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My kids have no idea what several common items from the 1970s looked like. When they do, they can’t fathom how we managed with those things. Rabbit ear television antennas? Manual typewriters? Rotary dial phones with extra long curly cords?
I made a long list of things I think of when I think back to the 1970s, but I’ve culled it down to 10 things that stand out for me.
- The Dorothy Hamill wedge haircut. I begged to get one and did, either right before the Shag or right after.
- The AMC Pacer. Remember that car? My friend Edye’s mom had one and I was beyond jealous. It looked like a jellybean-shaped spaceship.
- The Brady Bunch and The Partridge Family. Every Friday night, when my parents went out, the babysitter let us sit in front of the TV with our TV dinners set on TV trays and watch those iconic TV shows.
- Jiffy Pop popcorn. If we were lucky, Mom or the babysitter would let us hold the handle and shake the foil package over the eye of the stove.
- Gas Station Lines. This one may not make others smile, but I remember a great day, waiting in a gas line with my grandfather for over two hours. A traveling salesman knocked on our window after about an hour and a half and presented me with a couple of stuffed animals (from his wares) because he couldn’t believe an 8-year old could be so well behaved for so long. Of course he didn’t know how much fun it was to have my comedian grandfather to myself.
- Free To Be You and Me. I loved Marlo Thomas in That Girl but when she came out with this album, I was head over heels. Sang those songs all day long. “William has a doll.”
- Bonne Bell Lip Smackers. I saved up all my money (and probably stole change from my mother’s purse or my father’s dresser) to buy all the lip smacker flavors. I loved the Hires Root Beer and the Tootsie Roll ones the best. Or maybe the Orange Crush. Or Sugar Plum. Oh the choices.
- Pong by Atari. Mesmerizing. That little ball of light slowly floating across the screen. Setting the racket bar at just the right place to return the ball to the opponent. Only to wait again. This was advanced gaming for those of us used to the high intrigue of Operation and Trouble and Yahtzee.
- Saturday Night Fever Dance Moves. You look at it now and all you see is somebody pointing their finger up and then bringing it down to the opposite side of the body but when John Travolta did it in that smoking white leisure suit, it was pure artistry.
- Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific. Actually it smelled a little too perfumy for me, but I still used it for the cute bottle with the colorful bubble letters. I was also a fan of Lemon Up shampoo and conditioner. The smell was more my style and great packaging. That was after I outgrew Breck and Prell.
How can you not smile at what we loved in the 1970s? So simple. No instructions needed.
Do you have some favorites not on my list?
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