Joe Biden’s journey toward the national spotlight started roughly 200 months, or 9 election cycles ago. Reagan was in his second term(as governor, Nixon and Brezhnev were signing the SALT treaties, and George McGovern was still being taken seriously.
MASH, The Waltons, and Sanford and Son were the big new shows for the fall television line-ups. Sonny and Cher were going strong along with Carol Burnett and Glen Campbell got canceled. HBO debuted as the first cable subscription service. aDavid Bowie kicked off glam rock, Gilbert O’Sullivan was Alone Again Naturally at the top of the charts, and the album of the year Grammy went to The Concert for Bangladesh. The Oscar went to The Godfather, deliverance was released, and George Lucas was a flop and no one had heard of Steven Spielberg.
The Dow Jones high for the year was 1036, the low 921. Gas was 36 cents a gallon, a loaf of bread cost a quarter, and the median household income was $9,697.00.
The 72 Dolphins began their run to history. The Wizard of Westwood was in the middle of his magic act, and 11 Israeli athletes were murdered by Yasser Arafat’s gang at the Munich Olympics. Johnny Rogers was the Heisman winner, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was still in Miluakee, and Gordie Howe was of the NHL ice for the first time in 25 years.