Historic! The nation was full of patriotic enthusiasm in 1976, as we celebrated the Bicentennial. Yes, things were pret-ty darn good in the good ol' USA, and -

Oh, that's what everyone wanted to think. But things were wan. The shadow of Nixon and Watergate and Vietnam still hovered over the nation like the dissipating smoke from a tire fire. If you were 18, it wasn't bad, exactly; we had the pleasures of youth to distract us, and we didn't really know how ugly clothing was. We didn't know how long things were just going to drag,

No one in this catalogue knew. They all seem happy enough. They always do.

But you have to ask: did no one look at that child and think what in the name of God are we doing? When did we get so far this seemed normal?