1 ) Laverne and Shirley
2 ) Happy Days
3 ) Three's Company
4 ) 60 Minutes
5 ) Charlie's Angels
6 ) All in the Family
7 ) Little house on the Prairie
8 ) Alice
9 ) M*A*S*H
10 ) One Day at a Time
11 ) How the West Was Won
12 ) Eight Is Enough
13 ) Soap
14 ) The Love Boat
15 ) NBC Monday Night Movie
16 ) NFL Monday Night Football
17 ) Barney Miller
18 ) Fantasy Island
19 ) The Amazing Spider-Man
20 ) Project U.F.O.
1. Star Wars
3. Smokey and the Bandit
4. A Star Is Born
5. King Kong
6. The Deep
7. Silver Streak
8. The Enforcer
9. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
10. In Search of Noah's Ark
News & Tidbits
- Apple Computer founded.
- A Dutch KLM 747 collides on takeoff with a Pan Am 747 at the Tenerife airport in the Canary Islands. 581 are killed in what remains the worst aviation accident in history.
- Alaska pipeline opens
- Egyptian President, Anwar Sadat, visits Israel.
- Convicted murderer Gary Gilmore becomes the first person executed in the United States since 1967.
- Carter pardons Vietnam war draft evaders
- First woman Episcopal priest ordained
- Nuclear-proliferation pact, curbing spread of nuclear weapons, is signed by 15 countries, including US and USSR
- Saturday Night Fever sparks the disco inferno
- Miss America: Dorothy Kathleen Benham (MN)
- The space shuttle Enterprise makes its first test glide, from the back of a 747.
- “Son of Sam” David Berkowitz arrested in New York City following a 13 month murder spree.
- Lightning causes a 25 hour blackout in New York City. Extensive looting and arson ensues. 3,776 looters arrested and over $135 million in damage caused.
- A plane carrying the band Lynrd Skynrd crashes killing three members.
- The year of the PC: If asked to pin down a birth year for the PC, many might choose 1977, the year Apple Computer Inc.'s Apple II, Commodore's PET and Tandy Corp.'s TSR-80 hit the market.
- The British Punk Rock Invasion led by “The Sex Pistols” and “The Clash” reaches US record stores.
US GDP (1998 dollars): $2,026.90 billion
Federal spending: $409.22 billion
Federal debt: $706.4 billion
Median Household Income (current dollars): $13,572
Consumer Price Index: 60.6
Minimum wage: $2.30
Dow-Jones High: 999 Low: 800
Cost of a new home: $54,200.00
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.13
Cost of a gallon of regular gas: $0.62
Cost of a dozen eggs: $0.82
Cost of a gallon of Milk: $1.68
President: James Earl Carter, Jr.
Vice President: Walter F. Mondale
Life expectancy: 73.3 years
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 50.8
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000): 46.0
Population: 4.230 billion
Nobel Peace Prize: Amnesty International
NBA: Portland Trail Blazers vs. Philadelphia 76ers Score: 4-2
NCAA Football: Notre Dame Record: 11-1-0
Heisman Trophy: Earl Campbell, Texas, RB points: 1,547
Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins Series: 4-0
Super Bowl XI: Oakland Raiders vs.Minnesota Vikings Score: 32-14
US Open Golf: Hubert Green Score: 278 Course: Southern Hills CC
Wimbledon Women: Virginia Wade d. B. Stove (4-6 6-3 6-1)
Men: Bjorn Borg d. J. Connors (3-6 6-2 6-1 5-7 6-4)
Kentucky Derby Champion Seattle Slew
NCAA Basketball Championship Marquette d. North Carolina (67-59)
World Series: New York Yankees vs. LA Dodgers Series: 4-2
Popular Songs of 1977
Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright), Rod Stewart
I Just Want To Be Your Everything, Andy Gibb
Best Of My Love, Emotions
Love Theme From 'A Star Is Born', Barbra Streisand
Angel In Your Arms, Hot
I Like Dreamin', Kenny Nolan
Don't Leave Me This Way, Thelma Houston
(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher And Higher, Rita Coolidge
Undercover Angel, Alan O'Day
Torn Between Two Lovers, Mary MacGregor
I'm Your Boogie Man, K.C. & The Sunshine Band
Dancing Queen, Abba
You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, Leo Sayer
Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffett
Telephone Line, Electric Light Orchestra
Whatcha Gonna Do?, Pablo Cruise
Do You Wanna Make Love, Peter McCann
Sir Duk, Stevie Wonder
Hotel California, Eagles
Got To Give It Up, Pt. 1, Marvin Gaye
Theme From 'Rocky' (Gonna Fly Now), Bill Conti
Southern Nights, Glen Campbell
Rich Girl, Daryl Hall & John Oates
When I Need You, Leo Sayer
Hot Line, Sylvers
Car Wash, Rose Royce
You Don't Have To Be A Star, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr.
Fly Like An Eagle, Steve Miller Band
Don't Give Up On Us, David Soul
On And On, Stephen Bishop
Feels Like The First Time, Foreigner
Couldn't Get It Right, Climax Blues Band
Right Time Of The Night, Jennifer Warnes
I've Got Love On My Mind, Natalie Cole
Blinded By The Light, Manfred Mann's. Earth Band
Looks Like We Made It, Barry Manilow
So In To You, Atlanta Rhythm Section
Dreams, Fleetwood Mac
Enjoy Yourself, Jacksons
Record of the Year: 'Hotel California' ... The Eagles
Best Song: 'You Light Up My Life' ... Joe Brooks
Best Album: 'Rumors' ... Fleetwood Mac
Male Vocalist: James Taylor ... 'Handy Man
Female Vocalist: Barbra Streisand ... 'Love theme from 'A Star Is Born' (Evergreen)'
Best Picture: 'Annie Hall'
Best Director: Woody Allen ... 'Annie Hall''
Best Actor: Richard Dreyfuss ... 'The Goodbye Girl'
Best Actress:Diane Keaton ... 'Annie Hall'
Most Popular Books
1. 'The Silmarillion' by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. 'The Thorn Birds' by Colleen McCullough
3. 'Illusions' by Richard Bach
4. 'The Honorable Schoolboy' by John Le Carre
5. 'Oliver's Story' by Erich Segal
1. 'Roots' by Alex Haley
2. 'Looking Out for #1' by Robert Ringer
3. 'All Things Wise and Wonderful' by James Herriot
4. 'Your Erroneous Zones' by Dr. Wayne Dyer
5. 'The Book of Lists' by David Wallechinsky
Fiction: Michael Cristofer ... 'The Shadow Box'
History: David M. Potter ... 'The Impending Crisis'
National Reporting: Walter Mears ... 'Associated Press'
Public Service:'Lufkin (TX) News'
Best Play: 'The Shadow Box' ... Michael Cristofer
Best Musical: 'Annie'
Best Actor in a play: Al Pacino ... 'The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel'
Best Actress in a play: Julie Harris ... 'The Belle of Amherst'
Best Actor in a musical: Barry Bostwick ... 'The Robber Bridegroom'
Best Actress in a musical: Dorothy Loudon ... 'Annie'
Play with any of these things as a kids?
dolls that 'walk'
Vintage Barbie & Friends
Barbie travel case
The Original Wham-O Super Ball
Hot Wheels Collectibles
Slot Car Garage
Don't Spill The Beans
Don't Break The Ice
Ants In The Pants
What Shall I Be?
Major Matt Mason
Fisher-Price Little People
Gumby bendable figures
metal dollhouses with plastic furniture
plastic army men
Mr. Potato Head
See 'n Say Give-A-Show Projector
Easy Bake Oven
child-sized kitchens & dinnerware
Kenner Easy Curl
cash registers & play money
plastic portable record players
Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine
Cut-Up shopping spree game
Fashions of the 70's
The Early 70s
floor-length hostess gowns
long & straight
long hair & mustaches for men
Mid to late 70's
iron-on T-shirt transfers
the Annie Hall look
disco dresses with handkerchief hems
hemlines just below the knee
scarves knotted around the neck
funky head scarves (like Rhoda)
tube socks with stripes at the top
Dr. Scholl's exercise sandals
hair & makeup:
short, stylish cuts
smooth pageboy styles
blue & green eyeshadow
the Dorothy Hamill wedge
For the men
Fads & Fun in 70s
beer can collecting
Holly Hobbie found her way onto greeting cards & collectibles
Pop Rocks Candy
Billy Beer - Billy Carter (the President's brother) had a beer named for him.
Some people believed that pyramid power would solve all of your problems, and even keep your food from spoiling!
Streaking (taking off your clothes and running naked through public places) was the #1 fad of 1974.
The video game revolution began with Pong in 1972, which spawned Atari (1978) and those little hand-held football games
Billboard Top 10 by Month
YOU SHOULD BE DANCING THE BEE GEES
(SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE) SHAKE YOUR BOOTY KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND
PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC WILD CHERRY
YOU'LL NEVER FIND ANOTHER LOVE LIKE MINE LOU RAWLS
I'D REALLY LOVE TO SEE YOU TONIGHT ENGLAND DAN & JOHN FORD COLEY
DEVIL WOMAN CLIFF RICHARD
A FIFTH OF BEETHOVEN WALTER MURPHY & THE BIG APPLE BAND
DISCO DUCK (PART.1) RICK DEES & HIS CAST OF IDIOTS
IF YOU LEAVE ME NOW CHICAGO
LOW DOWN BOZ SCAGGS
STILL THE ONE ORLEANS
SHE'S GONE DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES
ROCK 'N ME STEVE MILLER BAND
TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT (GONNA BE ALRIGHT) ROD STEWART
THE WRECK OF THE EDMUND FITZGERALD GORDON LIGHTFOOT
LOVE SO RIGHT THE BEE GEES
MUSKRAT LOVE CAPTAIN & TENNILLE
JUST TO BE CLOSE TO YOU COMMODORES
DO YOU FEEL LIKE WE DO PETER FRAMPTON
THE RUBBERBAND MAN SPINNERS
MORE THAN A FEELING BOSTON
SORRY SEEMS TO BE THE HARDEST WORLD ELTON JOHN
NADIA'S THEME (THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) BARRY DEVORZON & PERRY POTKIN
YOU ARE THE WOMAN FIREFALL
NIGHTS ARE FOREVER WITHOUT YOU ENGLAND DAN & JOHN FORD COLEY
YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A STAR (TO BE IN MY SHOW) MARILYN MaCOO & BILLY DAVIS
YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE DANCING LEO SAYER
I WISH STEVIE WONDER
CAR WASH ROSE ROYCE
HOT LINE THE SYLVERS
AFTER THE LOVIN' ENGELBERT FUMPERDINCK
STAND TALL BURTON CUMMINGS
WALK THIS WAY AEROSMITH
TORN BETWEEN TWO LOVERS MARY MacGREGOR
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND
NEW KID IN TOWN EAGLES
ENJOY YOURSELF THE JACKSONS
LOST WITHOUT YOUR LOVE BREAD
WEEKEND IN NEW ENGLAND BARRY MANILOW
LOVE THEME FROM 'A STAR IS BORN' BARBRA STREISAND
RICH GIRL HALL & OATES
FLY LIKE AN EAGLE STEVE MILLER
I LIKE DREAMIN KENNY NOLAN
NIGHT MOVES BOB SEGER
YEAR OF THE CAT AL STEWART
GO YOUR OWN WAY FLEETWOOD MAC
DANCING QUEEN ABBA
DON'T GIVE UP ON US DAVID SOUL
DON'T LEAVE ME THIS WAY THELMA HOUSTON
SOUTHERN NIGHTS GLEN CAMPBELL
THE THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE 10CC
I'VE GOT LOVE ON MY MIND NATALIE COLE
SO IN TO YOU ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION
MAYBE I'M AMAZED WINGS Paul McCartney
TRYIN' TO LOVE TWO WILLIAM BELL
HOTEL CALIFORNIA EAGLES
WHEN I NEED YOU LEO SAYER
SIR DUKE STEVIE WONDER
COULDN'T GET IT RIGHT CLIMAX BLUES BAND
RIGHT TIME OF THE NIGHT JENNIFER WARNES
I WANNA GET NEXT TO YOU ROSE ROYCE
I'M YOUR BOOGIE MAN KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND
DREAMS FLEETWOOD MAC
GOT TO GIVE IT UP MARVIN GAYE
FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME FOREIGNER
LUCILLE KENNY ROGERS
LONELY BOY ANDREW GOLD
GONNA FLY NOW (THEME FROM 'ROCKY') BILL CONTI Bill Conti
UNDERCOVER ANGEL ALAN O'DAY
DA DOO RON RON SHAUN CASSIDY
LOOKS LIKE WE MADE IT BARRY MANILOW
I JUST WANT TO BE YOUR EVERYTHING ANDY GIBB
I'M IN YOU PETER FRAMPTON
MY HEART BELONGS TO ME BARBRA STREISAND
ANGEL IN YOUR ARMS HOT
JET AIRLINER STEVE MILLER BAND
MARGARITAVILLE JIMMY BUFFETT
BEST OF MY LOVE EMOTIONS
EASY COMMODORES Lionel Richie
DO YOU WANNA MAKE LOVE PETER McCANN
WHATCHA GONNA DO? PUBLO CRUISE
JUST A SONG BEFORE I GO CROSBY, STILLS & NASH
YOU AND ME ALICE COOPER
YOU MADE ME BELIEVE IN MAGIC BAY CITY ROLLERS
70s: the most popular occupations
1. various unskilled industrial positions
2. truck drivers & delivery men
3. physical laborers (non-farm)
4. cleaning service workers
5. freight, stock & material handlers
6. civil & mechanical engineers
7. business managers & administrators
8. auto mechanics & body repair
10. firemen & law enforcement
11. manufacturing foremen
12. farm workers
13. wholesale/retail managers
14. retail sales clerks
15. retail administration & buyers
2. retail sales clerks
3. elementary & preschool teachers
5. waitresses & fast food
6. domestic service, living out
8. factory seamstresses
9. registered nurses
10. clerical/bank cashiers
11. nurse's aides & orderlies
12. cleaning service workers
13. restaurant & institutional cooks
14. assembly line workers
15. high school teachers
16. hairdressers & cosmetologists
17. office machine operators
Personal Computers In The 70's
The Commodore PET In 1970, computers were either room-sized mainframes or refrigerator-sized mini computers. They were used by colleges and banks, and required stacks of punch cards to do their number-crunching. All this was about to change.....
1971: The Intel microprocessor was invented, paving the way for hand-held calculators & personal computers (PC's).
1975-1976: The first PC's were do-it-yourself kits: the MITS Altair 8800 in 1975 and the Apple I in 1976. Microsoft was formed to write operating systems and software programs for these new machines.
1976: The first word-processing program for PC's became available: Electric Pencil.
1977: 3 pre-assembled models were introduced--the Apple II, Tandy Radio Shack TRS-80, and the Commodore PET.
1978: More models began to hit the market. Data was stored on cumbersome, unreliable tape cassettes. In 1978, Apple started using the floppy disk drive, and the other PC manufacturers began to follow suit.
1979: The general public began to realize that PC's were more than just toys for geeks when they saw what programs like VisiCalc (spreadsheets) and WordStar (the first commercially successful word-processing program) could do.
1979: Modems and phone lines were first used to link computers together in the 60's. The 70's saw the formation of many small computer networks, and companies like Compuserve and The Source began to provide PC owners with online services of their own.
The scene was set for the PC explosion of the 1980's.
Other events we witnessed growing up in the 70s
1970 - Apollo 13: Houston, We've Got A Problem
1970: Four students were killed by National Guard troops during an anti-war rally at Kent State University
The Women's Movement
In the early 70's, equality for women seemed closer than ever.
*the birth-control pill provided greater reproductive freedom
*Roe vs. Wade: in 1973, the Supreme Court legalized abortion
*the equal rights amendment was sent to the states for ratification
*women burned their bras as an act of defiance
*more women began working in previously all-male occupations
* President Nixon Visits Red China
* Munich Olympic Hostage Tragedy
*The 1972 Presidential Election
1972-1974 The Watergate Scandal
In 1972, Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein exposed corruption in the nation's capital when they investigated the Watergate Hotel break-in. This scandal eventually caused the resignation of President Nixon.
The Mideast Oil Crisis (1973-1974)
The fuel shortages that were caused by the oil embargo resulted in:
*long lines at gas stations
*people making appointments to get gas
*some gas stations running out of gas completely
*a reduction of the speed limit to 55 mph
*smaller cars with better gas mileage
*the formation of the U.S. Department of Energy
*commuters riding to work in carpools
1974: newspaper heiress Patty Hearst was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army, a radical group based in California
1975 - Wreck Of The S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald
1976: the death penalty was reinstated
1977: Gary Gilmore was the first person to be executed in the U.S. in 10 years
Between 1976 and 1977, David Berkowitz killed 6 young people and wounded 7 others. He was first known as the .44 Caliber Killer...it was only after he began sending signed letters to the police that he received his most famous nickname: Son of Sam.
1976: At the American Legion Conference in Philadelphia, 221 attendees became sick and 34 died from a mysterious illness that was first known as 'legion fever.' Legionnaire's Disease was caused by bacteria growing in the water supply of the hotel's air-cooling system.
*The American Bicentennial
*Viking I Lands On Mars
* The 1976 Presidential Election
* Blackout In New York City
* The Alaska Pipeline Is Completed
* The King Tut Exhibit Tours America
* McDonalds introduces the Breakfast Menu and begins test marketing Happy Meals
* 914 Cult Members Die In Guyana
*John Wayne Gacy Murder Case Begins
1979: the Susan B. Anthony dollar began circulation in 1979, but proved unpopular and was discontinued in 1981
* Three Mile Island Nuclear Accident
* Skylab Falls From Orbit
* U.S. Citizens Taken Hostage In Iran