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Magazine Arrives In Mail 25 Years Late

CORAL GABLES, Fla., Jan. 19 (UPI) — Marc Smit of Coral Gables, Fla., says he often complains the mail’s late, but never as late as the Ms. magazine that arrived Tuesday — dated February 1976.

“I looked at the date, 1976, and I go, ‘Whoa, talk about a late delivery,’” Smit told WPLG-TV, Miami.

The magazine — featuring actress Glenda Jackson, photographed by Annie Leibovitz, on its cover — offered many memories of bygone days from more than a quarter-century ago. Jimmy Carter was president, the United States was celebrating its bicentennial and gas was going for 59 cents a gallon.

“It was just like flashing back to the ’70s,” Smit, a sculptor, told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

One article focused on Haitian refugees being turned away at the border, “U.S. Immigration: No ‘Huddled Masses’ Need Apply.”

“Not much has changed,” Smit said.

The magazine had been addressed to someone who lived at Smit’s house before he and his wife moved in 25 years ago.

Smit said he’d read the entire magazine, then try to find out why it took so long to arrive at the house.

“My mailman tomorrow is going to have a riot because I’m always complaining to him like, ‘The mail’s always late; what’s you guys’ problem?’” he said. “And now I have proof that definitely the mail is definitely late.”

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    Did the guy who got the magazine get an explanation as to why the magazine was ‘delayed’ for so many years? I’m glad he got it, but at some point it needs to be said that NO ONE should be complimented when it take 25 YEARS to get a magazine to a subscriber.
    For those who weren’t around back then, a yahoo named Carter was in the White House (temporarily), gas was cheap (temporarily), and even back then Congress was thinking about illegal immigration but they found a way to ignore the topic so we would have to think about it NOW. Ah, the aroma of galloping incompetence and a life of crime at our expense.
    Carter didn’t last long. Cheap gas didn’t last long. An incompetent Congress is still with us. We have yet another utopian prez in the W H. Tree huggers and enviro paranoids were still in an incubation stage and weren’t considered dangerous (temporarily).
    It seems like a long time ago. The Post Office still sucks, and is much more incompetent than it was 25 years ago. We were fresh out of Vietnam, but we had no idea that more wars of foreign intervention were on the horizon, and we had no idea that we’d have a god in the White House (temporarily).
    Times have changed. But then in some ways, they haven’t changed ONE DAMNED BIT, people. “Leadership,” my aching arse.

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