’t make a decision yet. In Macon, Georgia, guitarist Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band dies in a motorcycle accident. In Winona, Minnesota, future actress Winona Ryder is born. Seven games are played in the National Basketball Association tonight. After seven straight wins to open the season, the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks lose their first, 125-114 to the Boston Celtics. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the former Lew Alcindor, who has adopted his new name with the new season, leads all scorers with 43 points. Dave Cowens leads the Celtics with 37.

On TV tonight, ABC presents The Brady Bunch, The Partridge Family, Room 222, The Odd Couple, and Love American Style. After the late local news on ABC, guests on The Dick Cavett Show include United Nations ambassador George Bush, U.S. senator Edmund Muskie, and actress Gloria Swanson. CBS starts its night with a sitcom set during Prohibition, The Chicago Teddy Bears, and the crime drama O’Hara: US Treasury starring David Janssen. Also on CBS tonight: the TV movie Murder Once Removed starring John Forsythe and Barbara Bain. NBC’s highlight tonight is a special celebrating the October 1 opening of Walt Disney World in Florida, which stars Julie Andrews, Glen Campbell, Jonathan Winters, and Buddy Hackett, with a special appearance by Bob Hope.

In Orono, Maine, Sampson’s Supermarkets have special prices on ham (58 cents a pound), pork chops (68 cents a pound), and oysters (99 cents a pound. A 50-pound bag of #1 winter keeper potatoes is $1.49. In Bowling Green, Ohio, the Big N department store is having an anniversary sale, with albums priced at $3.99 including A Space in Time by Ten Years After, Master of Reality by Black Sabbath, and Every Good Boy Deserves Favour by the Moody Blues. Sale eight-tracks are priced at $2.27, including Iron Butterfly’s Ball and Cream’s Wheels of Fire. At Discount Records in Carbondale, Illinois, albums priced at $5.99 or higher are one-third off today only, including Chicago at Carnegie Hall, Cahoots by the Band, Steve Miller’s Rock Love, and Meddle by Pink Floyd. Customers can pre-order the forthcoming album by Sly and the Family Stone, There’s a Riot Goin’ On. The student newspaper at the University of Cincinnati reports that fewer rock concerts may be coming to campus in the future due to financial losses at past shows. The university’s cultural events coordinator says, “This whole rock business is not very stable or very ethical.” For example, a Jethro Tull concert scheduled on campus for November 12 had to be rescheduled when a promoter scheduled Three Dog Night for an appearance in town the very same night. The Ike and Tina Turner Revue will play the university’s fieldhouse tonight; Tull plays Portland, Maine.

At WRKO in Boston, “Gypsies Tramps and Thieves” by Cher and “Imagine” by John Lennon hold at #1 and #2. “Theme From Shaft” by Isaac Hayes is up to #3. Chicago’s “Questions 67 and 68” is up to #4 from #10, and two other songs make big moves to reach the Top 10: “Baby I’m-a Want You” by Bread (to #9 from #19) and “Two Divided by Love” by the Grass Roots (to #10 from #17). They take the places of “I’d Love to Change the World” by Ten Years After (down to #17 from #9) and “Yo Yo” by the Osmonds (down to #20 from #7). Two songs debut in the Top 30: “Behind Blue Eyes” by the Who and “Family Affair” by Sly and the Family Stone. WRKO’s top albums are John Lennon’s Imagine, Santana III, and Cat Stevens’ Teaser and the Firecat.

Perspective From the Present: I was two months into the sixth grade at Northside School, in Mr. Schilling’s class. He was a very large, very loud, and—I am guessing now—very young man. Academic subjects are pretty easy for me; I get all A’s in the first quarter of the year except in math. I do less well in art, music, and physical education, and a note on my report card says I need to improve my self-control.

I already know I want to be on the radio someday.


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