Thursday, May 19, 2011
1972 was a leap year that began on a Saturday. According to Wikipedia, "...It was the longest year ever, as two leap seconds were added during this 366-day year, an event which has not since been repeated."
The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Miami Dolphins 24–3 in Super Bowl VI on January 13. On March 22, Congress voted to send the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the states for ratification. On April 17, women were allowed to run the Boston Marathon for the first time. There were two failed break-ins at the Watergate Hotel in May. Five White House operatives were arrested in June for their efforts. By August the last ground troops were withdrawn from Vietnam. Bobby Fischer and this new game show "The Price is Right" were big to-dos in September. Atari's "Pong," the first video game to be a commercial success, came out in November. Apollo 17 and its visit to the moon were big news in December. Shaq was born in March and Jennie Garth, Jennifer Garner, and The Rock joined in the fun later on. However, 1972 is most important because my Gayla was born to Mama and Daddy. She would enjoy a little more than two years as an only child before I so rudely ruined her fun. In those two years my parents have said Sister was their guinea pig baby. She taught them how to be parents. Gayla had the blondest hair and huge blue eyes. Also, she was the first grandbaby so she was everyone's doll. I wish I knew more about the time when she was the center of the world. 1972 was a good year...