Picks and Pans Main: Plus

updated 06/25/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/25/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

The sight of 25th-reunion revelers (golden oldies themselves) frolicking on campuses this month led us to musing: Whatever happened to the class of '65—in entertainment, that is? To set the scene that summer: Vietnam is getting hotter, Watts is near combustion and Sandy Koufax is blazing his way through National League batters. And in popular entertainment, middle-of-the-road coexists comfortably with more raucous and insistent voices. Even in the Beatles era, Roger Miller and Parti Page can crack the Top 10 singles chart. Our best-selling authors from June '65 would prove a remarkably durable lot; all still scribble profitably in the '90s. And the strains of the Beach Boys, on the charts with "Help Me, Rhonda" in '65, would resound 25 years later in the music of up-and-coming group Wilson Phillips, two of whose members—Carnie and Wendy Wilson—are the daughters of Beach Boy genius Brian. Finally, kids, we don't have a home-video chart this week, for the simple reason that home video didn't exist back in the summer of '65. We either went to the movies or watched reruns. (Honest!)



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