Clay Aiken – 1978 – What Happened?

President: Jimmy Carter
Vice President: Walter Mondale
Median Household Income: $15,064
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.15

Popular Musicians and Songs

  • Bee Gees with ” Night Fever and Stayin Alive “
  • Paul McCartney and Wings
  • John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
  • Rolling Stones
  • Commodores with ” Three Times a Lady “
  • Doobie Brothers
  • Steely Dan
  • Hall and Oates
  • James Taylor
  • Loggins and Messina

From the Billboard Top 100

  • Shadow Dancing – Andy Gibb
  •  Night Fever – Bee Gees
  •  You Light Up My Life – Debby Boone
  •  Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees
  •  Kiss You All Over – Exile

There was no cable television, home computer, or cell phone. There was also no CD players or CD’s. The Walkman was the latest innovation.

Popular TV Programs

  • Happy Days
  • Little House on the Prairie
  • The Rockford Files
  • Good Morning America
  • Saturday Night Live
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Charlie’s Angels
  • Quincy, M.E.
  • The Muppet Show
  • CHiPs
  • The Love Boat
  • Three’s Company
  • All in the Family

Cast of Saturday Night Live: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Garrett Morris, Jane Curtin, Laraine Newman, Bill Murray, and Don Novello with the Paul Shaffer Orchestra.

Popular Films

  • Grease
  • Saturday Night Fever
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • National Lampoon’s Animal House
  • Jaws 2
  • Heaven Can Wait
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  • Revenge of the Pink Panther
  • The Deer Hunter


  • Annie Hall wins Best Picture Oscar.
  • Richard Dreyfuss wins Best Actor Oscar.
  • Diane Keaton wins Best Actress Oscar.
  • You Light Up My Life wins Best Song Oscar.
  • Record of the Year is Hotel California by The Eagles.
  • Album of the Year is Rumours by Fleetwood Mac.


  • The NY Yankees win The World Series.
  • The Dallas Cowboys win Superbowl XII.
  • The Washington Bullets win the NBA Championship.
  • The Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup.
  • Pete Rose gets 3,000th hit.
  • Al Unser wins the Indy 500.
  • Gary Player wins the Masters.

In The News

  • Harvey Milk and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone are murdered.
  • The Susan B. Anthony Dollar is issued.
  • John Wayne Gacey is arrested.
  • The first computer bulletin board is created in Chicago, Il.
  • Roman Polanski skips bail.
  • The Cult leader Jim Jones instructed 400 members of his church, “People’s Temple”, to commit suicide in Guyana.
  • Pope Paul VI dies at age 80
  • The comic strip character, Garfield, first appeared.

And  in 1978, a handsome young boy named Clayton was born.

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10 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – 1978 – What Happened?

  1. We have come a long way – It was fun reading all of the lists and

    thank you for all of the information. It brought back many memories. But the very best was that sweet baby boy at the very

    end. Thank God for sending him and his glorious voice.

  2. In 1978 I was 28 years old and I remember EVERYTHING you listed. Good times and bad times during that year. I grew up in the SF Bay Area and it was a rockin era. Little did we know that one Clay Aiken was born as well. WTG Fay! Thank youuuuuu so much!!

  3. What a trip down memory lane huh? I remember it all.

    But definitely the best of 1978 was Clay was born. He is special in so many ways, and I thank God he has enriched my life more than any other person. Clay has opened my eyes to so much. I'm seeing better, and clearer. Not to mention the voice that I never tire of, and brings joy to my heart. Yes…1978 was a good year..and it keeps getting better.

  4. "And on this day in 1978, a handsome young boy named Clayton was born. "

    No, no, no. Clay was born on Nov. 30, 1978. This is only August!! LOL!

  5. Wow! In 1978 I saw all the movies you listed, watched all those tv shows, and had heard all the music/musicians on your list.
    Didn't know back then that Clay Aiken was born, but glad he was!! 😉

  6. Thanks you very much for those lists. Those were certainly the good old days…I remember all of those things. Very good memories. But, the best one was…Clay Aiken was born. It can only get better.

  7. That was back when TV was good, the music was good, the movies were good etc. And out of all that goodness we got the best of all Clay Aiken.


    Boy….I really need to proof-read a bit more carefully. I really do know when Clay celebrates his birthday…I just didn't state it correctly.

    So sorry for the misunderstanding!! I did re-write the sentence!!

  9. They were the good ole days for sure!
    Clay Aiken was an adorable baby and grew up to be a handsome man with a huge heart and an incredible talent.

  10. The column today sure brought back some great memories in music, Tv and movies! I love Jimmy Carter-he is such a great man and has done so much good for so many, In that respect he reminds me of Clay. Clay was such a cute baby and has grown up to a wonderful , handsome man who sings like no other! Thanks again for the memories!

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