I know that the phrase “1970's’ can evoke a myriad of disparate images ranging from Travolta’s white suit to Kotter’s bushy mustache. From Nixon and Ali to Skylab and Secretariat. And any seventies retrospective would be remiss from mentioning Pink Lady and Jeff in the opening stanza.

And yet, so many of my 70’s memories, and I assume this is true for many, look a lot like the 1950’s. Whether it’s Happy Days or Grease or American Graffiti, America was under the spell of its first wave of commodified, commercialized oldies nostalgia.

Pop culture, and pop music specifically, had previously…


It must be nice to have been a Trumper, the past 4 years, going to bed each night thinking that the state of democracy, the rule of law, race relations, police brutality and child cagings at the border are exactly as you believe they should be.

It must be nice being so comfortable that you benefit from tax cuts for the rich and think that everyone does. Or not care that everyone doesn’t.

It must be nice being White enough, male enough, straight enough, rich enough, in-this-country-long enough that you don’t worry about legally-guaranteed rights being seized. To know you’re…


In America’s history, any group hoping to foment social progress, whether it be ameliorative or curative, have always been hit with opposing arguments that seek not to argue the issue on its merits, but employ fear and divisive rhetoric to cast unfounded doubt on the groups themselves seeking the change.

Your neighbors didn’t have to support early Civil and Voting rights initiatives if they believed the movement was infiltrated by Communists and outside agitators trying to disrupt local, southern “customs” and “heritage.”

It was difficult to oppose women wanting equal pay on its merits, so opponents trafficked in fear-mongering tropes…


Growing up, I was inculcated with a highly-specific set of Jewish values. These values were rooted in both the Jewish immigrant’s unique place in the American socio-political firmament. And in our historic outsider position in America, in Europe and beyond.

These values can neatly summarized as such: Because of our own history of persecution and vilification, Jews as people are expected to be acutely sensitive to racial or religious injustice, to scapegoating, to pit one group of people against another in times of economic anxiety.

As the eternal outsider in this and other lands, we are meant to be particularly…


Beginning with Nixon’s southern strategy of 1968, the seeds of the current GOP’s white nationalist electoral strategy and policy platform has been hiding in plain sight for over five decades.

Appeals to northern urban hard hats and Wallace supporting segregationists. The school busing wars of the 70’s. Attacks on affirmative action. Reagan’s demonizing of Black “welfare queens”. The law and order fixations on urban hellscapes. Lee Atwater’s Willie Horton ads. Active campaigns of voter suppression. The systematic legal neutering of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts. The mainstreaming of birther cards against our first African-American President.

In short, the…


I know it’s summer and most of you are probably watching the Bachelorette fantasy suite dates. But President Trump’s decidedly savage and race-based attacks on the patriotism of Representatives Pressley, Omar, Tlaib, and Ocasio-Cortez’s patriotism compels me to speak out. And trust me when I say, it takes a lot to make me pause the Bachelorette this close to the final rose.

Let’s get one thing straight right off: Trump’s comments have virtually nothing to do with these women, individual of their policy beliefs. …


Perhaps, I’m overly-sensitive to the passage of time. My wife, my two children, and my Israeli therapist would all say that’s not even up for debate. Okay fine. I’m sure they are all correct. Please stop shouting.

But lately, I’ve become acutely aware of the anniversaries of things. Not important stuff like my wedding or Pearl Harbor. But big boldfaced BuzzFeed headlines about “Twentieth Anniversary of Cory and Topanga’s First Kiss.” Or “It’s been 18 Years, do you know where your AOL floppy disc is now?” That kind of stuff.

I hate to sound like Andy Rooney’s crankier, older brother…


I did not know the actor Kristoff St. John. Nor was I familiar with his work on The Young and the Restless. But I am, at least in the loosest countours, familiar with some of the emotions Mr. St. John was likely grappling with before his recent tragic death.

Like Kristoff St. John, I also lost a close love one to suicide. For him, it was his son four years ago. For me, it was my father over a decade ago.

And while no cause of death has been officially determined for Mr. St. John, there is a preponderance of…


People don’t talk that much about thirtysomething anymore. It makes sense. Copywriters and art directors don’t conceive print ads anymore in red brick agencies while wearing yuppie suspenders. I guess I could’ve ended that sentence at “copywriters and art directors don’t conceive print ads anymore” and it would’ve been an equally summation of our times.

Lately, for reasons I hope soon make sense, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the episode where Gary dies. Please don’t yell at me “What?! Gary died? Why didn’t you yell ‘spoiler alert?’” For chrissakes, you’ve had 3 decades to catch up. …


Remember the 80’s synth band, Missing Persons? I do because I once waited 4 hours in line to see them at Magic Mountain. And because midwestern tourists keep taking photos with my friend, Ed, because they considered him a “real punk rocker.” This was based on the intentional fallacy that “real punk rockers” wore “Anarchy” arm bands. Though it had been roughly six summers since “real punk rockers” wore armbands, safety pins, mohawks or anything close to what Ed was wearing. I didn’t say anything. I didn’t want to ruin the main attraction in these peoples’ Christmas letters.

Now where…

Bryan Behar

TV Writer. Emotional Eater.

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