Oscars to The Deer Hunter (picture), Michael Cimino (director, The Deer Hunter), Jane Fonda (actress, Coming Home), Jon Voight (actor, Coming Home), Christopher Walken (supporting actor, The Deer Hunter), Maggie Smith (supporting actress, California Suite)



If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits? by Erma Bombeck is the nonfiction number one best-seller. Christina Crawford’s Mommie Dearest is number four.

The top three fiction hits: Chesapeake by James A. Michener, War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk, and Fools Die by Mario Puzo

  • In the News -- The prominent stories of the year
  • Quiz -- How much do you remember about 1978? 


In its fifth year M*A*S*H wins M*A*S*HPeople’s Choice Award for favorite TV comedy; Saturday Night Live has its original cast, including Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Bill Murray, and Gilda Radner; a five-episode CBS miniseries inspires Dallas, which goes on to run 13 years.


"We Are the Champions" (Queen), "Hot Child in the City" (Nick Gilder), "It’s a Heartache" (Bonnie Tyler), "Take a Chance on Me" (ABBA), "Baby Come Back" (Player)


The Yankees beat the Dodgers in the World Series; Dallas bests Denver in Super Bowl XII.

On campus


James J. Whalen

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Livingston Taylor, Cobham and Company, Chuck Mangione and the Children of Sanchez, Bonnie Raitt, John Hall


Don Juan in Hell, The Royal Family, The Three Sisters, La Perichole

Commencement speaker:

Daniel Patrick Moynihan

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