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For me it was the love of my skateboard, Starsky and Hutch, and the music. I wasn't that much of a reader back then unless you count the teen magazines but I had a radio in my ear everywhere I went.
I almost feel sorry for the kids today. They don't know what they missed.
We were going to be married and our first child would be Rebecca Lynn Cassidy.
It was the tragedy of my life when his concert got cancelled. My 13th birthday was RUINED.
The Music? I still have all of my albums and a turntable. Haven't used it in over fifteen years. Guess it's just nostalgia. Stepson looks at me like I'm kinda cool/crazy. The Sex Pistols, Cheap Trick, The Clash, ZZ Top, Joe Jackson, Elvis Costello, Devo, etc...
It's weird describing life before the digital/information age.
#2 Morphy - It think that's amazing! We would have been related because I was supposed to marry David Cassidy. It really is a small world!
Note: Younger kids meaning 25-35 :\
Music - I was raised on Steely Dan, Yes, Pink Floyd, Earth Wind & Fire, Chicago (yes, I have 2 older brothers with differing tastes). I still have all my albums plus some from my oldest brother. My other brother recently got rid of all his albums. I was devastated! He had some serious classics in his collection. I wish he would have asked me first. Oh well! I don't have the room anyway.
My husband is a big fan of KISS. We were in Myrtle Beach a couple of weeks ago and we just HAD to go to the KISS Coffeehouse there. :)
I think our generation was definitely the TV generation...we all grew up watching it AND watching the same things; Brady Bunch and Partridge Family on Friday nights and Schoolhouse Rock in between episodes of Scooby Doo and Land of the Lost on Saturday mornings.
While subsequent generations certainly do watch TV, the advent of cable means that they are watching different things...one may be watching Discovery Channel while another watched Nickelodeon. In many ways they don't have the shared cultural experience that we had.
Us forty-somethings are like the second child, though, in some ways. Our big brothers and sisters known as the "Baby Boomers" (those of us born pre-1964 are technically included, but honestly, culturally. we're different) and our kids brothers and sisters (Gen X, and now Gen Y) seem to take all the attention.
How about "The game was tied at seven all, uhn-huh..."
I know, it is more for me than her.
Has anyone checked out The daring Book for Girls? Nostalgia there, definitely.
(What does it mean when touchstones turn red?)
Sleestak are scary.
Those sleestak were very scary!! But the girl was annoying.
*Singing...Marshall, Will, and Holly....*
to be listening to Music. You had the British
Invasion, Folk, R & B, the California Sound,
and so may other different sounds and
genres to chose from. However I also love
the 70s Music as well.
over the other as being my favorite
for Music it would have to be the
60s closely followed by the 70s in
2nd Place and then the 80s. After
the 80s Music as a whole started
going down hill very fast.
MDLady as the 70s being the
greatest decade in the history
of the world. For me that title
goes to the 60s.
on April 23rd I will hit the Big Five Oh!
I can remember seeing Acts like The
Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Doors
all Perform on The Ed Sullivan Show. I
also used to catch The Midnight Special
on Midnight Friday Nights sometimes.
When I was in Junior High School I
had to be in bed at 7:30 on School
Nights.But that doesn't mean I went
to sleep immediately just because I
had to be in bed by then. I can
also remember watching Dick Clark
on Saturday Afternoons and I also
liked to catch SOUL TRAIN every
once in awhile too. I can remember
listening to the Top 40 Tunes on my
AM Radio Station. I used to love to
watch THE MONKEES every Saturday
Afternoon. I am a huge fan of THE
In fact the only time my Parents
ever let me stay up past my bedtime
curfew was to watch something
Educational on TV from PBS like
NOVA, or Monday Night Football
Games if my Favorite Teams the
Miami Dolphins or Dallas Cowboys
happened to be playing in the
Many of my favorite Saturday morning cartoons/shows have been mentioned already (I'd completely forgotten about Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, so that one really made me laugh. Another Sid and Marty Krofft show I watched was Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, if anyone remembers that one). Besides the shows already mentioned, with Speed Racer probably being my favorite, I really loved Ultraman; funny how I never noticed that big zipper running down the back of his body when I was a kid:) I also never missed an episode of The Six-Million Dollar Man and I'm waiting, rather less than patiently, for someone to release it on DVD in the U.S.
But, for me, the 70's were about Baseball (specifically, the Oakland A's with Jim "Catfish" Hunter, Vida Blue, Rollie Fingers, Gene Tenace, Bert "Campy" Campaneris, Reggie Jackson, the Alou brothers, Sal Bando, Joe Rudi and many others), martial arts, both as a sport and on film/tv (Bruce Lee, Kwai Chang Caine and Chuck Norris) and comic books (back when nobody, and I mean nobody, had any idea what you were talking about if you mentioned The X-Men); ah, those were the days.
Remember: And, But and Or...They'll get you pretty far.
Free to You and Me
Ha! There it is. I may have to see if I can get a copy of that. Good memories.
I am sooo jealous! Van Halen wasn't Van halen without David. Have a great time!
Disco didn't suck nor did Rock. Can't we all just get along? :) Whenever I hear a classic Disco song, I just feel the urge to boogie! And when I hear a good classic rock song - I want to swing my hair back and forth - a la "Wayne's World" and Bohemian Rhapsody.
Lighten up! *as I John Travolta my way out of the room*
Well, Van Halen got postponed - what a bummah! I don't know the reasons (we're predicting it's because Eddie and DLR are fighting again *snort*) - rumors are that it was equipment problems. They're supposed to reschedule. Sigh!
S A T UR DAY NIGHT!!!
Did anyone ever watch The Kids from C.A.P.E.R.? It aired on NBC on Saturday mornings in 76-78 somewhere around noon, I think, Eastern time. Then there was American Bandstand when it was still going strong. If you stayed up late, there were always the Not Ready for Prime Time Players on SNL. Roseanne Roseannadanna was my favorite Gilda Radnor character. Other television highlights for me included Happy Days (Henry Winkler!), family ties (Michael J Fox!), Laverne & Shirley, 20/20, Barbara Walters being the first female national news co-anchor in '75.
So much to remember. Thank you, my fellow Baby-BUSTERS for sharing it! (Yes, I also agree that anyone born after 1959 isn't a baby-boomer - we're way too different)
Also, how will Boston sound without Brad Delp?
The Styx-Boston concert is my way in August...gonna try and get tickets to see them.
MDLady - I love Tommy Shaw too. I was just curious how they sounded though with the songs that were so obviously DeYoung singing - like Babe and Suite Madam Blue, etc. Did they get another singer that sounds like DeYoung? I know Journey managed to capture a couple of lead singers that sound a lot like Steve Perry so I still enjoy their concerts (they're coming around again I hear).
Styx, Journey and Foreigner - my favorite bands from the late 70's/early 80's.
Foreigner was supposed to have a concert where I work last year but it was rained out. :(
Let's not forget Kansas, another favorite of mine. Leftoverture was a classic.
And of course the motor city mad man Ted Nugent.
I'll let you know about the Boston Styx concert. They'll be here 6/24.
So, how many of us kept our comb - or better yet the fold over comb/brush combo - in our back pockets? Needed to keep that feathered hair looking fresh!
my first concert was Kate Bush in 1979... my first glimps of political awareness in 1973, when president Allende of Chili was murdered... And all those horrible years at school, with kids who did not like me.
Okay - confession time. I still have my copy of Kristy & Jimmy McNichols' album. blushes
Yes, I watched The Banana Splits. I can't remember much about them at the moment.
Okay, who else watched Don Kirshner's rock concert or Wolfman Jack on the Midnight Special?
Now that's a name to remember..Lance Kerwin. Sigh...
My friends used to think I was crazy but wow. They could keep Leif, Shaun and anyone else. I wanted Lance and Starsky!
Of course, Neil Sedaka was on & Barry Manilow another night - I had a good time as a night owl back when I was young!
Here's a link to the opening credits:
I just thought of something else from my childhood, but it is actually from the year 1969-1970. Does anyone else remember the tv show "My World And Welcome To It" with William Windom?
(I may have to go on Amazon and buy some Thurber.. I am feeling oh so nostalgic right now!)
Growing up in NYC as the daughter of a Dodgers fan, I was a die-hard Mets fan.
1973 meant "You gotta believe" and Tug McGraw (whom I can link to because he wrote a baseball cartoon and a memoir--and I just added a little Common Knowledge).
I had a beat-up old baseball glove with a loose rivet, and tore a gash in my thigh slapping the glove against it like Tug used to do when he left the mound.
My only other vivid memory of the '70s was of the 1977 blackout in New York City. I'd rather remember the '73 Mets.
Of course, Vida Blue turned down his request to change his name. I still have a Baseball Souvenir from the '73 Series that has 1973 World Series stamped on it. It's not autographed or anything like that it was just a Souvenir you could order at the time. I also collect World Series Game Programs and even have a couple of Programs from All-Stars Games too.
edit: I just remembered Elvis died in 1976. Very sad day!
#84 -- Sigmund was on the Sid & Mart Krofft Hour on Saturday mornings when Kaptain Kool and The Kongs were hosting. (See my earlier posts #67 & 70 as he was going to be my future husband.. lol)
Casey Kasem's American Top 40. I used to listen to him all the time on the radio.
While I never considered myself a social activist during the 70's, I do remember having an aversion to the song In the Summertime by Mungo Jerry.
I was, and still am very good at listening to words and retaining them..drives my partner nuts...
The words of Mungo Jerry upset me because they seemed to be so nasty to those who were economically disadvantaged:
"If her daddy's rich, take her out for a meal."
"If her daddy's poor, just do what you feel."
Thanks for responding to my post.
As far as things I miss how about shag carpet, and mood rings. Remember Casey Kasum and the top 40? how about Don Kirshners Rock Concert? What about Creature Feature on TV and the series Love American Style (ooh that was taboo in my house. Had to watch it sitting on my knees with my hand on the TV channel changer listening for my Mom's footsteps, and when I heard them "quick like a bunny" switch to something acceptable like Donny and Marie or Carol Burnett) Another thing I wasn't allowed to watch was the movie Helter Skelter. How about books we weren't allowed to read? Mine were Go Ask Alice and The Wanderers. Naturally they made the rounds in school hidden away in our lockers.
As far as the posters, although David, Shaun and Parker were dreamy, I planned to marry Donny Osmond with Bobby Sherman a close second LOL
Only my second was Shaun. Both of them have aged so well! Don't you agree?
Oh least we forget Earth Shoes, Fry Boots and Smith Overalls. GOOD GRIEF
I'd love to have an old denim pair of my Jack's.
"Daddy please don't....it wasn't his fault....he means so much to me...." (sob!)
"Goodbye my friend, it's time to go...." (sob!)
"And the operator said .30 cents more....for the next....(gasp)three....minutes...." (sob!)
We were so dramatic, weren't we? And what about "Ode to Billy Joe", and "The Legend of Billy Jack". Do you remember the Billy Jack song--One Tin Soldier? "Listen children to a story that was written long ago....". I had older sisters who were hippies and liked to sing, so I learned the lyrics to all of those political and social awareness songs, and was the only kid in Jr. high who knew "bottle o' wine, fruit o' the vine; when ya gonna let me get...sober?" and "Six Pence". My gosh, no wonder I was a social mess--it was my sisters' fault!
On a lighter note; I loved Land of the Lost, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, Speed Buggy, Scooby Doo, and Go-Go-Gophers, Rocky and Bullwinkle, and the show with the 'way-back machine'---I can't remember what that was...
Also loved SNL (my dad only put up with that for about 10 minutes each week, then we had to change the channel), The midnight Special, and Creature Feature. Also, The Incredible Mr. Limpett--wasn't that the show about the guy who turned into a fish??
My friend and I actually used to do our own version of the 'kick, drop, and roll' Starsky & Hutch entrance every time we went into the girls locker room together (she was Starsky, I was Hutch).
And I LOVED my earth shoes; they were so comfy---I kinda wish I still had them....unlike my wooden platform shoes (ouch...)
MDLady and ljreader, did you guys like Luke Skywalker, too? I saw Star Wars again and again just for Luke Skywalker.
Every time I watch that movie it takes me back. It was a real looker. Not too bad last time I saw him too.
Chewy hasn't aged a bit.
Every time I watch that movie it takes me back. He was a real looker. Not too bad last time I saw him too.
Chewy hasn't aged a bit.
At least two pairs of pants ended up being torn up and used as pull-toys for my dog.
My teen aged daughter likes aviator sunglasses. I keep telling her retro ain't cool. Do your own thing.
Remember The Love Boat and Fantasy Island? What about Eight is Enough?
#103 - Boy do I remember the early to mid eighties when the New Wave and Punk/Grunge were just starting to come about. Safety pins in your clothes anyone? Old army wear worn as clothing? Funny thing that - times have definitely changed, I was in a thrift store with my son and there was a great vintage army jacket that would fit him. When I asked if he wanted it, he told me that he would feel bad to wear army clothing when not a soldier. I remember when we did it as fashion.
Leg warmers? Flashdance? Footloose? Maybe we should start an eighties thread for those born in the late sixties and early seventies.