Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Kathy and Karen Mystery Pic

I'm posting early this week as I will be out of pocket for the rest of the week.  So this will be my last post of 2012.

I know from the blogger stats that this site has a steady following which is not huge but growing.  I also know that a lot of the material I've used so far is available on the internet from other sources for those willing to mine through all that.  However, I can promise this audience that I have been acquiring new material which I will begin to work into postings in 2013. 

Also I would like to begin to expand the blog's focus to include more pics from the other K Club members (Kathy Loghry, Kay Campbell, Karen Bruun, and Colleen Colby) and include other unusual items from the early to mid 70s.  You've probably seen me start to do that some already.  Don't worry though, the focus will still be on Kathy and her career.  I don't want to make this a general nostalgia site - there are plenty of those already.  I just want to include more of the other K Club girls in the future.  Let me know what you guys think.

We've had some fun and crazy posts in 2012.  And while I wish every pic was able to produce laughs, not every one can.  Below is a pic that I have in my archive of Kathy and Karen.  It is a really nice shot of both of them; however, I don't know where it is from.  Like an idiot I didn't attach any notes when I found it.  Any ideas out there?

I love the button-up-to-the-top shirts with the pointy, guy style collars.  That is sooo 70s.  Also Kathy's expression is a bit unique for her.  It is less posed and more spontaneous -  like someone snapped her picture at a party or something.  And it kinda looks like she is carrying a bit if a 'tude at the moment.

I believe shot is from some sort of catalog (you can see the A and B by each of them).  But I don't know which one.  Most catalogs didn't use a lot of background in their shots, so that is rather unique about this one too.  Any thoughts on where this is from could be welcome. 

Otherwise, I look forward to 2013 as this blog continues to grow!

Friday, December 21, 2012

'Twas the Night Before a Wishbook Christmas

'Twas the night before a Wishbook Christmas, when all through the house
not a creature was stirring, not even a windup toy mouse
The acrylic stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
in hopes that St Nick soon would be there

The children were nestled all snug n there bed
while visions of Wishbook toys danced in their heads
And Kathy in her Wincama fleece sleepthing from Sears without a cool knit cap
had just settled down for a long winter's nap

Kathy radiates a warm Christmas night glow in her super-soft sleepthing - just the outfit to settle down and have sweet dreams of Christmas!

When out on the roof there rose such a clatter
Kathy sprang from her bed to see what was the matter
Away to the window Kathy flew like a flash
tore open the shutter and threw up the sash

The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow
gave the lustre of midday to the objects below
when what to Kathy's wondering eyes should appear
but a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer

Kathy seems surprised to see Santa delivering the presents, but she is well rested in her Color-Happy Knit Sleepclothes!  They are the newest rage and sure to wake up Santa in her bright canary yellow!

Kay seems to be channeling Princess Leia in that bun style hairdo.  I bet that makes sleeping on your side difficult!

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work
and filled all the stockings , then turned with a jerk
And laying his finger aside of his nose
and giving a nod, up the chimney he rose

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight

"Happy Wishbook Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"

Kathy is ready to lounge and have a cup of coffee while the family opens presents on Christmas morning in her "perma-prest" robe.  This pic is from 1970 and Kathy has a slightly darker hair color, which I think looks great on her.  The brunette on the left doesn't look very happy.  Perhaps Santa left her a lump of coal for wearing that crazy print robe!

Merry Christmas from this blog to all of our fans and their families.  The Christmas catalogs were a tradition in our house when I grew up.  It was one of those things that everyone in the US had in common.  Everyone watched the same TV shows on the same three channels.  Everyone watched the same movies at the same time in the movie theaters.  And kids from every social and economic background wore out their Wishbooks while eyeing all the same toys.

Christmas seems different to me now.  Maybe it is me or maybe it is that we have lost some of that sense of community that we had back then.  I admit that I miss the Christmases of that era with every store and street decked out in campy Christmas decorations.  For a child it seemed wonderful and comforting.  And I admit that I have nothing but fond memories of those seasons.

Once again, Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Kathy Loghry - Centennial Princess

This week we're going all the way back to 1968, which was around the beginning of Kathy's career.  That year she participated in something call the College Football Centennial Queen competition to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the sport. 

Of course 1968 was absolutely tumultuous year with the TET offensive in Vietnam, the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and MLK, the riots at the Democratic national convention just to name a few.  However, in the midst of this chaotic time, Kathy launched her career and did so as the quintessential all American girl. 

In this competition, there were fourteen coeds chosen from the nine major conferences as well as four regions and independents.  Kathy represented the Pac 8 (yea I know, it is amazing how the conferences have changed.  Several such as the Southwest and Missouri Valley don't even exist now!).  I don't have pictures but below is a link to a PDF file for the NCAA newsletter that talks about the finalists.  Kathy is on page 6.


I know the picture quality isn't good.  In fact when I first saw this I wasn't sure it was our Kathy.  However, the bio checks out so it must be her.  And what do we learn?  Well in addition to being in the Rally Squad, she was in something called Beaver Belles(Must.Resist.Urge.To.Make.Inappropriate.Comment.) (1)  We also learn that she was also model of the year in Oregon so she must have already done some local modeling.  It says here that she was majoring in elementary education.  Not too sure about that GPA, but perhaps we can give her a break on that.  After all, she was probably VERY busy.

Also note the editorial on page 2.  It is a riot.  Little did he know that all those "hippies, yippies, protesters, and trouble-makers" would be running things now, which may not be such a good thing.  Come to think of it, a competition such as this could never be held today with all the PC nonsense we have on college campuses now.

So how did it turn out?  Well, unbelievably Kathy DIDN'T win?!?!?  What?  Are you freaking kidding me?  Were the people that voted blind or something?  I'm sure the winner, Barbara Specht, was decent looking and all, but come on man!  This is Kathy Loghry we're talking about. 
Well Kathy did place however.  Apparently in addition to the queen, two runner up gals were awarded the title of Centennial Princess.  Kathy snagged one of those which isn't too shabby.  Remember that she beat out alot of California beach blonds to represent teh Pac 8.  I was able to locate the following PDF that has some pictures of the three gals at the convention...


Once again the pics are grainy and not that great.  Kathy is flashing that million megawatt smile of hers, so she doesn't appear too disappointed.  From other sources we know that she has already landed a major modeling contract by this time, so that should have soothed the pain.  Not sure if Kathy finished college or not.  It would have been very difficult because her career was hitting on all cylinders at this point!

Footnotes (those again!)

(1) I meant no disrespect to the Mighty Beavers of Oregon State by that little comment.  I have known several people that went there.  From the stories they told me, they had as much fun with the name of their mascot as anyone!  So it is all in good natured fun.   In fact, I am scheduled to watch the Beavers play in the Alamo Bowl this year and will be pulling for them to come out on top (so to speak)!   Of course the match up we all want to see is Oregon State versus South Carolina.   For those of you unfamiliar with American college football, you'll just have to look up the mascot names to figure it out!

Friday, December 7, 2012

What to Expect to Wear when You're Expectng

So what does a young lady who is in that "motherly way" expect to wear when she's expecting?  Well back in early to mid-70s, social conventions were quite clear on this point.  You had to wear the maternity "uniform" which consisted of certain standard features, along with a few acceptable options. 

The goal of the "uniform" was two fold:  one was to send a clear, unmistakable signal that the women is indeed pregnant, and the other was to do so in a modest and reserved manner (or at least as modest as possible under the circumstance).  So basically the uniform said in effect "Yes, I am pregnant and no, you can't put your hand on my belly".   Of course, now women don't worry about it too much.  They just flaunt their "baby bump" (I hate that term, so impersonal) for all the world to see.  You see models and celebrities posing nude, for Christ's sake, proudly displaying their "bump" - kind of like a rancher showing off a prize heifer or something.

So where did a young, expectant mother in those times go to find the socially acceptable options for the maternity "uniform"?  Well, naturally, the Big Book catalogs! After all, they had products for almost every aspect of life.  In fact they served a kind of pre-electronic internet shopping service.  They displayed what could be bought at the big city stores (browsing) and, more importantly, they provided a way for people in small towns and rural areas to have access to those same products (mail order).  Many a small town had a small Sears store that served as a place to place orders and pick them up.  Those little stores have, of course, long since vanished from the landscape of Middle America. 

Let's take the representable example of the "uniform" below....

We have all the basic features of the standard issue maternity uniform: smock style shirt with lots of room to politely shield the growing baby from view - check, the polyester stretch pants for comfort during the ordeal - check, the "pretty" detail feature on the smock (optional feature) - check, the vertical striping to help the woman appear slimmer (optional feature) - check.   

Let's check out another photo from the JCP maternity shop.....

Once again we have all of the standard features of the maternity uniform on display.  However, here the models in this shot don't look all that thrilled at being pregnant (or pretending to be pregnant).  Not sure why except perhaps a woman is supposed to be more subdued and introspective during this time - kind of like a monk pondering the meaning of life or something. 

I love that this shot is outdoors in a park setting and that Kathy is holding some flowers.  Oh yea, that is such a common thing for pregnant women to do.  Maybe they were trying to re-create that special "glow" that everyone talks about.  Yea, I remember that "glow" like when my wife threw up constantly, or when she made me cook dinner and eat outside, or the wild hormonal swings.  Yea THAT must be the "glow" people talk about.

Or maybe they were going for a more artistic shot with tension created by the juxtaposition of the light and airy springtime setting against the somber, rather grey mood of the models.  Okay, maybe that is just me reading too much into it.  

Let's move on....

Yes, I know.  Kathy is not in this shot.  However it does feature other members of the "K Club" as I like to call it.  In this pic, Kay and Colleen are featured.  Also, I had this pic in my achieve and probably won't be able to use it in any other post so why not? 

And after the little tykster is hatched, the Big Book catalogs were there to provide you with all your baby care needs.  Check these out!
Safety first!  It's a wonder any of us survived childhood with these around!

Sometimes even the most loving parents need to able to lock 'em up and take a break!

Some how the pulse of life survived the early 70s. And thank goodness it did.  After all the disco era awaited all!