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Thursday, June 08, 2006

Misc. 1970's Remembrances

New Hampshire Circa 1973
These are a few things I remember from the 70's:

I thought that if I could sneak on the set of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood and climb through the trolley hole I'd end up in the Neighborhood of Make-believe (I was so delusional).
I was jealous of Chastity Bono because I thought she had the coolest parents. I mean, my parents were great too, but her parents had their own TV show.....
I wanted to be a member of the Brady family, and was really disappointed that they brought on Robbie Rist at the final season without asking me first.
The Ice Cream Man.
Lite Brite. I loved playing with this thing in the dark.
The Watergate fiasco really bugged me because 'breaking news' footage kept interrupting my Saturday morning cartoons.
The "You deserve a break today at McDonald's" commercials. McDonald's used to issue iron-on decals for Tee shirts. Circa 1974 McDonald's issued wall calendars (they're impossible to find even on Ebay). McDonald's was maybe a 'once every 2 weeks experience', not an everyday thing. Plus there was no drive through, or breakfast. My standard order back then was a hamburger, fries, and a coke.
The gas lines of '73.
Mom's car was a 'Hornet'. The logo on the steering wheel was so cool.
Zar-ex drink syrup. Don't remember if you mixed it with water or milk, and don't remember what flavor it was, but it had a cool logo of a zebra on the front.
Fruit-Stripes (Some sort of a fruit gum that had a zebra with different colored stripes as a logo).
'Chains' that kids used to make using the old style of pop-top tabs on soda cans, etc. My cousin Karen had one that was 20 feet long.
Cartoons: Dr. Doolittle, Kid Power, Barbapapa, Liddsville, The Bugaloos, The Bugs Bunny Road Runner Show, Pebbles and Bamm Bamm (not the Flintstones, but their own cartoon), The Brady Kids.
Bic Banana pens, "Time for Timer" educational cartoons, Avacado-colored appliances, 'Marathon' candy bars.
Bean-bag chairs.
Sandy Duncan walking through a wheat field with a box of 'Wheat Thins'. She always held one up to her mouth but I don't think she ever ate one on the commercial (she was such a tease).
The "It's not NICE to fool Mother Nature!" commercials.
There were no tv shows after midnight. They would play the national anthem then they would cut off. They would resume broadcasting at 6 a.m. Also tv's had dials, not push-buttons.
Telephones had dials with holes over the numbers, and not push-buttons. Today if you use the term 'rotary phone' to someone who is under the age of 25, they will look at you strangely because they don't know what that means (you have to tell them "you know, rotary phone, like the kind the Brady Bunch had", then they'll understand).
The song "Sing" by the Carpenters came out when I was in first grade.
Carly Simon's "Anticipation" was used for a ketchup commercial.
Hawaiian Punch inflatable rafts, and Budweiser label beach towels.
Farrah Fawcett posters.
Make-out vans.
Farrah Fawcett posters inside make-out vans.
Tiny televisions were introduced with 6-inch screens. My aunt Nancy had one, and when we visited her in her rv at the campsite she rented, we watched 'Maude'.
The other parents in my neighborhood didn't let their kids watch Mr. Rogers Neighborhood because they thought he would make their kids gay (I'm not making that up. Mom told me). I guess they didn't know he was AN ORDAINED PRESBYTERIAN MINISTER...
Infinity lights. I can't explain them, so if you've never seen one you'll never know what they looked like.
The Elect Trix Rabbit for president "campaign" in 1976 (the year of the Carter/Ford election). In your Trix box there would be a free "Elect Trix the Rabbit" bumper sticker. I've been trying to no avail to find an image of one of these, but when I do I'll definitely post it.