Sunday, 20 August 2017

1975, Film: “Mahogany”

The American romantic drama film “Mahogany” premieres on 8 October 1975 in New York City. The film was directed by Berry Gordon, with a screenplay by John Byrum based on a story by Toni Amber. “Mahogany” main players are Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Perkins, Jean-Pierre Aumont and Marisa Mell. The titlesong "Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To)" was sung by Diana Ross and written by Michael Masser and Gerald Goffin.

Tracy Chambers (Diana Ross), an assistant to the head buyer at a luxury department, is aspiring to be a fashion designer. She lives in the slums of Chicago and puts herself through fashion school in the hopes of becoming one of the world’s top designers...
Diana Ross as Tracy Chambers / Mahogany
Billy Dee Williams as Brian Walker
Anthony Perkins as Sean McAvoy
Main cast
  • Diana Ross as Tracy Chambers
  • Billy Dee Williams as Brian Walker
  • Anthony Perkins as Sean McAvoy
  • Jean-Pierre Aumont as Count Christian Rosetti
  • Beah Richards as Florence
  • Nina Foch as Miss Evans
  • Marisa Mell as Carlotta Gavina
  • Lenard Norris as Wil
  • Jerome Arnold as Campaign Worker
  • Pemon Rami as Campaign Worker
  • Obelo as Campaign Worker
Anthony Perkins as Sean McAvoy and
Diana Ross as Tracy Chambers / Mahogany
Diana Ross as Tracy Chambers / Mahogany and
Jean-Pierre Aumont as Count Christian Rosetti
Diana Ross as Tracy Chambers / Mahogany
  • Some of the costumes in the fashion show sequence were designed by Diana Ross.
  • The original director, Tony Richardson, was fired by producer Berry Gordy. Gordy took over the direction of the film himself.
  • The role of Tracy Chambers was originally written for Liza Minelli but was eventually offered to Diana Ross.

Mahogany Trailer (1975)

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

1974, Cars: Volkswagen Golf Mk I (Typ 17)

In May 1974 German carmaker Volkswagen introduced the Golf internally known as Typ 17. The Golf, named after the wind (Golf is German for Gulf Stream), was the successor to Volkswagen's historic Beetle although the Beetle remained in production until 2003 (in Germany 1978).

The development started in 1966. Two prototypes were presented in 1969, one by Volkswagen subsidiary Porsche (VW EA 266) ( EA stands for "Entwicklungsauftrag" or "development assignment") and one by Volkswagen subsidiary Audi NSU Auto Union AG (VW EA 276). The rear wheel drive Porsche design had a water-cooled engine mounted underneath the rear seats. Initially the front wheel drive Auto Union design had the four-cylinder boxer, air-cooled Beetle engine mounted in the front at a later stadium as EA 337 it was replaced by a four-cylinder water-cooled engine (type 827 engine) partly developed by Auto Union GmbH (Audi, DKW, Horch, Wanderer) and Daimler-Benz AG (now Daimler AG). Other prototypes were VW EA 235 (Volkswagen, 1967) and EA 235A (Volkswagen, 1967). Ultimately the design (EA 337) was given to ItalDesign and Giorgetto Giugiaro penned two cars, a coupe and a hatchback. The coupe was presented as the Scirocco and the hatchback as the Golf (Rabbit in the US and Caribe in Mexico).
Predecessor: Volkswagen Typ 1 (Beetle)
Volkswagen prototype EA 235 (1967)
Volkswagen prototype EA 235A (1967)
Volkswagen prototype EA 266 by Porsche (1969)
Volkswagen prototype EA 276 by Audi NSU Auto Union (1969)
Volkswagen prototype EA 276 by Audi NSU Auto Union (1969)
Volkswagen prototype EA 337 by Giorgetto Giugiaro (ItalDesign) (circa 1970)
Volkswagen Golf pré production prototype with sliding front door (1973)
At first the Golf was marketed as a 3-door (Typ 171) and a 5-door (Typ 173) hatchback with two petrol engine choices, a 1.1L (37 kW) and a 1.5L (51 kW). In 1976 a 1.5L diesel engine with 37 kW was available. In 1975 the two-door sport model GTI appeared with a 1.6L engine (81 kW), setting the standard for other manufacturers. In 1979 a two-door cabriolet (Typ 15) appeared produced in Karmann's facility in Osnabruck. In 1980 a pickup known as Caddy (Typ 147) was introduced in the US. In Europe the Caddy was introduced in 1982.
Volkswagen Golf 3-doors (1974)
Volkswagen Golf 3-doors (1974)
Volkswagen Golf interior (1974)
Volkswagen Golf GTI (1975)
Volkswagen Golf 5-door Diesel (1976)
Volkswagen Golf 5-door (1978)
Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet (1980)
Volkswagen Caddy (1982)
In December 1975 the car had a minor facelift, the "swallowtail" rear panel was replaced by a rectangular one. A second facelift followed in August 1978 when plastic wrap-around bumpers replaced the metal versions. In 1980 all models had a final facelift with larger rear lamp clusters and a new dashboard. A total of 6.8 million Mk I Volkswagen Golf's were produced in Melbourne (Australia), Brussels (Belgium), Wolfsburg (Germany), New Stanton (USA), Uitenhage (South Africa), Shah Alam (Malaysia), Puebla (Mexico), Sarajevo/Vogošća (Yugoslavia). Production ended in 1983 (Germany) with the introduction of Volkswagen Golf Mk2 (Typ 19). (in South Africa The Golf Mk I was produced as Citi Golf from 1984 until 2009)
Left to right: "Swallowtail" (1974), 1975 facelift, 1978 facelift, 1980 facelift

Successor Volkswagen Golf Mk 2 (Typ 19, 1983)

Volkswagen Golf Commercial (Germany, 1974)

Volkswagen Golf Test: Rainer Günzler (ZDF, 1974)
Volkswagen Golf, Germany 1974
Volkswagen Rabbit, USA 1975
Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet, Germany 1979
Volkswagen Rabbit Diesel, USA 1979
Volkswagen Golf, France 1981

Sunday, 6 August 2017

1973, Car Spotting: Korenlei/Graslei, Ghent

Right (Korenlei), front to back:
Citroën 2CV, Citroën DS, Mercedes-Benz W110, Fiat 124 or Lada 1200, Ford Taunus L (TC1), unidentified dark coloured car probably Daf 66, Ford Taunus 12 M (P4), BMC ADO16 (Austin/Morris/MG), Ford Taunus L Coupé (TC1), Volkswagen Type 1 (Beetle), Fiat 124 or 125, unidentified car probably Volkswagen 1600 Fastback (Type 3), unidentified car, Ford Cortina Mk II, Ford (Taunus) 17M/20M/26M (P7b), after the P7b it's getting very blurry but still recognisable are a Ford Taunus 17M/20M (P5), Volkswagen T2a (Type 2), Fiat 850, Ford Taunus XL or GXL (TC1), and Citroën DS.

Left (Graslei) parked riverside, front to back:
Unidentified car probably Ford Cortina Mk II, Citroën 2CV, Volkswagen 1200 (Type 1, Beetle), unidentified dark coloured car, Citroën DS, Citroën 2CV, unidentified dark coloured car, Volkswagen Type 1 (Beetle), the rest is very blurry one more Volkswagen Type 1 (Beetle) is visible.

Left (Graslei) parked in front of the buildings, front to back:
Ford Capri Mk I, unidentified light coloured car probably Fiat, Renault 4, the rest is very blurry.

On the bridge (Sint-Michielsbrug):
Most cars are unidentifiable, you can see one Opel Rekord P2 and a Citroën DS.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

1972, Television: “The Streets of San Francisco”

On Saturday September 16, 1972, the American police series "The Streets of San Francisco" premieres on ABC. The series, produced by Quinn Martin Productions, was developed by Edward Hume. The main roles Detective Lt. Mike Stone and Inspector Steve Keller were played respectively by Karl Malden and Michael Douglas. Michael Douglas left the series at the start of its final season and was replaced by Richard Hatch. From September 16, 1972 to June 9, 1977 (5 seasons), a total of 119 60-minute episodes and one 98-minute pilot were produced. The series theme was composed by Patrick Williams.
Michael Douglas as Inspector Steve Keller and Karl Malden as Detective Lt. Mike Stone
Karl Malden as Detective Lt. Mike Stone
The pilot episode was based on the novel “Poor, Poor Ophelia” by Carolyn Weston (1972) and starred Robert Wagner, Tom Bosley and Kim Darby.

Plot (pilot)
San Francisco Police Department (S.F.P.D.) Detective Lieutenant Michael Stone (Karl Malden) is partnered with a young Inspector, Steven Keller (Michael Douglas), as they investigate the death of Holly Jean Berry (Kim Darby) a young girl found dead in the water with David J. Farr (Robert Wagner) a lawyer she knew as the primary suspect...
Michael Douglas as Inspector Steve Keller
Karl Malden as Detective Lt. Mike Stone and Michael Douglas as Inspector Steve Keller
Main cast (pilot)
  • Karl Malden as Detective Lt. Mike Stone
  • Robert Wagner as David J. Farr
  • Michael Douglas as Inspector Steve Keller
  • Andrew Duggan Capt. A.R. Malone
  • Tom Bosley as Saretti
  • John Rubinstein as Lindy
  • Carmen Mathews as Sally Caswell
  • Edward Andrews as Joe Caswell
  • Lawrence Dobkin as Gregory Praxas
  • Kim Darby as Holly Jean Berry
  • Brad David as Del Berry
  • Mako as Kenji
  • Naomi Stevens as Mrs. Saretti
  • Lou Frizzell as Lou
  • Bill Quinn as Medical Examiner
Karl Malden as Detective Lt. Mike Stone and Richard Hatch as Inspector Dan Robbins
  • Bambi for TV Series International: Michael Douglas (Bambi Awards, Germany, 1976)
  • Eddie for Best Edited Episode from a Television Series: Howard Kunin for the episode "Dead or Alive" (American Cinema Editors, USA, 1977)
  • Edgar for Best Television Episode: James Johnson Sweeney for the episode "Requiem for Murder" (Edgar Allan Poe Awards, USA, 1977)
  • Bambi for TV Series International: Karl Malden (Bambi Awards, Germany, 1979)

"The Streets of San Francisco" opening credits

Saturday, 29 July 2017

1971, Designs: cars, furniture, electronics, clothes

Volkswagen Karmann Cheetah concept
Design by Giorgetto Giugiaro / ItalDesign
Built by ItalDesign, Italy 1971.
Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, 11 – 21 March 1971.
Based on the Volkswagen Type 1 (Beetle) with 1600 air-cooled engine
Volkswagen Karmann Cheetah concept
Volkswagen Karmann Cheetah concept
Volkswagen Karmann Cheetah concept
Mazda RX510 concept
Design by unknown / Mazda
Built by Mazda, Japan.
Unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show, 29 October – 11 November 1971.
Based on the Mazda Grand Familia (808/818/Mizer/Savanna/RX-3) with 10A rotary engine.
Mazda RX510 concept
Mazda RX510 concept
Mazda RX510 concept
Supernova lamp
Design by Sergio Asti for Bilumen, Peschiera Borromeo, Italy 1971.
Supernova lamp
Brionvega Totem Stereo (Model RR 130)
Design by Mario Bellini for Brionvega, Milan Italy 1971.
Radio / Record player / MC player - recorder
Brionvega Totem Stereo
Brionvega Totem Stereo
Casalino Chair
Design by Alexander Begge for Casala, Germany 1971.
Casalino Chair
Die Kugel/La Boule dinner set
Design by Helene Von Boch & Federigo Fabbrini for Villeroy & Boch, Mettlach, Germany 1971.
Die Kugel
Die Kugel
Ford UK adverts 1971

Ford Capri (Mk I)
Ford Capri (Mk I)

Ford Cortina (Mk III)
Ford Escort (Mk I)
Peggy Moffitt (US model) in Rudi Gernreich (Austria/US) designs