RTI Reference links

Links, links, and more links! Enjoy this snap-shot of The RTI Story… and there will be a quiz!

In these links, you will find a treasure-trove of information about the many people, places, and things we refer to in The RTI Story. We also start the decades with lines from songs that capture the feelings we’ve tried to convey. Enjoy!

Opening Song Lyrics

Chapter Three:
Lean on me, when you’re not strong, I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on… “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers; from the 1972 album, Still Bill.

Chapter Four:
You say you want a revolution… “Revolution” by the Beatles; from the 1968 White Album.

Chapter Five:
I get by with a little help from my friends… “With a Little Help from My Friends,” Joe Cocker version; from the 1969 album, Joe Cocker.

Chapter Six:
Glory days, well, they pass you by… “Glory Days” by Bruce Springsteen; from the single recorded in 1982.

Chapter Seven:
Exit light, enter night, take my hand, we’re off to never-never land… “Enter Sandman” by Metallica; from the 1991 album, Metallica.

Chapter Eight:
We’ve been doing this longer than you’ve been alive, propelled by some mysterious drive… “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive” by Old 97’s; from the 2014 album, Most Messed Up.

Chapter Nine:
And admit that the waters around you have grown… “The Times They Are a-Changin’” by Bob Dylan; from the 1964 album of the same name.

Chapter Ten:
If heaven was a town, it would be my town… “If Heaven,” Andy Griggs version; from the 2004 album, This I Gotta See.

Chapter Eleven:
You get your chance to try in the twinkling of an eye… “Free Four” by Pink Floyd; from the 1972 album, Obscured by Clouds.

Chapter Twelve:
There are places I’ll remember, all my life, though some have changed… “In My Life” by the Beatles; from the 1965 album, Rubber Soul.

Mentioned in Chapter Two

45 RPM single record, Wikipedia.

Cars from the 50s and 60s with fins, Google search results.

Glovolium, YouTube.

Brylcreem, YouTube.

Brown vs. Board of Education, ThoughtCo.

Disneyland opens in California, ThoughtCo.

McDonald’s, ThoughtCo.

Rosa Parks, ThoughtCo.

Elvis Presley Gyrates on Ed Sullivan’s Show, ThoughtCo.

Sputnik 1, ThoughtCo.

Cat in the Hat, Wikipedia.

Lego, Wikipedia.

“Davey Crockett,” YouTube.

Adlai Stephenson, Wikipedia.

“Hound Dog,” YouTube.

“Peyton Place,” YouTube.

“The Three Stooges,” YouTube.

“Laurel and Hardy,” Wikipedia.

The Marx Brothers, Wikipedia. “Abbott and Costello,” YouTube.

“Little Rascals/Our Gang,” Wikipedia.

Frankenstein, YouTube.

Dracula, YouTube.

Wolfman, YouTube.

The Mummy, YouTube.

“Tom and Jerry,” Wikipedia.

“Crusader Rabbit,” YouTube.

“Rocky and Bullwinkle,” YouTube.

“Dudley Do-Right,” YouTube.

“Peabody’s Improbable History,” YouTube.

“George of the Jungle,” YouTube.

“Lawman,” YouTube.

“Sugarfoot,” YouTube.

“Wanted Dead or Alive,” YouTube.

“Have Gun Will Travel,” YouTube.

Tex Ritter, Wikipedia.

Gene Autry, Wikipedia.

“Roy Rogers,” YouTube.

“Sky King,” YouTube.

“Howdy Doody,” YouTube.

“Pinky Lee,” YouTube.

“Ding-Dong School,” YouTube.

“Captain Kangaroo,” YouTube.

“Mickey Mouse Club,” YouTube.

“Andy’s Gang,” YouTube.

“Soupy Sales,” YouTube.

“Winky-Dink and You,” YouTube.

“Icky Twerp and Slam Bang Theater,” YouTube.

“Gunsmoke,” YouTube.

“Ed Sullivan,” YouTube.

“I Love Lucy,” YouTube.

“The Honeymooners,” YouTube.

“Disney’s Wonderful World of Color,” YouTube.

“The Donna Reed Show,” YouTube.

“The Jack Benny Show,” Wikipedia.

“The Red Skelton Show,” Wikipedia.

“Father Knows Best,” YouTube.

“Leave It to Beaver,” YouTube.

“Rawhide,” YouTube.

“Superman,” YouTube.

“Lawrence Welk,” YouTube.

“Sing Along with Mitch,” Wikipedia.

Chuck Berry, YouTube.

Kingston Trio, YouTube.

Harry Bellefonte, YouTube.

Jerry Lee Lewis, YouTube.

“In the Mood,” YouTube.

“Raunchy,” YouTube.

White Rock Lake, Dallas Parks and Recreation website.

Mentioned in Chapter Four

The Grateful Dead: “What a long strange trip,” YouTube.

John F. Kennedy Elected President, History.com.

The Beatles: “Revolution,” YouTube.

Astronaut Neil Armstrong sets foot on the moon, YouTube.

Draft Lottery, Wikipedia.

1963 Chevy Corvair Spyder, Google search results.

BBC News: Jack Ruby shot and Killed Lee Harvey Oswald, YouTube.

Monte Carlo, Google search results.

Hacienda Casino, Google search results.

Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, YouTube.

Santa Anita Race Track, Santa Anita website.

Braniff, Wikipedia.

“The Lone Ranger,” YouTube.

Astroturf toe, WebMD website.

Flash Gordon, Wikipedia.

Doak Walker, Wikipedia.

Bogey, Wikipedia.

Mentioned in Chapter Six

Rubik ’s Cube, Wikipedia.

Prince Charles marries Lady Diana

Spencer, Wikipedia.

Viet Nam War Memorial, Google search results.

“Thriller,” YouTube.

Ben Hogan golf cap, Google search results.

Howard Cosell, Don Meredith, Frank Gifford, Sports Illustrated website.

Vince Lombardi, Wikipedia.

Billy Kilmer, IMDB website.

Sonny and Cher: “I Got You Babe,” YouTube.

Harvey Martin, Wikipedia.

Theme from Rocky, YouTube.

“The Life of Riley,” YouTube.

Tom and Foolery, Merriam-Webster website.

Ray Charles Anthology, Wikipedia.

The Great Escape, YouTube.

7 Samurai, YouTube.

Body Heat, YouTube.

Casablanca, YouTube.

Shane, YouTube.

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, YouTube.

Apocalypse Now, YouTube.

Deer Hunter, YouTube.

Maltese Falcon, YouTube.

Manhattan, YouTube.

Red River, Google search results.

Oklahoma, YouTube.

Gone with the Wind, YouTube.

David Graham, Golf Hall of Fame website.

Lee Trevino, Wikipedia.

Breaking Away, YouTube.

Top Gun. Google search results.

Ross Perot, Wikipedia.

Plan 9 from Outer Space, YouTube.

Bonnie Raitt, Wikipedia.

Willy Deville, Willy Deville Music website.

Chuck Berry: “Nadine,” YouTube.

Sam the Sham, YouTube.

The Five Satins: “In the Still of the Night,” YouTube.

Charcos, Google search results.

Keller’s Drive-in, Google search results.

Kips, Google search results.

Carpetbaggers, Wikipedia.

Mentioned in Chapter Seven

Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, Wikipedia.

Columbine High School, Wikipedia.

Nosara, Wikipedia.

Harry “the Hat” Walker, Wikipedia.

J.P. Donleavy, Wikipedia.

Random Harvest, YouTube

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Google search results.

Lightnin’ Hopkins, Wikipedia.

Leon Redbone, Wikipedia.

Early BeeGees, BeeGees website.

Zombies, The Zombies Music website.

Jimmy Rogers, Wikipedia.

Woody Guthrie, Wikipedia.

Phil Ochs, Wikipedia.

Rayfield Wright, Wikipedia.

Risk, Wikipedia.

John Lee Hooker, Wikipedia.

Freddie King, Wikipedia.

Michael Bloomfield, Wikipedia.

Elvin Bishop, Wikipedia.

Paul Butterfield, Wikipedia.

Eckerd’s, Wikipedia.

Mill Valley, Wikipedia.

“Hit the Road Jack,” Google search results.

“Gilligan’s Island,” You Tube.

“Margaritaville,” YouTube.

Citizen Kane, YouTube.

To Kill a Mockingbird, YouTube.

Ben Hur, YouTube.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, YouTube.

The Creature From the Black Lagoon, YouTube.

“Lonesome Dove,” Bing search results.

Elvin Hayes, Wikipedia.

Blackie Sherrod, Wikipedia.

Dan Jenkins, Wikipedia.

Larry McMurtry, Wikipedia.

The Beach Boys, YouTube.

Frank Deford, Wikipedia.

Tom Landry, Wikipedia.

Ghandi, Wikipedia.

Joni Mitchell, Wikipedia.

Sharon Stone, Wikipedia.

Robin Williams, Wikipedia.

Joan Baez, Wikipedia.

The Barber of Seville, YouTube.

Giaochino Rossini, YouTube.

Peter Grimes Benjamin Britten, YouTube.

“How I Became Human Again” by John Anders, D Magazine.

Mentioned in Chapter Eight

2000 presidential election, Infoplease.

Terrorists attack United States, Infoplease.

Anthrax, Infoplease.

North Korea, Infoplease.

George Walker Bush, Infoplease.

Colin Powell, Infoplease.

American troops capture Saddam Hussein, Infoplease.

California governor Gray Davis, Infoplease.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Infoplease.

Columbia Astronauts, Infoplease.

2004 Summer Olympics, Infoplease.

Chechen terrorists, Infoplease.

Gay marriages, Infoplease.

John Kerry, Infoplease.

Pope John Paul II, Infoplease.

Benedict XVI, Infoplease.

Barack Obama, Infoplease.

Unemployment, Infoplease.

Bernard Madoff, Infoplease.

Ponzi scheme, Infoplease.

Michael Jackson, Infoplease.

Rod McKuen, Wikipedia.

Cool Hand Luke, YouTube.

The Pad and How to Use It, YouTube.

“Gloria” by Them (and my version), YouTube.

“Come Go with Me” by the Dell Vikings, YouTube.

Bonnie and Clyde, YouTube.

Pulp Fiction, YouTube.

Shawshank Redemption, YouTube.

The African Queen, YouTube.

Doyle Bramhall, YouTube.

Lou Ann Barton, YouTube.

Renee Fleming, YouTube.

Eddie LeBaron, Wikipedia.

James Earl Jones, Wikipedia.

Ronny “Stradivarius” Neal, YouTube.

The Magnificent Seven, YouTube.

The Wild Bunch, YouTube.

A Shot in the Dark, YouTube.

Giant, YouTube.

Gladiator, YouTube.

My Dinner with Andre, YouTube.

Mark Twain, Wikipedia.

Jules Verne, Wikipedia.

Mentioned in Chapter Nine

“Old man syndrome,” WebMD.

Obama “JV team,” Rocket News.

Obergefell vs. Hodges, Wikipedia.

Amazon Music, Wikipedia.

Bluetooth, Wikipedia.

Sonos, Wikipedia.

The Loving Spoonfull, YouTube.

The Turtles, YouTube.

Buffalo Springfield, YouTube.

Sam Cooke, YouTube.

Jackie Wilson, YouTube.

Marvin Gaye, YouTube.

James Brown, YouTube.

Four Tops, YouTube.

Temptations, YouTube.

John Prine, YouTube.

Pink Floyd, YouTube.

Jerry Rafferty, YouTube.

Bill Withers, YouTube.

Bruce Springsteen, YouTube.

The Talking Heads, YouTube.

Sade, YouTube.

Natalie Merchant, YouTube.

Robert Earl Keene, YouTube.

Jerry Jeff Walker, YouTube.

Mickey Newberry, YouTube.

Counting Crows, YouTube.

Roxy Music, YouTube.

Old 97’s, YouTube.

Wilco/Jeff Tweedy, YouTube.

Jason Isabel, YouTube.

Ryan Adams, YouTube.

Sturgill Simpson, YouTube.

White Buffalo, YouTube.

The Mavericks, YouTube.

Cody Jinks, YouTube.

Brandi Carlile, YouTube.

My Morning Jacket, YouTube.

Whiskey Myers, YouTube.

Savannah Conley, YouTube.

The National, YouTube.

The War on Drugs, YouTube.

Michael Connelly, Michael Connelly website.

Mitch Rapp Books, Vince Flynn website.

Thomas Berger, Wikipedia.

David McCullough, Simon and Schuster Publishing.

Catcher in the Rye, Wikipedia.

Little Big Man, Wikipedia.

A Confederacy of Dunces, Wikipedia.

Great Expectations, Wikipedia.

Truman, Wikipedia.

John Adams, Wikipedia.

All six Thin Man movies, YouTube.

Night at the Opera, YouTube.

Old Yeller, YouTube.

The Graduate, YouTube.

Godfather I & II, YouTube.

Little Big Man, YouTube.

Saving Private Ryan, YouTube.

The Searcher, YouTube.

Red River, YouTube.

For a Few Dollars More, YouTube.

No Country for Old Men, YouTube.

Goldfinger, YouTube.

Casino Royale, YouTube.

Forest Gump, YouTube.

The Wire, YouTube.

The Sopranos, YouTube.

“The Way I Heard It,” Mike Row podcast.

Dan Bongino, Dan Bongino podcast.

Music that Matters, KEXP website.

Movies, Films and Flix, Movies, Films and Flix website.

Mark Levin, Mark Levin audio-rewind.

Have Gun Will Travel

Richard Boone as Paladin is one of our favorite TV westerns. The half-hour show, with six seasons and 225 episodes, was broadcast from 1957 through 1963, and had a radio version, too.

Reference Map

These are the three schools we attended growing up in North East Dallas. Click on the map to navigate on MapFling. Buy the book to read about our experiences!

Available Editions

You can read The Reilly Thanksgiving Invitational Story in three formats. Choose one or try all three! Readers who purchase the paperback edition will enjoy our free supplemental Reading Guide.

Print Edition

Our print-on-demand book with 180 images is available through Amazon and ships quickly! Free Reading Guide PDF.

Price: $18.99
6x9 Paperback: 400 pages
(October 2019)

PDF Edition

This interactive version for desktop, tables and smartphones includes hundreds of reference links.

Price: $9.99
PDF Download: 414 pages
(October 2019)

Kindle Edition

For e-reader fans, our book is available for Kindle devices. Take The RTI Story with you wherever you go!

Price: $9.99
Kindle: 414 pages
(October 2019)

Meet the Players

An invitation to join a robust touch football pickup game was a high honor in the 1960s for boys growing up in Dallas.

Reference Links

In e-versions of The RTI Story, we include embedded reference links that will take you to web pages and videos that provide you with more information. You can access them here, too.


The Glossary contains words and terminology you may not be familiar with; some we have created, some we redefined.