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Life in the 70s

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It was very different from what it is now. People lived a lot different back then.

Muscle cars would get gallons to the mile instead of miles to the gallon, nearly every guy had a poster of Farah Fawcett on his wall and having five TV channels meant you lived in the big city.

There were no personal computers, cell phones and video games were incredibly rudimentary.

Yet playing game after game of Pong would mesmerize families, much as color TV did in the 1960s.

Life in the 70s was also pretty affordable. A movie cost $2.50, a hamburger 75¢ and fries were just 39¢.

If you wanted the latest hit record by Chicago or the Bee Gees, you could plunk down $6 and get a penny back. Cassette tapes (remember those) were a couple bucks more.

Cars were real gas guzzlers in the early 70s, at least until the gas crisis. Then gas prices soared. In 1976, a gallon of gas went for 61¢.

If you wanted to be styling, you could pick up a Keep on Truckin’ t-shirt for $5 and a pair of bell bottoms for $15. If you really wanted to go all out, you could purchase a leisure suit and a Qiana shirt, an odd, faux silk fabric from DuPont.

At dances, disco music was becoming very popular, though the major music acts from the 60s were still recording hits, including the Rolling Stones, Peter Frampton and John Lennon. Elvis Presley was enjoying his comeback until he was taken away from us in 1977.

On tv in the 70s, we enjoyed the humor of Welcome Back Kotter with a young John Travolta, Laverne and Shirley, Happy Days and M.A.S.H.

Cable was still yet to be invented, so viewing options were usually limited to shows on ABC, NBC, CBS and if you were lucky, public television.

On weekends, kids would head off to the movies, watching Star Wars, The Sting, Jaws, Dirty Harry and the trilogy of epic disaster movies: Earthquake, Towering Inferno and The Poseidon Adventure.

Life in the 70s really wasn’t anything like it’s portrayed on That 70s Show. It was more like The Wonder Years, where you were scared and intrigued by the girl next door at the same time, your best friend stood by you through thick and thin and you could still find a pickup game of baseball or basketball at the neighborhood park.

A woman sittin on 70s  furniture and on the phone, as life was like in the 70s