For people who grew up during the 1960s where you now exist, nostalgia surges to the forefront at Christmastime. And songs play a major role in reviving these feelings.Read More
Well, you've finally done it, Amy.
You've given me close to an actual heart attack.
The hyperlitic alarm on the time machine lit up so brightly that it was like a meteor blasting through the roof of the chamber.
Now that's its cooled off and in a better state to communicate with you (much like me), please let me know exactly what you need from the 21st century - for you in 1960-something.
You want to know the exact date when Janis Joplin died?
And you're in a hurry for this information?
Whoa, that's a pretty crass question even coming from you, Amy.
I think you owe me a bit of the back story.
Something must have happened to put this question into your brain.
Okay. Let me get this straight.
You went to a wedding ...
... and the disc jockey played "Me and Bobby McGee" sang by Janis Joplin?
And the guests at the wedding started talking about her because, like, she's still ALIVE?
And that shocked you?
You can't save her even if you want to, and I'm pretty sure you want to. Just like we all wish we could.
But you're not superwoman.
And you've got to believe me when I tell you that you shouldn't change history ... no matter what you know the future will bring.
Janis Joplin was born Janis Lyn Joplin, January 19th, 1943 in Port Arthur, Texas.
It's when she appears at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 with her rock band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, that her fame will rise.
Her first nationwide television appearance is scheduled for July 31st, 1968.
In 1969, Janis Joplin will perform at Woodstock, appearing at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday August the 17th, securing her place as an icon of the 1960s.
During her career, she'll take part in television productions like the This is Tom Jones show.
And The Dick Cavett Show where her band will perform "Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)" and "To Love Somebody".
In 1970, Janis will travel to Brazil and will try to stop her drug and alcohol use while there.
But, as time will tell, her official cause of death will be a heroin overdose, and possibly alcohol, while in Hollywood, California. Her death will be ruled as accidental.
So, to answer your question, Amy, this will occur in October of the year 1970.
But she will leave a legacy and sound of rock music the likes of which will never be heard again ... ever.
Oh, geez, sorry to wake you up so early, Amy.
As you know, the time machine's been acting up lately so the temporal length adviser of your existence in the 1960's is off just a touch.
But I have to say that the bedroom you're staying in looks pretty cozy.
You're staying with the family of a girl you met on the road? Yes, I can see by the epoch domicile display on the time machine that you're currently in Calgary, Alberta.
The brother of the girl you've been hitchhiking with is getting married?
Okay, well it looks like he's ... uh ... good with it. Thumbs up!
I'm not surprised that they invited you to the wedding.
The people who live in Calgary are very friendly.
Thumbs up again!
In the early 1960s, many brides adopted the traditional wedding style of their parents' generation. Wide full dresses with the swing look of the fifties was still popular.
But from the early 1960s to the end of the decade, the fashion style of brides changed in a major way. Dresses tapered to a streamlined silhouette with narrowed skirts and higher waistlines.
By the end of the 1960s many brides will choose the bohemian look, shifting fashion once again.
Oh my gosh, Amy.
I just re-configured the coordinates on the time machine to see how the bride of the wedding you're going to in 1960-something is doing.
Don't think she's doing well at all.
Please tell a family member to give her a call because it sure looks like she needs some cheering up.
Just don't tell anyone how you got this information.
And by the way, here's a list of the most popular first dance songs of the 1960s:
When a Man Loves a Woman - Percy Sledge
Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Frankie Valli
Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley
God Only Knows - The Beach Boys
Everybody Loves Somebody - Dean Martin
At Last - Etta James
Yes, the time machine is calibrating right now, so I can hardly hear you.
You know all the trouble I've been having with it lately.
Just give it a minute so your voice can reach 2018 clearly. ... almost there ... four years to go ...
... ah, there we are.
What's been happening in 1960-something, Amy?
The Vulcan salute?
Okay, live long and prosper to you too.
I'm sure you're giving me a reference to something that's happening in 1960-something, so lay it on me.
You're surprised that Star Trek is a "thing" in 1960-something? Like, waaay before your birth?
Yes, Star Trek is a thing in 1960-something.
Just don't give away any storylines that haven't been on television yet, or talk about the Star Trek movies still to come.
The first Start Trek series debuted in 1966, right around the time you currently exist in. It will air for three seasons on the television network NBC.
Debuting on September 8th, the first regular episode was called "The Man Trap". The original series includes one of television's first multicultural casts.
Seven television series will be created in total:
The Original Series
The Animated Series
The Next Generation
Deep Space Nine
When he created Star Trek as early as 1964, Gene Roddenberry was inspired by the book Gulliver's Travels and the television series, Wagon Train.
He tried to convey the plight of humankind, and what might be in the future for all of us, if we don't heed the call for a peaceful planet.
A quote from William Shatner:
"There is a mythological component (to pop culture), especially with science fiction. It's people looking for answers - and science fiction offers to explain the inexplicable, the same as religion tends to do ..."
"If we accept the premise that it has a mythological element, then all the stuff about going out into space and meeting new life - trying to explain it and put a human element to it - it's a hopeful vision. All these things offer hope and imaginative solutions for the future."
The culture of the Trekkie is just beginning in the 1960s, and as we all know, will continue to grow through the decades.
Games, toys, figurines, comics ... so many items will be available from the Star Trek franchise during the timespan from 1966 into the 21st century.
Along with many new adventures.
A shoutout to this amazing girl I met while participating in a local craft and gift show recently.
Even without her creative face paint she'd stand out in any crowd.
Such a pleasure to meet her.
Oh, jeez *yawn*
What the heck's going on, Amy?
Yes, of course I know you're trying to reach me from 1967.
But it's the middle of the night. Give me a second, will you?
Yeah, yeah, I see you ...
... well as clearly as the time machine lets me see you in the dark, 'cause it's ... you know ...
THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT!
You have a problem with the moon?
Hmmm, I've never heard of a problem with the moon in 1967.
Were you smoking something earlier, Amy? Just a thought.
Oh, and guess what? Marijuana is totally legal in Canada as of this week.
But don't mention this to anyone in 1967.
There's not a chance in hell they'll believe you.
Okay, so let me get this straight.
You and your hippie friends were looking at the moon and you told them about Neil Armstrong walking on the moon?
Now they think you're looney? That's what they called you? Looney? That's why you can't sleep?
The fact is that Apollo II won't land on the moon until July 20, 1969. Neil Armstrong will be the first astronaut to walk on the moon's surface six hours after landing.
So, right now in 1967, you'd be better off discussing Lunar Orbiter 3.
Here's a picture that the Lunar Orbiter spacecraft took of the moon in February, 1967 as part of NASA's Space Program.
477 excellent quality, high resolution frames were taken and transported back to earth after 4 days and 25 orbits around the moon.
Yeah, just talk about that from now on. Good idea.
But before we disconnect for the rest of the night (yes, I insist), let me fill you in on something.
The word looney is taken from the word lunatic which is an antiquated word referring to a person experiencing mental health problems, a person who is unpredictable, a person who is foolish, and so on. But here's what's really interesting - the word lunatic literally means "moon struck."