The 70’s Disco Era Flashback

Ahh, the 1970’s, what an awesome era!

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)

1970:

  • 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.

1971:

  • 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.

1972:

  • 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.

1973:

  • 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.

1974:

  • 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.

1975:

  • 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.

1976:

  • 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.

1977:

  • 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.

1978:

  • 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.

1979:

  • 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
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3 Responses to The 70’s Disco Era Flashback

  1. Christine Campbell says:

    Though I remember the things you speak of, my experience of the 70’s was very different from yours because I was married and bringing up four children by then, being born in the 40’s.
    Love you timeline of the decade.
    Great post. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

  2. 40 is the new 13 says:

    Wow, you had a great 70s ‘do! My hair would never behave that way. I was very envious of the cool girls who carried combs in the back pockets of their jeans and could smooth their hair back into a perfect, feathery cascade with one swipe! My favorite song from thet era has got to be “Paradise By the Dashboard Lights.” Classic! Happy to find you… thanks for the follow.

    • Mendy K. says:

      Hi and thanks for visiting my blog. I love the 1970’s and everything about it. I had bigger hair than what is in the “Flashback” post. I was one who had the comb in the back pocket of my Vidal Sasson or Gloria Vanderbuilt jeans. Oh man how I worked my butt off to buy those jeans and a pair of “earth shoes”. I have a ton of favorite songs from the 1970’s (which mostly seem to be a love ballad of sorts). Paradise by the Dashboard Lights was a great song too. It is a popular song at one of my fav karaoke spots, and a very very long song to boot! Thanks for visiting, hope you enjoy the blog.

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