Just in time for the holidays comes "The Stewardess Is Flying The Plane!," a beautiful hardcover guide to the films of the 1970s from Bulfinch Press. I sat down with author Ron Hogan (well, sat down as in he was sitting in a chair typing e-mails and so was I) and he explains why he chose that title, what Burt Reynolds could have done to change the path of his career, and why The Muppet Movie is one of his favorite films from the 70s.

The name of the book is "The Stewardess Is Flying The Plane," from Airport '75. How come you didn't name it "We're Going To Need A Bigger Boat" or "'Scuse Me While I Whip This Out"?

Actually, I was a bit partial to "The Power of Christ Compels You"  and "Quo Vadis, Baby?", but the Airport '75 line sums up a lot about what I love best about '70s movies: the goofiness, the upturning of all the old rules, the opportunity to put Karen Black on the it tested really well around the Bulfinch offices. Though I've definitely got "We're Going to Need a Bigger Boat" in mind for the sequel, if I can find enough '70s films left to fill up another book.