There were many things about the ’70s that testify to its comparative weakness. Disco, obviously, but also guys trying to pretend to be sensitive and mushy to women who dressed like Ali McGraw in Love Story, and uttered gibberish like “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” (Trivia time: In Ryan O’Neal’s next movie — What’s Up, Doc? — Barbra Streisand invokes the saying. O’Neal’s character ponders that for a moment and then says, “that’s the dumbest thing I ever heard.” Lesson: Always go with your first instinct).
Yes, the movie undid everything Faye Dunaway taught us Baby Boomers about love.
Anyway, Erich Segal, who wrote the book upon which millions of doomed high-school romances were launched, died today.
We get to that in today’s Fresh Eye on the Radio with Mary Lucia of the Current. I indicate on the ‘cast, by the way, that Love Story also spawned the famous “Love” postage stamp and sculpture by Robert Indiana. That’s incorrect (h/t: Emily Newman). There’s no one to blame for that but Mr. Indiana.