Life in the 70’s

What was it like in the 1970’s? A lot of what started in the 60’s was carried over into the 70’s. The world was changing, so too was what used to be “normal.” It was a decade that brought about new thoughts and ideas; feminism, the antiwar movement, and environmentalism. Politically, it was also marked by a “silent majority” or the “new right,” a quiet conservative movement that defended conservatism. But even our leaders were disillusioned and skeptical, as President Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal took center stage toward the middle of the decade. The 1970’s was full of new technology, the beginning of video games and computers, new movies like Star Wars, and culturally relevant TV like The Brady Bunch and All In The Family. It was the end of the Boomer generation and the beginning of “Generation X.”

10 Facts About the 70’s

  • VCR’s were released to the public. Now television viewers could record their favorite shows and watch them later.
  • The first MRI image was published in 1973.
  • Economically, “stagflation” was a new reality. Unemployment and inflation increased at the same time, and the result was a stagnant economy.
  • In 1973 Johnny Carson joked that there was a toilet paper shortage. As a result stores were emptied causing a shortage that lasted for weeks.
  • Rock stars Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison all died in the 1970’s at the age of 27. Also lost was crooner Bing Crosby and rock legend Elvis Presley.
  • The World Trade Center towers in New York City were built, and became some of the worlds tallest buildings.
  • The Vietnam War came to an end in 1975.


  • Richard Nixon

    • Richard Nixon
    • 37th President
    • 1969 – 1974
    • Wife: Pat Nixon
  • Gerald Ford

    • Gerald Ford
    • 38th President
    • 1974 – 1977
    • Wife: “Betty” Ford
  • Jimmy Carter
    • Jimmy Carter
    • 39th President
    • 1977 – 1981
    • Wife: Eleanor Rosalynn Carter

Things Invented
in the

  • The First Microprocessor
  • Cell Phones
  • The Liquid Crystal Display
  • Rollerblades
  • Post-it Notes
  • Walkman
  • Inkjet Printer
  • VCR
  • Word Processor

70’s Fads

Disco music was an interesting musical mix influenced by funk, soul and latin styles. If you were headed to the club in the 70’s you would be listening to disco and you would probably dance like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever.

Pet Rocks:Would you like a pet that doesn’t eat, doesn’t mess up the house or do much of anything? In 1975 you were in luck! For a short period of time, millions of “pet rocks” were sold to people around America. The pet rock was the brainchild of advertising executive Gary Dahl.

CB Radios:
Citizen Band radio came into popularity in the late 1970’s. CB’s were used by truckers to save on gas during the fuel shortages of the 70’s and they also helped avoid speed traps. Many movies and TV shows featured CB radios and it caught on. Even the first lady otherwise known in CB radio-land as “First Mama” Betty Ford was using a CB radio.


Leisure Suits:
Even though these suits were invented about 40 years before they were at their height in popularity, the leisure suit was a suit that you could wear out for a night on the town, and still be comfortable. They fell out of style toward the end of the decade.

Feathered Hair:
Feathered hair became very popular in the 70’s, as the beautiful movie star Farrah Fawcett wore the style. Many women followed suit, and feathered their hair.

70’s Stars/TV Shows and Movies

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