12-04-2012, 06:36 AM
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I was just a young lad in the 70's but have some sporatic memories about them and it then sparked this thread...what I miss about the 70's is how most vehicles could be tricked out to perform alittle better and they have "some gitty~~up" and how the family unit was respected much more than it is today...or should I say were forced to compromise the family unit now a days..how about you?

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 12-04-2012, 07:18 AM
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  • ben74
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Being under the age of 6! Tongue

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 12-04-2012, 07:29 AM
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  • dajmacd
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Toughskins jeans

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 12-04-2012, 07:43 AM
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I hear ya on the toughskins but I hated being dragged to Sears to try them on...but they lasted forever...plus another thing I missed was cut off jeans that converted to shorts....

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 12-04-2012, 07:49 AM
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Velour shirts, Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman, and the ability to see Star Wars for the first time.

Oh, and I had a Big Wheel and an Evel Knievel lunch box. They were pretty awesome too.

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 12-04-2012, 08:50 AM
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  • Howler
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I was in the Army for the first part.
The birth of daughter.

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 12-04-2012, 09:23 AM
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  • Hanzo
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I was a boy in the 70's and I miss them, the vibe in America was different.

The 60's and their alternative political and lifestyle visions along with a rediscovery of the Eastern religion were still in the air in the 70's and the possibilities of positive change and the maintenance of the social goods of progress was present as opposed to now where only the logic of the market determines the limits of everything.

Less then than now the country seemed less violently fractured by status and class differences and people were more regarded as just people we were not as turned against each other ,that seemed to start in the 80's. Although my family were poor we felt like normal American people without money as opposed to how we villify, label, fear, publicly degrade poor folks today.

Funky informality, in relationships, clothes, in everything: for example although neighborhoods were shabby they lived and were organic feeling. Funky informality has been replaced by the idolisation of wealth, luxury, power. Rigid values , battle hard individualism , love of hierarchy has displaced that 70's " we all breathe the same air" idea. A nice line from a 70's movie I saw Saturday " Harry and Tonto".

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 12-04-2012, 10:18 AM
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think you hit it on the head...the vibe was different..more pure and organic! People were able to live with less and enjoy life (as far as my world was concerned). And without a doubt it seemed like we didnt lock our doors as much and we were more giving as a whole

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 12-04-2012, 10:21 AM
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  • Johnny
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I miss the 50's and 60's more than I do the 70's. The early 70's were good. Just got through with Woodstock, got a new 70 VW Beetle, footloose and fancy free. Then in 1973 it all went to hell. I met my ex-wife in 73 and my Father died in 74. The rest of the 70's sucked. Things turned around in the 80's but I wish I could take my current family, including grandkids and take them all back to 1956.

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 12-04-2012, 10:38 AM
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(12-04-2012, 10:18 AM)ORGANIC MAN Wrote: think you hit it on the head...the vibe was different..more pure and organic! People were able to live with less and enjoy life (as far as my world was concerned). And without a doubt it seemed like we didnt lock our doors as much and we were more giving as a whole

+1 This is what i remember most even though i was a new immigrant to Canada.

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 12-04-2012, 10:55 AM
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Air travel was an exciting adventure each time with wonderful service and hassle-free security screening.

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 12-04-2012, 11:01 AM
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 12-04-2012, 03:17 PM
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My move to San Diego.

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 12-04-2012, 03:19 PM
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My Orange Krate Stingray Bicycle!

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 12-04-2012, 04:01 PM
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(12-04-2012, 03:19 PM)cdhumiston Wrote: My Orange Krate Stingray Bicycle!

LOL! Red Apple Krate here. Banana seats!

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 12-04-2012, 04:41 PM
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(12-04-2012, 07:18 AM)ben74 Wrote: Being under the age of 6! Tongue

+1
and Underoos - Spiderman was my favorite

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 12-04-2012, 05:07 PM
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Born in 77 but I own a 1970 VW Westy. The bus has withstood much less cosmetic damage than the owner.

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 12-04-2012, 06:13 PM
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(12-04-2012, 04:01 PM)dajmacd Wrote:
(12-04-2012, 03:19 PM)cdhumiston Wrote: My Orange Krate Stingray Bicycle!

LOL! Red Apple Krate here. Banana seats!

High Handlebars, a cheater slick tire and a big sissy bar!

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 12-04-2012, 07:08 PM
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I had a 1970 Beetle,`68 Sunbeam Alpine, and a `72 Super Sport Camaro. I was riding a `68 Triumph Daytona motorcycle and jobs abounded. The standard of living for an average wage earner was comfortable. The muscle cars of the `60's and 70's from the big 3 were interesting and easy to work on. A 12 oz. can of Amphora pipe tobacco cost $3.75 and a gallon of gasoline cost .50 cents. and that was after a "price-jump" ! it took almost 15 years for gas to go from .25 cents/gallon to .35 cents/gallon. <==(price of gas when I started driving)
But even by the 70's I was missing the 50's. I'd live in the 30's if I could. Smile

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 12-05-2012, 01:50 PM
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(12-04-2012, 07:08 PM)OldDog23 Wrote: I had a 1970 Beetle,`68 Sunbeam Alpine, and a `72 Super Sport Camaro.

A buddy of mine had a '67 or '68 Alpine which had been converted to a Tiger running a lightly modified (cam swap, ported heads) K-Code 289. What a blast that little beast was.

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