The 1960s and 1970s were times of my childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood. The times were great. I remember the World's Fair of 1964, Freedomland, Rye Beach, Horn and Hardart. I remember such television shows such as Flipper, Burke's Law, The Lucy Show, Mission Impossible, Julia, The Mod Squad, All in the Family, and That Girl. There were also such hip game shows such as The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game.
There were groups such as The Supremes, Temptations, The Beatles, and The Beach Boys. There were singers such as Aretha Franklin, Petula Clark, and Tom Jones. The times were good but they were also bad. There were Civil Rights marches, racial and sexual inequality. LBGT people were mostly in the closet.
However, the 1960s and the early 1970s were a rebellious time when people who were marginalized stood up to be counted and to assert their rights. The 1970s were the aftereffect and the aftermath of the 1960s, young men and women had more broader ways to express themselves. They were not relegated to the strict gender roles of their parents.
The 1970s were a time of experimentation and seeking in addition to disco. Yes, the 1960s and 1970s were GREAT times overall. What do YOU remember fondly of the 1960s and 1970s?
Who can't forget Archie Bunker, the prototype of the old order?
More Blacks were becoming middle class in the 1960s as a result of better socioeconomic opportunities not available before.
What was the 1960s without the iconic Batman and Robin?
I was born in '70 so I didn't truly "come of age" till the 80s. However I do have many fond memories of my pre teen years in the late 1970s...
Disco SUCKED... but KISS, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, the Ramones and Ted Nugent ruled the rock n roll world!
...every kid in America saw "Star Wars" at least once, and "Jaws" kept everyone out of the water. In '78 we all wanted to see a new scary movie called "Halloween," but our Moms told us we weren't old enough yet...
...all the girls in my class had crushes on John Travolta thanks to "Saturday Night Fever " and "Grease."
My favorite TV shows were "Battlestar Galactica," "Sha-Na-Na," ( I wished I could be as cool as "Bowzer,"), "Happy Days," "The Muppet Show" and "Donny and Marie." (and I developed a preteen crush on Marie Osmond which.still lingers all these years later.)
HaHa! Disco only sucked for those that didn't disco. It was great for a guy's (those that could disco), dating batting average. I found that the ladies of the time lovvvvved disco.
My disco time was later than the polyester suit originals, for me it was classy dress slacks, nice white Oxford shirt, and a suit vest. Yep, the ladies loved it. Best of all, I met my wife of 30+ years via disco.
Nope, disco definitely did not suck for a lot of young fellows.
Here is the life of a typical teen age girl of the suburbs above LA in the early 70's, as far as I know:
Walking around town in the summer in bare-feet wearing cutoffs and tank tops, hopping over walls to swim in pools in the neighborhood when they knew the owners were out of town. Walking down the main street hitchhiking, singing songs, making plans to go camping where they could find ski-boat rides. Parties galore all through the town every weekend during the summer. Bike riding to local city pools or the YMCA, attending gymnastics clubs at school, football games, waiting for phone calls from the guys at school that never came or were missed. Hating the Partridge Family, listening to Abbey Road every single Sunday for the entire Year after it came out. Not understanding a thing about the Viet Nam war. Hating All in the Family. Loving Laugh In, but hardly allowed to watch it. Loving all British music: Cream, Procol Harum,
Zeplin, Traffic. They would have to bring portable record players when they needed music on location. Music and records and meeting guys were their life. Records were five dollars and the reason for allowance.
Sound familiar, gm williams?
Oh yes, I used my record allowance to purchase The 5th Dimension, Brasil '66, Sly and the Family Stone, The Temptations, and The Delfonics. Ooooh, weren't you the wild one ( using swimming pools when the owners weren't home)? I remember my teen years fondly. I was the teen that parents wished their other teens would be like(yes, some teens thought me strange-goody goody). I CHANGED A WHOLE LOT since then!
Who did you seen in concert? Me... Tull, Zeplin, Humble Pie, Pink Floyd, Steely Dan in a local club.
Ahhh the 70's. For my little town, violence was just in the movies and on television. Television was shared by both mom, dad, and the family. We had only one TV set, with only 3 channels so it wasn't a great sacrifice in agreeing to one show an hour. Mannix, Mission Impossible, Carol Burnett, Petticoat Junction, Green Acres, Bewitched, and of course Lawrence Welk on Saturday night! All in the Family was a must. It exposed racism and sexism in America but thru satire. Maude addressed the Women's Liberation Movement,along with common, but taboo subjects such as Menopause. When we purchased the second television- we kids could finally watch Charlie's Angels and Dukes of Hazzard with out the parent's veto! Remember the movie Helter Skelter and Wait Until Dark? Scared the bejesus out of me. And Disco? I was a Disco Queen! Oh... let's not forget Saturday Night Live and Saturday Night Fever!!
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