Thursday, April 11, 2013

I-J Post: part 2--Infinite Jest


Times change, without a doubt.  As technology made photographs more accessible and cheap, every family documented big events.  Burgeoning photo albums showed the styles of the 1960s and the 1970s.  Silly hair styles and mini-skirts were part of the albums.
Source: costumes

Movie cameras shrank from complicated monsters with four blinding headlights to hand-held quiet 8 mm cameras, capturing the silliness of my era. 


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We were the hippy generation, the postwar baby boomers.  Long straight hair and ‘hot pants’ were the style; leisure suits were for dressing up.  We documented our life together with photo and film.

The Look: source  

Because we were diligent in recording our history and obsessive about keeping those films, we have a new position in the minds of our grown children:

                           We are their source of INFINITE JEST.

At Christmas 2012, I arranged to transfer a big box of 8 mm film to DVD, with my narration and background music.  I don’t know what reaction I expected.  

What we did get were peals of laughter, OMG-dad-you-were-such-a-geek, and LOL-mom-you-were-so-hot.

Our grandchildren will have hours of diversion and entertainment with our visual legacy to our progeny.  

Hours and hours of infinite jest.

27 comments:

  1. Well...wait until their descendents get a eye full of their piercings and pink hair and ripped jeans....laughter follows all generations.

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    1. My s-in-law has some great pics, with his mullet and torn jeans. Superb.

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  2. oh so cool you had the film transferred, i so wish i had some from back in the day!

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    1. I hope anyone who reads this post will rush to their boxes of photos and films, and put them in disc form. How will our descendants know how cool we were, otherwise?

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  3. The dvd must have been fun to do and I bet some wish pictures weren't so easy with such a hairdo haha

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    1. Adding the narrative to the dvd was incredible. It let me re-live all those crazy days.

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  4. So true! And what a wonderful piece of history to have. (Can't say much about those leisure suits.)

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    1. Leisure suits? 100% polyester, with 100% polyester shirts? Earth tones? They were the perfect transition from suits to leisure. And they were awful.

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  5. Laugh on kiddos. Your life will fly by like a blink and when your kiddos see your old films, the last laugh will be on you.

    I'm so glad you put the film on 8 m so you and hubby could enjoy it.
    I bet you were something.

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    1. I have a photo of me in hot-pants and it is not bad, not bad at all. But it won't be posted here, ever.

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  6. Yeah, those were the "good ol' days" for sure! My husband had his senior picture taken (1977) in a blue leisure suit with a Quiana nylon shirt--big collar. He thought he had arrived! Glad some of those styles are gone, but some keep coming around again. Infinite jest, indeed!
    tm

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    1. Those styles keep re-cycling. Hopefully, they will lose some of the bad elements, like the collars.

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  7. What a wonderful idea, your grandkids will not believe their eyes!!!

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    1. My young gr-daughters are totally confused by the images on the screen and how we look now. Shocked, even.

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  8. Fantastic 70s fashion photos! Sometimes I wonder what the next generation will think of this era. With all the current blogging and social networking, everything will be online for them to look back on and laugh.

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  9. Making fun of the previous generation is a never-ending cycle!

    But honestly speaking, I wish I were a '70s or '80s teenager. When I look at photographs from my parents at that time, it seems so much more fun than these days...

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    1. Fun, I suppose. Just different, maybe. So much social upheaval then, as now.

      I did love the 'Go-Go' boots, though.

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  10. I remember laughing hysterically at seeing my parents 70s pics but I'm so glad they have them! Your kids and grandkids will thank you someday for the amazing memories!

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    1. At this point, our gr-kids are just confused. They can't believe that those young people on the TV are us.

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  11. Thanks for the memories...A lot of those styles have made a comeback. What we used to call hip huggers are now called low waisted...hahahaa

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    1. At least then, there were no "muffin tops". Well, I didn't have the over-hang problem.

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  12. I keep threantening to put all of our old films on DVD. Just don't seem to have ever find the time to do it. But I can guarantee my kids will be laughing their arses off at me and my old school "style". They do it now! LOL

    Great post!

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    1. Oh, don't wasted time!! Transfer the films before they degrade!

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  13. Ha! That is awesome. :) Great post and great pictures!

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    1. Thanks for enjoying a blast from the past.

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  14. Never mind the offspring and the delight of grandchildren later - what did you think as you reviewed and commentated.
    Fortunately (I think) there are none here. And few photos either...

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!