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In 1967 the Philco-Ford Corporation released a short film titled 1999 A.D. In it the inevitable advances of the future are demonstrated. Some of the predictions seem to be right on while others appear to have been pulled straight from Star Trek.
When rotary phones were first introduced people had a tough time figuring out how to use them. Sounds funny but imagine showing a rotary phone to a teenager today and see how long it would take them to figure it out!
While the Vietnam War was raging, the U.S. military was coaching aspiring officers on “How to Succeed with Brunettes.” Imagine a Pentagon version of “Mad Men” without the sex.
It’s part of a stash of 2,700 films and videos received from the Pentagon’s Defense Visual Information Center and opens an entertaining, at times intentionally tongue-in-cheek, look at America in the mid-1960s.
This is National Lampoon’s 1972 parody of “The Desiderata of Happiness,” an early 20th century poem about how to live happily in the world which became a pop cultural icon in the form of a poster which hung ubiquitously throughout homes, churches and businesses during the 60s and 70s. If you ever saw the poster as a child you will love this hilarious twist on the message.
If you are younger than 40 you missed a glorious era in rock and roll when the religious right began making hilarious accusations of messages from Satan embedded backwards in the music of various rock bands. So all the impressionably young kids of the day bought every heavy metal album they could get their hands on so that they could listen to them backwards and hear wonderful phrases like “Worship Satan,” “Smoke Marijuana,” and “Kill Your Parents.”
Here is an old radio broadcast from 1981, in which evangelist Michael Mills fuels the insanity with an attack on Black Sabbath, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest (who famously went to trial and won over bullshit accusations of backwards masking), and even Bow Wow Wow and Adam and the Ants.