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    The '70s

    What do you remember about the '70s? I don't remember much because I was born in 1971, and I was busy being a kid. I don't remember the Vietnam War ending or the Nixon scandal. I don't think we had a TV set at the time. If we did, I don't remember watching it.

    I remember President Carter asking us to conserve energy. Why? I wasn't sure, but it sounded like a good idea.

    I remember thinking that cars were really, really big.

    I remember thinking that it would be pretty cool to watch skyrockets in flight in the afternoon, but I wasn't sure how you could see fireworks in the afternoon with the sun.

    I was fond of my Big Wheel. No that's not a euphamism.

    I remember the SuperFriends, Scooby Doo, School House Rock, and various other Saturday Morning and after-school cartoons.

    The first movie I ever went to see was "Pete's Dragon". Followed soon after by "The Cat from Outer Space" and "Star Wars".

    I was thinking last night that it all seems a long time ago. So what do you remember?

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    I was born in '85, but I friggn loved Pete's Dragon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cromulent
    I was thinking last night that it all seems a long time ago. So what do you remember?
    Only what I saw on Dazed and Confused. I base my entire knowledge of the 70's off that movie.
    Momentum is my only friend.

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    High school.

    My first car - '74 Pinto (shut up )

    Disco

    Moving to the Azores, visiting Europe, moving home

    Half of college.

    Hunting and shooting with my friends Mike and Danny.

    Big camping trip in the rain.

    Snowmobiling.

    Thanksgiving at Fish Lake a couple years.

    Going to Greco-Donair in Grand Falls New Brunswick.

    Body surfing in February

    4 feet of snow in February

    Hitting a snowback...thought I killed everyone (we were all fine, just buried the car).

    Wrist rockets

    Fishing

    First love
    Why isn't 11 pronounced onety one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travelin' Jack
    Only what I saw on Dazed and Confused. I base my entire knowledge of the 70's off that movie.
    My commupance was the 70's !! I loved it ! It was a strange time. Very, very different than now but I really think much better. The music, cars, Vans and bicycles especially....peoples attitudes...we were a much better nation.
    In the area I grew up, a suburb right outside of Philly, PA my Friday or Saturday nite fun and hilarity was exactly as shown in Dazed and Confused. I was blown away when I saw it because it was like someone had a video on me and my dopey friends. D & C is the single best representation of the 70's I have ever seen.

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    Having hippies in the park braid flowers into my hair.

    The gas crisis.

    Wonderama, the Big Blue Marble, the Magic Garden and Sesame Street.

    SNL, Saturday Night Fever, Star Wars and Rappers Delight.

    And last night's episode of Family Guy featured the theme song from "The Electric Company". I found myself singing along.
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    Those were the days. About all I did was go to school, run, play chess, ride my bike, and in the summer, play golf at the county courses for 50 cents per round just about every weekday in the summer.

    I remember the ill fated year when I got my arm twisted to try swimming. Nixon had us on year-round daylight savings time. Every day, I would walk to school in the dark, and then walk home in the dark after practice. I don't think I saw the light of day one single time on a weekday that whole winter.

    I also remember wage and price control, Watergate, Gerald Ford stumbling and bumping his head with regularity, the best years of Saturday Night Live, lots of music (who would actually buy a Jackson Brown album anyway?), the first Earth Day, and doing lots of dumb things without ever getting caught, injured, or in trouble. Cars polluted a lot, Ford started their long steady decline, Honda, Datsun, Toyota and Mazda were all new. Volkswagon Beetles were everywhere. The '72 Olympics marked the end of a brief window of optimism that the world could be a safe place. WalMarts weren't everywhere, and people actually shopped at Sears and J.C. Penny. The Baltimore Orioles were a perenial contender, and I paid attention to baseball. NBA Basketball wasn't all about big thugs leaning on other players down low.

    I remember too much. Better stop for air.
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    The jump suit my Grandmother made me. It was dark blue with red bicycles all over it.
    The orange shirt with my name in black iron on letters.
    My Schwinn Scrambler. Canti frame, banana seat, but with knobby tires.
    To add to the OP's cartoon list... The Groovie Ghoulies.
    My Saturday morning ritual was cartoons, followed by Kung Fu, then it was Horror movies (loved the Godzilla movies), then it was the three Stooges.
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    I was born in 1990. I didnt even get to see the lat 80's.=p

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    The 4 months I lived in the 70s must have been pretty dull....I don't remember a fracking thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpiderMike
    followed by Kung Fu, then it was Horror movies (loved the Godzilla movies),
    THE GREATEST foriegn films of all time !!!
    Japanese monsters and Shaw Brothers Kung-Fu !!!

    Speiberg, et al have nothing on the guys who could make King Ghidora fly
    and be barely able to see the fishing line !!

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    The 70's were fun,

    I lived in Arizona and Colorado

    Joined my first racing team

    bought one of the first mountain bikes in town (Colorado Springs)
    Those voices in your head aren't real, but they have some great ideas

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    The music.
    Riding, training, racing.
    Vacations in a camper roaming Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado.
    Trying to make my car faster than all the other guys in school.
    My first job. At a swanky resturant with a great bar........where I discovered alcohol........at 15.
    Meeting my 1st wife and getting married. How could I have known?

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    I was born in '79. I don't remember a friggin' thing. My mom said I was the baby from hell though.

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    I got stoned and I missed it.

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    I first went skiing when I was 5 back in 1979. That was the greatest thing to happen in the 70's.

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    The music.

    I was born in 75, but feel the 70's would have suited me well. Being a banger at heart

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    Everything USAZorro remembers here before he stopped for air and:

    big, bold geometric patterns in clothing and interior decorating;

    garish colors--probably a counter-reaction to too much "tasteful" beige--bright oranges, lime green, electric blue. When you combine that with the big, bold geometrics, well, it does make quite an impression;

    stewardesses (that's what flight attendants used to be called and they were always women) in hotpants;

    seemingly endless debate over the shape of the goddam table for negotiations to end our last big, stupid war;

    it was the decade of gay liberation, that began when patrons of the Stonewall bar resisted another routine raid by the NYPD in 1969; it's sometimes called a "riot" but it was actually a rebellion against injustice;

    Patty Hearst;

    the bank robbery and hostage-taking in Stockholm, from which the Stockholm Syndrome derives its name.
    Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.

    -Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BroMax
    it's sometimes called a "riot" but it was actually a rebellion against injustice;
    thank you

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    Last edited by georgiaboy; 03-16-07 at 01:11 PM.
    Would you like a dream with that?

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    I remember going to the gas station with my mom and then finding out that because of her plate numbers she'd have to come back another day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by georgiaboy
    Ed "Big Daddy" Roth and the Rat Fink was Sixties man.

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    1. 5mph bumpers
    2. Jimmy Carter and his stupid sweater.
    3. pubic hair
    4. streaking
    5. Hank Aaron legitimately breaking a home run record.
    6. getting my driver's license.
    7. Winning second in the state wrestling tournament.
    8. non-stop sex Spring quarter 1975 at UGA
    9. no sex Summer quarter 1975 at UGA
    10. getting married for the first time.

    I could go on, but there will be other threads...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stacey
    Ed "Big Daddy" Roth and the Rat Fink was Sixties man.
    Yeah, but I remember it in the '70s.
    Would you like a dream with that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheKillerPenguin
    I was born in '85, but I friggn loved Pete's Dragon.
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