What were the 1970s like?

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    Sep 14, 2012 5:06 PM GMT
    I want some personal experiences here.
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    Sep 14, 2012 5:07 PM GMT
    Aress saidI want some personal experiences here.


    Lol, do you have several hours to spare? icon_lol.gif

    *poised to write walls of text* icon_wink.gif
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    Sep 14, 2012 5:14 PM GMT
    meninlove said
    Aress saidI want some personal experiences here.


    Lol, do you have several hours to spare? icon_lol.gif

    *poised to write walls of text* icon_wink.gif

    I have about 40 minutes.
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    Sep 14, 2012 5:16 PM GMT
    Itchy.
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    Sep 14, 2012 5:40 PM GMT
    I found That 70s Show to be pretty accurate!
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    Sep 14, 2012 6:57 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidItchy.

    Interesting. For me the mid 60's were particularly itchy (and smelled like wet sheep in the rain). I felt definite progress in the 70's due to scientific advances.
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    Sep 14, 2012 7:03 PM GMT
    Hairy crotches
    Bad Smog
    Low Crime in LA. Majority Caucasians 70%?.
    Depressing Gay Scene
    Great Disco Dancing
    Better Music Overall
    Lots of Drugs, Cocaine, Pot
    Low Wages. Cheap Prices.
    Having to Hide Liking Guys
  • NJVetteGuy77

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    Sep 14, 2012 7:52 PM GMT
    Only around for the first two and a half years of that decade so for me it was wet diapers and Weebles...

    Fortunately, I wasn't around to see the Watergate "scandal" and Nixon's resignation. icon_sad.gif
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    Sep 14, 2012 8:02 PM GMT
    Francisco Franco finally died.
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    Sep 14, 2012 8:09 PM GMT
    Awesome and varied music. Best music EVER made.

    Dangling phone cords, Roots, Jaws, Maude, Mary Tyler Moore, All in the Family, Rhoda, bell-bottomed jeans, camping and actually talking face to face with people.
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    Sep 14, 2012 8:28 PM GMT
    For me, closeted. But it had its good points.

    There was some great music and TV (even though we only had a handful of channels). We never would have imagined that the stuff we watched and listened to would still be around 40 years later.

    Sticking with the media theme, here's some obvious stuff...

    If you wanted to watch a TV show, you had to make plans to be in front of the TV when it aired. VCRs didn't arrive on the scene until the second half of the decade, and even then, fairly few people had them.

    If you wanted to be the first kid on your block to get the new Pink Floyd album, you lined up in front of your local record store on release day with your like-minded friends. Then you brought it home, carefully cut the shrink wrap, put it on your turntable, and then sat on your bed reading the cover while you listened.

    At least where I lived, middle-class kids did not drive brand new (or late model) cars that were as nice as their parents'. They drove "teenager" cars -- 10-15 year old used ones. We didn't seem to mind this. Just having a car was such a cool and liberating experience.

    We took typing class. On a typewriter.

    There were far fewer distractions.

    I could go on and on... icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 14, 2012 8:33 PM GMT
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  • chi_rock

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    Sep 14, 2012 8:40 PM GMT
    Hot, sweaty disco nights.
  • wellwell

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    Sep 14, 2012 8:41 PM GMT
    Gave-up on rock music by mid '74 (too screechy- "cocaine-audiomixes" -all 3.5k cycles n not much more; including, talent) Robin Trower's 1st album sucked *ss!

    Made most horrible political mistake of my life (voted 4 communist-traitor J.Carter; 1st presidential vote ever in '76. Only recently, realized that Ford & N. Rockefeller, his VP, were also traitors / RINO's...
    "Republican-In-Name-Only" )

    Rock music kicked-a** up to '71

    Open warfare w/ exceedingly catholic parents -throughout-

    Re-discovered classical music & big-band '75

    got my very 1st BJ in '74 (none better, tho- brief; ...lot's of DT'ing)

    1970's fraught w/ 1960's rebellions, leftovers . . .(Symbionese Liberation Army, etc.)

    Stopped 420 in mid '74; and consequently, lost all my friends ... who thought I'd lost my mind (resumed in Y2K; no regrets)

    Blatantly Communist-sympathetic News Mediums Reporters/Writers popularized rudeness; especially, NPR / PBS (...interrupting speakers & giving full-credence to unqualified spokesmen; "polite-society" was vanishing rapidly in the 70's) A HORRIBLE DEVOLUTION OF CONSCIOUSNESS AND CONSIDERATION ENSUED; IT WAS THE "TRUE" "ME - GENERATION" ...NOT THE 80'S

    (Never liked bars; still don't) Never did the Disco-thing b'cuz too busy w/ school & paying for it; also, I'd been into an international folk-dance troop, as a child, that included ballroom-dance (and "Lindy" which is all that Disco was...)


    Only really superb thing happening to me in 70's
    was admission to:
    "The Ancient & Noble Hermetic Brotherhood of Light"

    Light.org



    Essentially, I did not like the 70's; email me, if you would like to know more . . .

    Best Wishes,
    Well
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    Sep 14, 2012 8:50 PM GMT
    Re: itchy......lol....Chessking...icon_smile.gif

    anyhow, pretty damn close...

  • DanOmatic

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    Sep 14, 2012 8:52 PM GMT
    They were a lot less materialistic, that's true. Most middle class kids wore hand-me-downs, and though things were commercialized, it seemed to me that most people were more careful about their money. We lived in smaller square-footage, and most people drove sedans or station wagons instead of SUVs or trucks.

    Things were also more carefree and there wasn't the constant barrage of information. After school, I rode bikes with my friends, there was time for fun (a lot less structured than kids today), and though I was pretty worldly when it came to news, it seemed more than adequate to watch Walter Cronkite give the news report for 30 minutes at 6:30 and read a newspaper and formulate one's own opinion about events, rather than have the talking heads of today vie to formulate your opinion for you.
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    Sep 14, 2012 8:58 PM GMT
    From the reports I've read, drug use and STDs reached a peak in that decade. No generation has surpassed them since. Must have been fun...
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    Sep 14, 2012 9:02 PM GMT
    DanOmatic said the talking heads of today vie to formulate your opinion for you.



    PRECISELY
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    Sep 14, 2012 9:04 PM GMT
    Aress saidI want some personal experiences here.


    It was terrible. Bell bottoms, bad hair, big collar shirts, sketchy facial hair, disco, prog rock, Richard Nixon. Yikes!
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    Sep 14, 2012 9:20 PM GMT
    redsoxfan791 saidIt was terrible. Bell bottoms, bad hair, big collar shirts, sketchy facial hair, disco, prog rock, Richard Nixon. Yikes!

    Dude, you were born in '79! icon_lol.gif But yes, all of those things are true.

    Oh, and "Saturday Night Live" was cutting edge TV.
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    Sep 14, 2012 9:39 PM GMT
    From 1970 to 1979 I was 21-30. A few things I remember:

    - double-knit polyester
    - garish neckties as wide as ironing boards
    - jacket lapels and shirt collars that touched the shoulders, and bell bottoms
    - men wearing half a dozen gold necklaces
    - leisure suits
    - men with way too much hair, including Afros, and sideburns down to the chin
    - my Harley-Davidson, Suzuki, BMW, Honda motorcycles
    - being told not to wear my Army uniform off-post, to avoid getting spit on
    - The Muppet Show
    - being stunned by the first Star Wars movie
    - my first front-wheel drive car, with fuel injection
    - visiting the new Disney World in Florida
    - hippies already looking burnt-out and lost (or more than they always had)
    - mustaches that drooped down to the jawline
    - American cars with reduced horsepower, terrible gas mileage, and crappy quality
    - long lines at the gas pumps
    - high inflation
    - Jonestown mass suicide (drink the Kool-Aide)
    - Iranian hostage crisis
    - US boycott of the Olympics
  • cageym

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    Sep 14, 2012 9:40 PM GMT
    Back when SNL was actually funny!
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    Sep 14, 2012 9:56 PM GMT
    The 1970s.
    In 1971 I grew my hair long to blend in with the trend of the day. Along with young men shedding their neckties and displaying a medallion within the open collar of their shirts.

    The advance of the portable cassette player, which complemented the bulky gramophone, or vinyl record player while at the same time making the open reel tape recorder obsolete. Top of the Pops was at its peak, televising a selection of the current Top 20 charts, always ending with the #1 song played. Not forgetting Elvis, who dominated the charts back then. He died in August 1977, the day I arrived in Chicago as a backpacker.

    There were also plenty of factories producing consumable goods just down the road from where I lived, where a large percentage of school-leavers without academic qualifications went to begin their apprenticeship and to learn a useful trade. University really was for the small minority who excelled at the grammar school, after passing the 11+ exams at the end of their primary school term.

    And lest I forget: Walk through any side street and there were always children outdoors involved in some form of game or pastime, such as football (soccer) and even cricket. And every child walked or cycled to school. To be driven in Mum's car, as is the case today, was considered the ultimate of cissies.

    And political correctness? Or Health and safety? What the hell are those???
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    Sep 14, 2012 9:57 PM GMT
    TellMeMoar saiddiscoball.jpg


    I still have mine (actually it was mom's). Even found the motor and it works. Also have the spotlight but want to find a more efficient one. This one puts out too much heat. Installing it in a corner of the living room.

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    Sep 14, 2012 10:17 PM GMT
    There's this documentary: