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November 4, 1979: Sixty-six hostages are taken at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. The next day at Hebrew School recess, seventh-grader Lana Rovner asks Jill Wasserstrom an impertinent question about eighth-grader Muley Scott Wills.November 13, 1979:MoreNovember 4, 1979: Sixty-six hostages are taken at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. The next day at Hebrew School recess, seventh-grader Lana Rovner asks Jill Wasserstrom an impertinent question about eighth-grader Muley Scott Wills.November 13, 1979: Ronald Reagan officially announces his candidacy for president. Mather High School junior Michelle Wasserstrom and Ida Crown Jewish Academy senior Larry Rovner whip doughnuts at passing cars in protest.December 1979: Jimmy Carter announces his candidacy for a second term as president. Michelle Wasserstrom ditches H.M.S. Pinafore rehearsal to attend a Who concert. Charlie Wasserstrom loses his job managing the Its in the Pot restaurant. L.A. record mogul Carl Slappit Silverman returns to Chicago to find his estranged son, Muley.December 31, 1979: The U.N. Security Council debates a resolution condemning the Iranian hostage-takers. Larry Rovner attends the Jewish Community Center Latkafest. Jill Wasserstrom plans a mischievous Bat Mitzvah speech. Ellen Rovner accuses her husband, Michael, of infidelity. Charlie Wasserstrom goes on his first date since the death of his late wife.January 16, 1980: Paul McCartney is arrested for marijuana possession. The topic is treatee later in a long-winded sermon delivered by Rabbi Shmulevits at Jill Wasserstroms Bat Mitzvah.April 1980: The U.S. officially cuts off relations with Iran. Larry Rovner makes out with Michelle Wasserstrom in his basement.July 1980: George Bush agrees to serve as Ronald Reagans running mate. The Shah of Iran dies in exile. Larry Rovners band appears live on stage at Chicagofest. His father Michael finds a new girlfriend in the audience. CharlieWasserstrom remarries.September 25, 1980: Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham dies in his sleep. Larry Rovner appears at a Bonzofest concert at Brandeis University.November 1980: Ronald Reagan is elected president. John Lennon and Yoko Ono release the album Double Fantasy. TV audiences learn who shot JR. Ellen Rovner boards a plane for Paris.December 8, 1980: John Lennon is assassinated in New York. Michelle Wasserstrom insists her Mather High School class honor a moment of silence. Carl Slappit Silverman is inspired to organize a benefit concert.January 20, 1981: The American hostages are released. Ronald Reagan is sworn in as president. Jill Wasserstrom, Lana Rovner, and Muley Scott Wills meet on the corner of North Shore and California avenues.