…I’m standing outside a movie theater in Denver, Colorado, where a group of activists are picketing the theater and calling for a boycott of the recently-released movie “Animal House.” The film is a risqué comedy depicting the more negative potential aspects of college life. The people behind me are outraged over depictions in the film that say are degrading to women, most notably a scene where a woman passes out in front of a man with whom she was about to, um, have a moment of intimacy, and the young man momentarily seriously considers, uh, forcing himself into her, until a shoulder angel talks him out of it. Another scene depicts a 14-year-old in another adult situation. The movie, according to the boycotters, also makes light of underage, eh, relations, and various levels of sexual pestering…
– news correspondent, CBS News, 8/19/1978 broadcast
CALGARY TO HOST 1984 WINTER OLYMPICS!
Calgary, Alberta, CANADA – Despite a late entry into the process, the Canadian city won the bid to host the 1984 games over Sarajevo, Yugoslavia; Gothenburg, Sweden; and several other cities, especially several American cities, who possibly sought to gain wealth from hosting the major event amid economic recession…
– The Daily Mirror, 18/5/1978
The nation’s fruitful economy of the 1970s was giving way to the ripple effects of the 1978 recession. Even though Yugoslavia’s factories were hit less than other parts of Europe due to them being less centralized than they would have been in other socialist nations, growth halted; inflation and unemployment were soon on the rise. The worst came when the government’s decision to borrow large quantities of capital from the West to grow funds through exports hit a fatal snag once the recession decreased demand for Yugoslavian imports, thus creating a huge debt crisis for the nation as the decade came to a close…
– Leslie Benson’s Yugoslavia: A Concise History, Palgrave Publishers, 2001
...with rumors of the 1986 World Cup being reassigned from Colombia due to domestic turmoil, FIFA officials met separately in July (1979) with officials from the American and Mexican federations as well as those from the NASL and the Mexican league. The U.S. and NASL contingents were pointedly told: address issues on the horizon with competitive balance and financial stability with clubs in the NASL, and get the NASL rulebook on the same page as the rest of the world. FIFA also wanted NASL to be proactive in the development of American and Canadian players, as NASL also was the de facto top Canadian league at the time.
It was far easier to remove Americanized rules changes (like the 35-yard offsides line) and end the practice of deciding tied games during the regular season with a shootout. The league also abandoned its Americanized team points structure in favor of the 3 for a win/1 for a draw/0 for a loss used in the rest of the world, and split its 26 teams into two regionalized conferences (eastern teams play in the American, western teams in the National).
It was much more difficult to rein in certain team owners from overpaying star players from Europe and paying peanuts to others. When the Cosmos were told that if they didn't "play ball" there probably wouldn't be any league for them to play in by '86, ownership announced it would work with the league to help "spread the wealth". No one in the mainstream nor the soccer media knew what exactly that meant but that led to the single-entity structure adopted by the NASL in 1983 that its American successor, Major League Soccer, would adopt before the 1994 World Cup...
--Sports Illustrated, June 2010
The NASL expanded to 26 teams in 1979 with the addition of Calgary and Edmonton, while the league took over ownership of the Oakland Stompers. The Caribous of Colorado were sold to the owners of the Denver Nuggets in March, and the Oakland Athletics' ownership agreed in late June to purchase the Stompers. At the same time, coaches were hired for the two new 1980 NASL expansion teams in Jacksonville, Florida and Louisville, Kentucky. Both teams were also used as guinea pigs for the league's first soccer academies, modeled on those by western European clubs; the Cosmos also announced plans to open their own academy, which drew a negative reaction from NCAA soccer coaches who thought if all 28 NASL clubs opened academies that it would drain the talent pool for America's top college division...
As Nixon is a friend of the Colonel ITTL, he was close to the President during the hectic late 1960s and early 1970s, so he's more aware here of the stressful thanklessness of the job. His wife dislikes the idea of him running for the job, either.Cool, two updates, make sense since next Thursday is Thanksgiving.
It's fun to see a few familiar name shuffling places. Especially Bill Clinton in Alaska. You wouldn't normally expect much from that state, except that the vice presidential candidates of 1972 were both from there, I wonder if that means the state will get a little more prominence in this timeline.
Six extra years, at a hundred hits a year, given the injuries meaning he probably wouldn't play quite as much just as he hadn't the last couple of years our timeline. So, Clemente probably wind up with a hit total similar to Stan musial's, probably a little above but shy of Hank Aaron's National League records.
1980 is going to be interesting. I really don't know too many of the names from our timeline on the Democratic side, I kind of doubt Gravel can win but you never know. For the Republicans, I mentioned before that I really liked Howard Baker in our timeline but I couldn't resist the chance to vote for Ed Brooke. I wonder if he would be too liberal but maybe not. Of course, he might have moderated enough considering the Point of Departure 30 years earlier. So he could be able to be nominated.
So, Carter won't run, which makes sense he is dedicated to his position at State and that is probably where he was best. But I'm surprised Nixon isn't in the list for the Republicans, at least that I could see. However, it seems like he would be happy in the Senate, perhaps happier than as president. He has a position of power and strength snd can stay in it for longer than 8 years.
Are you butterflying away Bostock's death, too?
Actually, the writers of Animal House wanted the censors to catch the "really thirteen years old" line and have them go back and "correct" it to 16 or 17; imagine their surprise when the line was not considered objectionable (I'm assuming that happened ITTL)...
BTW, @gap80, Animal House, in its current form, would never be made today, given the #MeToo and other considerations...
I'd like to see that happen.
Because if he really was this paranoid IOTL, would he be worse or better ITTL?Porter told the Associated Press that during the winter of 1979–1980, he became paranoid, and he was convinced that baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn—who was known to be tough on drug use—knew about his drug abuse. Porter said he believed that Kuhn was trying to sneak into his house and planned to ban him from baseball for life. Porter found himself sitting up at night in the dark watching out the front window, waiting for Kuhn to approach while clutching billiard balls and a shotgun.
Thanks!I noticed the Beverly Hills Supper Club mention at the beginning of the first update. That fire not happening because of Sanders' policy is one of the best butterfly effects I've seen in any TL.
We shall see (well, y'all shall see, I shall unveil)...Is Con. Sanders going to live longer in this time?
Excellent question. Denton IOTL/ITTL was socially conservative, so he may win over some, but I can see other candidates hiring/going for more underhanded campaign workers/tactics, especially Lukens. Atwater was 29 in 1980, and not yet prominent enough (he was still working on congressional races at this point), so if he gets involved in any of the Presidential campaigns, it won't be at a top-ranking position (maybe heading some regional/primary part of the campaign?). ITTL, the Southern Strategy never was part of the Colonel's campaigns, but it was a part of Reagan's 1976 strategy. While worked, that more glaring fact about that race was that he didn't even win 40% of the vote, so the concept may be unpopular among Republican strategist circles. Nevertheless, Harry S. Dent Sr. would likely still be involved (his last before retiring to study the bible), though I wonder who else would be involved...The question is, which one of the conservatives do the Lee Atwater-types and the religious right get behind?
I just checked the polls and considering that Scoop probably wouldn't live through his first term, it baffles me as to how or why he ended up as the top of his poll. Also kinda disappointed. I was hoping that Ron Paul would win the Repub nom poll so that we could see how his Libertarian/Randian views would affect things in the 80s.
Aloha scoop Jackson wins, maybe people hope a younger feeling good you might not have had much of a chance can make it and then become president.
Or, maybe they saw the results before they voted and some voted for Jackson because Gravel didn't seem like he could win.
You know, Jackson could pick Carter as his vice president to balance the ticket which would be interesting.
By the way did you see my comment in Sports what-ifs thread on an idea for this TL?
Does Reefer Rock have any effect on reggae?
Yes, very! Good to know!With regards to LGBT rights ITTL, some interesting facts to point out here from OTL: the first state to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation in all forms of employment, housing, credit, education and public accommodations was not California but...Wisconsin, of all states (given its Progressive history, though, it might not be a surprise--in fact, during the 1950s, when Laverne and Shirley and Happy Days were set in, Milwaukee had a Socialist Party mayor (1); keep in mind that this was during the Red Scare period), in 1982, way before gay rights became a big issue...
And Minnesota was the first state to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity in housing, insurance, goods/services, contracts, health benefits, hospital visitation rights, and employment...in 1993 (over a decade before gender identity started being the issue it is today)...
That's interesting, methinks...
Very astute observation - also good to know!Wisconsin reflects the schizophrenia of Middle American politics. It has produced some of the most liberal politicians in America (La Follette and Russ Feingold) and some of the most conservative politicians (Joe McCarthy and Scott Walker).
Indeed! Washington's Governor Julia Butler Hansen will certainly have her hands full - all while she considers running for re-election in 1980, too!And the situation in the Northwest won't be helped at all when a certain volcano erupts in May of 1980...
My first thought wasn't that it was Chapman, it was that bin Laden had arranged for an attempt on the Colonel because of the Atlanta treaty. Although, I suppose it could be Chapman that bin Laden used as his triggerman for the hit. But if that's the case, I can't wait to see what Gap's explanation for how that came to be is.Is there a law that Mark David Chapman HAS to shoot someone in NYC in 1980 or something?
My first thought wasn't that it was Chapman, it was that bin Laden had arranged for an attempt on the Colonel because of the Atlanta treaty. Although, I suppose it could be Chapman that bin Laden used as his triggerman for the hit. But if that's the case, I can't wait to see what Gap's explanation for how that came to be is.