As I attempt to recreate the feel of the late 1970s and early 80s, I often find myself plunging into research of popular culture. I ask “what would they have watched, listened to, worn, ate?”

The web is a dangerous vehicle for this. Nowadays, I can find any bit of trivia from the time period listed:

Ten 100 songs of 1981? Found.
Top grossing movies? Watched.
Sit coms starring African Americans? Downloaded.

But as I gaze upon “What’s Happening” and “Benson” and “Good Times,” I have to ask: when does research degenerate into time wasting?/Users/davidhagerty/Desktop/shapeimage_1-4.jpg