Jackie Gleason, Sally Field, and Burt Reynolds (NOT Norm MacDonald)
How can I be almost forty years old, a child of the seventies and eighties, and know hardly ANY CB language? (huh, DAD?) We rented Smokey and the Bandit for Sam last night. It was made in 1977 so I was eight when it came out. I know I must have seen it but I didn't remember the movie, I just remembered the sound track of Jerry Reed singing every single mundane thing Burt Reynolds does. (I might have had the cassette tape of that.)
Anyway, do you know what a "Choke and Puke" is? It's a truck stop in CB language. That is a term I would have liked to have known before yesterday. That got me thinking about what other wonderful terminology I've been missing out on so I looked up a CB language website and I've come to the conclusion that 1970s truckers were funny in an embarrassing, dorky kind of way, and they must have been really bored on those long trips to come up with an almost complete slang language of dorkiness, and also: there weren't enough books on tape. Is that a big 10-4? (do you understand/agree?)
Do you remember seeing that movie? It was funny because Burt Reynolds reminded me of Norm MacDonald's impression of Burt Reynolds.
Sally Field sure was cute but she's apparently always had an old lady voice. Jerry Reed was a friendly psycho (anyone who repeatedly screams into a radio for no reason at all is a little bit crazy, even if it is for a movie). And Jackie Gleason made me laugh every single time he was on the screen. ("Gimme a diablo samich and a Docta Peppa!") That movie is worth seeing just for him.
What was with the obsession with semi-trucks in the 70's? Aside from the Smokey and the Bandit movies, you've also got Convoy the movie (and the wonderful song), BJ and the Bear (featuring BJ's ladyfriend, "Stacks"), White Line Fever, CB Hustlers etc. etc. etc.
Apparently highway safety, fuel economy and trains were not very popular in the 1970s.