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It Was 1970 Somethin

Updated on January 8, 2014

Wouldn't Trade Those Days for Nothing

I grew up in the 1970's in Connecticut, it was the days of playing outside till dark, skateboarding, roller skating, ugly clothes, big hair and over all the best time to be a kid.

When my husband and I were driving to work this morning the radio was turned to a country station, and the song "It Was 19 Something" by Mark Wills came on the radio. Oh my, I had never heard this song before and I instantly was in love with everything about the lyrics. It stirred so many memories I couldn't help laugh and reminisce. It started conversations about

I remember black TransAms, who doesn't remember those awesome sports cars and the hot guys who drove them. Although I was too young to have Farrah Farcett hair I knew people who did, or at least tried, and the posters found their way into just about every teenage boys room.

If you are a child of the 70's you will remember the kid who had Stretch Armstrong, playing with light sabers from Star Wars, and the clothes, oh the clothes, plaid pants, polyester suits, and bell bottoms. How did we survive jumping our bikes over ramps or skate boarding without helmets.

(Photo Credit: That's me and my brother in the early 1970's on Easter, yes I was a child of the 70's)>

Saw Star Wars At Least 8 Times - Ok, maybe not "that" many

I never was a sci-fi fan, still am not, but there was something about Star Wars back then that captured the imagination of space, heroism, and drams. Star Wars was a a phenomenon and Harrison Ford was a hunk. R2D2 was kinda cute too in his own way.

Ok, I still love Harrison Ford, any movie I see him in I think back to my childhood in 1970 something.

Star Wars Trilogy Episodes IV-VI (Blu-ray + DVD)
Star Wars Trilogy Episodes IV-VI (Blu-ray + DVD)

Get the original first three movies of Star Wars of the 1970's

 

"19 Somethin" Song and the Official Mark Wills Video - This song will bring back memories

Country rock singer Mark Wills must of lived my childhood, because I remember everything in this song just like yesterday. Until this morning I had never heard this song. Below is the official Mark Wills video to the song and I'll just bet this takes you back a few years to the 1970's.

Skating rinks and black Trans Am, wow, do I have fond memories of skating rinks, holding hands during couples skate.

Had the PacMan Pattern Memorized - Actually I only wish I did

I always got eaten at Pac Man, didn't have the reflexes to play video games back then and I still don't. My hands would shake and I would get nervous as Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde would come after me and make a wrong turn.

There were those friends that knew exactly which turns to take, where the power pellets were, how to get more life, they had the game mastered. Very similar to Space Invaders, they could play it for hours and never die. I was jealous of them, kinda.

Many an hour was spent standing behind them in the arcade waiting for them to die so we could head over to McDonalds, because "that" was the place to be in the 1970's

Ion iCade Core Arcade Game Controller for iPad and iPad2 (ICG05)
Ion iCade Core Arcade Game Controller for iPad and iPad2 (ICG05)

Have the same Pac-Man experience on your iPad with this add on screen and controllers. How cool is this? Plus it's a take bit cheaper and smaller than having the full size arcade game in your house.

 
Pac Man Heat Change Ceramic Coffee Mug Retro Video Game Kitchen Cup
Pac Man Heat Change Ceramic Coffee Mug Retro Video Game Kitchen Cup

This mug is way cool!

Any 1970's retro fan would love this coffee mug. The PacMan pattern is visible on the mug when it's cold, but put hot coffee in it and the dots, monsters, pellets and Pac-Man shows up.

Very very cool collectible vintage coffee mug

 

Couple of Evil Knievel scars On my right arm.. - Mainly from my skateboard

In the 1970's we rode bikes and pretended we were Evil Knievel.

Evil Knievel was the a dare devil we wished we could be and I remember setting up jumps in the middle of the street (yes the street) and and all the neighborhood kids would take turns going off the ramps to see how far we could go. Many a wipe out happened, we didn't wear helmets, elbow pads or knee pads, AND YET, we survived.

The big kids (ie teenagers) actually had dirt bikes and had real ramps they built on paths in the woods behind the house.

Skateboarding was popular in the 1970's and skateboarded everywhere, for more excitement we tied ropes on the back of bikes to go faster. Yes, after 40 years I still have the scars on my knees to prove it, they have faded over the years but I am proud of them still the same. Kids played outside during the 1970's we came in only when it was dark and the lights came on.

We played in sandboxes, dirt piles and got filthy. We had fun, we made friends, we settled fights, we were kids.

Evel Knievel Deluxe Dare Devil Cycle Stunt Set
Evel Knievel Deluxe Dare Devil Cycle Stunt Set

The neighbor kid had the deluxe dare devil Evil Knievel stunt set.

I can't even begin to tell you how awesome that was to play with those days!

The whole living room floor was our playground and we would send the motorcyle down the track and over the jump. It would literally fly into the air and pieces of bike would fall apart, and we'd put it back together again.

 

Pulled stickers off of my Rubik's Cube - Never could figure out the puzzle

I could never figure out the Rubiks Cube puzzle, never, never, never, I even bought the Rubiks Cube Solution book. The only way I could figure it out was to peel the stickers off, which I never did, but my brother did.

Although the Magic cube was invented in 1974 it wasn't branded the Rubik's Cube until 1980. My Dad loved puzzles of all kinds and I remember buying him a Magic Cube for Christmas one year. He couldn't solve it either, he would sit for hours in his chair rotating the sides trying to figure it out.

The most we could do was two side. So frustrating, but fun to try.

HG-16963 - RUBIKS 3X3
HG-16963 - RUBIKS 3X3

The original Rubiks cube had an addictive smooth feel when you rotated the sides and the corners.

Later copycats were hard cheaply made and harder to turn.

There have been many variations of the Rubiks cube, Electronic Rubik's TouchCube, Pocket Cube, and the largest Rubiks Over The Top cube with

 

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Rubiks Cube record

5.5 seconds by Mats Valk of the Netherlands in March 2013

Relive the 1970s - That 70's Show

When the 70's Show first came on I wasn't really a fan, I mean really, how can you recreate that era? Well

Ashton Kutcher, Topher Grace, Mila Kunis, Danny Masterson, and Wilmer Valderrama epitomized every 1970 sterotype from the era of the 1970's and I knew a person of a person in middle school or junior high that represented each character.

I was the girl next door and friends with the geeky boy next door (yet we never dated), we had foreign exchange students in our school and there was the "cute couple" portrayed by Jackie and Michael. My favorite memory was yes, cruising in a station wagon with my best friend (and he will remain nameless)

I grew up in Connecticut in the 1970s and we had our share of Michael Hydes with the tinted sunglasses

That '70s Show: The Complete Series
That '70s Show: The Complete Series

All 8 seasons of That 70's show in one boxed edition.

Flash back to the era of drive thrus, disco dancing and station wagons and cruising with the Vista Cruiser.

I won't tell all my secrets I remember doing from this show, but I did have a blue and white winter coat just like Jackie had in a few episodes.

We did hang out in basements, and my husband even had a white helmet 8 track player they used in the show.

 

Toys from the 1970s - Retro Toys are New and Cool Again

Now our kids, ok, grandkids can play with the same toys and games we played with in the 1970's. I still have a few of the originals and wish I had a few more, those were the days when we used our imagination, played outside and interacted with each other instead of electronics, smart phones and computers.

35TH Anniversary Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots Game (Discontinued by manufacturer)
35TH Anniversary Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots Game (Discontinued by manufacturer)

Rock 'Em Sock 'Em robots, didn't have this, my parents didn't consider it a girls toy.

But a family friends who had boys had this boxing game where you would "Knock the Block Off" and it was great fun. I loved seeing their heads bobble on the wire spring.

 
Tip It
Tip It

I recently played the original TIp It game again at my Mother in Laws house, she had the original in the game closet from the 1970's.

Giddy was not the word as I squealed, yes I was that excited, and made my teenage kids play with me.

The great thing, they loved it and had fun right with me too.

 
Operation
Operation

Monopoly and Operation were two of my favorite board games. I remember I got Monopoly for Christmas and my brother got Operation.

The hardest piece to remove was the wish bone and a collective sigh would go around the table when someone else picked the wish bone card. I still jump with the red nose buzzer goes off.

 

Original Toys and Games from the 1970s - Own a piece of your childhood

Do you have a favorite game or toy from the 1970's, I'll bet you could find it on eBay

Tonka Trucks - Tonka Trucks gave playing outside a whole new meaning

My brother spent hours in the sandbox and dirt pile playing with his Tonka Trucks. They were so realistic, had real ropes and cables for the steam shovel and all the parts moved.

If any of these 70's toys brought back fond memories of your childhood I've accomplished what I set out to do. Now it's your turn.

Tell me your favorite childhood toy and why it holds special memories.

Tell Me Your favorite 1970's Memory - Did you grow up the 1970's?

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      scotman74 3 years ago

      Yes! I had the Evl Knievel, the Big Wheel, and Operation. Great days...

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      burntchestnut 3 years ago

      I graduated high school in 1973 and my son was born in 1976. So I got to enjoy many of the things you wrote about through him. I used to enjoy watching "The Wonder Years," but I don't know why I haven't seen "That 70s Show>"

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      Martina 3 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      I was born in the second decade of 1970`s, but I still love many things of that era. You mentioned "Star Wars" and there are some really good songs from that period too. I enjoyed the "That 70`s show" and I was wearing funny shirts in some period of the life too:)

      Nice article!

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I was in college then. I thought I looked so sharp in my avocado green stretch pants with the stirrups.

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      sybil watson 3 years ago

      Yes I did and boy, those clothes were ugly! I can't believe how ugly the kitchens were too, with that avocado, orange, and yellow. We played in the street, didn't wear helmets, and didn't wear seat belts. I think my favorite memories are of all those heart throbs, like David Cassidy and Peter Frampton. This page brought back some great memories.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Yes I Did, I was a teenager in the 70', Oh what great memories

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      The 1970's were my favorite time - I was happy, young - living a great life - I have buckets of memories of the 1970's all of them good!