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Things you miss from the 70’s

I was only a gayling, but I miss guys wearing cutoff jean shorts in Jesus sandals. I miss thin men. I miss Carole King Tapestry. Hell, I even miss Earth Shoes.

by Anonymousreply 325April 5, 2024 2:44 AM

I miss people who understand the possessive and who know how to properly use an apostrophe.

by Anonymousreply 1March 25, 2024 9:18 PM

Mood rings were so cool. Loved mine.

by Anonymousreply 2March 25, 2024 9:21 PM

Gritty sitcoms dealing with Issurs; TV movies; shopping malls; riding bicycles everywhere; 15-cent Hershey bars; blizzards

by Anonymousreply 3March 25, 2024 9:25 PM

Oh dear, now I know why so many hate Greg.

by Anonymousreply 4March 25, 2024 9:26 PM

I miss Match Game. And Movies of the Week.

by Anonymousreply 5March 25, 2024 9:27 PM

I miss Rula Lenska.

by Anonymousreply 6March 25, 2024 9:27 PM


by Anonymousreply 7March 25, 2024 9:29 PM

God’s eyes

by Anonymousreply 8March 25, 2024 9:29 PM

Fern bars

by Anonymousreply 9March 25, 2024 9:29 PM

muffin baskets as a novelty

by Anonymousreply 10March 25, 2024 9:30 PM

Farah Fawcett hair

by Anonymousreply 11March 25, 2024 9:30 PM

I miss the Magic Pan restaurants. Crepes for lunch, crepes for dinner, crepes for dessert.

by Anonymousreply 12March 25, 2024 9:35 PM

The music. The movies. Most of the fashion.

by Anonymousreply 13March 25, 2024 9:35 PM

[quote] Oh dear, now I know why so many hate Greg.

And you’re just now figuring that out?

by Anonymousreply 14March 25, 2024 9:40 PM

Blaxploitation movies.

by Anonymousreply 15March 25, 2024 9:42 PM

My grandmother.

by Anonymousreply 16March 25, 2024 9:43 PM

Hanging out with friends just listening to albums

by Anonymousreply 17March 25, 2024 10:55 PM

Black lights and posters, head shops with bongs

by Anonymousreply 18March 25, 2024 11:05 PM

There are certainly thin men around, especially in the gay community

by Anonymousreply 19March 25, 2024 11:06 PM

Beaded curtains, conversation pits, muscle cars, glass grapes, velvet paintings, discotheques, and quaaludes.

by Anonymousreply 20March 25, 2024 11:09 PM

Join us again tomorrow for the continuing story of “Another World”.

by Anonymousreply 21March 25, 2024 11:13 PM

I wouldn't mind having a 1971 Buick Riviera GS.

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by Anonymousreply 22March 25, 2024 11:15 PM

Yes Quaaludes, Seconal, white cross speed, LSD (windowpane especially) - Wow those were the days!

by Anonymousreply 23March 25, 2024 11:16 PM

Music from rock to disco to soul. Great TV and great movies. I don't miss gass lines and out of control inflation and platform shoes.

by Anonymousreply 24March 25, 2024 11:20 PM

My youth.

by Anonymousreply 25March 25, 2024 11:21 PM

The longer hair on men and the hairy chests

by Anonymousreply 26March 25, 2024 11:22 PM

Thinking I had all the time in the world.

by Anonymousreply 27March 25, 2024 11:22 PM

The Magic Pan Restaurants.

by Anonymousreply 28March 25, 2024 11:26 PM

Oh, sorry R12. I concur.

by Anonymousreply 29March 25, 2024 11:27 PM

Bearded clams

by Anonymousreply 30March 25, 2024 11:28 PM


by Anonymousreply 31March 25, 2024 11:29 PM

Shopping at the Gap.

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by Anonymousreply 32March 25, 2024 11:31 PM

The restaurant at Bloomingdale's that was called 40 Carrots or something like that.

by Anonymousreply 33March 25, 2024 11:31 PM

Surplus Stores.

by Anonymousreply 34March 25, 2024 11:32 PM

Painter's Pants.

by Anonymousreply 35March 25, 2024 11:32 PM

Rugby Shirts

Bass Weejuns

Famolare Shoes

by Anonymousreply 36March 25, 2024 11:33 PM

Hairy pussy

by Anonymousreply 37March 25, 2024 11:34 PM

Osh Kosh B'gosh

by Anonymousreply 38March 25, 2024 11:34 PM

Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor.

by Anonymousreply 39March 25, 2024 11:37 PM

Wild Pair Shoes.

by Anonymousreply 40March 25, 2024 11:37 PM

Swenson's Ice Cream Parlors.

by Anonymousreply 41March 25, 2024 11:38 PM

Love Affair douche

by Anonymousreply 42March 25, 2024 11:38 PM

"Love means never having to say you're sorry."

by Anonymousreply 43March 25, 2024 11:39 PM

Love's Fresh Lemon

by Anonymousreply 44March 25, 2024 11:40 PM

Vinyl records

Long shaggy hair on men



Good drugs

Quality movies

Real soul music

Lean bodies

Easygoing people

Mind you, I was born in '74, so I didn't get to appreciate much at the time.

by Anonymousreply 45March 25, 2024 11:40 PM

Men's bodies that were normal without exaggerated muscles, and that have become cartoonish.

Also, I miss clones.

(It's even getting hard to find porn that doesn't feature massively muscled and tattooed men.)

by Anonymousreply 46March 25, 2024 11:40 PM


by Anonymousreply 47March 25, 2024 11:40 PM

Eastland Mall, Charlotte, NC (RIP).

by Anonymousreply 48March 25, 2024 11:40 PM

Howard Johnson and Sambo's restaurants.

by Anonymousreply 49March 25, 2024 11:42 PM

More mom and pop stores and restaurants instead of all chains in the suburbs.

More unique and one-off stores in cities.

by Anonymousreply 50March 25, 2024 11:43 PM

Not having to worry about drugs containing fentanyl.

by Anonymousreply 51March 25, 2024 11:44 PM

When pot made me horny and hungry instead of tired and sleepy.

by Anonymousreply 52March 25, 2024 11:44 PM

Peaches record store.

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by Anonymousreply 53March 25, 2024 11:44 PM

People didn't own automatic weapons and no worries about global warming.

by Anonymousreply 54March 25, 2024 11:46 PM

Clothes from run-of-the-mill retailers were much better quality than designer clothing of the present.

by Anonymousreply 55March 25, 2024 11:46 PM

* Peak music from Linda Ronstadt, Warren Zevon, Carly Simon, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell

* While at times I feel I'd do anything for a Quaalude or a glass of Brunello di Montalcino, I'm glad drugs and alcohol are no longer a part of my life.

* Eating in Little Italy on Friday nights, especially at Il Cortile.

* Alligator shirts and 501s.

* Julius and the Ninth Circle. Or maybe the fact that I survived that time allows me to feel nostalgic.

* Picking guys up on the beach where Ocean Park Blvd. meets the Pacific Ocean.

* Concerts that didn't cost that much.

* No assholes on speakerphone in public.

* Great movies.

by Anonymousreply 56March 25, 2024 11:48 PM

Female only finger fucking parties

by Anonymousreply 57March 25, 2024 11:48 PM

FDS Woman

by Anonymousreply 58March 25, 2024 11:49 PM


by Anonymousreply 59March 25, 2024 11:51 PM

I wish I had been able to experience L.A. and Southern CA Beach culture in the 70s before those experiences were ruined by the super-rich.

by Anonymousreply 60March 25, 2024 11:51 PM

Healthcare costs were more reasonable.

by Anonymousreply 61March 25, 2024 11:53 PM

Fewer unhoused individuals.

by Anonymousreply 62March 25, 2024 11:55 PM

Carnation Instant Breakfast

by Anonymousreply 63March 26, 2024 12:02 AM

Basketball uniforms.

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by Anonymousreply 64March 26, 2024 12:05 AM

A greater sense of community in neighborhoods, apartment houses, etc.

by Anonymousreply 65March 26, 2024 12:05 AM

R63 Carnation Instant Breakfast still exists. The company simply rebranded the product to "Carnation Breakfast Essentials" featuring vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry flavors. This is the old-school powder in envelopes. (Their website says they also sell it in a canister and ready-to-drink liquid versions.) My sister still uses the strawberry powder and asks me to buy it for her at Walmart where it's about $2 less per box than the regular supermarket.

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by Anonymousreply 66March 26, 2024 12:22 AM

San Francisco in the 70s was wonderful.

by Anonymousreply 67March 26, 2024 12:27 AM

My parents, my aunts and uncles, 2 of my cousins.

In the 70s our big Italian holidays meant 30+ people.

This Sunday’s Easter dinner they’ll be 8 of us.

by Anonymousreply 68March 26, 2024 12:29 AM

Oh the things I’d do to #50, R64

by Anonymousreply 69March 26, 2024 12:30 AM

Playgirl magazine, and hairy, HAIRY men who were proud of it.

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by Anonymousreply 70March 26, 2024 12:57 AM

Bulges, bulges everywhere!

by Anonymousreply 71March 26, 2024 1:04 AM

Urinals with no dividers!

by Anonymousreply 72March 26, 2024 1:05 AM

Being completely unreachable whenever I was not close to a home or office telephone.

by Anonymousreply 73March 26, 2024 1:10 AM


You take 50, and I'll take 43.

by Anonymousreply 74March 26, 2024 1:33 AM

Loud, good music.

by Anonymousreply 75March 26, 2024 1:53 AM


31 is mine.

by Anonymousreply 76March 26, 2024 2:10 AM


by Anonymousreply 77March 26, 2024 2:14 AM

R76 Oh, fine. I'm feeling generous.

by Anonymousreply 78March 26, 2024 2:16 AM

r64, 31 is the one I want most. But 43 looks as if he'd share the cookies he's got stashed in his locker when the game is over.

by Anonymousreply 79March 26, 2024 2:17 AM

The laid back vibe.

by Anonymousreply 80March 26, 2024 2:28 AM

Psychedelic everything, especially in the early 70s.

by Anonymousreply 81March 26, 2024 2:31 AM

Thinking that my good life would stay so and just get better.

by Anonymousreply 82March 26, 2024 2:38 AM

Absence of cyber-tech and cellphones.

That belief that ideas and progress still mattered.

by Anonymousreply 83March 26, 2024 2:44 AM

Skiing in jeans on second-hand skis at rough north east ski mountains for 6 dollars.

by Anonymousreply 84March 26, 2024 3:35 AM

AMC Pacer.

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by Anonymousreply 85March 26, 2024 3:37 AM

I miss the Gremlin!

by Anonymousreply 86March 26, 2024 3:41 AM

Scrappy Provincetown.

Empty art museums and their dowdy cafeterias.

Cavernous bathhouses (in the old meaning) at grand public beaches.

Army Navy football at West Point. Harvard Yale football at the Yale Bowl.

Bizarre shops owned by chilled out hippies.

Enormous luxury American cars you borrowed to go on a date.

Tiny simple affordable European convertibles - the Triumphs, MGs and Fiats.

Hamburger Drive ins.

Hot dog stands on Connecticut state roads.

Old school mothers and grandmothers in the neighborhood who cooked wonderful food, often in the working kitchen in the basement, not the show kitchen upstairs.

by Anonymousreply 87March 26, 2024 3:55 AM

Going into various towns on a road trip and seeing the different restaurants and stores there.....because they were different, not the same combo of Walmart/Target/Subway/Starbucks seen almost everywhere today.

by Anonymousreply 88March 26, 2024 4:00 AM

Skipping school and hitting the beach in my pale blue semi transparent nylon Speedos, picking up older guys (I was mid teens, they were early twenties), a little afternoon delight then back to the beach for a reapplication of my Hawaiian Tropic.

by Anonymousreply 89March 26, 2024 4:45 AM

Airplane food. It was delicious!

by Anonymousreply 90March 26, 2024 5:06 AM

Keep on Truckin'

by Anonymousreply 91March 26, 2024 8:19 AM

But the Carnation Breakfast Bars are gone. My mom was strict about us eating sweets but she thought those were "healthy" so for me they were like a candy bar.

by Anonymousreply 92March 26, 2024 8:22 AM

I miss dating. No, no hookups. Actual dates. With men who could hold conversations.

I miss my gloriously full head of hair. And my small waist. And my flat stomach.

I miss how easy it was to hang out with friends.

I miss Chicken Delight.

by Anonymousreply 93March 26, 2024 10:48 AM

Glory holes, everywhere!

by Anonymousreply 94March 26, 2024 10:53 AM

[quote] Oh dear, now I know why so many hate Greg.

Please don’t feed the attention whore troll. Just ignore it.

by Anonymousreply 95March 26, 2024 10:53 AM

Oh please, R95.

You like my attention much more than I like yours.

by Anonymousreply 96March 26, 2024 10:55 AM

R74 #31 is Bill Walton

by Anonymousreply 97March 26, 2024 10:56 AM

I miss gay men who had manners and weren’t like every other rube in society — see R95.

by Anonymousreply 98March 26, 2024 10:57 AM

Oops—I meant #32

by Anonymousreply 99March 26, 2024 11:05 AM


Striped rugby shirts

Getting high and listening to albums with my friends

by Anonymousreply 100March 26, 2024 11:15 AM

Jeans...their fitted look...Levis and Wranglers (Lee jeans were a distant third)...by the end of the decade "designer jeans" ruined jeans. Faded, tight Levis on a guy made this little and teenage gayling tingle in all the right places.

No cellphones...no social media. Yeah, we experienced all the anxieties and problems teens today go through, but we also had better social skills, more fully rounded, close friendships.

Doing nothing and just hanging out...it's a lost art!

by Anonymousreply 101March 26, 2024 11:21 AM

I miss when technology was special. Going over to my friends house, dark brown rustic environment, big oversized sofas, sunken conversation pit, looking for a record collection like it was one of a kind, firing up his fathers stereo stacked high with lots of lights and shiny knobs, felt like I was lucky to play with a piece of tech worth thousands of dollar, putting on high-fidelity headphones that were so comfortable and clear music sounded like heaven. Getting high during the processes was the cherry that made it all sing.

by Anonymousreply 102March 26, 2024 11:25 AM

Less partisanship. Remember Republicans turning against Richard Nixon because of Watergate?

by Anonymousreply 103March 26, 2024 11:27 AM

[quote]Striped rugby shirts

Hu, Rugby shirts are a staple like jeans, or a button down shirt, they never went out of style. Ralph Lauren even sells them starting at $150.

by Anonymousreply 104March 26, 2024 11:28 AM

I miss my unwrinkled, clear-skinned face.

by Anonymousreply 105March 26, 2024 11:29 AM

I remember "liberal Republicans" and "Conservative Democrats" were an actual thing in each part. Religion was not yet fully connected to one party. People respected each other's view point. No MAGA no Trump.

by Anonymousreply 106March 26, 2024 11:30 AM

My parents had parties and we didn't hang out with the adults, we usually had to stay upstairs. My brothers and I didn't mind, we got to watch my parents tv and eat snacks so it was fun for us. Now my brothers have their kids involved with everything and some of the comments his kids make are disrespectful, sometimes I wish some things could be for just adults.

by Anonymousreply 107March 26, 2024 11:30 AM

All the Sara Lee varieties

by Anonymousreply 108March 26, 2024 11:55 AM

The Carol Burnett Show

by Anonymousreply 109March 26, 2024 11:55 AM

I miss my pet rock.

by Anonymousreply 110March 26, 2024 12:55 PM

To R64, I would service them all, the entire team, and the hot assistant coaches too. Northwestern, Penn, Drexel, La Salle, Temple. The gloryholes at Temple University were amazing (Beury Hall Basement, any mensroom in Beury Hall). I used to take basketball players to 3rd fl Beury Hall, Norris St. side mensroom. 2 very heavy noisy wooden doors. marble stalls went to the floor. The men's room at the SAC (Student Assistance Center), Mitten Hall. Sooo many more!!

by Anonymousreply 111March 26, 2024 2:23 PM

And while Phillywhore was taking care of Temple, on the other side of the Keystone state, the men's rooms in the Cathedral of Learning at Pitt sustained many a horny cocksucker with more loads than any one person could actually take.....

by Anonymousreply 112March 26, 2024 2:30 PM

Being a kid with a lot of freedom to roam around and play. We lived in a coastal town in San Diego, and the beach was 2 blocks away (across the train track). Our parents would drop us off sometimes on a Friday or Saturday night at the roller skating rink where we'd skate to disco tunes while they went to the Belly Up Tavern close by to listen to live music/jazz. We'd have a few hours of unadulterated (quite literally) freedom to socialize with other kids and have fun.

Oh, those halcyon days of youth, when I was so ignorant of what adulthood would really be like.

by Anonymousreply 113March 26, 2024 2:31 PM

Some called it the Cathedral of Yearning, r112.

by Anonymousreply 114March 26, 2024 2:33 PM

R114 I just remember a few afternoons in there where there were 20 of us, all those stalls without doors.....so much cock, so much cum, the scent was glorious......

Yearning and lots of fulfillment!

by Anonymousreply 115March 26, 2024 3:13 PM

Was this on the second or third floor, r115?

by Anonymousreply 116March 26, 2024 3:14 PM

I seem to remember the second, because that was the bigger one.....or was it the third? I think I mostly went to the second. I blew a Pitt professor one Saturday afternoon on a higher floor.

by Anonymousreply 117March 26, 2024 3:16 PM

I forgot, r117, that we were talking about what happened in the 1970s. Though I was a student there, I knew nothing of the Cathedral men's rooms. I would meet guys on Bellefield at night, or else by hitchhiking home to Squirrel Hill during the day.

by Anonymousreply 118March 26, 2024 3:28 PM

My experience was more in the 80s, oops, but it was hopping even then.

by Anonymousreply 119March 26, 2024 3:30 PM

My twenties.

by Anonymousreply 120March 26, 2024 3:44 PM

Remember these chairs with the built-in stereo? Bring these back.

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by Anonymousreply 121March 26, 2024 4:21 PM

R121 I would have killed for one of those chairs in my childhood room. Never got it.

by Anonymousreply 122March 26, 2024 4:42 PM

disco music. Back when it was mostly unknown and unheard outside of the gay and black communities. Before it hit the mainstream and died an deserved death.

by Anonymousreply 123March 26, 2024 5:25 PM

The whole Christopher Street scene in the West Village. Sitting on the McNulty's Tea Shop step and watching the guys go by. Cruising the pier and the trucks. The International Stud's back room w/Ladies Who Munch on the jukebox.

by Anonymousreply 124March 26, 2024 5:35 PM

R121 R122 -- your chair dreams can still come true - there are other models with speakers available online.

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by Anonymousreply 125March 26, 2024 5:38 PM

[quote] All the Sara Lee varieties

Honest DL answer.

by Anonymousreply 126March 26, 2024 6:57 PM

Nothing. I was a small child and the 70s were terrible. Polyester, feathered haircuts, roach clips in hair with ribbons. Gaucho pants. Vests. None of it looked good. Gas lines, inflation, smog, traffic, threat of nukes, we're all gonna die, Satanic panic, drugs being a new thing dealt in junior high and high schools, pissed off Vietnam vets. Surf culture in LA. I didn't understand any of it.

by Anonymousreply 127March 26, 2024 7:08 PM

My body 😢

by Anonymousreply 128March 26, 2024 7:12 PM

Jell-O 1-2-3

by Anonymousreply 129March 26, 2024 8:12 PM

The CBS Saturday night lineup.

by Anonymousreply 130March 26, 2024 8:40 PM

Smoking everywhere

by Anonymousreply 131March 26, 2024 9:27 PM

R125 those are nice, but they don't have a built in stereo.

by Anonymousreply 132March 26, 2024 9:44 PM

The bulges.

by Anonymousreply 133March 26, 2024 10:01 PM

Burt Reynolds

by Anonymousreply 134March 26, 2024 10:03 PM

Sex on the piers and the Trucks in NYC

by Anonymousreply 135March 26, 2024 10:03 PM

R54, we had global warming back then. It was just referred to as “ecology”.

by Anonymousreply 136March 26, 2024 10:05 PM

Yes R103, back when Republicans had a sense of shame and moral and ethical principles.

by Anonymousreply 137March 26, 2024 10:11 PM

I miss my Panapet!

by Anonymousreply 138March 27, 2024 12:15 AM

The Chevy vans, called the Shagging Wagon because people would customize them with beds, chairs, and liquor cabinets. My uncle had one.

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by Anonymousreply 139March 27, 2024 12:49 AM

I remember the young guys in our neighborhood would always try to get "shagging" vans or cars.

My teen years were more the 80s but I remember older siblings' friends doing it too in the 70s.

by Anonymousreply 140March 27, 2024 12:54 AM

Hairy men driving conversion vans.

by Anonymousreply 141March 27, 2024 12:59 AM

Barbra Streisand in peak golden voice.

by Anonymousreply 142March 27, 2024 1:10 AM

I spent the 70s hitchhiking all over. It was amazing. I miss it… the excitement, the surprises, the people I met I never would have met elsewhere.

by Anonymousreply 143March 27, 2024 2:11 AM

I miss real Disco music.

by Anonymousreply 144March 27, 2024 2:14 AM

Aunt Jemima Quick-Make Frozen Pancake Pre-Made Mix Cartons

Ice-Cream Truck Wacky Pack Collection Series

“Run, Joe, Run”

by Anonymousreply 145March 27, 2024 2:20 AM

R36 Famolares came back some time ago. (I have two pair!)

by Anonymousreply 146March 27, 2024 2:21 AM

Run, Joe, Run is from the 20s— duh.

by Anonymousreply 147March 27, 2024 3:17 AM

They mean Run Joey Run by David Geddes, peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the fall of 1975. Described as “a teenage tragedy song,” is wasn’t quite Leader of the Pack. Or Papa Don’t Preach.

by Anonymousreply 148March 27, 2024 3:58 AM

The mineral oil rain lamp! My aunt had one of these and I thought it was the height of elegance.

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by Anonymousreply 149March 27, 2024 4:08 AM

Piss elegant!

by Anonymousreply 150March 27, 2024 4:12 AM

Earth Day started in 1970 after a massive oil spill in the Santa Barbara channel. 3 million gallons of oil turned the beaches pitch black, more than 10,000 seabirds, dolphins, seals, and sea lions. This activists started Americas first Earth Day to bring awareness to environmental concerns.

by Anonymousreply 151March 27, 2024 4:26 AM

I miss my erections.

by Anonymousreply 152March 27, 2024 4:36 AM

Bell bottom jeans

by Anonymousreply 153March 27, 2024 4:55 AM


by Anonymousreply 154March 27, 2024 5:17 AM

Really short shorts. Muscle cars and big American land yachts

But most of all, like OP, thin men!

[quote]There are certainly thin men around, especially in the gay community

R19 Where? I hardly ever see any, especially in my own age group

by Anonymousreply 155March 27, 2024 6:19 AM

Most middle class suburban families still drove Big American Cars- this started to change in a big way in the 1980's.

I miss this huge beauties with their wide comfortable bench seats and great thigh support and velour seats.

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by Anonymousreply 156March 27, 2024 6:27 AM

My thick head of hair.

by Anonymousreply 157March 27, 2024 7:50 AM

R155- In those days everyone had slim and natural bodies ( no tattoos, no piercings, no rings and no shaved 🪒 pubic hair).

Now everyone is either FAT or MUSCULAR or both.

I like slim guys with natural bodies too.

by Anonymousreply 158March 27, 2024 12:44 PM

R127-If you are referring to the late 1970s yes things are quite tacky by then. When I think of the 1970s I think of 1973 when girls had a long straight Marcia Brady hair and were still wearing mini skirts. And John Denver was at the top of the charts. Most queens talk about the 70s all they talk about is the late 70s disco as is if that’s the 70s. To me the late 70s is already the 1980s with punk, new wave and disco and people being very slick🕺.

by Anonymousreply 159March 27, 2024 12:52 PM

Spencer's gifts, and having sex with multiple guys in one night.

by Anonymousreply 160March 27, 2024 1:01 PM

Gas lines.

by Anonymousreply 161March 27, 2024 1:08 PM

You were old enough to have sex with multiple guys in one night, AND at that same age bought shit at Spencer Gifts?

How young were you?

I started WAY too late, apparently.

by Anonymousreply 162March 27, 2024 1:11 PM

R160, Where else could one purchase this?

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by Anonymousreply 163March 27, 2024 1:35 PM

Rona Barrett's Gossip and Hollywood magazines

by Anonymousreply 164March 27, 2024 2:04 PM

R62- You mean fewer homeless people.

by Anonymousreply 165March 27, 2024 8:22 PM

Having at least ten exterior and interior color choices for a car....and being able to tell the difference between them from 50 yards away.

by Anonymousreply 166March 27, 2024 9:02 PM

Boston ferns, salad bars, papasan chairs, a ladygarden the size of a slice of New York pizza!

by Anonymousreply 167March 27, 2024 9:13 PM

and the winner is .....

by Anonymousreply 168March 27, 2024 9:15 PM


And you could mix and match the colors.

Not like now, when "If you want this exterior color picked from these four, you can choose from these two interior colors."

by Anonymousreply 169March 27, 2024 9:16 PM

Nice people, fewer guns, and especially the great music.

by Anonymousreply 170March 27, 2024 9:16 PM

Beverly Butthole

by Anonymousreply 171March 27, 2024 9:16 PM


by Anonymousreply 172March 27, 2024 9:18 PM

The rest stops along Rt. 80.

by Anonymousreply 173March 27, 2024 9:36 PM

The vibe really on both sides of the Atlantic. Before corporations took over the world. Krishnas in the airports handing out flowers. Free camping and fires on the beach with friends and family. The west coast of the US had space to live and space to play without fucking rules and regs and fees for every dam thing. The people weren’t run hard and squeezed for every bit of their energy chasing the dollar. Those ridiculous giant cars in the USA. England had beer gardens and long boozy days with the aunts playing the piano and sing alongs. The U.K. Had great local pubs and fish and chips were like 2 dollars we stayed up late and had a fourth meal. The trains were excellent back then they worked were cheap and reliable. We humans have soiled the nest and the youth will never know what they lost.

by Anonymousreply 174March 27, 2024 9:39 PM

Variety shows and specials.

by Anonymousreply 175March 27, 2024 9:46 PM

Women with hairy armpits and hairy pussies and assholes

by Anonymousreply 176March 27, 2024 9:50 PM

The smell of Nair on hair

by Anonymousreply 177March 27, 2024 9:53 PM

Fewer humans.

by Anonymousreply 178March 27, 2024 10:38 PM

Tacky Rehoboth.

by Anonymousreply 179March 27, 2024 10:39 PM

The possibility of going to the Mine Shaft, as long as I wasn't wearing a pastel alligator shirt and hadn't spritzed with Eau Sauvage.

by Anonymousreply 180March 27, 2024 10:43 PM

Bad drugs, horrible music, too much dark wood.

by Anonymousreply 181March 27, 2024 10:46 PM

[quote] In those days everyone had slim and natural bodies ( no tattoos, no piercings, no rings and no shaved 🪒 pubic hair).

R155 I dont mind the shaved pubic hair, can deal with the tattooes, rings and even the piercings at a pinch, but I cant deal with the fat, and most of the mean in my age group and younger are huge

by Anonymousreply 182March 27, 2024 11:16 PM

My huge fro

by Anonymousreply 183March 27, 2024 11:24 PM

I had an afro and wore huge platform shoes and had capes that I wore daily.

by Anonymousreply 184March 27, 2024 11:26 PM

Fudgesicles and Good Humor ice cream bars tasting so good. They taste like chemical crap now.

by Anonymousreply 185March 27, 2024 11:31 PM

25¢ beer night (Thursdays) at the nearby college boite.

by Anonymousreply 186March 27, 2024 11:38 PM

real rock music

by Anonymousreply 187March 27, 2024 11:43 PM

[quote]Having at least ten exterior and interior color choices for a car....and being able to tell the difference between them from 50 yards away.

R166 yes, this so much!

Want to really sell me an electric car? Give me the option to have the interior in tufted deep buttoned loose pillow bordello red velour with chrome and fake wood highlights and dash and I'm all in

by Anonymousreply 188March 27, 2024 11:54 PM

Kids matinee at the cinema was 50 cents.

by Anonymousreply 189March 28, 2024 12:28 AM

The shirts.

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by Anonymousreply 190March 28, 2024 2:03 AM

Baggy bellbottom Jeans

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by Anonymousreply 191March 28, 2024 2:09 AM

Abortion Hut at the mall

by Anonymousreply 192March 28, 2024 2:16 AM

Only my youth. I thought the 1970s was the most boring decade.

by Anonymousreply 193March 28, 2024 2:17 AM


by Anonymousreply 194March 28, 2024 4:24 AM

My only responsibilities were paying attention in school (or pretending to), 20 minutes of homework, bringing in the trash cans every Thursday afternoon, and picking up the dog crap in the back yard.

It was a pretty sweet deal...

by Anonymousreply 195March 28, 2024 8:58 AM

Tattoos were considered low class.

by Anonymousreply 196March 28, 2024 11:25 AM

Also, for some people, the occasional tattoo was hot and sexy and. maybe a little dangerous.

Now they're like wallpaper. And common.

by Anonymousreply 197March 28, 2024 11:31 AM

Little parental supervision. Adventures everywhere..

by Anonymousreply 198March 28, 2024 11:32 AM

Double knit pants - you knew exactly what was going on below the waist. Thick thighs? Awesome ass? Massive junk? God, yes.

More realistic TV - less middle class drama/comedy written and produced by middle class people for middle class people.

Kids drinking - it was HILARIOUS when we stole booze at adult parties and passed out.

by Anonymousreply 199March 28, 2024 11:42 AM

I miss the empty Times Square with its old original movie theaters and I could walk anywhere and feel safe. The theater. The original Prince/Sondheim musicals, No, No, Nanette with Ruby Keeler and Patsy Kelly, Lenny with Cliff Gorman and the Housten Grand Opera Company's production of Porgy and Bess which was brought to NY which nothing could ever beat. It was a lavish production which played on Broadway not in a distancing opera house which is to be dreaded. Balanchine in charge of the NYCB with the most glorious dancers. Baryshnikov and Kirkland at ABT. London Theater

Disneyworld with no hassles and affordable prices. The Ice Capades at the Garden with Ken Shelley and Jo Jo Starbuck. Coach airplane travel.

Beautiful cut men who had no tattoos just beautiful skin with normal fit bodies. Locker rooms where guys walked around naked with no embarrassment even in middle school and high school and it was not considered childhood trauma or abuse. The only thing they were wearing was a towel over the shoulder and nobody had a problem with communal showers which were to be expected in most of men's locker rooms. And you could be naked in a sauna and steam room and it was no problem.

A relaxed attitude among most people which today has completely disappeared. Not seeing constant hatred all around and no mass crazies like Trump and the rethug party. The crazies were people who yelled incoherently on the NY streets and they could be easily ignored.

But I noticed climate change in the mid 70s. I felt something was off and it was unsettling.

by Anonymousreply 200March 28, 2024 12:14 PM

Betty Ford as FLOTUS

by Anonymousreply 201March 28, 2024 12:17 PM

R196- They’re still LOW CLASS

by Anonymousreply 202March 28, 2024 12:39 PM

My family.

by Anonymousreply 203March 28, 2024 12:44 PM

Sculpted wall-to-wall carpet.

by Anonymousreply 204March 28, 2024 12:54 PM

Gay men had a separate culture apart from the alphabet jumble of today’s sexual culture.

Broadway wasn’t shit.

Talk shows had on interesting guests who would sit and talk intelligently.

Variety shows

The media wasn’t as combative.

Kitty Carlisle dressing up fabulously to appear on a game show.

by Anonymousreply 205March 28, 2024 12:55 PM

[quote] Talk shows had on interesting guests who would sit and talk intelligently.

This right here^. And they weren't afraid to say controversial things.

Somebody here, in a long-ago thread, explained why.

It's related to how A List stars, beginning in the 80s, through their movie contracts, gained leverage over all aspects of their personal appearances including the booking process to appear on talk shows.

I think Michael Ovitz is credited or blamed for stars turning the tables and demanding that if you're a talk show host, expect that the star isn't going to say any more that what it takes to promote their movie and if they do stray, it will be a safe topic.

I saw that with my own eyes when Jennifer Aniston appeared on Letterman. She was gorgeous to look at, with an unbelievable body she encased in a little black dress, but man, words were coming out of her mouth at the same time she was saying nothing.

Give me Zsa Zsa or Eva any day of the week.

by Anonymousreply 206March 28, 2024 1:22 PM

R204- I always liked wall to wall carpeting.

I also miss wallpaper- in middle class homes in the 1970's even the bathrooms often had wallpaper.

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by Anonymousreply 207March 28, 2024 1:55 PM

Conversation pits

A well-read populace

No McMansions

No freakish looking plastic surgery addicts

by Anonymousreply 208March 28, 2024 2:14 PM

R206, And, talk show interview segments lasted longer than mere minutes and the host didn’t constantly have one eye on the clock for the next commercial break.

by Anonymousreply 209March 28, 2024 2:18 PM

Three things happened to talk shows starting in the 1980s:

The host getting personally involved with the guests (see Oprah Winfrey). No matter what the guest says, the host should be neutral. The conversation is about the guest, not the host. So Oprah crying with her guests ruined the point of view of the guest.

In an effort to gain ratings, talk shows were juiced up. You no longer had guests speaking intelligently, you had the dregs of society arguing about paternity, getting into fistfights and throwing chairs (see Geraldo Rivera).

People were given talk shows that had no ability to host one. Part of being a talk show host is having excellent conversational skills. I know a lot of people liked Rosie O’Donnell’s show, but being a chatterbox isn’t being a good host. With the reissue of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on dvd, Rosie had on Dick van Dyke, a very interesting man. Half the interview was spent with her talking about her kid and imitating how excited the kid was. Rosie never learned that when you have a legend on, you shut up and let them do the talking. Dick van Dyke doesn’t want to talk about your kid that he’s never met.

by Anonymousreply 210March 28, 2024 2:31 PM

Outdoor mall tea rooms, some with glory holes.

by Anonymousreply 211March 28, 2024 3:19 PM

Nostalgically, when it was just ABC, CBS and NBC.

The quality of the programming was better.

by Anonymousreply 212March 28, 2024 3:23 PM

Just the three major television networks in the early ‘70s where I lived. No cable. It was great.

by Anonymousreply 213March 28, 2024 8:08 PM

Many talk show guests were not promoting anything other than themselves.

by Anonymousreply 214March 28, 2024 8:48 PM

I remember buying a Damron’s Guide when I turned 18. This narrow little book in pre-internet times was the only way you could get the names of gay bars in cities and towns all across the country. It also listed the local cruising areas that—at that time—only the locals knew about. Having the guide felt like holding a treasure map! I know: MARY!

by Anonymousreply 215March 28, 2024 8:53 PM

People wanting to find their soul mate

by Anonymousreply 216March 28, 2024 9:03 PM

I was 16 when the decade ended:

Sneaking looks at After Dark and Blueboy at the Tower Books magazine racks

Gay bars where the bouncer looked the other way and you could dance all night

Venice Beach before it was overrun and gentrified

Independent bookstores, obscure record shops, and repertory movie houses in full flower

The Castro in its heyday

by Anonymousreply 217March 28, 2024 10:43 PM

A fickle decade…

I was a sex god until 1978. Then, at 10 years old, I aged out and got chubby; nobody wanted me.

by Anonymousreply 218March 28, 2024 10:47 PM


by Anonymousreply 219March 29, 2024 12:02 AM

Abortion in all 50 states.

by Anonymousreply 220March 29, 2024 12:12 AM

The Mall. There seems to be a sinister plot to prevent people from commingling these days. Movie theaters are virtually empty; I don't know how long they will last.

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by Anonymousreply 221March 29, 2024 2:16 AM

Our much higher standard of living ( In the United States)- which peaked in 1973.

by Anonymousreply 222March 29, 2024 2:44 AM

Yes! R180. Even though I was wearing a flannel shirt and jeans, I was pointedly told by the burly doorman to leave, because I was also wearing Paco Rabanne. I’ll never forget doing the walk of shame out of there.

by Anonymousreply 223March 29, 2024 6:39 PM

Paco Rabanne? You actually bought that shit?

by Anonymousreply 224March 29, 2024 7:16 PM

What did you buy, R224, in the '70s? (Fragrance.)

by Anonymousreply 225March 29, 2024 7:20 PM

R213 forgive me for going off topic but I’ve been meaning to ask something on here for a while. In the US, if you don’t take pay for cable how many free channels do you have, and are they worth watching?

by Anonymousreply 226March 29, 2024 7:35 PM

R226, I think you get zilch, nothing. Unless you have satellite or subscribe to something like Netflix, etc.

by Anonymousreply 227March 29, 2024 7:37 PM

I miss going with my parents into town on a Saturday shopping. The streets were packed and people actually dressed up to go shopping. There were so many shops and department stores, and very few chain stores. Now most places struggle to even have a higher street due to online shopping.

by Anonymousreply 228March 29, 2024 7:39 PM

R226 It depends on where you live. In a large metropolitan area like Los Angeles, you can actually pull in dozens of stations over the air with just an antenna. My sister is in Santa Monica. She has no pay cable or satellite - just a good antenna. She gets the old time networks and local channels - that totals about seven - plus all of their digital sub-channels. I think they each have about two or three. There's also the public television stations. I think there are still three in L.A.-Orange County area that she gets. Then, there's probably about another 15 of the newer digital channels that she enjoys. .. Of course, there's also a ton of crap that she'll never watch (home shopping, jewelry sales, foreign language channels, religious nutballs, etc.)

by Anonymousreply 229March 29, 2024 7:50 PM

R225 nothing. Nothing at all. Just my own pheromones.

by Anonymousreply 230March 29, 2024 8:21 PM

What an ignorant comment R224.

by Anonymousreply 231March 29, 2024 8:26 PM

R226? I live in the Ocala National Forest and I still get about 50 channels from Orlando, an hour and a half south of me, with a Mohu antenna. However, there's probably only 20 or so I actually watch.

by Anonymousreply 232March 29, 2024 8:30 PM

Talking on the telephone for hours until your parents yelled at your for getting off. I don't think I have more than a 10 minute conversation with anyone anymore.

by Anonymousreply 233March 29, 2024 8:35 PM

[quote]In the US, if you don’t take pay for cable how many free channels do you have, and are they worth watching?

It depends where you live. I live in New York City and while there are a lot of free channels, it's also difficult to get them because there's so much "traffic" over the airwaves plus the tall buildings interfere with the signal. I had a regular antenna for awhile and the picture would freeze a lot.

by Anonymousreply 234March 29, 2024 8:35 PM

R231 never did get into a sex club, slathered in cologne as he was.

by Anonymousreply 235March 29, 2024 8:38 PM

When I lived in a mid block garden apartment in midtown Manhattan I got NY1, Food Network, QVC and three Spanish channels for free from the antenna and through the cable even though I wasn’t paying for service.

by Anonymousreply 236March 29, 2024 8:53 PM

Parenting where the parents ran the show.

Someone upthread alluded to adult parties which were off limits to kids. or segregated by age daytime parties.

I remember being nosy kid, once. I wanted to listen in on the mysterious, intriguing adult conversation going on inside my Aunt's house when it was fucking mid-80s outside and us kid cousins all were outside jumping the water sprinkler.

I snuck in and my mother stood up, took my little arm in hand, marched me to the door saying "You're not to presume you may join adult conversation. Stay outside and play."

Now, day and night time parties are overrun with children.

by Anonymousreply 237March 29, 2024 9:02 PM

Scheduling your TV viewing week with TV Guide, and the anticipation of watching every show and TV movie with family and friends. And, talking about what we watched last night, at school or work, the following morning.

The absence of reality TV, and all the attention-seeking fame whores who would come with it two decades later.

The candy counters and cafes at JC Penney, Sears, Montgomery Ward.

by Anonymousreply 238March 29, 2024 9:08 PM

R238, my junior high best friend (who's now a dean at Columbia) and I would walk to the local grocery store every Tuesday to buy the new TV Guide. We'd search which old movies were scheduled for broadcasting and would cheer for anything with Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Katharine Hepburn, Olivia de Havilland, Ingrid Bergman, or Vivien Leigh.

by Anonymousreply 239March 29, 2024 9:23 PM

People dressing to suit their body-type. No 45 year old 300 pounders walking around in sports bras and yoga pants.

by Anonymousreply 240March 29, 2024 9:32 PM

My neighbor's mom, who was a housewife, always had TV Guide. I thought that was cool. My mom would never splurge on that. We just used the Sunday paper insert and called it the "TV guide."

One summer, my neighbor's mom got me hooked on The Young and the Restless.

My neighbor (who was an only child) was kind of spoiled. They had all kinds of good snacks at their house. They had an extra fridge in the carport. Neighbor's mom was the first person I knew who drank diet sodas on a regular basis.

by Anonymousreply 241March 29, 2024 9:33 PM

r226: I receive 34 FREE digital channels where I live. Of those I maybe watch 7 or eight of them.

The way OTA (over-the-air) works these days is that the main channels in a locality now have four or five "sub-channels" broadcasting from their antenna. Even PBS has sub-channels.

I learned all this after I cut the cord from my cable providers in disgust. This was 8 years ago. Never looked back. Use a Roku for occasional streaming of PBS Passport.

by Anonymousreply 242March 29, 2024 9:37 PM

[quote]I was pointedly told by the burly doorman to leave, because I was also wearing Paco Rabanne.

You would have been pointedly told by me that there was no way we were going to have sex if you were wearing Paco Rabanne. That was the single worst smelling cologne of the 1970s. Those wonderful magazine ads were such a lie. Only Brut and patchouli smelled worse.

by Anonymousreply 243March 29, 2024 9:38 PM

^^ see it’s not just my opinion

by Anonymousreply 244March 29, 2024 9:43 PM

Pan Am First Class

by Anonymousreply 245March 29, 2024 9:56 PM

When two good tv shows were on opposite channels, agonizing which one to watch.

by Anonymousreply 246March 29, 2024 10:10 PM

I had a really wonderful childhood in the early 70s in a beautiful house up on a hill in Carpinteria, California. I'm extremely nostalgic for those days of children's books and roller skating and going everywhere on our bikes. Old TV shows like Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie and The Brady Bunch - The Outer Limits was on at noon on Sundays and Sunday nights were Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom and The Wonderful World of Disney. Plus Saturday morning cartoons. We had a pool table and played a lot. I have to just sigh now, because I'd never be able to afford to live there again. If only my parents had kept that house!

by Anonymousreply 247March 29, 2024 11:44 PM

Attaching playing cards to our bike wheels with clothespins so that our bikes made a noise when we rode.

by Anonymousreply 248March 29, 2024 11:49 PM

I remember doing that with the playing cards. My neighbor's mom (the same lady who got me hooked on Young & Restless) said something about it. She said it was noisy. I guess it was obnoxious-sounding, but it was fun.

by Anonymousreply 249March 29, 2024 11:58 PM

Splurge, R241?

TV Guide cost 25 cents in 1975.

by Anonymousreply 250March 30, 2024 12:12 AM

CB Radios and Trucker culture

And songs where little gayboys could practice their backup singing. I swear, the 1970s songs were the best for little gayboys.

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by Anonymousreply 251March 30, 2024 12:19 AM

Meeting people. The Internet is necessary and fun, but it can be very isolating.

by Anonymousreply 252March 30, 2024 12:20 AM

My parents gave me a dollar a week allowance in the early 70s. I would never waste 25 cents of it for a TV Guide. If I wanted something, I had to save for it, which I learned to do. When I went to college, I was amazed at how much money flowed through the fingers of wealthier kids on a weekly basis.

by Anonymousreply 253March 30, 2024 12:22 AM

[quote] Splurge, [R241]? TV Guide cost 25 cents in 1975.

My mom grew up very poor and maybe it was a splurge, to her. Or a waste of money. Also, since we subscribed to the newspaper, maybe she thought the "TV guide" insert was enough.

by Anonymousreply 254March 30, 2024 12:23 AM

Up With People

by Anonymousreply 255March 30, 2024 12:23 AM

I agree, R254. We elderfolk had parents and grandparents who lived through the Depression and World War Two. You "made do" with what you had. Why buy a TV Guide when there's one in the newspaper? Why buy meat at the store, (when meat was available,) when you can kill the big turtle that is attacking your chicks and make turtle soup! Why worry about your own home when the Germans are bombing overhead; you and your friends just hope they bomb the school so you never have to go there again.

My mother did not see an orange for six years during the war in Britain. My father once wore a raincoat my grandmother made from a shower curtain rather than buy a new one. We were taught to appreciate what we had, not to wish we had things that we didn't.

by Anonymousreply 256March 30, 2024 12:41 AM

Recording 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' and watching both after I got home from work and was eating dinner.

by Anonymousreply 257March 30, 2024 1:38 AM

Drinks at the bars were cheap and creative. Sloe gin fizz, White Russian, Singapore Sling although mostly I stayed with what was called a wine spritzer. Inexpensive wine mixed with club soda or something. I miss the clothes, those suits the men wore, the hair styles. sideburns, Farah hairstyle imitators. Bells. Those cute little tank tops. Gold chains for the night out were cheap, 20 bucks, 14k gold. I still have mine :)

I used to go out in Manhattan, it was pretty dangerous but of exotic for me. I’m from Long Island, Suffolk. Especially on a snowy night. Snow all blowing around, walking down. The street in boots and with a buzz on. Laughing with my friends. Going in and out of different clubs or in the rain. Friend of mine started a female bar called the Rooster but it did not make it. We went but once I don’t think it stayed open long. Have to give her kudos for trying. During the work week went out to the corner local bar in Queens where I lived. A bar up the street from me on Woodhaven Boulevard. I was in there when that blackout happened. Bartender locked the doors because outside the street was suddenly a sound like a riot, windows being broken, shouts, cars screeching. Our neighborhood was white but now it was invaded by blacks who pulled up in cars and smashed out the windows of the storefronts, stealing all they could and it was pretty scary! That bar had no windows all brick building and when the bartender heard the noise outside, he locked the door put candles on the bar and gave us free drinks and we waited it out. It did get kind of warm in there, it was summer. No music though :( no electricity!

That was the summer of the 44 Caliber Killer, aka Son of Sam.. He was shooting girls down in blocks all around where I lived (Middle Village). I hitched home from queens blvd after work one night down Woodhaven Blvd, two guys picked me up and it turned out they were undercover detectives looking for the 44 Caliber Killer. They read me the riot act and showed me the police drawing out at the time. I was terrified of them. I guess they were protecting me but I wondered at first if they really were who they said they were.

I did go to a disco in Brooklyn during that time and a guy in the disco screamed and pointed at me, saying HE was the 44 Caliber Killer (what he was known as then) and he was going to ‘get’ me. I ran out of the disco and went to another club. I don’t think he was but the papers were running stories on it so often and it was just a way for this jerk to get attention. I wondered how he didn’t get arrested and check out after I left. Half of the dance floor stopped and looked at this guy.

One last thing, I went to many different clubs in that time for years. One was called Billy the Kid. Anyone remember this one?

Believe it or not, maybe because I was young, did all this with people who were friends all of these memories are kind of nostalgic for me now.

by Anonymousreply 258March 30, 2024 2:12 AM

[quote] Gold chains for the night out were cheap, 20 bucks, 14k gold. I still have mine :)

What? Gold chains were never that cheap.

by Anonymousreply 259March 30, 2024 2:15 AM

R259 Yep. They were. Venders sold them on the street but also all the stores in the malls did. They went up from fourteen dollars to 20 and I was not happy to pay 20. But well, had to be ‘decked out’. These were very thin chain links btw but that was the style then, thin and delicate.

You got three to make them sit at different levels on your neck and chest.

by Anonymousreply 260March 30, 2024 2:20 AM

[quote] You got three to make them sit at different levels on your neck and chest.


by Anonymousreply 261March 30, 2024 2:22 AM

Carmela Soprano had gold chains of different lengths.

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by Anonymousreply 262March 30, 2024 2:29 AM

Ha.I’m white with red hair. The chains were not v shaped when hung but round or more oval. The soprano thing prob is from that era.

Like this but with links and very slinky. Thin.

A wine spritzer was 1.50 btw.

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by Anonymousreply 263March 30, 2024 2:49 AM

That is the soprano thing is more a later era.

by Anonymousreply 264March 30, 2024 2:51 AM

The cool furniture.

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by Anonymousreply 265March 30, 2024 3:54 AM

All this talk of television and cable reminds me that something I miss from the '70s era in Los Angeles is the "Z Channel."

The local cable company on the Westside, then called Theta Cable, had this film channel they referred to as the "Z Channel." From wiki:

[quote] Z Channel was launched in 1974 by Theta Cable[2] (a division of TelePrompTer Corporation and Hughes Aircraft Co.) which was acquired by Group W (Westinghouse) in 1981. Operations were located in Santa Monica, California. Jerry Harvey was hired as program director in 1980. As program director, Harvey was given permission to program the network the way he saw fit. As such, the network featured a wide variety of films not typically shown on other pay television services at the time.

[quote] These included many B movies, silent films, foreign films, and original unedited versions of films. On Christmas Eve 1982, Harvey made the decision to show the original (previously unreleased in two years) version of Heaven's Gate, a movie that had been considered a disaster by all accounts. His decision was a success as the movie became the most watched feature ever shown on Z Channel. Other networks soon followed and aired Heaven's Gate.

And funny, cuz I actually remember watching Heaven's Gate on Z.

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by Anonymousreply 266March 30, 2024 4:12 AM

Psychedelic wallpapers. I am amazed I didn’t become a mass müderer.

by Anonymousreply 267March 30, 2024 7:22 AM

Water beds

by Anonymousreply 268March 30, 2024 9:41 AM

R238 and, speaking of TV Guide, remember their fall new show editions? It was so much fun to look through and see what shows you might want to check out. And then you’d get frustrated because it would turn out that an interesting new show was on opposite a favorite returning show. Or when the returning show edition came out, you’d discover a favorite program had moved to a new time slot … opposite another favorite program, of course. You had to choose, and that was that, as R246 says. No VCRs in homes until the very end of the decade, and even then they were rare.

A lot of network TV was awful, but it was all we had, and it was a culturally unifying force. Almost everybody watched TV. We all saw basically the same shows at the same time. We've lost that connection, and as mundane and mediocre as it sometimes was, it was important.

by Anonymousreply 269March 30, 2024 10:10 AM

R221, many thanks for the video link. I watched it to the end--so cool. Hickory Farms, girls in their Dr. Scholl's sandals, and the old ladies with their sprayed bouffants. Hardly a fattie in sight!

by Anonymousreply 270March 30, 2024 10:38 AM

R269, Going to school or work the next day and discussing something that had been broadcast the previous evening was fun.

by Anonymousreply 271March 30, 2024 11:06 AM

Smoking weed back them made you kind of a rebel or outsider or kind of edgy. Now every house frau, soccer mom, and Repug smokes weed or does eatables making it as a mundane as Yankee Candles or a glass of Zinfandel.

by Anonymousreply 272March 30, 2024 12:17 PM

There were no surveillance cameras in any of the stores so it was much easier to steal stuff and get away with it.

by Anonymousreply 273March 30, 2024 2:56 PM

Guys wearing striped tube socks to the mid-calf. Blue jeans that show a man's cock. like 501's

by Anonymousreply 274March 30, 2024 3:31 PM

Battle Of The Network Stars!

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by Anonymousreply 275March 30, 2024 4:54 PM

[quote]There were no surveillance cameras in any of the stores so it was much easier to steal stuff and get away with it.

Obviously you never saw the Good Times episode where Wilona became a dressing room watcher. The surveillance cameras were human.

by Anonymousreply 276March 30, 2024 6:27 PM

I miss "Davey and Goliath" - have to hunt that down again. Used to watch it really early in the morning on Saturdays.

by Anonymousreply 277March 31, 2024 4:37 PM

New Linda Ronstadt albums nearly every year (1973-1978).

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by Anonymousreply 278March 31, 2024 5:58 PM

Public Access TV!

by Anonymousreply 279March 31, 2024 8:25 PM

[quote] There were no surveillance cameras in any of the stores so it was much easier to steal stuff and get away with it.

That's sad if that's what is missed from the '70s.

by Anonymousreply 280March 31, 2024 8:27 PM

Mainly because it's still going on openly 50 years later, WITH the fucking cameras in place.

by Anonymousreply 281April 1, 2024 12:43 AM

Pierre Cardin cologne. It smelled great. The bottle looked like an erect cock. The atomizer sprayed out of the top. As a young teenager, I picked up a couple of those tiny sample tubes at Macy's every time I went into the store. I put it on and looked through a GQ magazine, imagining one of the models wearing it and paying particular attention to me, as I did him...

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by Anonymousreply 282April 1, 2024 1:41 AM


by Anonymousreply 283April 1, 2024 2:13 AM

Tang smelled better than any 70s cologne.

by Anonymousreply 284April 1, 2024 2:23 AM

[quote]Pierre Cardin cologne

I got Pierre Cardin cologne for Christmas one year. I thought I was sooooo sexy wearing French cologne.

by Anonymousreply 285April 1, 2024 2:48 AM

Following the saga of Patty Hearst and the Symbionese Liberation Army. It was quite fascinating.

by Anonymousreply 286April 1, 2024 3:03 AM

Many colognes react and smell differently according to ones body chemistry, R243, so I’ll assume your chemistry is just not compatible with Paco.

by Anonymousreply 287April 1, 2024 4:38 AM

Oh, I never put it on, r287. Smelling it on other gays was torture enough.

by Anonymousreply 288April 1, 2024 6:36 AM

“On other gays” R288? You’re weird.

by Anonymousreply 289April 1, 2024 6:42 AM

Dick Fisk.

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by Anonymousreply 290April 1, 2024 8:55 AM

Women worrying about 'panty-lines'

by Anonymousreply 291April 1, 2024 4:07 PM

r290 We sucked each other's cocks in the summer of 1978, in WeHo, in my car.

by Anonymousreply 292April 1, 2024 4:22 PM

L'eggs! Loved playing with the eggs when my mom bought them.

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by Anonymousreply 293April 1, 2024 4:23 PM

My first boyfriend. I was totally and completely in love. Fuck, I should've recognized that then.

by Anonymousreply 294April 1, 2024 11:06 PM

What would you have done differently, r294?

by Anonymousreply 295April 1, 2024 11:13 PM

I would have realized how much he tried to protect me. I wouldn't have been so closed off with him. I should have realized how much was happening to him and brothers too. We all had some kind of major disfunction happening and I should have realized it then. I really did love him, though.

by Anonymousreply 296April 1, 2024 11:16 PM

Thank you for asking R295.

by Anonymousreply 297April 1, 2024 11:17 PM

-not Meghan Markle. 😆

by Anonymousreply 298April 1, 2024 11:19 PM

I miss Frizzies, oily T zones, feminine napkins, and Nair for short shorts.

I miss getting up when my panty hose didn’t.

by Anonymousreply 299April 1, 2024 11:26 PM

I miss smoking cigarettes and being so young I wasn’t worried about cancer.

Miss driving in my car, smoking, drinking a cold soda, blasting my Pioneer stereo.

by Anonymousreply 300April 1, 2024 11:31 PM

I miss simple success stories like Erma Bombeck going from simple housewife to noted humorist.

The grass is always greener over the septic tank.

by Anonymousreply 301April 1, 2024 11:32 PM

r301 I loved Erma Bombeck!

by Anonymousreply 302April 1, 2024 11:55 PM

[quote]I loved Erma Bombeck!

One of the things that I remember was she said she would take a casserole dish out of the oven using two forks and her husband never understood why she didn’t use hot pads.

by Anonymousreply 303April 1, 2024 11:59 PM

I miss all the beaded curtains you could buy for the doorway. You could mix and match they had lots of colors. The clackyclack as you walked through them. It was fun and hip as a kid.

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by Anonymousreply 304April 2, 2024 12:12 AM

Toys were not for the airy-fairy types. Our toys made us hardcore!

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by Anonymousreply 305April 2, 2024 12:16 AM

I had Klackers when I was a little boy. One broke away from the string and shattered our kitchen window. But the Klacker itself was undamaged.

by Anonymousreply 306April 2, 2024 12:25 AM

I miss the summer evenings which seemed to last forever. Playing pinball with my friends, then getting ice cream cones, then playing endless rounds of kick the can in the alleyways.

by Anonymousreply 307April 2, 2024 1:02 AM

Longer attention spans and the fact that Donald Trump wasn't known yet.

by Anonymousreply 308April 2, 2024 1:03 AM

Kids’ television was trippy and weird, even some of the skits on Sesame Street. Electric Company, the Muppet Show, and a bizarre show called Alphabet Soup. Free To Be…You And Me.

by Anonymousreply 309April 2, 2024 1:20 AM

R306/R306, Klackers must have driven patents insane.

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by Anonymousreply 311April 2, 2024 1:24 AM

Them too.

by Anonymousreply 312April 2, 2024 1:56 AM

Texture in night spots like “fern bars” where the acoustics weren’t all so loud.

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by Anonymousreply 314April 2, 2024 3:12 AM

Salad bars with sneeze guards

by Anonymousreply 315April 2, 2024 3:17 AM

I kinda miss having only 7ish channels on television to choose from. And the channel sign offs at midnight creeped me out.

by Anonymousreply 316April 2, 2024 3:42 AM

I miss the weird, sometimes totally pointless and occasionally dangerous toys. Slime. Pet Rock. Stretch Armstrong. Lawn Darts that you threw into the air that could piece the skull of any child in their downward trajectory, and did. Candy cigarettes that blew out "smoke" of powdered sugar. Sea Monkeys that were advertised in the pages of comic books - your own little undersea kingdom! I think they were some kind of tiny shrimp. X-Ray Glasses! Johnny Switchblade Adventure Punk. Teddy Chainsaw Bear. "Bag of Glass."

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by Anonymousreply 317April 2, 2024 3:51 AM

Sea monkeys were actually brine shrimp.

by Anonymousreply 318April 2, 2024 2:50 PM

You can still buy Slime or Slime with Worms.

by Anonymousreply 319April 2, 2024 5:53 PM

Riding my bike without a helmet LIKE GOD FUCKING INTENDED.

by Anonymousreply 320April 2, 2024 11:10 PM

Even though I don't like kids, I do miss the sounds of kids playing in the street. Now it's just construction and gardeners all day.

by Anonymousreply 321April 3, 2024 3:28 PM

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by Anonymousreply 322April 3, 2024 3:45 PM

Cum gum

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by Anonymousreply 324April 4, 2024 3:10 PM

Royall Lyme.

by Anonymousreply 325April 5, 2024 2:44 AM
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