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Happy Birthday MTV!

Published August 1, 2020 by Maryanne
Maryanne with original MTV V-Jay, Mark Goodman, 2018
MTV premiered on television on August 1, 1981. It launched with the spoken words “Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll” followed by the video for the song “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles. The cable channel was initially available only to homes in parts of New Jersey.
I was thrilled to be part of history that summer. I had just graduated high school and remember watching. To this day I LOVE the song “Video Killed the Radio Star.”
Back then there were only a handful of videos and you’d watch the same ones over and over. Yet it was thrilling to see your favorite songs accompanied by the artist’s vision.
I was honored to meet original VJ Mark Goodman back in 2018. Such a nice guy and still handsome! (pictured above)
MTV may not be as magical as it was in the beginning, but we have memories that still hold strong in our heart. Let the music live on!

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Published June 1, 2014 by Maryanne


So psyched to go to a party, hosted by our good friends Paul and Mary Anne.

SAM_4697Relaxing with my hunny, reading retro rock magazines.

(Our host Paul Reitz used to write for this one!)

SAM_4699Pretty ladies Deniz and Mary Anne relaxing

SAM_4705Two Maryannes — Mary Anne and Maryanne

SAM_4718A great bunch of guys!

SAM_4721Paul and my husband, Dennis

It was excellent ending the week at a party at Paul and Mair’s home. We had delicious snacks and great music. We watched the rerun of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. I agreed with all the inductees this time: Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt, Nirvana, Cat Stevens.

Also watched some of “Nomi Song,” about the life of Klaus Nomi.

So much fun, but I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves!