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Subject: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: 90s Guy on 05/25/18 at 4:48 pm

What was the general 'feel' of 1974? What do you remember being popular in the movies, on TV, what kinda fashions do you remember seeing?

Also, how 'alien' would 1974 seem to someone my age (27) if I were to go back in time to that year? How different was everyday life then compared to now?

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: Howard on 05/25/18 at 5:25 pm

The year I was born.

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: Voiceofthe70s on 05/25/18 at 5:33 pm

Some of the things we didn't have in common usage were microwave ovens, answering machines (later to become voicemail) for the landline phones that everybody had then, and ATMs. The latter was a big one because we were not yet the cashless society we have become. Debit cards didn't exist and credit cards (known as "charge cards" then) were used more for major purchases. Bank hours then were 10 AM to 3 PM (hence the phrase "banker's hours), so  if you had money in the bank and the bank was closed, you just didn't have access to it. So if you were out at night and ran out of money for a cab you were out of luck. You bummed a ride or hitchhiked (and even then it was the tail end of the hitchhike era). 

Music was stunningly fantastic, but not the crap that was getting played on top 40 by then. You just had to ignore all that. But the albums coming out were fantastic. Neil Young's "On The Beach", Dylan & the Band's "Planet Waves", Joni Mitchell's "Court and Spark", Jefferson Starship's "Dragon Fly" (the REAL, Paul Kantner-lead Jefferson Starship, not the later 80s crapola. Let's not start all that again). Great tours that year included Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Eric Clapton's comeback tour after years of drug induced hibernation and Dylan & The Band.  I bought many albums and went to many concerts.

Fashions were cool, not nearly the 70s cliches people think of. For both men and women pants were TIGHT and shorts were SHORT. Hip hugger bellbottoms were still all the rage. People looked great in them.

Yes, I liked 1974.  :)

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: Wobo on 05/25/18 at 5:50 pm


The year I was born.

30 years before i was born,  ;D

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: AmericanGirl on 05/25/18 at 10:21 pm


...Music was stunningly fantastic, but not the crap that was getting played on top 40 by then...


IMO, Top 40 music in 1974 mustn't be sold short.  It was a pretty incredible music year, both albums and Top 40.  I ought to know - I listened constantly!  :) 

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: 90s Guy on 05/25/18 at 10:24 pm

Why did people still hang dry clothes in the early-mid 70s?

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: AmericanGirl on 05/25/18 at 10:46 pm


Why did people still hang dry clothes in the early-mid 70s?


Oh, people did use clothes dryers in the 70's - they weren't rare or anything.  But the truth is, hanging clothes is not a bad way to go - if you have time to wait for them to dry and have the hanging space.  The sun and breeze have a good effect on, for instance, white shirts.

About dryers, some older homes may not have had the necessary venting hookups, in which case it might've been difficult to hook up a dryer.  That's the only reason I can think of.  Dryers may have been more pricey on the whole than they are today (in relative terms), but they weren't too exorbitant at the time for the average family.

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: 90s Guy on 05/25/18 at 10:58 pm

I was just asking because I've seen a lot of my mother's 70s photos and you always see clothes hanging on a line in the backyard. My sisters' father bought my mother a washing machine in I think 1972 as a gift and it was a big deal. She and him lived with my grandmother.

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: Voiceofthe70s on 05/25/18 at 11:19 pm


IMO, Top 40 music in 1974 mustn't be sold short.  It was a pretty incredible music year, both albums and Top 40.  I ought to know - I listened constantly!  :)


I left the top 40 behind circa 1971 or so. There were great FM underground radio stations and that's where I lived. I made occasional forays above ground but by 1973 my top 40 days were gone.  8)

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: d90 on 05/26/18 at 1:00 am

Why were banks only open from 10am to 3pm?

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: gibbo on 05/26/18 at 1:45 am

I was 14 yrs old.  These few things came to mind when I read the thread title.

Billy Joel popped into my head ... as did Aerosmith. Paper Lace singing Billy Don't Be a Hero. ABBA won the Eurovision song contetst with 'Waterloo'. The Steve Miller band had a big hit with 'The Joker'. I was a big listener of the American top 40 radio program (with Casey Kasem ... each Friday night). I never thought it strange that an American radio program was so popular in Brisbane, AU. I don't recall disliking any songs on the radio.

I was at an all boys school ... I recall the gorgeous (braless) lab assistant walking across the schoolyard one cool winter morning and every male was drooling. I'm sure she could feel our eyes on her and she really worked it well.  Strangely, she didn't stay at the school long. She obviously made a life long impression on me.  She must have been in her early 20's.  I  can still see her as if it was yesterday.
Ahhhh....  ::)


Mostly just memories of school and the songs on the radio. I don't think I had many cares in the world. Vietnam War was winding down. Australian city 'Darwin' was wiped out by Cyclone Tracy on Christmas Eve.  Oh ... and I recall discussing Watergate and Skylab in our Cit Ed class.

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: Voiceofthe70s on 05/26/18 at 7:06 am

Let's also remember the biggest event of 1974. Richard Nixon resigned as President of the United States.

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: Voiceofthe70s on 05/26/18 at 7:08 am


Why were banks only open from 10am to 3pm?


That's simply the way things were. "Banker's hours". Starting in the 80s or maybe late 70s some banks started staying open late a day or two a week so people could cash their paychecks. (No direct deposit in those days).

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: loki 13 on 05/26/18 at 7:42 am


Oh, people did use clothes dryers in the 70's - they weren't rare or anything.  But the truth is, hanging clothes is not a bad way to go - if you have time to wait for them to dry and have the hanging space.  The sun and breeze have a good effect on, for instance, white shirts.


We had a dryer but my mother would still hang dry the whites and linens. I still remember the guy who would drive down the street
selling clothes props and and clothes pins. We had a lot of drive by street peddlers, the guy with the whet stone to sharpen your
knives, the huckster with the fruits and vegetables, the dry cleaner would pick up your clothes then drop them off when they were done.
Other things you could buy from people driving down the street; Mister Softee ice cream, Belgian Waffles, The Whip (sort of a merry-go-round)
ride, pony rides, Fire Engine rides and we can't forget the milkman. We would also have the mosquito guy spraying DDT which smelled really
sweet so tons of kids would run behind the mosquito truck as it went by....hmmmm...explains a lot.

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: 90s Guy on 05/26/18 at 8:28 am

My mother and sister, 6/19/1974
http://i63.tinypic.com/23gxrtc.jpg

My dad, 4/24/1974
http://i64.tinypic.com/28swqba.jpg

They didn't know each other yet, and if they had met in the 70s, probably would not have gotten together. My mother didn't like hippie guys then.

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: Voiceofthe70s on 05/26/18 at 9:29 am


My mother and sister, 6/19/1974
http://i63.tinypic.com/23gxrtc.jpg

My dad, 4/24/1974
http://i64.tinypic.com/28swqba.jpg

They didn't know each other yet, and if they had met in the 70s, probably would not have gotten together. My mother didn't like hippie guys then.


The photo of your father is very, very typical of the we dressed back then. I looked very similar myself (but without the mustache). I told you we looked cool back then. 8)  Notice the "French cut" T shirt. Very common back then. People today have a somewhat distorted view of early 70s fashions, often judging by goofy looking things seen in old catalogs, which isn't really the way anybody dressed back then. Nobody looked like those people in old catalogs and ads.

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: AmericanGirl on 05/26/18 at 10:40 am


I left the top 40 behind circa 1971 or so. There were great FM underground radio stations and that's where I lived. I made occasional forays above ground but by 1973 my top 40 days were gone.  8)


I lived in the "boonies" in 1974, so FM radio wasn't an option for me based on what our radios would receive.  So it was Top 40 for us.  But not to fret - we were continuously treated to a smorgasbord (eclectic as it was) of amazing tunes.

I have myself a database I created a few years back based on Cashbox top 100 charts throughout the 70's - I queried it to tell me all the Top 25 hits hitting the charts first in April/May of 1974 and this is what I got (in order of release):

Carpenters ~ I Won't Last A Day Without You
Aretha Franklin ~ I'm In Love
Olivia Newton-John ~ If You Love Me (Let Me Know)
Nilsson ~ Daybreak
William DeVaughn ~ Be Thankful For What You Got
Bo Donaldson & Heywoods ~ Billy, Don't Be A Hero
Kool & Gang ~ Hollywood Swinging
Gordon Lightfoot ~ Sundown
Paul McCartney & Wings ~ Band On The Run
Jim Stafford ~ My Girl Bill
Ray Stevens ~ The Streak
ZZ Top ~ La Grange
Hollies ~ The Air That I Breathe
Anne Murray ~ You Won't See Me
O'Jays ~ For The Love Of Money
DeFranco Family ~ Save The Last Dance For Me
Ozark Mountain Daredevils ~ If You Wanna Get To Heaven
Blue Magic ~ Sideshow
Eagles ~ Already Gone
Impressions ~ Finally Got Myself Together
Eddie Kendricks ~ Son Of Sagittarius
Carly Simon ~ Haven't Got Time For The Pain
Steely Dan ~ Rikki Don't Lose That Number
Gladys Knight & Pips ~ On And On
Dave Loggins ~ Please Come To Boston
Spinners ~ I'm Coming Home
Cher ~ Train Of Thought
Golden Earring ~ Radar Love
Hues Corporation ~ Rock The Boat
Righteous Brothers ~ Rock And Roll Heaven
Abba ~ Waterloo
Bachman-Turner Overdrive ~ Takin' Care Of Business
John Denver ~ Annie's Song
George McCrae ~ Rock Your Baby
Wet Willie ~ Keep On Smilin'


Save one or two clunkers or unknowns, I'd say this collection is pretty downright awesome  8)

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: Howard on 05/26/18 at 2:27 pm


30 years before i was born,  ;D


In 2004? ???

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: Howard on 05/26/18 at 2:29 pm


Let's also remember the biggest event of 1974. Richard Nixon resigned as President of the United States.


till he got impeached.

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: Howard on 05/26/18 at 2:30 pm


That's simply the way things were. "Banker's hours". Starting in the 80s or maybe late 70s some banks started staying open late a day or two a week so people could cash their paychecks. (No direct deposit in those days).


Were there any ATM's during this year? ???

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: Voiceofthe70s on 05/26/18 at 2:38 pm


Were there any ATM's during this year? ???


Check my original post. There were no ATMs in 1974. It was probably mid-80s before ATMs came into mainstream use.

By the way, did you ever notice that some people say "ATM Machine"? Since "ATM" stands for "Automated Teller Machine" saying "ATM machine" is like saying "automated teller machine machine".  ;D  Likewise, anyone who says "PIN number". Since PIN stands for "personal identification number" they are saying "personal identification number number".  Some people even say "the HIV virus". HIV stands for "human immunodeficiency virus", so again, they are saying "human immunodeficiency virus virus". Know your acronyms!

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: 90s Guy on 05/26/18 at 3:31 pm

Question for Voiceofthe70s, did you live in a suburb or smaller area during the 70s? I ask because as far as ATMs and such it may have been different in a big city. I ask because of this:

"On September 2, 1969, Chemical Bank installed the first ATM in the U.S. at its branch in Rockville Centre, New York. The first ATMs were designed to dispense a fixed amount of cash when a user inserted a specially coded card A Chemical Bank advertisement boasted "On Sept. 2 our bank will open at 9:00 and never close again." Chemical's ATM, initially known as a Docuteller was designed by Donald Wetzel and his company Docutel. Chemical executives were initially hesitant about the electronic banking transition given the high cost of the early machines. Additionally, executives were concerned that customers would resist having machines handling their money"

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: Voiceofthe70s on 05/26/18 at 4:06 pm


Question for Voiceofthe70s, did you live in a suburb or smaller area during the 70s? I ask because as far as ATMs and such it may have been different in a big city. I ask because of this:

"On September 2, 1969, Chemical Bank installed the first ATM in the U.S. at its branch in Rockville Centre, New York. The first ATMs were designed to dispense a fixed amount of cash when a user inserted a specially coded card A Chemical Bank advertisement boasted "On Sept. 2 our bank will open at 9:00 and never close again." Chemical's ATM, initially known as a Docuteller was designed by Donald Wetzel and his company Docutel. Chemical executives were initially hesitant about the electronic banking transition given the high cost of the early machines. Additionally, executives were concerned that customers would resist having machines handling their money"


Nope, I lived in a major big city. Trust me, those things weren't around. Just because they were invented and there was a prototype doesn't mean they were in common usage. I mean, there were very early VCRs (Or Betamax) and answering machines too, but the general public never saw them. HBO existed as early as 1972, but nobody had it. Not the general public anyway.

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: 90s Guy on 05/26/18 at 5:30 pm

An ad from 1970 from Chemical Bank saying they were at locations "convenient to you."
http://www.nydailynews.com/resizer/SZioFlZ2-TK-I_AOkBjAIAxglig=/1400x0/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-tronc.s3.amazonaws.com/public/JXWKSLRR7SW56ROUGFJQR3OFJU.jpg

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: 90s Guy on 05/26/18 at 5:35 pm

Perhaps they were local to NYC at the time?

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: AmericanGirl on 05/26/18 at 8:46 pm


till he got impeached.


Well, his resignation  :(  meant he didn't get impeached...

(technically perhaps he still could've been impeached - but he was pardoned first by Ford...)

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: Voiceofthe70s on 05/26/18 at 9:23 pm


Well, his resignation  :(  meant he didn't get impeached...

(technically perhaps he still could've been impeached - but he was pardoned first by Ford...)


The resignation was just a way for Nixon to "save face", as when a person gets fired from a job and the boss says "I'll expect your resignation on my desk in the morning".  For all intents and purposes he was thrown out.

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: AmericanGirl on 05/26/18 at 9:30 pm


...There were no ATMs in 1974. It was probably mid-80s before ATMs came into mainstream use...


Agreed - in general.  However I must relate a distinct memory of mine, that when I was a student at the University of Michigan, there was something on campus much akin to ATMs (they were not called ATMs at that time).  This was Fall 1977.  I got the impression at the time that the campus machines were a newer installation; nonetheless they were in widespread use by students.  Now when I came home and went to work in downtown Chicago, I didn't find any such thing - I remember thinking to myself, how backwards can these big banks be?  In downtown Chicago, you'd expect to find something cutting edge like ATMs but they were not widespread there until much later.  A theory (this is pure speculation) is the cost of construction of ATMs probably didn't meet the cost/benefit analysis at the time and so banks may have hesitated to put them in until the demand made it mandatory.  The reason could've been entirely different, though.

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: Voiceofthe70s on 05/26/18 at 9:43 pm


Agreed - in general.  However I must relate a distinct memory of mine, that when I was a student at the University of Michigan, there was something on campus much akin to ATMs (they were not called ATMs at that time).  This was Fall 1977.  I got the impression at the time that the campus machines were a newer installation; nonetheless they were in widespread use by students.  Now when I came home and went to work in downtown Chicago, I didn't find any such thing - I remember thinking to myself, how backwards can these big banks be?  In downtown Chicago, you'd expect to find something cutting edge like ATMs but they were not widespread there until much later.  A theory (this is pure speculation) is the cost of construction of ATMs probably didn't meet the cost/benefit analysis at the time and so banks may have hesitated to put them in until the demand made it mandatory.  The reason could've been entirely different, though.


There may be something to your theory. If my memory is correct, the first ATM I saw, and it was in the 80s in a big city, was not in a bank, but a freestanding machine in the entryway of a department store. I thought it was to get cash advances from credit cards (which indeed was one of it's functions).

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: 90s Guy on 05/27/18 at 5:16 am

Speaking of cards, my grandfather (RIP) had a "credit card" of sorts for OTB. I still have it. You would call, give your name and card number over the phone and were able to place bets and an electronic system recorded your calls and also served as an "account" for your bets. He had to have gotten it sometime between 71 and 75 cause he died in 1975 and the phone betting system started in 1971. It is literally a golden card with the classic OTB logo, his name and telephone number. Still in his wallet.

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: 90s Guy on 05/27/18 at 5:19 am


The resignation was just a way for Nixon to "save face", as when a person gets fired from a job and the boss says "I'll expect your resignation on my desk in the morning".  For all intents and purposes he was thrown out.


If we're being honest he did it for money, too. If he resigned he could keep his pension. If he was impeached and convicted he would lose his pension and former President perks. He was deep in money trouble at the time of his resignation, so he needed the pension. He also had only around 12 Senators who would vote to acquit him, far short of the 35 he needed to survive. He had the numbers to win an acquittal until the smoking gun tape came out.

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: Howard on 05/27/18 at 2:25 pm


An ad from 1970 from Chemical Bank saying they were at locations "convenient to you."
http://www.nydailynews.com/resizer/SZioFlZ2-TK-I_AOkBjAIAxglig=/1400x0/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-tronc.s3.amazonaws.com/public/JXWKSLRR7SW56ROUGFJQR3OFJU.jpg


But they only had 1 cash machine.

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: Howard on 05/27/18 at 2:29 pm

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/1a/de/f7/1adef7380a67388c9198f7313e28c177.jpg

https://thesmokingnun.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/1105280491_5a589b2a69_z.jpg

https://image1.masterfile.com/getImage/846-02792696em-1970s-women-redeeming-deposit-on-cans-bottles-at-supermarket.jpg

Supermarkets in the 1970's.

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: Wobo on 05/27/18 at 2:33 pm


https://i.pinimg.com/originals/1a/de/f7/1adef7380a67388c9198f7313e28c177.jpg

https://thesmokingnun.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/1105280491_5a589b2a69_z.jpg

https://image1.masterfile.com/getImage/846-02792696em-1970s-women-redeeming-deposit-on-cans-bottles-at-supermarket.jpg

Supermarkets in the 1970's.

Wow looks like a whole different world.

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: 90s Guy on 05/27/18 at 2:58 pm

How so? The styling and coloring is a little different, but the essentials are the same.

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: Wobo on 05/27/18 at 3:02 pm


How so? The styling and coloring is a little different, but the essentials are the same.

The machines look so dated and the aisles look way different from what a average aisle would look like today.

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: Howard on 05/27/18 at 3:10 pm


The machines look so dated and the aisles look way different from what a average aisle would look like today.


and today with the use of U-Scan machines there are even less cashiers now and more people waiting on line to serve themselves with their groceries.

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: Voiceofthe70s on 05/27/18 at 3:53 pm


How so? The styling and coloring is a little different, but the essentials are the same.


Not quite. There was no scanning or bar codes. There were price tags on each item and the cashier had to ring each item in individually by typing the price into the cash register. The cash register did not do the calculations of how much change to give. The cashier had to do the figuring in his/her head.

Bar codes started appearing sporadically around 1980. It took a few more years after that before they were on everything.

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: 90s Guy on 05/27/18 at 4:18 pm

It's not unrecognizable to me because I went into grocery stores with cash registers, especially as a kid. The whole look of it outside of the aesthetics is familiar to me and almost nostalgic

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: Voiceofthe70s on 05/27/18 at 4:43 pm

Supermarkets in those days also always gave out S&H Green Stamps (or regional variations thereof). The stamps would come shooting out of the cash register in sheets, the amount of stamps dependent on how much money you spent. These were then pasted into books and could be redeemed for merchandise at a local "redemption center". It took a frustratingly long time to save up enough books to get anything good.

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: 90s Guy on 05/27/18 at 5:02 pm

I personally would give anything to have lived anywhere from 1946 to 1980 (especially 1958 to 1978). It's in my opinion the greatest run for pop culture in history.

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: gibbo on 05/27/18 at 10:24 pm


I personally would give anything to have lived anywhere from 1946 to 1980 (especially 1958 to 1978). It's in my opinion the greatest run for pop culture in history.


I was lucky ... as I had siblings up to 11 years older than me. Even though I was young in the mid-60's (born in 1960) ... I was exposed to the music that they were listening to as well as anything more directed at my age group.  You were right though .... it was a great time to be young and a teen.

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: Howard on 05/28/18 at 2:39 pm

When did U-Scan machines start? Was it after 1974? ???

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: AmericanGirl on 05/28/18 at 3:35 pm


When did U-Scan machines start? Was it after 1974? ???


The scanners were invented early in the 70's, but widespread use didn't occur until the late part of the decade or even the 1980s.

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: Howard on 05/28/18 at 3:37 pm


The scanners were invented early in the 70's, but widespread use didn't occur until the late part of the decade or even the 1980s.


Did they lessen the cashiers too? ???

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: AmericanGirl on 05/28/18 at 3:59 pm


Did they lessen the cashiers too? ???


Not at first.  But by sometime in the early/mid 90's there were "self serve checkout" lanes at certain stores - these did lessen the need for cashiers.

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: gibbo on 05/28/18 at 5:06 pm


Did they lessen the cashiers too? ???


As long as they don't get rid of the cart guys!  :o

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: Howard on 05/29/18 at 7:05 am


As long as they don't get rid of the cart guys!  :o


There were cart guys during the 1970's but these guys brought in the wagons instead of leaving them outside and they also helped the customers bring their groceries to their cars too,They were also professionally dressed.

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: Howard on 05/29/18 at 7:07 am


Not at first.  But by sometime in the early/mid 90's there were "self serve checkout" lanes at certain stores - these did lessen the need for cashiers.


Nowadays, I see more lines at the supermarket store at the U-Scan machines because they want to get in and get out as quickly as possible.

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: AmericanGirl on 05/30/18 at 6:37 am


Nowadays, I see more lines at the supermarket store at the U-Scan machines because they want to get in and get out as quickly as possible.


At least one store around here previously had them - then took them out  :-\\

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/30/18 at 6:52 am

The disappearance of Lord Lucan, the British peer suspected of murder.

btw, never found...

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: CatwomanofV on 05/30/18 at 3:01 pm

What do I remember about 1974? I remember having to walk 10 miles to school in 6 feet of snow barefoot, uphill BOTH WAYS!!!  ;D ;D :D :D :D


Ok, yeah, I am exaggerating just a bit, but I did have A LONG walk. We lived in the middle of two schools. They traded off by grade which kids went to one school & which went to the other-and then they switched it each year so the kids would go to the same school. My sister & I went to different schools. (I wanted to go to the one that she went to.) There were no other kids who went to my school on my street (or for the next few streets). I lived the furthest away and always had to walk by myself for at least 3 or 4 blocks. And there wasn't a bus. It wasn't until my third year (and last) year at that school that I discovered a bus-but only for the kindergartners-but I was able to catch the bus in the mornings but still had to walk home.

I can't remember if it was for my birthday or Christmas but I received a transistor radio. It was white and kind of looked like a flying saucer. It had a long chain with a big loop that you could hang it on something. That radio was my company on that long walk. I remember in class, I kept the radio in my desk (that was opened in front) and I used to play with the chain-something to occupy my hands.

As I listening to my radio while walking, I passed a gas station which often had LONG lines and they had a sign that said either ODD or EVEN. For those of you who do not know, this was during the gas shortage and they had odd & even days. You could only get gas on the days that corresponded to the last number of your license plate. Some days they had a sign that said "No gas."

BTW, a few years ago, I was talking to my sister about that LONG walk. She, too thought that she had a long walk. We went to Google Maps and discovered that my walk was indeed longer-my walk was over a mile one way-hers was under. I'm sure today, no kid would have to walk that far.



Cat

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/30/18 at 4:02 pm

Listening to Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells" while doing my school homework.

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: 90s Guy on 05/30/18 at 4:28 pm

This picture isn't from 1974, but from 1975. It however sums up the mid 1970s (imo 1973-1976) for me:http://i67.tinypic.com/2yl1thu.jpg

This picture was the last photograph taken of my grandfather alive. It was taken in April or May 1975; his last Driver License photo. He had suffered a mild stroke in 1973, been hospitalized for pleurisy between January 1st and January 14th 1974, and was very deeply depressed. He lost his big brother suddenly in February 1975. He himself would die suddenly of a second stroke in October 1975 at the age of 55. He already looks spiritually dead in this photo. His eyes. My hero. The middle 1970s strike me as just a dark, dreary, dank time.

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: Howard on 05/31/18 at 7:21 am


At least one store around here previously had them - then took them out  :-\\


The cashiers or the U-Scan machines? ???

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/31/18 at 7:32 am


The cashiers or the U-Scan machines? ???
Keep the cashiers, it's more sociable!

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: AmericanGirl on 05/31/18 at 5:30 pm


The cashiers or the U-Scan machines? ???



Keep the cashiers, it's more sociable!


Philip, the store took your advice - the U-Scan machines were removed and cashiers were added...

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/01/18 at 5:23 am


Philip, the store took your advice - the U-Scan machines were removed and cashiers were added...

Wonderful!

I always mention it to official looking members of staff when shopping.

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: Howard on 06/01/18 at 7:09 am


Philip, the store took your advice - the U-Scan machines were removed and cashiers were added...


If U-Scan machines were removed altogether then we'd have longer waiting lines.

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/01/18 at 7:16 am


If U-Scan machines were removed altogether then we'd have longer waiting lines.
It is the face to face customer service that is missing.

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/01/18 at 7:17 am


If U-Scan machines were removed altogether then we'd have longer waiting lines.
btw, there even long queues even with the machines!

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: Howard on 06/01/18 at 8:00 am


It is the face to face customer service that is missing.


I know, I hear what you're saying.

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: AmericanGirl on 06/27/18 at 11:16 pm

In 1974, Disco wasn't the dominant musical force (yet), but it was new and fun and was clearly on the rise.  Songs like, for example:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svCVX5ah8g8
Hues Corporation - Rock The Boat

8)

Subject: Re: What do you remember about 1974?

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/02/18 at 5:13 pm

The 1974 FIFA World Cup in (then) West Germany, when England failed to qualify.

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