The Smith Arc: 1981, a Popular Culture and Historical Gutcheck

First elected in 1981, U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-4) arrived in office in a pop cultural and historical environment defined by some of the following offerings:

Ronald Reagan took office that year as the 40th President of the United States.

James Michener was atop the best seller list that year with The Covenant.

Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn starred in On Golden Pond.

British pop band Duran Duran released their self-titled debut album.

Roger Moore starred as James Bond in the action flick For Your Eyes Only.

Lady Di and Prince Charles married.

Bon Jovi – the Middlesex rock band that this year entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – was still two years away from forming.

ABC canceled Charlie’s Angels starring Jaclyn Smith, Cheryl Ladd and Tanya Roberts.

Muhammed Ali lost to Trevor Berbick in “The Greatest’s” last fight.

California Governor Jerry Brown was Governor of California.


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    Again, Smith was first elected in November1980. He took office in January 1981.How difficult is it to report the facts?

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