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23 years ago in Metro Times: Chuck Wilbur interviews University of California-Berkley professor and media critic Todd Gitlin about ABC's Cold War propaganda miniseries "Amerika." It is the future, 1996, and the Russians have taken over through their peacekeeping front ... The United Nations. Gitlin says that most people will inevitably "laugh or sleep it off." Well, maybe not John Bolton. ... What was happening: Bill Withers at the State Theatre & Megadeath at Sam's Jams in Ferndale.

19 years ago in Metro Times: Laura Markham addresses some of the results in an early Metro Times "Love Quiz," which is slightly different than this week's "Live & Lust" survey. This earlier survey focused on how childhood relationships affect your adult relationships (vis-à-vis the wild thang). What was happening: Smashing Pumpkins (for $5!) at St. Andrew's Hall.

6 years ago in Metro Times: Anita Schmaltz reviews Destino, the short-film collaboration between Salvador Dalí and Walt Disney, as the film was scheduled to play at the Main Art Theatre. Dalí and Disney started the collaboration in 1946, then film was never finished until nephew Roy Disney discovered it.  The video, like almost everything, is on YouTube and is definitely worth seven minutes of your time. What was happening: 2 Live Crew (& the Me So Horny Dancers) at the Toy Chest.

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