Statue of Liberty besieged

John Scarffe, Nederland.  The Mountain-Ear newspaper was born on October 25, 1977, the same day that two dozen persons took over the Statue of Liberty in a siege. They represented the New York Committee to Free the Puerto Rican Nationalist Prisoners.


Also on that day, after a brief civil war which had driven President Pascal Lissouba out of Brazzaville, Denis Sassou Nguesso proclaimed himself the President of the Republic of the Congo. Kateryna Serebrianska, the Ukrainian gymnast was, born.


It was Tuesday, under the sign of Scorpio. On the front range of Colorado, 21.9 inches of snow fell from October 24 to 25.


Democrat Jimmy Carter served as the U.S. president. On the Senate Floor, Senators debated solutions for the energy crisis plaguing the country, and Senator Hubert Humphrey returned to the floor after an absence due to health issues.


Senator Percy told the Senate that he and Senator Humphrey founded, some many months ago, the Alliance to Save Energy.


Yesterday, at a National Conference on Energy, the attendees questioned him as to what the U.S. Senate is doing about the energy crisis.


One aspect of the energy crisis, the desire to save energy and conserve energy, was one of those subjects to which many of his colleagues, together with Senator Humphrey, had devoted themselves for many months, Percy said. “I think we have all been disturbed at the inability of the country to move toward a policy that will create energy through conservation, a part of the policy that the President declared was a centerpiece of his own energy program. I am deeply disturbed that the Senate is acting as if the energy crisis is not real.”


After hours of debate, a quorum was no longer present to take action on the energy crisis, but then Senator Humphrey returned to the floor. The official Senate transcript labeled the moment: “A Great Man Comes Home Again: Senator Hubert H. Humphrey entered the Chamber. [Prolonged applause, Senators and guests rising.]”


Senator Byrd said, “Mr. President, for many months, the prayers of the Members of the Senate, as well as those of millions of Americans, have been with Hubert Humphrey; his wife, Muriel; and their family. It is an extreme pleasure, therefore, to welcome our colleague back home to the Senate today.”


Famous people born on October 25 include Anita Rani and The Alchemist. People were listening to “You Light Up My Life” by Debby Boone.


In the United Kingdom, “Silver Lady” by David Soul was in the top five hits. Looking for Mr. Goodbar, directed by Richard Brooks, was one of the most viewed movies. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien was one of the best-selling books, and “Sleeping Murder,” by Agatha Christie, “Trinity” by Leon Uris and “Storm Warning” by Jack Higgins were the popular novels of the day.


On television, people were watching James at 16. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Destroyer or Dominos. Other famous shows included Laugh In and Soap.


Top songs included Carly Simon – “Nobody Does It Better”; Shaun Cassidy – “That’s Rock ‘N’ Roll”; Heatwave – “Boogie Nights”; KC and the Sunshine Band – “Keep It Comin’ Love”; Commodores –“ Brick House”; Donna Summer – “I Feel Love; Barry White” – “It’s Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me”; Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band (Medley) – “Meco”; and Crystal Gayle – “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue”.


Those shopping for Halloween costumes were experiencing the great Star Wars Halloween Costume Shortage of 1977, because Stars Wars was released in May 1977, and Star Wars costumes were selling faster than pumpkins. Other popular costumes were characters from Jaws and the Six-Million Dollar Man.


The biggest thing happening on October 25, 1977, though, was that the first edition of the Peak to Peak’s The Mountain-Ear rolled off the presses.