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70s TV for the youngsters

TV Album
Herz
1978

If you are under the age of 50 or so, you might not recognize some of these programs unless you got lucky in re-runs. This little paperback is made up of what looks like publicity stills and script summaries. It’s pretty much a “meh” choice in the late 1970s.

We have featured a bunch of these nonfiction tv profiles for kids. Check it out here, here, and here. They are basically all the same book. The author, Peggy Herz has written a bunch of books about television shows for the juvenile audience for Scholastic.

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Motorcycle Daredevil

Evel Knievel
Motorcycle Daredevil
Schmitz
1978

If you are of a certain age, you will immediately recognize the name Evel Knievel. I was a teen during 1970s when Evel was doing his thing. He was always in the news taking his bike and jumping over stuff. Even if you knew nothing about stunt work, motorcycles or anything “daredevil”, everyone knew about Evel Knievel.

Even as a teen I wondered about a few things. Why was his name Evel? I really couldn’t grasp why someone would choose such a name. More importantly, I wondered why someone would take a motorcycle and jump over stuff. Evel was good at self-promotion and worked hard to keep his name in the news. Each jump was more elaborate then the last.

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Boomer Television

TV Book
The Ultimate Television Book
Firemen, ed.
1977

This TV retrospective was published in the late 1970s. It covers the early days to the mid 1970s. This would have been a decent choice for a library back in the 1970s. There is a timeline that ran through the bottom of the pages, articles on trends, and other TV events.

Festivals Feasts Fairs and Festivals

Fiesta!

Mort’s Guide to Festivals, Feasts, Fairs, & Fiestas
Barish and Mole
1974

Submitter: Another very dated book we weeded. Dated and wrong. Is ANY festival from 1974 still being held in 2020? I looked up my own state, and while the basic information is mostly correct for the time, there are some glaring errors. Mainly, misspelling the Merrie Monarch Festival as “Merry.” This is sacrilege here. However, “mouthwatering Polynesian and Oriental foods” are still part of the state fair, and any fair, really! And the teeny, tiny type!

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Programming Gone Wild

Ideas are the Heart of a Program: An Innovative Programming Forum
Artz
[198?]

Submitter: Our submission is from an academic library.  We just withdrew this today. Why are the guy’s pants falling down at the Polaroid Scavenger Hunt? And we think A Kiss is Still a Kiss is just asking for a sexual harassment lawsuit.  The sentence “The Police Department saved up their coupons for a weekend with the Superintendent” sounds sketchy at best.

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Holy Weeding, Batman

Batman
Gardner
1989

Submitter: …not only did we have one copy but we had two copies of Batman. This novelization of the 1989 movie of the same name I am sure was popular at the time. But on reflection we have many different variations on the Batman story since this version. Additionally, the two copies just truly captures my library’s past philosophy on keeping pretty much everything, forever.

Holly: This was found in a rural public library. Superheroes are extremely popular, but people are more interested in the newer iterations. Movie novelizations do become dated, so keep your eye on them! In my library, patrons are definitely more interested in DC comics than movie novelizations for superhero stories.

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Family Fun

Planning a Family Reunion
Wisdom
1988

I have been asked over the years for a how to guide for throwing a family reunion. Showers and other types of parties have evidently moved over to Pinterest and other websites. Family reunions, will probably follow, but I would still like a book for my library collection. This book isn’t it. The general advice is decent, but for a serious event, there needs to be some discussion of technology. Just flipping through this book I kind of felt sorry for the person trying to coordinate an event, among family, no less. Having to physically assemble and track downs relatives would be a real chore before wide use of the Internet.