In the time capsule today…
We find a science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott in theaters. “Alien” was pitched to movie studios as “Jaws in Space,” but received little to no interest. The movie was only green-lit when “Star Wars” became a global phenomenon, and it was the only space project in the pipeline.
We find several states implementing an odd-even license plate gas rationing system, to preemptively deal with a possible gasoline shortage. However, the shortage never materialized, and it was estimated that Americans wasted 150,000 barrels of oil per day idling their engines while waiting in long panic-driven lines.
And we find a song on the radio by The Eagles. Don Henley and Glenn Frey wrote most of the lyrics, but couldn’t come up with the chorus. Days later Glenn was on the phone with Bob Seger, who had a great suggestion: "There's going to be a heartache tonight!” Everyone loved it, and Seger was added to the list of songwriters.
What is the year? (answer below).
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The year... 1979!