From my home movies. A video tour of Arizona is of Apache Junction Arizona 1975, my home at the time. At exactly :36 seconds you’ll see a quick clip of Apache Junction High School in all its green glory. At :50 seconds you’ll see an extended clip of a dirigible some characters were building in East Mesa. A few weeks later it was demolished by a summer windstorm. You can see the results of this at 2:00. In-between at 1:10 you can get a 360 degree view of Apache Junction from the roof of our house on Mercury Drive. My brother and I used to sit on the roof, that’s the kind of thing we did for entertainment in the days before cable TV. The population of the Junction was about 2,000 at the time, Main Street was a dirt road and the high school on Ironwood was, appropriately, at the end of a dead end dirt road. And there are of course many shots of the Superstition Mountains scattered throughout with a beautiful sunset at the end. Ah, nostalgia.
George Plimpton got a job playing one of the bad guys in the Howard Hawks-directed John Wayne Western “Rio Lobo.” In this special we see him talking to Hawks about whether he’ll be killed off or not, to Wayne about how to cultivate a special walk to make oneself a star in movies and to himself as he attempts to rehearse his tiny part and while doing so is caught in the frame of a setup for another scene and chastised by Wayne. Wayne calls Plimpton “Pimpleton” throughout this special. Filmed at Old Tucson in the spring of 1970. Wikipedia
Mister Baby – Lucky You Live at the Music in the Hall in Oxford, MS. Strip away the slick Taylor Swift bullshit. Now that’s Country Music. An heir to Kitty Wells and Loretta Lynn.
A part of our Arizona in the 1970s blog. Take a look at it sometime. It’s not bad. Watch for Nick Nolte as an extra in the crowd scene when they visit the hippie commune. Wikipedia
Bobbie Gentry, Bing Crosby, Tiny Tim, nothing more need be said. It was the 1960s
Jill Sobule – Where Is Bobbie Gentry – A brilliant and hilarious tribute to the reclusive Bobbi Gentry who has not been seen in over 30 years. It’s reputed she’s holed up in her mansion in Hollywood like Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard. More power to her.
With Hot Tuna’s Jorma and Jack Cassidy