Friday, May 8, 2015

Cry, the Beloved... Uncle?

Marz says I am not the only one who tells her they're not all that keen to revisit the Seventies (worst decade of my life). (Or they say can't see the seventies through the smoke... I do remember a lot of folks spending most of their time high).   
But the decade is coming at me from every direction, and actually I'm enjoying the associations.

The other night I binge-watched all 13 episodes of wonderfully funny Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (= only 5 hours, on Netflix), and one of the characters, an American Indian man, says something about how he can't go out east because it makes him cry to see the land.

< Comanche actor Gil Birmingham with Kimmy Schmidt's white cocreator, Tina Fey

[Positive review of the Native American supblot from Indian Country--(not everyone agrees).] 

Anyway, if you were alive in the 70s, you probably get the reference, right? 

The crying Indian in the 1971 Keep America Beautiful ad campaign against littering---my thing! 

And my people, too, turns out. 
The actor Iron Eyes Cody spent his adult life playing and even living as an Indian of Cherokee-Cree ancestry, but he was born to 100% Sicilian American parents.

Ha! Yeah, looking at him again, he looks a whole lot like my Uncle Tony.

Speaking of references to 1970s ads, do you get the reference of this Kirk piece by the wonderful Rabbittooth? (I didn't.) 

It's a parody of the 1978 ad for Eveready batteries with Wild, Wild West star Robert Conrad daring you to knock the battery off his shoulder.


Zhoen said...

I had to wait for the explanations, then I remembered. Given how much I watched tv...

That decade was jr. high & high school, uniforms mitigated the horrible clothes that never fit nor suited.

Cheryl said...

I loved Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt!

Clowncar said...

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a wonderful show. The pace of the jokes is so fast. It's like 30 Rock without network censors.

I have a dim, distant memory of that Robert Conrad commercial. And I LOVED Wild, Wild West, with the fervor than only a ten year old could muster.

Fresca said...

I love Kimmy Schmidt too! Yes, 30 Rock without network censors... or Liz Lemon.

I go around singing, "Unbreakable!
Females are strong. as. hell."

bink said...

I sing Kimmy's theme song all the time too...but I keep messing up the words and replacing them with my own (not on purpose, I just forget).

Old Iron Eyes belongs in the Godfather movies! He totally looks Sicilian!

poodletail said...

Amen to everything bink said. Until now mr. poodletail and I were the only people I knew who roared with laughter through "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt". Plus, the song fits in to many real-life situations.