Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Slice of Life - Growing Up in the 70s

I love participating in Slice of Life, started by Two Writing Teachers and writing a story, reflection, or musing at least once a week.
Me in a striped polyester tee and short shorts and knee socks in 1977 (those are ducklings in front of me).  I was eleven.

I read Jennifer and Matthew Holm's graphic novel, Sunny Side Up, a couple weeks ago. I included it in my #IMWAYR post last Monday.  I loved the book and its expert way of dealing with a difficult family crisis, but another aspect that stuck with me is its setting.  It took place in the 1970s.  Oh, the nostalgia!  The hide-a-bed, Dorothy Hamill wedge, "Gee, your hair smells terrific" campaign, the macramé toilet paper roll cover,  the Station Wagon, the Bicentennial, the avocado green landline phone, and on and on.  It started bringing back all my 70s memories:

- TV shows - Gunsmoke, Little House on the Prairie, The Brady Bunch, Happy Days, MASH, I Dream of Jeanie, The Waltons, All in the Family, Hee Haw, Wonder Woman, The Love Boat, Good Times, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Carol Burnett Show, Welcome Back Kotter, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Sesame Street, The Incredible Hulk, Bewitched, The Rockford Files, Laverne & Shirley, Charlie's Angels, Captain Kangaroo, Sanford & Son, Fantasy Island, Adam-12, WKRP in Cincinnati, The Jeffersons, Donny & Marie, The Flip Wilson ShowMork and Mindy and more!

- Movies - Star Wars, Grease, Rocky, Jaws, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Saturday Night Fever

- Pop Stars -  Donny & Marie Osmond, the Bee Gees (especially Andy Gibb), Sean Cassidy, Olivia Newton-John (and I remember my mom had a Barry Manilow album)

- Rock Stars - Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen, the Eagles, Boston, Aerosmith, Rod Stewart, Queen, Van Halen, Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, AC/DC, Billy Joel - all music I didn't start listening to until the late 70s and 80s when I was in junior high and high school

- Disco music!

- Songs - American Pie and Forever in Blue Jeans were my first 45s.

- Fashion - I remember my mom was into Stretch & Sew patterns in the 70s.  I wanted bell bottoms!  Lots of polyester.

- Cars - the cars of my childhood included a Chevrolet El Camino, a Chevette, Ford Cherokee

- Décor - shag carpeting, and colors like avocado and orange.  I remember the microwave and air conditioning units making their debuts.

- Politics - Richard Nixon resigning because of Watergate

- The Bicentennial

- Books and authors I read - Mrs. Frisby & the Rats of NIMH, The Dark is Rising series, The Black Stallion series, A Wrinkle in Time, the James Harriot, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Roald Dahl, E.B. White, Judy Blume, Beverly Cleary, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books

If you grew up during the 70s, what are some of your memories?


  1. What a wonderful walk down memory lane, Holly. Polyester and patterns for sewing were the rage in central NY where I grew up.

  2. I just got the book from the library, Holly. I didn't grow up then, but was in my early marriage years, remember much of that well. Can't wait to read! I remember so many arguments over Nixon and that political mess!

  3. That's when I grew up too!!! We had an "avocado green landline phone"!!!! I can't wait to read that book!!!! :)

  4. Love it! Reading your list I found myself smiling and nodding yes! I thought it was interesting you listed Star Wars first in the movies section. A few years ago I found out that my husband (born in 1969) had never seen Star Wars? My reaction was pure shock! How could you grow up in the 70s and never have seen that??

    This book arrived in my book order on Friday....anxious to read it!

  5. Oh! We had avocado green mushroom wallpaper in our kitchen! I saw this book in my son's book order, and he didn't want to order it, but I might! :)

  6. I just received my copy of Sunny Side Up in the mail today and look forward to reading it. Your 70s memories made me smile-especially when you mentioned the decor:)

  7. Just read Sunny Side Up two days ago and had a drawing at book club to see who gets to read it first. My memories: an orange and yellow floral bedspread and polyester hip hugger pants in green with red apples and a white belt! Those were the days.