Credit: from the reader archive

The Reader’s archive is vast and varied, going back to 1971. Every week in Archive Dive, we’ll dig through and bring up some finds.

There are plenty of “best of 2018” lists popping up this time of year (including a few to come here at the Reader), but do you ever wonder what were the most memorable movies, meals, and moments of 1971? If so, boy do we have the list for you!

Exactly 47 years ago today, on December 17, 1971, the Chicago Reader published its very first year-in-review piece titled “Our Panel of Experts Present their Awards for 1971.”

An “exotic” juice smoothie from a stand in the Randolph Street train station was named the best non-restaurant meal. Primal Scream by John Lennon and Ram by Paul McCartney tied for most disappointing LPs of the year. Carly Simon and Cheech & Chong were among those named most important newcomers. And at the top of the list for the most outrageous public acts: the Field Newspapers endorsement of Richard J. Daley.

What food, drink, music, and political acts will we remember most from 2018? Check out Thursday’s issue to find out.