That’s forty — FORTY — years ago! Can you believe it? Pink Floyd “The Wall”, USSR invading Afghanistan on Christmas Eve, the Shah flees Iran, a war between China and Vietnam…. See more.
Now I was living in Church Street, Wollongong — had been since late 1978, though resuming my job at Wollongong High in 1979 after a period of commuting between Wollongong and Sydney University. The unit block I lived in is still there — that door at the back downstairs was then — until the end of 1980 — my front door.
So I plan to share a few things about that year of 1979 — some good, some ugly. I have alluded to that time before: Leonie Kramer slept here at “The Bates Motel”. And Wollongong looked like this, on a good day: that’s North Beach, not far at all from my Church Street flat.