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What jumps to mind when you think 1970s? Outstanding events that hits you right away...
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- Bee Gees and the disco fever
- Studio 54
- Cheech and Chong
- Saturday Night Fever
- the word "boogie"
- Warhol's Jet Set
- Mick and Bianca Jagger
- tin lunch boxes
- Mork and Mindy
- the premiere of the movie "Grease"
- Welcome back, Kotter
- Jimmy Carter
- Sesame Street original theme
- bell bottoms
- thick-sole shoes
- drugs- lots of it- among the community
- Donna Summer's "I feel love"
- Good Times, the show
Jimmy Carter, earthtones, mood rings, communist threats, Watergate, boxy sports cars (like the Dodge Charger), and the Vietnam War all stand out in my mind as icons of the 1970s. Hippy fashions were dying out, but drugs (very common in the sixties) still dominated the teen landscape.
Bad hairstyles were also a product of the 1970s. It was popular for men to be shaggy (and hairy), and to wear clothing that reflected the disco era -- silk shirts, shiny pants, large medallions (not unlike the "bling" of today), and slick-soled shoes were all common in this era. These are just a few of the trademarks of the 1970s, an ugly period in American history.
Posted by engtchr5 on March 16, 2009 at 10:31 AM (Answer #2)
Middle School Teacher
Ahhh the 70's. Great music, terrible fashion, Woodstock, Blacxploitation films and President Nixon's infamous Watergate scandal. When I think of this decade, one of the first things that come to mind is the music of that era. In addition to rock and roll, Funk and Disco Music reigned supreme. Many of today's musicians have sampled music the artists of that time.
Posted by dswain001 on March 16, 2009 at 10:31 AM (Answer #3)
Posted by herappleness on March 16, 2009 at 10:31 AM (Answer #4)
Disco music (unfortunately) does spring to mind, as well as the pretty awful disco fashions. But punk/new wave was going on, with Television, the Sex Pistols, Blondie, Siouxee and the Banshees and Patty Smith just the tip of the inceberg. In the early '70s Johnny Cash was at the height of his popularity, and so were Crosby, Still, Nash and Young. Pink Floyd, Yes and all that art-rock stuff was going strong. In addition to "leisure suits" and stacked heels a lot of people still looked like hippies, and the punk fashion (torn clothes, short hair and safety pins) was big. Drugs were far more prolific than in the '60s, but unfortunately the emphasis wasn't on "mind expansion" but cocaine, barbituates and heroin. Politics were weird- in the early part of the decade the anti-war movement and the Weather People were still going strong (like the Weather Women march in Chicago where the women's group beat up the riot police). Things looked up a little after the end of the war, but the economy continued the downward trend the war began on into the '80s.
Posted by marilynn07 on March 16, 2009 at 10:49 AM (Answer #5)
Nixon. Vietnam winding down. Polyester and other REALLY bad fashions. Saturday Night Live. Steve Martin. Kent State. Spiro Agnew. "Opening" of China and ping-pong diplomacy. Massacre at the Olympics. Last of the moon trips. Godfather movies. Olga Korgut. Allman Brothers and Charlie Daniels. Farrah Fawcett hair.
Posted by lynn30k on March 16, 2009 at 12:13 PM (Answer #6)
To add to the previous post, I would like to remember the beginnings of the environmental movement. The green and white ecology flag, Earth Day (1969 was the first one). Alternative energy was supported by then president Jimmy Carter.
Hippies, intentional communities, The Farm in Summertown, TN, Voluntary Simplicity, vegetarianism, and feminism were all lumped together in this soup of rebirth and rebellion to the status quo. Young people had ideas, and they were coming of age.
POW and MIA bracelets were popular with high school students.
Posted by marilynn07 on March 17, 2009 at 6:24 AM (Answer #7)
This is an interesting question. I was surprised by what came immediately to my mind: watching disco dancing for the first time on Tom Snyder's late-night show and being very alarmed about Archibald Cox and the Saturday Night Massacre. I can't imagine what those two events could have in common (!), but they both stand out vividly in my memory of the 70's.
Posted by mshurn on March 17, 2009 at 11:20 PM (Answer #8)
High School Teacher
What jumps into my mind? High school. I graduated high school in 1978. Bell bottoms, polyester plaid pantsuits, leisure suits, afros in white people, great music, civil rights, women's rights, and cynicism toward politics characterize the era.
Posted by linda-allen on March 18, 2009 at 6:00 AM (Answer #9)
High School Teacher
In New York we had odd-even gas days. The last number of your licence plate determined what days you were able to buy gas when the O.P.E.C. nations limited the supply of petroleum. This absolutely brought out the worst in people. It was not uncommon for me to see green garden hoses hanging out of the gas tanks as I walked to the bus stop for school. During the night people actually siphoned gas from cars, all I had to do was look at the last number on the plate, it always matched the odd or even day from the day before.
I graduated high school in 1977, lived in Staten Island and remember the great black out in N.Y.C. 7-13-1977...it was my 18th birthday....I also remember the Son of Sam he terrorized the city, and during the blackout the terror was worse. Although I was not into disco music, living in N.Y.C. one could not escape the popularity of 'Saturday Night Fever'...for me the scene on the Verrazano Bridge will never be forgotten....totally scary....I cross that bridge several times a week and that scene always crosses my mind.
Those were the first thoughts to JUMP into my mind after I read the topic. One more thing....GREAT IDEA FOR A TOPIC DISCUSSION !!!
Posted by dbello on March 18, 2009 at 9:31 PM (Answer #10)
High School Teacher
High School Teacher
What a fun free-write! Hmmmm, . . . Saturday Night Fever, Jimmy Carter, my birth (1973), bell-bottoms, disco, Grease, Star Wars, Roe vs. Wade, roller skating, and Jenny from Forest Gump snorting cocaine and balancing on the balcony ledge. How deep is your love?!? ; )
Posted by ms-charleston-yawp on March 25, 2009 at 7:17 PM (Answer #12)
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