The 70’s were a decade filled with platform shoes, earth shoes (I had a pair of them….very comfortable),
bell-bottom pants, afros and braids, and music that sometimes told a compelling story and others, well…not so much. I was born in the mid-sixties, but have some fond memories of the 70’s. If you have a story to share about a fond memory of the disco era, please share with us in the comment box below.
When thinking back to the fascinating era, I can’t help by remember psychedelic images, J.J. Walker and his famous “Dyno-O-Mite” and big smile, the yellow shirts with the big smiley face, Vinny Babarino (always had a crush on John Travolta) and the gang on Welcome Back Kotter, great movies like Grease and Saturday Night Fever, and words such as cool, far-out, boogie, and right-on. Phrases like “can ya dig it man” and “good night John-Boy”.
I remember most about the seventies about attending Sligh Jr. High in Tampa, located on Sligh Avenue. My friends were Sheri L., Amber M., Karla Y. and Kim F. I was a hall patrol (remember those orange patrol belts?) My picture to the left is a flashback in time to the late 70’s. Check out those sunglasses….HUGE!
Some of the most memorable songs were Jimmy Buffet’s “Margarita Ville” and “cheeseburger in Paradise”; Queens “Fat Bottom Girls” and “Bicycle”, and we can’t leave out Barry Manilow‘s “Mandy”. Do you remember those big bulky 8-track tapes?
Ahh…the memories, such sweet wonderful memories. What I wouldn’t give to go back and live one week in the 70’s again. Where’s my Fairy-Godmother? I have a wish I wanna cash in.
This is a snapshot of the past
Our President ~ Richard M. Nixon
Population ~ 205,052,174
Life expectancy ~ 70.8 years
Federal debt ~ $380.9 billion
Unemployment ~ 3.9%
Prices in the 70’s
New home~ $26,600
Median household income ~ $8,734
Cost of a first-class stamp $0.06
Gallon of regular gas ~ $0.36
Gallon of milk ~ $1.15
Timeline of the 70’s (borrowed from Buzzle.com)
- Invention of floppy discs.
- Introduction of bar codes.
- Breakup of the Beatles.
- Completion of World Trade Center.
- Earthquake in Peru Killed 72,200 people.
- China became the fifth nation to put a satellite into orbit.
- The Soviet Union and NASA sent probes to Mars.
- The microprocessor was introduced which was the foundation of all computers.
- Bangladesh was created from East Pakistan.
- China joined the United Nations.
- The US and South Vietnam invaded Laos.
- Introduction of CAT scanning (Computerized Axial Tomography) which was the most important medical breakthrough since the X-ray.
- Invention of cellular phone battery.
- Opening of Disney World.
- A new stock market index called the NASDAQ was introduced.
- The country United Arab Emirates was created.
- United States president Nixon went to China on a landmark visit.
- Ugandan president Idi Amin expelled all Asians.
- Terrorist attack at the Munich Olympic Games.
- Marks Spitz won 7 gold medals at the Munich Olympic Games.
- E-mail was invented by Ray Tomlinson.
- Eugene Cernan became the last man to walk on the moon.
- Beginning of Watergate scandal.
- Introduction of pocket calculators.
- Opening of Sydney opera house.
- The world’s largest building the Sears Tower in Chicago was completed.
- The end of the Vietnam war.
- Abortion was legalized in the United States.
- Paul Getty was kidnapped.
- OPEC doubled the price of oil which led to the gas crisis of the 1970’s.
- The US vice-president resigned.
- The Bahamas become independent.
- Egypt and Syria attacked Israel.
- Stephen Hawking proposed new Black Hole theory which ran counter to Einstein’s theory.
- US president Nixon resigned over the Watergate scandal.
- India conducts its first nuclear test.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov defected from the Soviet Union to Canada.
- Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie dethroned after a famine, which killed over 200,000 people and had seen no help from the government.
- US president Gerald Ford pardoned ex-president Nixon.
- The Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) kidnapped Patricia Hearst.
- Microsoft was founded.
- Disposable razors were introduced in the market.
- Arthur Ashe of the United States of America became the first black man to win Wimbledon.
- Lyme disease was first discovered.
- Lebanon civil war began which was sparked by Christians who killed a busload of Palestinians and other Muslims.
- The first home computer the Altair was launched.
- The first joint US-USSR space mission.
- Attempt to assassinate serving US president Gerald Ford.
- Catalytic converters are introduced in cars.
- Pol Pot became the dictator of Cambodia.
- First artificial gene created in a test tube.
- First Cray Supercomputer launched.
- The Viking Probe lands on Mars and sends back pictures of rocky terrain.
- Israeli commandos storm hijacked Air France plane in Uganda’s Entebbe Airport and released 103 hostages held by a pro-Palestinian terrorist group.
- Mao Tse-tung the communist leader of China died in 1976 after over 25 years of rule.
- Nadia Comaneci Given Seven Perfect Tens at the Olympics.
- Tangshan Earthquake Kills Over 240,000 people.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) was first used to map the brain and other parts of the body.
- Janelle Commission of Trinidad & Tobago became the first black woman in history to win the Miss Universe crown.
- Elvis Presley dies.
- Egyptian president Anwar al-Sadat was the first Arab leader to visit Israel and acknowledge Israel’s right to exist.
- The Alaskan pipeline was completed.
- The release of Star Wars movie.
- The Nuclear-Proliferation Pact was signed by 15 countries, including the United States and the USSR, which was to “curb” the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
- In the worst air disaster in history. Two 747’s collide at airport in Tenerife, Canary Islands killing nearly 600 people.
- First test tube baby was born using in vitro fertilization.
- John Paul II became the Pope.
- Ultrasound was first used.
- The Camp David Accords were signed by Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar El Sadat.
- Cartoon character Garfield the cat was syndicated.
- In the Jonestown massacre there was the suicide and murder of 900 people who drank cyanide in fruit-flavored drink and the leader shot himself.
- Margaret Thatcher became the first British prime minister.
- In Iran the Shah was deposed and Ayatollah Khomeini became the leader.
- Iranian students stormed the US embassy and held 52 of the 66 people in the embassy hostage for 444 days.
- The Japanese company Sony introduced the Walkman.
- The Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan.
- There was a nuclear accident at Three Mile island in US.
- Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel peace prize.
- ESPN began broadcasting
- Long-sealed Watergate documents may be released (cbsnews.com)
- “After that, people started thinking we were just a disco group. We were never a disco group. The…” (shortformblog.com)