DARIEN — This week in 1977, former President Richard Nixon told British television broadcaster David Frost that he made some bad decisions regarding the Watergate break-in, but that he would never grovel.
Mothers Day was coming, and Caldor had fashion handbags for $6, and woven pants (with legs still super flared) for $8.44. The Eagles’ “Hotel California” was the No. 1 single.
The General Assembly in Hartford passed the “Bottle Bill,” which put a nickel bounty on each empty can or bottle of carbonated beverage tossed from a car window.
And a New York legislator, state Sen. John Caemmerer, blasted N.Y. Gov. Hugh Carey for his refusal to appoint a special commission to study a proposed bridge across Long Island Sound to connect Long Island to Connecticut.
Caemmerer said Carey was in effect saying, “Drop dead, Long Island."
Back on this side of the Sound, Darien’s Representative Town Meeting deliberated past midnight before voting down a proposal to locate a new town hall at in a building at Cherry Lawn. The Planning and Zoning Commission had earlier voted that a new location should be in the downtown business district.
A man restoring Darien’s oldest house at 2591 Post Road unearthed what was thought to be the original, handmade iron key. At the time it was thought to be almost 300 years old. Also discovered were two shingles signed by Nathaniel and John Weed. Nathaniel Weed bought the house from the man who built it and ran it as a tavern along the stage route from New York to Boston, Nathaniel Pond.
By 1977, the stages were gone, and the U.S. had a lingering energy crisis. Datsun was advertising “gasoline tax shelters,” including models like the B-210 Plus, which a newspaper ad said got 50 mpg highway, 37 city. Merv Griffin still had is talk show, and “Black Sunday, “Rocky” and “The Eagle has Landed” were in theaters.
— Thane Grauel
The year Nixon and David Frost sat down for a famous television interview.