November 29, 2010
The fine folks over at South Side Sox direct our attention toward a nice time-waster on a slow offseason Monday: Diane Alexander White's gallery of 35 photos taken in the hours before the Chicago's infamous Disco Demolition Night on July 12, 1979.
The shots aren't that revolutionary, but I really like them in a candid "wow, these people are clearly going to end up storming the field once Steve Dahl starts blowing up records" sort of way. They also depict what is inarguably epicenter of the golden era of men's hair (Chicago's South Side at the end of the decade) and one picture features a guy who looks an awful lot like the Chicago White Sox version of Dwight Schrute (upper left hand corner). One of the most interesting parts is that if such an event happened today, we'd be seeing photos from the night posted across Twitter and Facebook within minutes. When you consider that, it's kind of cool to see these somewhat mundane shots surface on a similar medium more than three decades later.
Finally, the set also made me think of a pretty good baseball debate. If you could jump in a time machine and attend either Disco Demolition Night or Cleveland's 10-Cent Beer Night five years earlier, which would it be? Ten beers for a buck seems like an automatic decision-maker, but there's also something to be said for explosions in between games of what was scheduled to be a doubleheader. Which one would you dare to attend?