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Growing Up 70s

Updated on August 21, 2014

Life in the 1970s

Each decade has it's contribution to history and a wealth of memories for those living at the time. Some have said that the 70s were a decade when nothing happened but in retrospect we know it's not true.

Growing up 70s was different from growing up in another generation. The news, the music, the movies, the fashion, the fad's and everything about this decade were unique and distinct. Read on to reminisce about life in the 1970s and to add your own ideas!

1970s News

Growing Up 70's Meant War, Scandal, and Oil Embargos

In the early 1970s, the US was still involved in Vietnam. Troops were sent into Cambodia to attack military bases and Ho Chi Minh was bombed. Footage of the bloodshed was aired routinely on the evening news. Anti-war riots continued on college campuses and four students were shot dead at Kent State University. US involvement in the war ended in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos in 1973 as Henry Kissinger worked with North Vietnamese negotiators.

In the US, Richard Nixon was President as the decade began but by 1974 he resigned in the midst of the Watergate scandal in which he was potentially facing impeachment for his role in the break-in and cover up. For the first time in history, the new president, Gerald Ford was not elected, as he had been appointed Vice President when Spiro Agnew left that office under fire for tax evasion.

The 1972 Olympics held in Munich, Germany were marred when terrorists took Israeli athletes hostage. Two were killed immediately and the other nine died during a failed rescue attempt.

An Arab oil embargo caused lifestyle changes in 1973 and beyond; from rationing of fuel to further limiting speeds on highways.

In 1976, the US celebrated it's bicentennial year.

Jimmy Carter was elected to the US presidency in 1976. The Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran and with worsening relations with the US, some Iranian students took 63 Americans hostage until their release in 1981. The fear of another war was very real for those of us just "coming of age".

By 1978 the Revered Jim Jones had established the People's Temple of the Disciples of Christ and in a commune in Jonestown, Guyana he led nearly 900 of his followers in a mass suicide via consumption of a cyanide and Kool-Aid drink.

Space exploration continued to advance. In 1976 "Viking" was the first spacecraft to land on mars. It provided over 52,000 photographs of that planet. The Space Shuttle, a next generation spacecraft, was introduced in 1977 as it made it's initial test flights.

In 1978, Louise Brown became the first "Test Tube Baby" as Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards implanted a previously fertilized egg into the uterus of her mother.

With facilitation by Jimmy Carter, Egypt's Anwar Sadat and Israel's Menachem Begin worked through the Camp David accord to improve official relations between their countries.

Famine was rampant in Ethiopia throughout the 70's and hit Bangladesh as well.

Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania saw a nuclear accident in 1979 but large scale radiation leakage was averted.

Watergate

On the Brink: A few things that weren't quite yet news in the 1970s

Growing Up 70s Meant No PC at Home

AIDS had not yet been identified although health organizations and physicians were surely seeing the first cases.

Personal Computers were just entering the market in the latter half of the 1970s but Microsoft hadn't yet developed MS DOS and Bill Gates was a young pup just starting his business. The internet wasn't around.

The first Space Shuttle had yet to make it's maiden voyage.

The 1970s News Headlines

If you're interested in a retrospective or a look at the news of the day, these books cover the 1970's well.

1970s TV Shows

Growing Up 70s Meant Sitcoms, Detectives and Cops on TV

Although the hit series MASH was set during the Korean War, it is generally considered to be a statement regarding the US involvement in Vietnam. It was based on a popular movie, ran for an impressive 11 years, and continues to this day in reruns.

All in the Family was another popular series and focused on social issues including race and other more controversial topics of the time.

Happy Days was a more lighthearted offering. Set in the 1950s, it's wholesome image was part of it's appeal. "Fonzi", the cool high school dropout (Thumbs up "aaayy!) made a star of Henry Winkler at the time. Other popular shows also looked back on "simpler" times such as Little House on the Prairie and The Waltons which was set during the depression.

A staple of youngsters in the early 70's was The Brady Bunch with a blended family including 3 girls and 3 boys; all with short skirts, long hair, and squeaky clean lives.

African Americans made significant in roads in broadcast television during the 1970s. Good Times with Jimmy JJ Walker, Sandford & Son, and The Jeffersons who were "movin' on up" were examples of popular shows which featured black families.

Kermit the Frog burst on to the scene with The Muppets and John Travolta gained fame as Vinnie Barbarino on Welcome Back Kotter.

Cops and private eyes began to fill up the TV schedule too. Shows like Adam 12, Kojak, Hawaii Five-O, and the Rockford Files were successful. Even westerns, like Alias Smith and Jones were about crime fighting, in this case two outlaws who decide to fight on the right side of the law.

Escapism could also be found however in super heroes. Shows such as Wonder Woman, The Bionic Woman, and the Six Million Dollar Man were examples.

Another significant offering from the 1970s was the introduction of Saturday Night Live which introduced great comedians as well as a play-doh character named "Mr. Bill".

Other 1970s TV Shows

1970s Fashion

Growing Up 70's Meant Going from Hip Huggers to Polyester

1970s fashion was somewhat diverse. In the early 70's hip hugger pants, midriff tops, wide belts, smock tops, and bell bottom/elephant pants were popular items. White belts and white shoes weren't uncommon, and hot pants, body suits and halter tops were coming along.

In the early part of the 1970s POW/MIA bracelets graced the wrists of many young girls as they bore the names of soldiers missing in the war.

Skorts (and coulottes) offered an alternative to shorts and skirts. Girls started wearing pantsuits, A-line skirts, goucho pants, peasant blouses and granny boots. Guys on the other hand often got by with a muscle shirt, rock band or tie-dyed T-shirt. Of course, if they were really stylin' plaid pants, similar to what girls had, fit the bill. Paisley shirts were another trend. Adult men went the way of leisure suits while women went for bow blouses and wrap skirts.

Some of the late 60's hippie influence was still evident in fringed suede jackets, crocheted vests, ponchos, army jackets, and earth shoes. Cut off denim shorts were cool and tube socks were common with Adidas and Nike shoes entering the picture. And who could forget Mood Rings?

Time wore on and clogs, Dr. Scholl sandals, moon boots, and then platform shoes all decked our feet while maxi coats and wind breakers were common sights. Painter pants emerged and stuck around for quite awhile.

The Disco era and Punk music brought in glam, with a special focus on all things polyester, satin and sequins. Jeans had to be designer and eye glasses large.

1970s Music

Growing Up 70s Meant Moving on From the Beatles to Disco

Rock, Disco and Punk were all big in the 1970s. The early part of the decade saw the loss of a few big names in Rock music. Both Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix died of an overdose in 1970. In addition, the Beatles broke up and went out on their own.

Three Dog Night, Simon & Garfunkel, the Rolling Stones, and the Guess Who were still around. Carole King had one of the biggest "albums" of all time, entitled "Tapestry".

With the Beatles phased, out Elton John stepped in and bands like Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles rose. Individual stars like Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Jim Croce, Bruce Springsteen, Olivia Newton-John, Carly Simon, Robert Palmer, and Barry Manilow were "on the charts". ABBA entered the picture in 1972 and had a world wide audience.

Helen Reddy's hit "I am Woman" became an anthem for feminists as women continued their struggle for equality and just as young girls were gaining in school atheltic programs.

Heavier "rock" included names like KISS, Led Zepplin, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Kansas, the Doobie Brothers, and Foreigner.

Southern Rock became popular too with Charlie Daniels, the Marshall Tucker Band, Lynard Skynard, and others. Texas had it's own coming with ZZTop, Edgar Winter, Waylon, Willie and others.

The Bee Gees, Donna Summer, and K.C. and the Sunshine Band welcomed in Disco late in the decade. Earth,Wind,&Fire, Kool & The Gang, The O'Jays, The Average White Band, the Ohio Players and the Commodores provided a wonderful blend of soul and R&B known as Funk which was also great for dancing.

Near the end of the decade the Sex Pistols, The Clash, the Ramones, and the likes of David Bowie rolled out Punk to the mass audience.

1970s Music Videos

1970s Music to Buy

1970s Hairstyles

Growing Up 70s Meant Afro's, Layered Hair and Shags

From my recollection, a girl or young woman's hair style started the decade as long and straight, no bangs, and often parted in the middle. Later, "shags" came along, shorter and layered, and were sported by stars like Rod Stewart. Yes, and by the end of the 70s, hair had completed it's transition to the other extreme; either short and spiked up for a punk look or feathered, layered, frosted, and probably permed to look like Farah Fawcett's mane on Charlie's Angels. It was the precursor for the big hair of the 80's decade which spelled big success for hot rollers and curling irons. On the other hand, Olympic Ice Skater Dorothy Hamil's short wedge cut was often seen as well.

Guys had longer hair too, and side burns often. "The Dry Look" came along and blow dryers became popular. Guys even started using hair spray. Afros were sported by millions as well but the Jheri Curl became more popular by the end of the decade.

1970s Movies

Growing Up 70s Meant Clint Eastwood, Star Wars, and Saturday Night Fever

Actors like Clint Eastwood, Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, George C. Scott, Gene Hackman, Jack Nicholson, and Barbara Streisand were big names in the 70's. Ali MacGraw, Sylvester Stallone, Linda Blair, Cissy Spacek, Richard Dreyfus, Diane Keaton, Dustin Hoffman, Harrison Ford, Meryl Streep, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Reeve, and John Travolta were newer on the scene.

The decaded started out with some controversial films like MASH (anti-war) and A Clockwork Orange (predictions of a violent future) but also offered lighter themes like Little Big Man and a soon to be classic, Love Story. The Godfather, Jesus Christ Superstar, Deliverance, American Graffiti and The Way We Were were other big films.

Disaster films came on strong too. The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno were hits and even Airport, a spoof on disasters did well at the box office. Clint Eastwood westerns like Dirty Harry and High Plains Drifter were popular. Horror films like The Exorcist, Carrie, and the Omen were a draw for crowds as well.

The mid 70's brought us the Rocky Horror Picture Show, Jaws, Rocky, and the mega hit Star Wars. Saturday Night Fever was of course a symbol of the disco era. Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind, Annie Hall, and A Star is Born were other big hits.

At the close of the decade Superman, Grease, and the first Star Trek movie made it to the screen. Films such as Kramer vs Kramer, Apocalypse Now, Alien, Animal House, and Halloween were other favorites.

1970s Movie Videos

1970s Movies to Buy

1970s Fad's and Fun

Growing Up 70s Meant Streaking, Pet Rocks, and Atari Video Games

There were a few fads in the 1970s. Streaking was probably one of the more memorable. So popular was removing all of your clothes in a public place and running to avoid capture, that songs were written in it's honor.

Truckers enjoyed the spotlight too. Songs about their lifestyle burst onto the scenes, CB radios became popular accessories in cars, and phrases like "Keep on Trucking" and "That's a 10-4 Good Buddy" were heard routinely.

Pet Rocks, lava lamps, and waterbeds were popular while strobe lights and black lights were often found in a teenager's room.

Interior decorating often still included colors such as avocado and gold. Even appliances. Shag rugs graced many floors. Furniture upholstered with crushed velvet and mirrored walls were also common in some circles.

Kids had a Spirograph to draw colorful designs, Legos to build almost anything, and other favorites like an Etch-A-Sketch or a Lite Brite set. Weebles, Easy-Bake Ovens, Creeple People, Nerf Balls, Hot Wheels (which entered the scene in the 60's), and Slime were among other popular choices. Twister, Aggravation, Battleship, and Yahtzee were around in addition to the more traditional board games like Monopoly and Life. Rubik's Cubes and Air Hockey sets came along and in the march toward today's video games, Pong and early Atari games were very well received.

Big Wheels were for the little ones and Banana Seat Bikes were popular with kids who were a bit older. Kids who were really lucky however got a mini-bike or moped.

In the 1970s iPods were unheard of and records and tapes were the medium of music. Everyone had a clock radio and a stereo record player. Quadrophonic sound was available and many kids enjoyed their cassette recorder to capture music off of the radio. In cars, 8-track players were around but lost out to cassette decks by the end of the decade. We also didn't have the electronic keyboards, but as kids we learned to play a chord organ which luckily required no lessons whatsoever!

In the 1970s cable TV was absent from many homes and network TV stations; ABC, CBS, and NBC were king. Microwave ovens started taking over the market. Cordless phones were just coming out, but of course cell phones were well off in the future.

1970s Cars

Growing Up 70s Meant Vans and the Fade of the Muscle Cars

Cars were different in the 1970s. Certainly, they were heavier and obviously, they cost less although earnings were also lower. AMC was still around and Datsun was one of the major foreign competitors. Cars with Diesel engines increased in popularity during the "energy crisis". Vans became popular by the middle of the decade but mini-vans weren't really on the scene and SUV's were pretty much unheard of, so people had station wagons until emission standards appeared and gasoline became more scarce.

In 1972, you could get a Cadillac SeVille for just over $6,000 or a Ford Pinto for around $2,000.

"Muscle Cars" were still around in the first half the of 1970s. The Plymouth Road Runner, Chevy Chevelle SS, the Dodge Dart, Charger, and Challenger, and Pontiac Trans Am to name just a few.

Economy cars were certainly on the scene as well. The Ford Pinto, the Chevy Vega, the Chevette, and even the AMC Pacer were domestic options while Fiat and the Volkswagen Rabbit came from abroad.

1970s Car Videos

1970s Food

Growing Up 70s Meant Fewer Restaurants and Ethnic Foods

We ate a bit differently in the 70s if I recall correctly. Ethnic foods were less common in the average American household. Meat and potatoes, macaroni and cheese, maybe some spaghetti. Fruits and vegetables were no different, but salads were less elaborate. I doubt that most people took advantage of the wide variety of spices used in many foods today; salt and pepper were king.

Dining out was less common or frequent as well for the average person. Aside from fast food, chain restraunts weren't in full swing. Steak houses were probably the prevalent type of restaurant. Pizza Hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken and McDonald's were around of course.

The "low calorie" or diet foods that were available were generally poor options in my opinion. Drinks like Tab had a very artificial taste to them and were sweetened with cancer related Saccharin.

Junk foods like Ding Dongs and Bugles were popular. Sugary cereals like Count Chocula and BooBerry were for kids while Pop Tarts had competition with Danish Go-Rounds and Toast'Ems. Pop Rocks, No Jelly and Zero candy bars were newer candy products. Pringles potato chips were introduced and Hi-C was the popular fruit punch.

Frozen foods continued to gain momentum in American homes. From the basic Banquet and Morton frozen dinners and pot pies to Steak-Umms which were very thin slices of beef. Even with these the variety was more limited. Hot Dogs were often prepared with "weiner wrap", a refrigerated dough.

Crockpots and microwaves became tools of choice in the kitchen and Hamburger Helper emerged as an answer for those too busy to cook.

Fondue was probably the most "foreign" new fad in kitchens and living rooms across the US.

Photo Credits

Introduction: destinelee.

1970s TV Shows: (A3R)angelrravelor.

1970s News: From the National Archives offered by pingnews.

On the Brink: destinelee.

1970s Fashion: salto14.

1970s Music: Yozza.

1970s Fads and Fun: Steve Rhodes. (no derivative work allowed)

1970s Cars: Brain Teutsch.

1970s Hairstyles: Vincent Bernier.

1970s Movies: made available by Jimivr (No Derivative Work Allowed)

1970s Food: shareski.

Tell us about your life in the 1970s

Growing Up 70s: What Did You Think of the 70s

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      chickie99 4 years ago

      i can vaguely remember gerald ford in the mid 70's.

      tough job having to deal with the nixon debacle

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      YearningAndHarm 4 years ago

      Classic Rock Music - a huge chunk of the music I listen to even now was from the 70s. It was the time of progressive rock, music went from AM radio to stereo FM, powerful stereo amps from Morantz, Harmon Kardon, Kenwood, Yamaha, Pioneer, and others blasted out 100 watts per channel, or split our eardrums through the headphones. Yes, The Who, King Crimson, ELO, Pink Floyd, Supertramp, Jefferson Starship, etc etc etc.

      Pinball And The Golden Age Of The Arcade - In the mid to late 70's, arcades seem to explode on the scene, showing up everywhere. I can remember playing Pong in a little strip mall in town in 1975. But soon, there were complete game rooms and arcades everywhere. Space Invaders came on the scene. There was a very strange Atari Star Trek game, but with hideous graphics (by today's standard anyway). For pinball, it was the end of the EM (electro mechanical) tables in favor of the new SS (solid state) machines. I remember these EM tables Capt Fantastic, Royal Flush, Alladin's Castle and Space Mission. Then came the new SS tables Eight Ball, Mata Hari, KISS, Flash, Firepower. A little later, heading into the 80's, several classic video games appeared: Defender, Glalagza, Missile Command, Zaxxon, Robotron.

      I thought it was an everyday thing to have new pinball tables and new video games coming and going all the time. I used to look forward to the new pinball tables the way I used to go to the record store to get my favorite band's latest album to stare at the artwork while listening to the new tunes. It was interesting to realize later that I was living in a very golden age at the time, as far as gaming was concerned.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      An awesome look back on times that are sadly long gone!

      Charlie

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I loved growing up in the 70s. Played outside and rode bikes, went to little league baseball park every spring, I remember buffalo sandles, black and white track shoes which my mom hated!! My fav brown polyester bell bottoms with the elastic waste. I wanted Dittos but they were too expensive 14.00 a pair and up! Smock tops, halter tops. Life in the Good ol days..

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The 70s reminds me of bikes, music, drugs

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I had a pr. of shoes that where patchwork suede (did I spell that right?) the tops were red, one side was green the other blue, and the back was brown. I think the tongue was yellow. LOVED THEM!! Also remember taking soda cans and cutting out the top and bottom, taping them together, punching a hole in the bottom and shooting a tennis ball out of it (like a cannon) using lighter fluid, which we stole from mom and pop who of course were smokers. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I remember the TRED tyre tread shoe/sandals I made....does anyone still have a picture or pattern, I would love to make and wear some nowadays?

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      terri-jacobs 5 years ago

      Grew up in the late 60's & 70's. The best time of my life. Banana seat bike, playing outside till dark, hide & seek, red rover, red light green light. No such thing as staying inside playing video games (what was that anyway), or watching t.v. I remember my mom & grandma shuing us out of the house to go play. Loved this time, 70's music was & is the best. Lots of wonderful memories. Thank you for this lenses. I love it

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      enjoyecigs 5 years ago

      great lens! i love everything retro - wish i grew up in this decade!

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      Laura Brown 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I was a kid in the 70's. The stuff I remember are the kid TV shows and games, etc. I don't remember cars at all, except for our station wagon which we called Tom Terrific.

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      Obscure_Treasures 5 years ago

      Great read.....

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      grnidlady 5 years ago

      Thanks for bringing back lots of memories!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i was born in 99 sounds fun though

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      uktvbrackets lm 6 years ago

      some nice memories

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      ScareYouDiva 6 years ago

      Wow - brings back a lot of memories.

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      JoolsObsidian LM 6 years ago

      Platform shoes, glam rock then spiky hair and punk rock!!! Great lens, really enjoyed it.

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      raegal75 6 years ago

      Great collection of the 70s! Angel Blessed

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      A very important time of my life. Graduated high school and college. Traveled to Greece as an international exchange student. Fell in love. Fell in love again. :-) Thank you for a wonderful trip down memory lane.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      1970s: graduated high school, college, and Masters. Got married. Had first child.

      Thanks for the memories.

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      @DaddyGee: My husband & I agree with you 100% DaddyGee! Nothing has come even remotely close to the classic rock from the 70s. Pity...

      :) Kath

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      I was a teenager in the 70s, so a lot of this brought back memories! Especially the fads and the music. :) Kath

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      DaddyGee 6 years ago

      Very cool lens. That is when I grew up. I still think that rock from that era was the best.

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      textbookmommy 6 years ago

      I really enjoyed this lens. Good job!

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      Tyla MacAllister 6 years ago

      This lens really takes me back to my childhood. I've visited before but I just had to return and give you a SquidAngel blessing for this fun trip back to the 70s.

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      outsource123 6 years ago

      Great & Useful Information on this lens. Good Job.

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      johnnyvirgil 6 years ago

      Thought you guys might get a kick out of this.

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      Shelly Sellers 7 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Fun, fun, FUN! I watched all the TV shows you mentioned and the MUSIC was simply the best! Great page & thumbs up :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Oh man, what fond memories. I was born in 1972 so much of the early 70's was a blur. But what I do remember. Is listening to the 'read a long" storybook records from Disneyland Records. Also, the mini arcade games. Such as, Pacman and Astroids. We sure have come a loooong way from the Atari games. But back then, they were actually fun and challenging.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      What a decade to grow up, such a shame I was born in the 80s.

      I love the music from the decade as my blog on 70s songs shows.

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      enslavedbyfaeries 8 years ago

      What a fun look back in time! Yep, I was a child of the 70's and enjoyed this trip down memory lane and even learned a few things about the world I grew up in. Brilliant job on this lens!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I remember so much - and I loved the '70s! I wrote a book about it all!! It's a ton of fun!

      You can see it here: http://www.my70sbook.com

      or here at Amazon.com

      http://www.amazon.com/My-70s-Book-Kid-Generation/d...

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      Senora M 8 years ago

      I was born in 1978. Does that count? 5*s!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This has been a pleasant walk down memory lane. Love the lens and the days gone by! :) - Susie

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      aweome site

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      California_Dreamin 8 years ago

      Fantastic lens! very nostalgic for me because I grew up in the 70s.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Excellent lens, very interesting

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      Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      The 70's were my university days, so I remember them well and my favourite music is still from those days. 5***** for an excellent lens.

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      Ayngel Overson 8 years ago from Crestone, Co

      Thanks for the smiles! I was still pretty young but a lot of memories here. What I mostly remember about the seventies were a lot of brown and orange. Everyone had macrame, and I loved Lynyrd Skynyrd (still do)

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      Thanks for the memories!

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      Steven Cousley 9 years ago from Young, NSW, Australia

      I remember those days! I was a teen in the late 70's and I was probably more focussed on what was going on in my my immediate surroundings, and noticing girls of course. I know all those other things did happen though. lol

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      LaurenKauf 9 years ago

      I was a child of the 80's but this lens is GREAT!! Thanks for the insight!!!

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      julieannbrady 9 years ago

      Wow! What a comprehensive lens this is. Quite a resource for all that the 70s were about.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      Welcome to Totally Awesome Lenses Group.

      Lizzy

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      denilyn 9 years ago

      You did such a great job taking us back to the "good old days". I had so much fun reminiscing.

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      Mihaela Vrban 9 years ago from Croatia

      I was born in middle of '70s so these things sound familiar since they were still actual during 80's... You did a great job collecting all the data!

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      Paula Atwell 9 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Really great lens. This is my era.

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      Rich 9 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Great lens, great memories! I have lensrolled to my Blockbuster! British Glam Rock of the 70s lens. 5*s

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      WhiteOak50 9 years ago

      Hi there! I just lensrolled this over to my Wonderful things about 50 Lens! Thanks for sharing!

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      Robin S 9 years ago from USA

      This is fabulous!

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      Paul 9 years ago from Montreal

      Great lens, I added Cowboy Shirts to the fashion plexo :)

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      EelKat13 9 years ago

      I loved the 70's... I still have my Alvin the Aardvark and my Light Bright. And we had 2 AMC Gremlins and an AMC Hornet

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      mosdiva 9 years ago

      Thanks for the trip down memory lane. I graduated high school in 1976. Great lens!

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      Teddi14 LM 9 years ago

      What a fun and interactive site. I think I added something to each part. I was born in 1967 so the 70's were my childhood. Fun walk down memory lane. I have a lens about Timeless Toys Kids Love that feature a lot of 70's toys. I am going to lensroll this site to it. 5 *'s

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      Paula Atwell 9 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      I grew up in the 70's. Great lens!

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      59rjv 9 years ago

      I graduated high school in 1977. We were right in the middle of the whole thing. Nice trip down memory lane. Well done.

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      Laraine Sims 9 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Thanks for dropping in on my lenses. I really enjoyed reading this lens and playing with the many plexos. I enjoyed the fashion selections we had then. *grin* (very colorful and BRIGHT) The cars were more wonderful than now ... it was easier then to know the make and model ... they all look the same to me now. Great job.

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      davewashere 9 years ago

      Fantastic lens. I've made a few myself about 1970s cars. What an interesting time to have been alive.

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      fefe42 9 years ago

      What a fun lens, I enjoyed learning more about the 70s because I was not really old enough in the 70s to remember it well.

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      CleanerLife 9 years ago

      Great Lens! A fun trip back to my youth!

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      I made my own bell bottoms with huge mushrooms, paisley and stripes and actually wore them to school!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      Reading your lens has brought back some wonderful memories. I graduated from high school in 1974 and I was on top of the world. We were the generation that was going to change the world. We may not have changed it, but we left our mark on it.

      Great lens

      Lizzy

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I fondly remember the '70s because I just finished my schooling in 1973 and entered college. Those were the days of my emotions taking precedence over practical sense, falling in love almost with all sweet girls without their knowledge. Bell bottom pants, long hairs; I have also made the most of those fashion statements.

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      Cheryl Kohan 9 years ago from Minnesota

      The 70's were good to me so I remember them fondly...in spite of the dreadful hair and fashions! My favorite TV show was The Rockford Files...fabulous lens.

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      bghouse 9 years ago

      Splendid lens! Born 1966, and this was such a trip reading through the list. I was grade school / middle school thru the 70's. I still remember going to a dance wearing bell-bottoms and those choker necklaces that had the ceramic painted figures like butterflies. What a funny old time.

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      Steve-SEO-UK 9 years ago

      Born 1951 - hit right on this era as a young man. One of the best decades for me. Hey Fonzi!

      Great lens - thanks for the memories.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      The 70s were a great decade for art, movies, music, and literature. We probably will never see its equal. 5*

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      poutine 9 years ago

      I was a young woman in the 70's. I must say that I preferred the 60's.

      Poutine

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      tdove 9 years ago

      Thanks for the trip down memory lane. I grew up in the 70's and this lens is right on and groovy man!

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      Deb Bryan 9 years ago from Chico California

      Great Lens! :D I've been thinking about this time in my life a bunch this week. The Virtual Rock Concert charity project and other things, and now this beautiful tribute to the 70's. 5*fAV and 'Thank You'!

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      Tarra99 9 years ago

      I'm a 1970 baby myself! :o) great lens!

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      Yvonne L. B. 9 years ago from Covington, LA

      Loved the lens. The 70's were my college years - Peace, Love and Rock and Roll! Now I'm going to get my best of the 70's cd out and chill. Later.

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      rockycha 9 years ago

      outstanding lens! Big fat High Fives! woot!

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      beeobrien lm 9 years ago

      Do I miss those plaid bell-bottoms? What were we thinking?! Wonderful lens.

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      The Homeopath 9 years ago

      First grade school picture - ORANGE POLYESTER LEISURE SUIT.

      I feel old now.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I was teaching school and well remember those Klackers..they were such a nuisance. Great lens and a lot of work.

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      Joan4 9 years ago

      Fabulous lens! What fun memories! You covered everything! We were young parents then. Wow! Seems like yesterday! Thank you for a great trip down memory lane!

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      rebeccahiatt 9 years ago

      This is the greatest lens ever. I had a blast reading and remembering! Thanks

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      clouda9 lm 9 years ago

      I am loving this lens! I had that same banana seat bike, remember many days riding around with the wind in my hair and not a worry in the world. Thanks for the memories!

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      WhippetTalk 9 years ago

      Wow! What an awesome lens. It's groovy man. I was born in 1969, so I remember a lot about the 70's. My favorite decade so far. And since my Mother is Vietnamese, it was a very intense decade for our family (Vietnam war). I have very vivid memories of that time. Thanks for a Super Duper Lens! 5*s

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      Debbie 9 years ago from England

      This was my favourite decade...so far! I live my tennage years through the 70's & have many, many, happy memories. Great lens 5* :)

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      ArtSiren LM 9 years ago

      Another great lens! 5*. One of my 70's favorites was Starsky & Hutch. I loved that show, and the car - Ford Torino(?) Didn't reckon much to the fashion though, LOL!