I saw most of this one on TV and convinced my parents to stay up until the end. They wanted to go to bed around the 17th and I badgered them by saying, "You're giving up now!" They stuck it out to the end.
Later that year, my grandmother and I listened to this game together on the radio.
And when I was 19, I went out with some friends to try to see some fireworks on July 4, but we could never get to the show in Santa Monica because the traffic was impenetrable. So I went back home and found out that this game was still going on at 11:00 pm PT. And still had a ways to go.