What was it like in the 1970’s? A lot of what started in the 60’s was carried over into the 70’s. The world was changing, so too was what used to be “normal.” It was a decade that brought about new thoughts and ideas; feminism, the antiwar movement, and environmentalism. Politically, it was also marked by a “silent majority” or the “new right,” a quiet conservative movement that defended conservatism. But even our leaders were disillusioned and skeptical, as President Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal took center stage toward the middle of the decade. The 1970’s was full of new technology, the beginning of video games and computers, new movies like Star Wars, and culturally relevant TV like The Brady Bunch and All In The Family. It was the end of the Boomer generation and the beginning of “Generation X.”
- The First Microprocessor
- Cell Phones
- The Liquid Crystal Display
- Post-it Notes
- Inkjet Printer
- Word Processor
Disco music was an interesting musical mix influenced by funk, soul and latin styles. If you were headed to the club in the 70’s you would be listening to disco and you would probably dance like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever.
Pet Rocks:Would you like a pet that doesn’t eat, doesn’t mess up the house or do much of anything? In 1975 you were in luck! For a short period of time, millions of “pet rocks” were sold to people around America. The pet rock was the brainchild of advertising executive Gary Dahl.
Citizen Band radio came into popularity in the late 1970’s. CB’s were used by truckers to save on gas during the fuel shortages of the 70’s and they also helped avoid speed traps. Many movies and TV shows featured CB radios and it caught on. Even the first lady otherwise known in CB radio-land as “First Mama” Betty Ford was using a CB radio.
Even though these suits were invented about 40 years before they were at their height in popularity, the leisure suit was a suit that you could wear out for a night on the town, and still be comfortable. They fell out of style toward the end of the decade.
Feathered hair became very popular in the 70’s, as the beautiful movie star Farrah Fawcett wore the style. Many women followed suit, and feathered their hair.