One of the cleverest videos ever posted. A British comedy “take” on kids growing up in the 1970’s. This is definitely worth a few of your precious minutes to just sigh, giggle, reflect and smile on all that was so much part of our lives back then. (You’ll be surprised how many well-loved items from that era have been almost completely forgotten. Was it a better time? in hind-sight I think so ha! – Your views on the video welcome. 🙂 –
1970s Fad’s and Fun
Growing Up 1970’s Meant Streaking, Pet rocks, and Atari Video games, and much more.
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 1970’s 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.
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