Rocky is a 1976 American sports drama film directed by John G. Avildsen, written by and starring Sylvester Stallone. It tells the rags to riches American Dream story of Rocky Balboa, an uneducated, kind-hearted debt collector working for a loan shark in the slums of Philadelphia. Rocky, a wanna be prize fighter, gets his shot at the world heavyweight championship when the champ, Apollo Creed (played by Carl Weathers) needs a last minute opponent for the bicentennial celebration. The film is a sacred text for the people of Philadelphia so today we’re going to go fifteen rounds with the italian stallion.
The twist is a dance that was inspired by rock and roll icon and Philly kid, Chubby Checker. From 1959 to the early sixties it became a worldwide dance craze, enjoying immense popularity while drawing controversies from critics who felt it was too provocative. It inspired dances such as the Jerk, the Pony, the Watusi, the Mashed Potato, the Monkey, and the Funky Chicken, but none were as popular. So come on everybody, we’re gonna twist again.
Philadelphia is home to plenty of great art, culture, and history, and no one structure brings those three things together like the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Loftily situated at the top of the Parkways it serves as a gateway to Kelly drive and Fairmount park. It’s such a big deal that we only have time for a brief history of this amazing museum and the most valuable art in its vast collection.
Planners of Philadelphia’s Bicentennial celebration in 1976 hoped to showcase the growth and ambitions of the city while also commemorating the two-hundredth anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. The big celebrations drew millions of Americans to the city in the summer of ’76. It also provoked conflict and ultimately failed to fulfill the dreams of the city and its planners. So, today we’re going to take a disappointing trip to the 1976 Bicentennial Celebration.