Wow...1980 seems so long ago! But while graduation was in 1980, we were actually kids of the 70's! And we all know, the 80's were nothing like the 70's!!! How great were those years growing up? Oh the memories!!

The "Remembering 1980" page will reflect what was happing in the world in 1980, but we would be remiss without some reminders of what was going on, and what we were in to, in the 1970's. In 1972, most of us were 10 years old. We became teenagers in 1975 - who can forget the awesome junior high days? We entered high school in 1976, and lived out the 2nd half of that incredible era as high schoolers. We all have our own great personal memories, but let's take a little stroll down memory lane together, shall we?
The Early Days - pre high school

1972 (we were 10)
The Waltons won the award for Best TV Drama. Other shows popular that year were All in The Family, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Sanford and Son, Hawaii Five-O, and the Partridge Family. The Godfather won best picture, and the Poseidon Adventure was a big hit at the movie theaters as well. The top-selling single in 1972 was Alone Again (Naturally) by Gilbert O'Sullivan.

1975 (we were 13)
The Best Drama Emmy went to Police Story. A few of the other shows we were watching include: All in the Family, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rich Man Poor Man, Six Million Dollar Man, Laverne and Shirley, M*A*S*H, and Welcome Back Kotter. Best Picture award went to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Other top-grossing movies that year included Jaws and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. #1 billboard song in 1975 was Sister Golden Hair by America.
The High School Years

Best Picture

1977: Annie Hall
1978: Deerhunter
1979: Kramer vs. Kramer

Top Grossing Movies

1977:  Star Wars; Saturday Night Fever, Close Encounters of the Third Kind
1978:  Grease; Animal House; Superman
1979:  Kramer vs. Kramer; The Amityville Horror; Star Trek-The Motion Picture

and Saturday Night Live (original cast)...when it was cool!
and Saturday Night Live (original cast)...when it was cool!
Some of the TV Shows We Were Watching in high school in addition to 60 Minutes, M*A*S*H, Happy Days and All in the Family:

:  Three's Company; Charlie's Angels; Little House on the Prarie; Love Boat
1978:  Mork & Mindy; What's Happening!; Taxi; Soap; Laverne and Shirley;
1979:  Dallas; The Jeffersons; Dukes of Hazzard; CHiPS; Alice

BillBoard #1 & 2 Hits in...
1977:  Boogie Nights - Heatwave;  Undercover Angel - Alan O'Day
1978:  We Are The Champions - Queen;  Hot Child in the City - Nick Gilder
1979:  Heart of Glass - Blondie;  My Sharona - The Knack


Our youthful teen years were spent in a generation that definitely was-a-changing!  Psychedelic music of the 60's was on its way out, punk was becoming popular, and disco hit the scene in a big way!  The term Rock & Roll music changed as sub-categories were created: soft rock, hard rock, folk rock, punk rock, shock rock, easy listening and disco.  Some of the fads from the 60's moved into the 70's, many becoming more mainstream (like long hair on males), and we embraced them all!  Moving from the 60's right into the 70's included things such as: bell bottoms, beaded bracelets and necklaces (love beads), tie-dye, moccasins, smiley faces, peace signs, lava lamps, black lights and mood rings.  But we also began some of our own trends in the 70's, and there were fads that were 'ours'...things that definitely defined us as children of the 70's.  Below, in no particular order, are some fads that should take you back in time:

Symbols We Used Everwhere
  • love
  • smiley face
  • flower power
  • peace sign
  • holding up 2 fingers in a sign of peace

Hair, Makeup & Accessories

-feathered hair
-Farah Fawcett hairstyles
-afros (sometimes with picks stuck in the hair)
-Dorothy Hamil haircuts
-Perms (for women AND men)
-side burns
-longish hair on guys (sometimes really long!)
-blue eyeliner, blue mascara, blue eyeshadow
-Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific
-Stridex pads and Clearasil
-denim purses
-macrame purses and belts
-pukka shell necklaces
-beaded choker necklaces
-love beads (beaded bracelets and necklaces)
-mood rings

What We Were Wearing
Some of our styles were great...and cool!  Many are being worn again.  But...when reminded of SOME of this stuff, we should be asking....what WERE we thinking and...WHAT were we wearing?!


-polyester - everything and anything!
-leisure suits
-blue jeans
-denim jackets
-Jordache jeans
-worn and faded denim...jeans & Jackets; and we bleached them if  they weren't light enough!

-bell bottoms
-angel-sleeved blouses
-BASS shoes
-bell-bottom jumpsuits
-wraparound skirts
-gauze (shirts, skirts, dresses)
-Dr. Scholls
-parka coats
-tube tops

-peasant tops

-angel flight suits


-crocheted vests, sweaters and ponchos

-guys colorful 'disco shirts'

-satin jackets
-halter tops
-Espadrilles (laced up the calf)
-penny loafers (with pennies inside!)
-nylon jogging suits
-paisley shirts
-socks with toes
-army jackets
-rock-band t-shirts

-brown suede jackets and vests with fringe
-platform shoes
-earth shoes
-combat boots
-work boots
-hot pants
-running shorts with stripes on the side
-knee-high white socks
-blue jeans
-crew neck sweaters
-pleated pants (guys)
-skinny ties (guys)
-baggies (girls)
-blazer jackets (girls)
-wool skirts
-women wearing men-style clothing (or men's clothes) inspired by the movie Annie Hall

The Things We Said (and some of us still say!)
  • cool
  • peace
  • peace out
  • grody
  • later
  • psyche!
  • say what?
  • fer shure
  • gag me with a spoon
  • bitch'n
  • fox or foxy
  • hunk
  • dy-no-mite!
  • don't be such a spaz
  • dream on
  • to the max
  • your mama
  • I gotta book
  • chill out, or chill
  • be cool
  • take a chill pill
  • far out
  • man!
  • far out, man
  • freak out
  • right on
  • raggin'
  • moolah
  • narc
  • duh
  • no duh
  • what it is
  • 'bad'
  • be there or be square
  • check ya later
The following were some of our favorite sayings taken from TV shows or movies:
  • Oh, nooo!!  (in a high pitched voice-Mr. Bill, SNL)
  • We are two wild and crazy guys! (SNL)
  • Jane, you ignorant slut. (SNL)
  • Sit on it! (Happy Days)
  • I'm comin to join ya, Elizabeth! (Sanford & Son)
  • Up your nose with a rubber hose! (Welcome Back, Kotter)
  • God'll get you for that. (Maude)
  • Tank you beddy much. (Taxi)
  • May the force be with you! (Star Wars)
And how could we ever forget Pig Latin?!
  • Andway Owhay ouldcay eway everway orgetfay igpay atinlay?  :)

Our Toys & Entertainment
  • Barbie
  • Dawn
  • G.I. Joe
  • SuperSonic Racer Smash-up Derby
  • Wizzers
  • weaving looms
  • Shrinky Dinks
  • Stretch Armstrong
  • hand-held video games
  • Simon
  • Jarts
  • Skateboards (1975)

  • Chrissy
  • Velvet
  • Play-Doh
  • pet rocks
  • 'snakes' and 'snaps'
  • cap guns
  • Magic-8 Ball
  • Star Wars action figures
  • Creepy Crawlers
  • Mrs. Beasley
  • Chatty Cathy
  • Rockem Sockem Robots
  • Silly Putty
  • tetherball
  • View-Master
  • Mad Libs
  • cork pop guns
  • klackers (or clackers)
  • romper stompers
  • air hockey
  • yahtzee

  • Operation
  • Battleship
  • Monopoly, Clue, Life
  • Mousetrap
  • Baseball cards (with gum!...and using them in our spokes!)
  • pop rocks
  • Dunkin yo-yo
  • Slime
  • Sea Monkeys
  • whiffle balls
  • LiteBrite
  • Etch-a-Sketch
  • Hands Down
  • Leggos
  • Lincoln logs
  • hula hoops
  • banana-seat bikes
  • Slip n' Slide
  • Silly String
  • Spirograph
  • Big Wheels
  • Hot Wheels
  • Matchbox cars
  • Roller Skates
  • Pinball
  • Spin-Art
  • Nerf
  • hopscotch
  • jacks
  • model kits
  • Mexican jumping beans
  • Easy Bake Oven
  • Easy Curl
  • sand art
  • Twister
Music & Electronics


-hand-held video games
-Pong (1972)
-Atari (1978)
-Video Casette Recorders (VCRs)
-8-Track tape players
-8mm movie cameras and projectors
-radios in unusual shapes and forms
-45 record singles
-record players/turntables
-disco music
-The Hustle
-The Bump
-Bus Stop (now known as the Electric Slide)
-Silly songs (like Kung Fu Fighting, The Streak, Disco Duck, Convoy, etc.)
-Rocky Horror Picture Show
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Miscellaneous/Other Fads
-muscle cars
-CB Radios (and CB radio sayings like "breaker, breaker" and "that's a 10-4 good buddy")
-bean bag chairs
-candles in various shapes
-string art
-macrame plant holders
-lava lamps
-black lights
-strobe lights
-disco balls
-roller rinks
-green, gold and orange: furniture, rugs, appliances, etc.
-crock pots and toaster ovens
-fondue pots
-toga parties
-shag rugs


You know you were born in the 60’s if....

  • When you were a kid, your station wagon’s rear seat faced backwards.
  • When you hear Dire Straits singing, “I want my MTV,” you flash back to the beginning of, you guessed it, MTV!
  • You remember the song, “Convoy.”
  • You or your friend had a tape player that held two cassettes, so you could copy one tape to another.
  • You had big hair at one point in your life.
  • You remember, “The Spirit of 76!”
  • Everyone had cap guns.
  • You had clackers before they were pulled off the market due to eye injuries.
  • Stores sold candy cigarettes that you could blow into and “smoke” would come out.
  • You were of legal drinking age when you turned 18.
  • School locker rooms had showers.
  • After breakfast you went outside and didn’t come back until dinner, except perhaps for a lunch break.
  • The first handheld game was football.
  • You remember the first Rubix cube.
  • You knew a “brain” who could do the Rubix cube in a few seconds flat.
  • Your parents would watch the news at 6:00 and it was borrriiinnngggg!
  • Your first record player had two speeds.
  • You wore nice clothing when going on an airplane.
  • Two words.  Clogs and Candies.
  • You owned a Jellybean Jacket.
  • You had a bubble umbrella.
  • When you were young, you had a banana seat on your bike.
  • You knew someone who had a Flexy.
  • McDonald’s was “over one million sold.”
  • You collected bottles for money.
  • You chewed “Smooth and Juicy” and "Bazooka" bubble gum.
  • Pizza delivery was new, exclusive to just a few places...and so cool!
  • You got up to change the channel.
  • Coffee was percolated.
  • There were no microwaves.
  • You had a pet rock.
  • You had slime with worms.
  • Bazooka Bubble Gum cartoons would sometimes have the note, “Help, I’m trapped in a bubble gum factory!” on them.
  • Baseball card packs were bought to chew the gum and the cards were used for cool sounds on our bikes.

This is a great link on America History 1970-1979.  I didn't discover this library (from Lone Star College-Kingwood, American Cultural History) until I was finishing up the design of this website.  Therefore, for anyone interested in getting more detailed history about the 1970's, this would be an excellent source.