I Love the '70's

Reply Wed 9 Jul, 2003 03:16 am

The promo couldn't be more perfect.

A lone Indian sees trash near a small creek - platform shoes, a disco ball, etc. The close-up of the Indian shows it's not an Indian at all, but rather Jimmy "JJ" Walker. He then joins a police officer, cowboy and construction worker and they walk down the road together.

As a prequel to VH1's "I Love the '80s", the network is running a similar series about the previous decade. I predict that, eventually, they'll "do" the '50s, '60s and '90s (There's nothing officially in the works on those other decades. Yet.). If VH1 is smart (and their powers that be certainly are), the series will be a lot like "I Love the '80's". That means, lots of news and video clips (no music videos, so you'll likely see a buncha pop stars lip synching on The Mike Douglas Show), price comparisons, information about the decade's births (but not its deaths), its most famous male and female heartthrobs, PSAs, fashion trends, etc.

So, what do you remember about the seventies?

Give a quick rundown, if you will, of the touchstones of the time, according to you. And, if you like, add info about your age and what you were doing then. Don't worry - it was 24 or more years ago. :-D

See also: http://www.able2know.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=2166
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Reply Wed 9 Jul, 2003 03:27 am
I was born in 1962, so I have vivid memories of the 1970s. We lived in Pennsylvania and then, in '72, moved to Long Island. I became a vegetarian in 1976 (started eating poultry again in 1991) and wore braces from 1977 - 1979. I started the seventies in fourth grade and ended them in my first semester of college. I well recall, in mid-December of '79, someone at school saying, "School's out for the seventies."

Let us now return to a time after Woodstock and before the TRS-80.

The seventies mean, to me (in no particular order):

... the rise of disco and the fall of Saigon
... platform sandals and Olivia Newton-John
... Alka-Seltzer commercials and pop rocks
... Watergate and the hostages in Iran
... Saturday Night Live and the Vietnam War televised during dinner
... designer jeans and feathered hair
... Bruce Springsteen and Afternoon Delight
... Mary Tyler Moore and Elton John
... peasant tops and Doonesbury
... Bicentennial everything and Hall & Oates
... earth shoes and the Symbionese Liberation Army

And what do you remember??
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Reply Wed 9 Jul, 2003 03:38 am
I was born in 1969, so my recollection of the 70's is limited, but I do remember:

* The Hardy Boys (starring super-cute Shaun Cassidy!)
* Carter winning the presidency
* Macrame Owls
* Star Wars
* Orange and brown color schemes (was it my brownie uniform, you think?)
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Reply Wed 9 Jul, 2003 03:48 am
Gawd, I totally forgot about The Hardy Boys. Didn't he have an album? And, eek, Rex Smith and guys like that? It's all flooding back!!!
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Reply Wed 9 Jul, 2003 09:24 am
The Hardy Boys...yes...he had an album or two...think I still have them actually
feathered hair....oh yes, pleanty of that
I painted a firehydrant for 76--John Hancock (were those lotteries all over the US or was my town just wierd?)
Flowered everything...pants, coats, dresses, furniture
Blow up furniture
I had a brown shag S couch

humm..I dont know if I want to keep remembering Laughing
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Reply Wed 9 Jul, 2003 09:35 am
Pointy Collars
The Captain and Tenille (Muskrat Love)
The Country and Western renaissance- Will and Waylon and the boys
Ojay, Kool and the Gang, Average White Band
Mr. Kot-air and the SweatHogs
White people with Afros
Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Hostages/Nightline- Day 101 etc.
The Carters - Jimmy and Billy
Antita Bryant

shall I go on?
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Reply Wed 9 Jul, 2003 09:38 am
Kool Aid
Bell Bottoms

(trying my best to get some images out of my head)

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Reply Wed 9 Jul, 2003 09:46 am
Barracudas (Cudas)
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Reply Wed 9 Jul, 2003 09:47 am
Corinthian Leather
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Reply Wed 9 Jul, 2003 10:04 am
Sex and drugs and rock.

Study and study and study.

Fun. Hurt. Lerve. More lerve. Yet more lerve.

Lots of waitressing and cleaning and tutoring and bicycles and Indian dresses and no sleep except every few days and lots and lots of hanging out with friends and cups of tea round the kitchen table with a passing crowd of folk and interminable rock songs and Pink Floyd and such and coming home and smelling the incense down the street, followed by the marijuana smell it was supposed to disguise and essay after essay and talking all night and all the next day with people and always parties and socialising always after midnight and reading books all the time and how incredibly free it all was.
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Reply Wed 9 Jul, 2003 10:13 am
Ooooo, I graduated from high school in 1973. I remember lots!
angela davis
bell bottoms
afro sheen
going braless (well, underwear-less was more like it)
richard pryor
legalized abortions
clogs and platforms shoes
carol burnett, tim conway and harvey corman
jackson 5
essence magazine
the exorcist
girls wearing pants to school
micro minis
silk shirts, tight jeans and high heels
bennie and the jets
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Reply Wed 9 Jul, 2003 10:24 am
Let's see--the tail end of the '60s followed by some really dreadful clothes and music, then punk rock.

For me it was going from delayed post-adolescence to something approximating adulthood, i.e., from college to full-time work. But there was a great period in between of tuning in, turning on, and dropping out. And Ronald Reagan went from being a joke ("Can you believe the Californians elected him governor!?!") to President. But by then, the '70s had ended...
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Reply Wed 9 Jul, 2003 10:26 am
quinn1 wrote:
Corinthian Leather

Now, that was FINE Corinthian Leather
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Reply Wed 9 Jul, 2003 10:29 am
Does anyone remember nik nik silk shirts with the gorgeous patterns and wild colors?
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Region Philbis
Reply Wed 20 Aug, 2003 03:20 pm

been diggin' the show every night this week -- groovy!! Cool
also lookin' fwd to i luv the 60's...
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Reply Wed 20 Aug, 2003 03:36 pm
Cheech & Chong.
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Reply Wed 20 Aug, 2003 03:42 pm
How about bell bottom pants, eoe? I felt as if a strong wind could come up and make one airborne.
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Reply Wed 20 Aug, 2003 03:50 pm
Yeah, I can still feel them flapping in the wind against my ankles. Combined with 3-inch platform shoes and the Chicago "hawk", trying to be fashionable could get right dangerous.
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Reply Wed 20 Aug, 2003 03:51 pm
I was watching I Love 1973 this afternoon (hey, it was important - very big segment on The Exorcist.

There is a lot of the Brady Bunch - they're featured for both '71 and '72, if I have my years straight. No talk of births (interesting ....) but a few commercials plus hair fads and the roller rink anthem of the year (introduced by Leif Garrett!).

Comments are by people as diverse as Maggie Wheeler (she plays Janice in a recurring role on Friends) to a couple of grown-up Zoom kids to Kermit the Frog to Jeff Corwin and George Lopez.

Some tidbits -
* Shrinkydinks
* The Electric Company
* Dark Side of the Moon
* the afro
* Fat Albert and the Cosby kids
* Easy Bake ovens
* HR Pufnstuf

No mention of Watergate yet but I believe 1974 and 1975 are on tonight. I can't see them avoiding Watergate as a topic any longer. And - verrrry interesting - no mentions of Vietnam yet although I didn't see the first 3/4 of 1970 so it may have been mentioned then.

PS Rich Corinthian leather!
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Reply Wed 20 Aug, 2003 04:16 pm
"The Incredible Hulk" was probably the best of the 70's TV series.

Woodward and Bernstein making investigative reporting an art form.
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