Tidbits from the year 1976
The average cost of new house $43,400.00, average income per year $16,000.00, average monthly rent $220.00, a gallon of gas 59 cents. No surprise as inflation is on the rise.
Fidel Castro becomes The President of Cuba, NASA debuts the first space shuttle, the Enterprise, Apple Computer Company is formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, The Olympics, broadcast from Montreal, Canada, draw an estimated one billion viewers worldwide. World population 4.378 billion, US celebrates Bicentennial (July 4), Super Bowl- Pittsburgh d. Dallas, World Series-Cincinnati d. NY Yankees.
Ah, the year nineteen-seventy-six
Let’s fly on the Concorde and pick up sticks
Mom nature gifts US with Hurricane Belle
Shambled moments for farmer in the dell
Again making history we gallop through space
A quick sand mindset to keep the pace
Nice to meet you mister Enterprise
Bring the man in the moon an order of fries
Oh, don’t forget Mars and the Viking 1 Lander
Windows of opportunity as man takes a gander
Disease and droughts, tidal waves and quakes
History in the making needs to go on break
It’s time for the US Presidential election
A peanut farmer from Georgia is the selection
We got a brand new Apple and it’s not from Eve
The creative Steves had smarts up their sleeves
We got a new genre of music, ain’t life grand
Let’s lend an ear to Punk Rock bands
Persistent inflation never goes but comes at will
The US saves the day with the two dollar bill
Let’s bribe the Bay City Rollers to guide us uphill
Another hullabaloo year gifting life with a thrill
1976 was a stepping stone year for me. On my thirtieth birthday, I got a divorce, my father passed away (he was 85 and led a good life), and I became a single soul. I have no siblings so it was me, myself and I, and survival. I got out of the “poor me” feelings in about a week and started moving on.
I had friends, a job and a place to live. I discovered a new life and a slew of great places to dance and party. The disco era was “in” and I loved it. I was still living in Orlando but felt it was time to discover new and different things, thus my move to South Florida. Orlando was still getting used to the impact of Disney, and a lot of us folks that were born and/or raised there still had that small town attitude.
Well, that all changed when I moved to South Florida. I learned a lot and saw an abundance of opportunities, which the next 10 years were productive years for me, personally and professionally. I have no regrets making one of the biggest decisions of my life. 1976 was a good year for me.
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