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1973
Oct ‘73

Nixon Resigns to Avoid Impeachment

1974
Mar ‘74

Karen works at Mr. Bartley’s Gourmet Burgers – Harvard Sq.

Karen works at Mr. Bartley’s Gourmet Burgers – Harvard Sq.

May ‘74

Carnation Revolution in Portugal ends 48 years of dictatorship

Carnation Revolution in Portugal ends 48 years of dictatorship

Jun ‘74

Mark-work – Stevens-Arnold in S. Boston – machinist

After hanging around at Ba and Al’s house and bakery in Belmont since leaving Cornell..>>> Read More >>>

Aug ‘74

Karen places ad in the Real Paper. Mark replies.

Karen places ad in the Real Paper. Mark replies.

Sep ‘74

Karen & Mark meet at Central Sq. T stop.

Karen & Mark meet at Central Sq. T stop.

Karen and Mark meet at Central Sq. T stop. Mark is easily identifiable as a..>>> Read More >>>

Sep ‘74

Anti desegregation riots in Boston

“The desegregation of Boston public schools (1974–1988) was a period in which the Boston Public..>>> Read More >>>

Oct ‘74

Karen and Mark have one beer dates on Fridays

Karen and Mark have one beer dates on Fridays

1975
Apr ‘75

Microsoft Corp. Founded

April 4, 1975  

Apr ‘75

US abandons South Vietnam – war over

April 30, 1975 After nearly 30 years of indirect (supporting French imperial dreams after WWII)..>>> Read More >>>

Sep ‘75

Karen and Mark start at Wentworth Institute of Technology

Manufacturing engineering program. Mark had attended evening classes in 1974.

Sep ‘75

Mark takes tickets; Karen serves fish

Mark takes tickets at Brattle Theatre working for Harvey Meyerson. Karen serves fish at restaurant..>>> Read More >>>

Oct ‘75

Saturday Night Live – 1st broadcast

1976
May ‘76

Mark moves in with Karen and kids.

Mark moves in with Karen and Andrea and Jonathan at 249 Western Ave. (2nd and..>>> Read More >>>

Jul ‘76

Tennis

Tennis

Tennis was a big part of Cambridge life into the early 1980s. The courts at..>>> Read More >>>

1977
Jan ‘77

Mark work – optics company Bedford MA

Can no longer remember or discover the name of this company. It manufactured mirrors and..>>> Read More >>>

Jan ‘77

Jimmy Carter President

January 20, 1977

Jan ‘77

Torrey & Jane Orton visit

Torrey & Jane Orton visit during heavy snow storm. Fire rages on River St. Jane..>>> Read More >>>

May ‘77

Karen & Mark graduate from Wentworth

Associates Degree in Manufacturing Engineering

Jun ‘77

Karen works at Arthur D. Little – machinist

Jun ‘77

Mark and Karen get married. Wedding 6/19/77 at Cambridge Community Center

Mark and Karen get married. Wedding 6/19/77 at Cambridge Community Center

Ceremony with a justice of the peace, borrowed tape deck and speakers, and pot luck..>>> Read More >>>

Jul ‘77

Mark works at Minuteman Labs – Acton, MA

Mark works at Minuteman Labs – Acton, MA

Beginning of transition from machinists to mechanical designer. Minuteman Labs designed and built spectrometers and..>>> Read More >>>

Sep ‘77

House at 266-268 Western Ave – first visit

Karen and Mark visited with Phil Pierce at Homeowners Rehab to talk about how to..>>> Read More >>>

Dec ‘77

Renovations at 266 Western Ave – begin sweat equity

Dec ‘77

Movies: Star Wars, Saturday Night Fever, Annie Hall

Movies: Star Wars, Saturday Night Fever, Annie Hall

1978
Feb ‘78

The Great Blizzard

The Great Blizzard

from Wikipedia: The Northeastern United States blizzard of 1978[1][2] was a catastrophic, historic nor’easter that..>>> Read More >>>

Feb ‘78

Buy 266 Western Ave – renovations continue……

We bought the house from RCCC (Riverside Cambridgeport Community Corp.), a community based housing agency...>>> Read More >>>

Aug ‘78

Move into 266 Western

It was not a long haul move. Just across the street from 249 Western. But,..>>> Read More >>>

Sep ‘78

Karen work – teacher Cambridge Rindge & Latin HS

KCD work – Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School – Voc Ed, Title 1,Math, Newspaper

Oct ‘78

Red Sox loose World Series despite Fisk homer in 6th game

Red Sox loose World Series despite Fisk homer in 6th game

Oct ‘78

1st Head of the Charles Regatta Party – series runs unbroken until 1995

Apr ‘78

Dawn of modern GPS system

Dawn of modern GPS system

Launch of satellites that formed basis of first modern global positioning system. Many upgrades since...>>> Read More >>>

1979
Mar ‘79

Movie: China Syndrome

Movie: China Syndrome

A reporter finds what appears to be a cover-up of safety hazards at a nuclear..>>> Read More >>>

Mar ‘79

Three Mile Island nuclear plant “accident”

Three Mile Island nuclear plant “accident”

from Wikipedia: On March 28, 1979, there was a cooling system malfunction that caused a..>>> Read More >>>

Jul ‘79

Cheryl Davis moves to California.

Drives cross country – solo. Arrives on 4th of July.

Aug ‘79

Buy 52 Kinnaird St.

Move in to first floor. Kids declare “We’ve moved to the suburbs.” Distance as the..>>> Read More >>>

Sep ‘79

52 Kinnaird St: construction begins on 2nd floor.

A warren of rooms is reduced to one large open kitchen – dining- living room,..>>> Read More >>>

Sep ‘79

Mark begins work at MIT Biomechanics Lab

Mark begins work at MIT Biomechanics Lab

Staff engineer in biomechanics lab in Building 3. Worked in lab supporting research on artificial..>>> Read More >>>

Sep ‘79

1st family computer

1st family computer

Radio Shack TRS80 – aka “Trash 80” – $2,000 with do matrix printer, floppy drives,..>>> Read More >>>

Oct ‘79

Larry Bird starts playing for the Celtics

Larry Bird starts playing for the Celtics

Oct ‘79

Head of the Charles Regatta Party

Head of the Charles Regatta Party

1st time at 52 Kinnaird.

Nov ‘79

Iran Hostage Crisis Begins

90 hostages taken at American Embassy in Tehran.

Nov ‘79

Pink Floyd releases The Wall

Pink Floyd releases The Wall



1980
May ‘80

52 Kinnaird St. – construction on 2nd floor ends.

We start using the 2nd floor with its kitchen, pantry, dining room, living room, extra..>>> Read More >>>

May ‘80

May 18 Gwangju Democratization Movement in South Korea

from Wikipedia: The Gwangju Uprising (Hangul: 광주 항쟁; Hanja: 光州抗爭), alternatively called May 18 Democratic Uprising by..>>> Read More >>>

May ‘80

Mt. St. Helens erupts

Mt. St. Helens erupts

May 18, 1980 Karen and Mark visited the site in June, 1994. from Wikipedia: On..>>> Read More >>>

Sep ‘80

Karen works at Chelsea High School – printing teacher

Sep ‘80

Mark works at Indikon in Cambridge

Design of sensors for Power Generation Oil and Gas Petrochemical Marine Nuclear Manufacturing Facilities OEM..>>> Read More >>>

Nov ‘80

Mark returns to Minuteman Labs

On his return Mark was guaranteed that he would work full time as a designer...>>> Read More >>>

1981
Jan ‘81

Ronald Reagan President – begins first of two terms

Ronald Reagan President – begins first of two terms