Where Were You In 1977?

(NAPSI)-In 1977, America was immersed in the punk rock era, Saturday Night Fever popularized the three-piece white disco suit and “Happy Days'” Fonzie stole America’s primetime TV hearts. At the same time, 20-year-old Debbi Fields was opening her first store-Mrs. Fields Chocolate Chippery-in Palo Alto, Calif.

Today, in this high-tech world of CDs, DVDs and reality television, Mrs. Fields operates 450 stores across the U.S.-and has expanded its product line to include premium ice cream, coffee, designer bottled water and gooey cinnamon rolls.

So, what were you up to in 1977? Here’s what the rest of the country was doing:

  • Indulging in the sounds of Debby Boone’s “You Light Up My Life”;
  • Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours won a Grammy for Album of the Year, (when albums were still vinyl “records”);
  • Annie Hall dominated the Oscars with wins for Best Picture, Best Actress (Diane Keaton), Best Original Screenplay and Best Director;
  • Top fads were mood rings, lava lamps, pet rocks, macramé and string art;
  • Elvis Presley really left the building;
  • Star Wars put George Lucas on the map;
  • Charlie Chaplin went (truly) silent on Christmas Day;
  • Jimmy Carter took office as the 39th President of the United States;
  • “All in the Family,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Three’s Company,” “M*A*S*H” and “Happy Days” topped TV;
  • Egyptian President Anwar Sadat is named Time’s “Man of the Year” for his dedication to restoring peace in the Middle East; and
  • Amongst many other things, Amnesty International won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Mrs. Fields Famous Brands, which now includes Mrs. Fields’ Cookies, Original Cookie Company, Great American Cookies, Pretzel Time, Pretzelmaker, Hot Sam and TCBY Yogurt & Ice Cream, has become the largest, most widely recognized and respected brand name in the category of fresh-based products. How well do you remember what was happening in 1977?

Expressing Your Style A Stitch At A Time

Today’s tech-savvy tweens and teens find the latest high-tech sewing machines easy and fun to use.

sew-with-style(NAPSI)-With a zig and a zag and a zip, sewing today is more than a useful skill. It’s a fun and creative way to express yourself.

More teens and tweens are expressing their personal style by stitching up one-of-a-kind clothes and accessories. Some of the increasing interest in becoming sewing savvy may be due to a PBS TV show and the latest easy-to-use high-tech sewing machines.

With a definite focus on creativity and fun, “Sew Young Sew Fun” shares inspiring projects to get today’s young people and some adults sewing. The show informs young stitchers about the latest sewing technology, tools, trends and techniques to help create fast and flawless results.

Each of the 13 programs lists the supplies you need for the project, cutting directions and step-by-step instructions for constructing the project. Skills are reviewed in every project and questions are answered.

Also making sewing even easier is a new Sew Young Sew Fun sewing machine created especially for the show and novice sewers. The easy-to-use machine is lightweight, portable and has 17 built-in stitches including zigzag, rickrack, a honeycomb stitch and a feather stitch.

With so many stitches, you can create all sorts of detailing that gives your project an edge. The sewing machine comes with a fun-to-follow instructional CD and book.

Sew Young Sew Fun project books accompany each series and includes complete instructions and patterns.

Projects featured on the TV program are increasingly popular among teachers who use them to stimulate the young creative spirit through sewing. The easy projects help develop sewing expertise while reinforcing other skills such as reading and math.

The easy projects include everything from sewing a patchwork Colonial quilt to making surfing board shorts and making a fleece hat, to decorating your room. You can learn how to create your own Halloween costume, make a fashionable shirt out of today’s funky fabrics or recycle denim into a bag.

To request the “Sew Young Sew Fun” show locally, call the PBS station or visit www.pbs.org. For more information about the program, visit www.sewyoungsewfun.com. To learn more about the project books, call 1-877-738-7973.