Iconic Moments From The 1970s
Jan Smithers before her days at WKRP in Cincinnati. (1973)
The 1970s were a wild and crazy time. There were disco balls and platform shoes, bell bottoms, and mustaches galore. It was a decade of freedom, of exploration and experimentation—and a lot of questionable fashion choices.
It was a time of change and exploration. It was a decade that saw the birth of disco and the death of disco, but also the rise of punk, and the beginnings of hip-hop. A time when people began to question what it meant to be free and what it meant to be an American.
Jan Smithers was a model who lived in Cincinnati and was best known for her work with Sky magazine. She moved to New York City in 1973 and started working for Playboy Enterprises, Inc., which led to her becoming the Playmate of the Month for August 1974.
She became the first woman to hold a position as president of a Fortune 500 company in 1973, when she was appointed head of Procter & Gamble.
Smithers served on the boards of General Electric and Federated Department Stores. She died in 1995 at age 77.
"Dad, what were the 70s like?"
The 1970s was a time of freedom, rebellion, and the beginning of an era of carefree riding. The riders of the era were known for their love of the open road and their desire to live life by their own rules. These Riders were not only known for their love of long rides on their motorcycles but also for their devotion to the lifestyle that goes with it.
It was all about the freedom of riding a motorcycle. You could feel the wind in your hair and see the world from a whole new perspective. People rode motorcycles across the country with reckless abandon. They didn't care what happened to them. They did whatever they wanted and lived their lives as if they were invincible.
Joan Jett at home in L.A., 1977
This picture is of Joan Jett in her home in Los Angeles, in 1977. She was born Joan Marie Larkin on September 22, 1958. She is an American rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, and musician. Jett is the vocalist for the punk rock band The Runaways and the hard rock band Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.
John Denver with his adopted son Zachary and a bear cub in the Rockies, 1978.
The singer-songwriter was born on December 31, 1943, in Roswell, New Mexico. He grew up in Texas and Colorado and aspired to become a professional baseball player before shifting his focus to music.
Denver was a strong supporter of animal rights, and he frequently spoke out against the fur trade. In 1979 he published his first novel The Call of the Canyon, based on his experiences in Aspen.
Denver’s early albums featured folk-style songs, but he shifted to a more pop-oriented sound in the 1970s. He was known for such hits as “Rocky Mountain High,” “Sunshine on My Shoulders” and “Thank God I’m a Country Boy.”
Sunset Strip, 1979
The Sunset Strip in 1979 was a place of glamour, glitz, and glitter.
It was the decade of disco ball and power suits. It was a time when the only people who could afford to live on the Strip were rock stars and movie stars—and they did so in style.
The Sunset Strip was home to some of the most famous clubs in America: The Roxy, The Whisky A Go-Go, The Rainbow Bar & Grill. These clubs were where rock stars played and partied, where movie stars went out for drinks after work, and where everyone came together to see and be seen.
And then there were all those other places: The Tower Records store on Sunset Boulevard, which is where every kid wanted to be seen shopping; The Book Soup bookstore (which later became an indie record store), which was where everyone wanted to be seen browsing; And the Tower Theatre (now demolished), which was always packed with people eager for their next fix of entertainment.
Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, 1974 - photographed by Penny Smith.
The photograph was taken in the early 1970s. Plant is wearing a red shirt with an open collar and has a cigarette in his mouth. The shot was taken by Penny Smith, who’s known for her portraits of musicians like David Bowie and Iggy Pop.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 40 years since Led Zeppelin played the Los Angeles Forum in 1974.
The band was at the height of its popularity, having recently released Houses of the Holy and Physical Graffiti, two albums that would go on to sell millions of copies each.
Office from the end of the computer-free era. (1976)
The era of personal computers began. It’s hard to imagine how people got by without them now, but back in the 1970s, it was a very different story.
Personal computers did not exist for most people and those who had access to them were mostly scientists or highly skilled technicians.
The office was a place where you could be productive, but it was also a place where you could get yourself into trouble. If you wanted to, for example, take an hourlong lunch break every day and read the latest issue of Playboy in the bathroom stall, well then…you were going to have some problems.
Robert Shaw and Bruce (the shark) taking a break on the set of "Jaws"
In the summer of 1975, Jaws was a box office smash. The movie had taken in over $100 million at the box office and was still going strong. The film's director, Steven Spielberg, was on his way to becoming a Hollywood legend.
But the production company had a problem: they were running out of money. The production budget for Jaws had been $8 million dollars, but it had gone way over that amount with all the expensive sets and filming on location in Martha's Vineyard.
The production company needed to cut costs quickly if they wanted to stay afloat financially. So they called in Robert Shaw, who played Captain Quint in Jaws, to come back and shoot some more scenes for the film with Bruce (the shark).
James Bond receives a "text" via his smartwatch in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).
Bond can lay claim to popularizing the smartwatch, in addition to smart cars. In "Thunderball," (1965), his Breitling concealed a Geiger counter. By 1973, he'd progressed to a Rolex with a built-in saw and a high-powered magnet.
His timepiece could send and receive text messages by 1976, and in 1983's "Octopussy," his Seiko could broadcast live color TV. When Pierce Brosnan took over the role in 1995, the features had progressed to include laser cutters, grappling hooks, and an embedded remote-controlled grenade.
Natalie Wood with her daughter Natasha, 1971.
Natalie Wood was a famous American actress, singer, and producer. She is known for roles in West Side Story (1961), Splendor in the Grass (1961), and Rebel Without a Cause (1955).
Natalie was one of the biggest stars of the 1970s, but her fame and fortune couldn’t protect her from tragedy. Wood drowned on November 29, 1981, under mysterious circumstances while boating off Catalina Island, California. The actress was 43.
Kareem Abdul Jabbar, the 7-foot-2 star of the Milwaukee Bucks pro basketball team, and jockey Willie Shoemaker
Kareem Abdul Jabbar, the 7-foot-2 star of the Milwaukee Bucks pro basketball team, and jockey Willie Shoemaker, center, who is tall in the saddle, is a study in contrasts as they receive Dewar's award of merit at luncheon, November 2, 1972, in New York.
Both have won more than 2,000 races apiece. But the record for most wins in a single year by a jockey belongs to Eddie Arcaro, who rode 79 winners in 1938 and considered to be the best in their respective sports. The term “the best” is open to interpretation, of course, but it's generally applied to someone who has consistently proven himself over time and against the competition.
Nothing like driving some muscle down to Kmart
The experience of driving a muscle car is something that can’t be replicated. You’re sitting low to the ground, and you have tons of power at your fingertips. There is nothing like it. To pick up some diapers and toilet paper. Nothing like cruising in a big ol’ car, with the windows down, blasting Metallica or whatever.
Lieutenant First Class Ellen Louise Ripley (Alien, 1979)
When you think about space travel, what's the first thing that comes to mind?
Is it the dangers of deep space? The epic loneliness? The fact that we're all just tiny specks in an infinite universe?
Well, if you're like me, you were thinking something else entirely: Ellen Ripley.
This woman was more than just a badass—she was a legend. She stood up for herself when no one else would, she protected the lives of her crewmates at all costs, and most importantly, she cared for humanity as a whole.
Now that's what I call a hero!
Man working on computer electronics, Toronto, 1976. Photography: Graham Bezant / Toronto Star.
This photo is of a man working on computer electronics in Toronto, in 1976. The man is sitting at his desk with a soldering iron in one hand and a circuit board in the other. The desk has various tools and wires on it. There are other circuit boards, tools, and parts scattered on the floor around the man.
This photo captures an important moment in history where we see the first steps toward what would eventually become our modern-day computers. This photo is significant because it documents an early form of technology that we now use every day.
Rene Russo as a model in the 1970s.
Rene Russo is an American actress who has been in the industry since the 1970s. She was a model before becoming an actress and she still models now.
Russo was born to an Italian-American father, Gino Russo, and a Russian-Jewish mother, Olga Palermo. Her father's surname was changed from "Russo" to "Reinhardt" during her childhood. She spent her early life in Hollywood, where she appeared in several television commercials and played one of the Hoover twins on The Partridge Family sitcom for six months in 1970.
The first film role that Rene Russo had was as a schoolgirl in The Godfather (1972). After that, she had many other roles such as Grease 2 (1982), Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000), and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009).
Some of Jackie Robinson's former Brooklyn Dodger teammates carry his casket from Riverside Church in New York, October 27, 1972, following funeral services.
Jackie Robinson was a trailblazer for African Americans in the world of professional sports. He was the first black player in Major League Baseball. Robinson helped break down racial barriers and pave the way for other African Americans to play professional baseball. Jackie Robinson's former Brooklyn Dodger teammates carry his casket from Riverside Church in New York, October 27, 1972, following funeral services.
A 1970s TV made by Philco, characterized by it's round orange shell, and it's design had a mounting stand similar to some 90s era computer monitors.
A 1970s TV made by Philco, characterized by its round orange shell, and its design had a mounting stand similar to some 90s era computer monitors.
The TV's shape was round, had a similar mounting stand system to some 90s-era computer monitors, and it had an orange shell. The TV weighed and had a diagonal screen size. It was made out of polycarbonate.
In the 1980s, the TV's shape was square, had a similar mounting stand system to some 1990s-era computer monitors, and it had a red shell. The TV weighed and had a diagonal screen size. It was made out of polystyrene-latex-polycarbonate.
Colonel Wilma Deering and Twiki with Dr. Theopolis, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, 1979
Wilma Deering is a fictional character who has appeared in many media adaptations of Buck Rogers over the years.
Wilma Deering has remained consistent throughout all of Buck Rogers' incarnations. She is a romantic interest for Buck at times, a steadfast guardian of Earth, and an attractive and intelligent woman.
She is generally portrayed as having a fiery personality and a proclivity for getting herself into mischief. She, like other science fantasy lead characters from the pulp sf genre and others, has been portrayed as a damsel in distress at times, but mostly as a forceful adventurer within her own right.
In this way, her character is similar to Dale Arden from the Flash Gordon comic books and film series.
Couple attending a Rolling Stones concert
You might be wondering why this couple is attending a Rolling Stones concert. They are probably die-hard fans of the band, or they could be going to the concert as a date night.
The band has been extremely influential in the development of rock and roll music and popularized the genre around the world.
They have released a total of 18 studio albums, 30 singles, and 12 live albums. They have also sold more than 250 million records worldwide.
Jane Birkin, 1970s
Jane Birkin was a British model and actress. She appeared in several films, including the 1974 James Bond movie "The Man with the Golden Gun".
In 1971, she was cast to play Mary Magdalene in the film "Jesus of Nazareth" by Italian director Franco Zeffirelli. She became pregnant and had to withdraw from the project.
She married John Barry, composer of many James Bond soundtracks, on 4 July 1973. They had one daughter together - Kate Barry (born 27 January 1975).
Robert Redford is an amazing actor and positive role model. He has done so much to help others, both on and off the screen. He has worn many hats in his life and has always been willing to help others. He is a role model to everyone he meets, and his kindness and generosity will always be remembered.
He has starred in over 100 films and has received numerous awards, including four Academy Awards. He is considered a legend in the entertainment industry and has been recognized as one of the most influential actors of his generation.
Vintage Photographs of Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston
Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston in a vintage photograph.
The two stars of celluloid cinema, Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston are in a happy moment.
This is a classic snapshot of their relationship, during the golden age of Hollywood.
The two actors were in their prime, working together on a movie that would later be called "On the Waterfront".
The film's setting was an era of great change - the Great Depression. But the film still had a powerful impact, as it showed the power of love and friendship over money.
This amazing photograph has been preserved for all to enjoy, and it is a reminder of the amazing bond that these two actors shared.
Debbie Harry & Chris Stein – Blondie
In this powerful performance, Debbie Harry and Chris Stein share the story of their favorite tune, "The Times They Are A-Changin'." The song reflects on the tumultuous 1960s and 70s when the rock band experienced highs and lows together. The performance is filled with energy and magic and provides a unique insight into the creative process.
Linda Evans in the 1970s: A time of change and growth!
In the 1970s, Linda Evans was a rising actress who made her name in such popular shows as The X-Files and The Prisoner.
Also starring in Dynasty. She was unique in that she wasn't just a pretty face - she had a great voice, too.
She was also an interesting thinker and thinker of things change.
She articulated her thoughts on politics, sex, and the world in an interesting way that still makes you think.
She's an example of someone who's still alive and relevant today.
Freddie Mercury 1974
Freddie Mercury was a British singer and songwriter who rose to international prominence as the lead singer of the rock band Queen.
Once in an interview, Freddie said:
"I'm just a singer and I don't know anything about music."
"You're not a singer, you're a Rockstar," said the interviewer.
"What do you mean?" asked Mercury.
Mercury defied the expectations of a rock frontman in every way by influencing the artistic direction with his highly theatrical style of Queen.
The Iconic Stephen Ray Perry
Stephen Perry is a singer-songwriter from the United States. He was the lead singer of the rock band Journey from 1977 to 1987, and again from 1995 to 1998.
Two of his most famous quotes rising to fame were:
"I was born to sing." and "I don't want to be a rock star, I want to be a hit."
Karen and Richard Carpenter, siblings, were an American vocal and instrumental duo of the band "The Carpenters'" Karen's contralto vocals were combined with Richard's vocal harmonies, organizing, and composition skills to establish a unique, soft, musical style.
They both grew up in sunny California and were musically gifted from a very young age.
A Swedish group formed by members Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Fältskog, Benny Andersson, and Björn Ulvaeus. The group's name was formed as an acronym of the first letters of their first names arranged.
Popular Songs Include:
"Lay All Your Love on Me"
Sir Elton John - The Legend
Sir Elton John is one of the great survivors of pop music. He began playing the piano at the age of four, having been born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on March 25, 1947. He received a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music when he was 11 years old. His first band was known as Bluesology.
Later, he unsuccessfully auditioned for the lead singer positions in the progressive rock bands King Crimson and Gentle Giant.
He changed his name to Elton John. He was the most successful pop star of the 1970s, and he has persisted in many different pop fads, punk, and Britpop, to remain one of the most internationally known musicians in the world.
Lou Reed -American Musician
Was a musician, lyricist, and poet from the United States. He was the guitarist, singer, and primary lyricist for the rock band Velvet Underground and had a five-decade solo career.
Long time friends, Elton John and Stevie Wonder with the late, great Olivia Newton-John in 1975.
It’s difficult to put into words what it means to be a friend.
For many people, being a good friend means keeping secrets and showing loyalty at the same time. For others, it’s about making sure your friends are having fun and staying out of trouble. But for Olivia Newton-John, a longtime friend was about more than just that. It was about loyalty, trust, and the commitment that comes with being a true friend.
In an interview with People in May 1975 (she was only 44), Olivia said she would become an even better friend after she passed away. “I feel like a lot of my friends will still be here once I’m gone — people who have stuck by me through thick and thin,” she said. She went on to explain how her friendship with Stevie Wonder inspired her to join his A & E show, which aired from 1969 to 1975.
“If you love someone so much that you can watch them work 24 hours a day for six years and still find time for your old friends — then you’re divine!” she told People. The two women were so close they even shared their bathrooms at the same apartment complex back when they were both roommates!
Olivia and Elton John first met back in 1975 when he played her son Elijah Newton-John in his video for ‘Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me.
James Taylor and Carly Simon
Carly Simon and Roy Orbison reunited in the late '70s, when they were both performing at clubs in London. Both of them were looking to make a comeback, having split up the previous decade. The two of them created a classic sound that was simultaneously retro and fresh. And now, more than three decades later, it's still fresh.
Their new album, "Together Forever," is an excellent example of that: laid back and soothing yet still packed with plenty of deep bass and guitars. It has driving tracks like "I've Got a Life" and ballads like "You." Taylor Swift sings on one track, as well as Roy Orbison's "Only You," which she co-wrote with Orbison's son Luke. The rest are duets or collaborations between Taylor Swift and some other greats — including Carly Simon and Ray Parker Jr., who also sings on this record (and probably deserves a lot more credit for doing so than he gets).
Johnny Cash & Waylon Jennings.
You can listen to them on Spotify as individual tracks, but as a group, it’s hard to imagine any other country music duo of the ‘70s and ‘80s matching the charm and musicality of Cash and Jennings.
Both men were equally at home with their acoustic guitars, singing ballads or bringing a country-rock edge to their performances. Both shared similar writing credits, but the music that pairs them together is so much more than just two talented singers hailing from different generations. Their collaboration came at a time when country was breaking out of its regional constraints and experimenting with new sounds.
The Horses was an album that combined acoustic guitars with alternative rock and funk influences; Oh Dem Golden Days embraced pop culture themes while maintaining a deep appreciation for Real Country
The best country music and American history congas go together like peaches & cream.
Maybe it’s the warm, fuzzy sound of country music that makes us think of family, friends, and home. Maybe it’s the simple pleasure of listening to some great country music, which is almost all about good people doing good deeds and living their lives to the fullest.
Either way, we’re a sucker for good country congas. And if you ever wondered what it might be like to groove to two of country music’s most iconic singers — Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams — then you’ll love this jam-packed episode of Country Cones with Guests Waylon Jennings & Waylon Jennings.
Doug and Tom
Tom and Doug produce a weekly radio show for the Pacifica Radio Network, broadcast, and other stations.
They reflect on their successes and mistakes over the course of 30 years of writing and performing humorous and thought-provoking songs.
David Bowey: A Pop Icon
Bowie’s impact on the decade that was the 70s can be debated on a level beyond what can be said about any other artist. The Rolling Stone magazine of the era wrote, “Bowie almost single-handedly saved rock & roll in the 1970s, bringing it back from its dark and depressing nadirs with his proto-disco hits and his role in helping to define the careers of over a dozen young musicians.” Whether you agree or disagree with them, there’s no denying that Bowie has been one of the greatest cultural forces of this century.
If we are to believe the rumors, he almost didn’t make it past adolescence. Born into a working-class family in Brixton, South London, Bowie spent much of his early years living at home with his parents and younger sister. His father ran a small chain of garages but struggled to make ends meet and were never very happy at work. The young Bowie was often found playing music at home — both records and instruments. Interestingly enough, he actually played guitar better than he did drums — but as a drummer, he could only play along with himself. It would seem that drumming wasn’t his natural calling after all.
At secondary school in South East London, Bowie received more attention from teachers than students for his talent on the piano (he later studied composition), guitar, and drums (after which point he dropped out). He later recounted his experience as a teenager “
Christopher Reeve and Robin Williams at a celebrity party, 1970s.
Christopher Reeve and Robin Williams were such close friends that they were like brothers. Their friendship began when they were students at Juilliard in the 1970s.
They talked, laughed, and supported each other over the years, especially after Reeve became a quadriplegic in a car accident in 1995. Reeve wrote in his 1998 autobiography Still Me, "Robin was able to express his true feelings to me, and I did the same for him.
This has been the case for the past twenty-five years." Their friendship lasted until Reeve died in 2004.
November 7, 1973 - Willie Stargell, Hank Aaron and Jim Palmer at the "Willie Stargell Celebrity Bowling Tournament".
This year, the Willie Stargell Celebrity Bowling Tournament returns to historic Oakland Mills for its sixth annual event. The tournament is held at the Meadowlands Racetrack in Beltsville, Md., where Stargell held his final press conference before his death in 1998. It’s a dream come true for many celebrities who have been invited to bowl with Stargell and the rest of the iconic Pittsburgh Pirates.
For more than 20 years, this small-scale celebrity event has been an opportunity for those who loved Stargell and his legendary career as a ballplayer to pay their respects to one of their own. Even though he was born in Canada, left home at age 10, and played professional baseball only briefly, Willie Stargell became a leading light in American sport during a generation that produced some of the game’s all-time great players such as Hank Aaron and Jim Palmer.
When he died in 1998 at age 61 from cancer, so many people were inspired by his story of courage, hard work, and searing self-doubt — even after enduring a lifetime of adversity.
This year’s tournament will be held April 20-21 at Meadowlands Racetrack in Beltsville, Md., where Stargell worked as a groundskeeper for the track owner for many years. He and several other former major league players also stopped there on their way to play professional baseball.
— Hollywood types like Margot Kidder and Jeff Bridges among
Elvis Presley and President Nixon
Elvis Presley had a meeting with President Nixon on November 9, 1972, at the White House. The meeting was supposed to be held behind closed doors, but it became public knowledge after the fact, and as a result, Presley’s name has become synonymous with Watergate.
The reason why this meeting is so important to American history is that it shows how far President Nixon’s relationship with congress had fallen by that point in his presidency. As Watergate grew worse and worse, Congress began to openly question the legality of actions being taken against Nixon’s opponents.
So when Presley met with the president and discussed ways of getting more funding for the National Parks system in light of recent budget cuts, you can understand why many people have questioned the motives behind that meeting.
However, this didn’t make it any easier for Elvis to have to explain himself about his association with the disgraced former president and his band of con artists from earlier in his career. You see, he is an avid supporter of both Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon, who were presidents during the time period in which Elvis was born (1935-1945).
Studio 54 in New York, 1979
The end of the seventies was not just a decade of great music; it was also one of the creative peaks. The world was suddenly awash with ideas, and anyone with a decent recording studio could bank on making some great records.
Studios were cheap then—and they are now—so home studios became popular among musicians and producers alike. And that’s where Studio 54 came into its own in 1979. It was the first studio to open in the Time Square district, which explains its location. Moreover, the venue lent itself perfectly to musicians who didn’t want to bother setting up their own rigs or compromise on sound quality. In other words, everyone from Patti Smith to Quincy Jones used Studio 54 as their personal rehearsal spot and recording studio at the same time.
Studio 54 opened its doors for business on 6 November 1979, exactly five years before CBGBs did the same in New York’s Greenwich Village neighborhood. The retro sign caught our attention right away because we already knew what it meant: ‘Live At The Studio Cafe,’ as it was called then. We weren’t the only ones who thought so because within days the gossip circuit was abuzz about “the most happening new club in town”—and not just because of its legendary clientele but also for its apt location at the crossroads of two famous streets (Time and Broadway).
Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, 1979
Mick Jagger was already a legend before he met Jerry Hall. The iconic rocker is known for his deadly on- and off-stage charisma, but he’s also an avid philanthropist—and an even better friend.
Their relationship was fraught with drama from the start. They met in 1976, when both were involved in other relationships — Jagger with his then-wife Bianca, and Hall with her then-fiancé Bryan Ferry.
'Link Hogthrob' and Sylvester Stallone on "The Muppet Show" (1979) 📺
Sylvester Stallone he appeared as a special guest on The Muppet Show episode 320. According to the February 19, 1979 issue of Time, his three-year-old son Sage hoped to see his old man on the Muppet Show, so Sylvester Stallone, got himself welcomed, playing a gladiator vs. a Muppet lion.
The cast of "The Brady Bunch" (1970)
The cast of "The Brady Bunch" was one of the most famous and enduring casts in television history. Produced from 1966 to 1969, the original run of the iconic sitcom ran for five seasons and a total of 66 episodes.
Following its cancellation, "Brady Bunch" was revived in 1990 for one more season before being canceled again in 1991. The series concluded with an all-star jam-packed reunion episode that saw all 24 main characters reunite on the same set for one final time.
With that many people in one scene, you can imagine how chaotic it could get — even for seasoned professionals. But these actors have proven that even when things get crazy, there's always room for laughter and fun!
Dirk Benedict, Laurette Spang, Anne Lockhart, and Richard Hatch on the TV series "Battlestar Galactica" (1978)
You can't make a TV show without some sort of satire, so "Battlestar Galactica" was no exception. Creator Ronald D. Moore used the series as a vehicle for him to lampoon his favorite topics: space war, oppression, and technology gone wrong.
The result was some of the most clever writing in sci-fi history, with sharp vignettes that poked fun at their own genre while also commenting on contemporary affairs. Onboard the "Galactica" were a group of amusing characters each with their own motivations and personalities.
Arthur Robert Ashe Jr. was a professional tennis player from the United States who won three Grand Slam singles titles. He began playing tennis when he was six years old.
Arthur overcame racial and social barriers and became the first African-American male to win the US Open in 1968.
Gas lines oil crisis 1970s
The 1970s was the decade of oil. The price of a barrel of crude oil shot up from $3.65 in 1972 to $10.42 in 1980. Inflation-stricken economies around the world could ill afford higher energy costs, and the annual increase in energy prices from $1.40 per gallon in 1973 to over $2 per gallon by 1980 left consumers paying more for less energy.
This cost-push-driven gas crisis is also known as the “Oil Shock of 1970” or “The Great Gas Cheat” because it cheated consumers into using more expensive fuel. It also drove the beginning of an automotive independence movement, with drivers demanding cleaner fuels and more efficient engines.
Photograph taken during the filming of "Elvis: That's the Way It Is" in Las Vegas. (1970)
Denis Sanders directed the 1970 documentary film That's the Way It Is. The film follows American singer Elvis Presley during his Summer Festival in Las Vegas in August 1970. It was his first non-dramatic motion picture since beginning his film career in 1956, and it depicts Presley's return to stage performances after years of filming. The film was released at the same time as Presley's 12th studio album, That's the Way It Is.
A photograph of the moon by the Apollo 13 crew from their Lunar Module "life boat" as they passed by it, 1970.
The Apollo 13 crew also passed by the moon's shadow as they orbited Earth. The photo above shows a part of the Moon they were passing by where it was cast into darkness during a full moon.
This particular part of the lunar surface was not visible from Earth because it was covered in a thin dusting of snow that had settled there after a recent storm.
The lunar atmosphere is made up of about 10% oxygen, and this dusting kept the rest out, so at night on July 19, 1970, this region of the lunar surface glowed redder than usual.
This must have been quite eerie for all four members of the crew who saw these pictures — except for Mark Watney, who had just been through something traumatic himself: his best friend and fellow astronaut Ron McNair had died two days before on July 18th, only 6 months after being selected to go to the Moon.
When we think about our own deaths or those of others close to us, we tend to imagine them as soul-destroying events that change us forever. But looking back on my own death experiences, I now realize that those final moments are actually pretty normal and even reassuring.
They tell you how long you have left to live, not how much longer your life will be. As an astronaut, I once said: "You can't die twice."
If only everyone could see themselves as clearly as these four men did when they looked down on the Earth from space in 1970 as they flew home
Economy class seating on a Pan Am 747 in 1970.
This was economy class seating on a Pan Am 747 in 1970, believe it or not.
The 747 was an aviation masterpiece. A true workhorse designed for both cargo and passengers.
Sardine fishermen on the Adriatic Sea, 1970. (Photograph by James P. Blair)
When it comes to sardine fishermen, there are many tales to be told about their skill and perseverance. A few of the more famous are:
Sardines are small, oily fish that live in the open ocean. In fact, they are similar in size to anchovies. Their fatty, yellowish flesh makes them stand out from other fish. And because they’re so named for their pungent odor and bitter taste—more accurately described as “fishy” than “sardonic”—sardines have always been a source of culinary fascination for those who love seafood or perchance both.
There are legends and history of sardine fishermen around the world, focusing on one species: the European red sardine (Sardinops caurinus), which is also known as the Spanish sardine (or Spanish anchovy). While there are many stories surrounding this popular fish, only a few stand out as true tales of hard work and persistence overcome by sheer will and a smart marketing strategy.
Throwback Thursday remembers the Quarterdeck in the 1970s.
The 1970s were a decade of transition at the Quarterdeck. With the retirement of Commodore Carl Vinson in 1976, the Navy turned over most of its leadership to its Third Fleet, which included Vinson and his chief of staff, Vice Admiral Joseph L. Murray. By then, the third quarter deck had become something of an afterthought on board a warship.
The first-generation QDeck provided sailors with some help with navigation through elaborate charts and instruments that could point them toward homeports across the world. But by the end of World War II, many battleships and other major warships had been refitted with navigation computers that could take care of navigating them to their targets while leaving shipboard officers alone to tend to shipboard affairs such as food and drink, cleaning, and laundry, recreation, and deck duties.
Today’s modern warships are equipped with all kinds of technology that would have been unimaginable just a few decades ago.
But even though these newer technologies are often beyond the reach of older ships—indeed some may even be considered antiquated in today’s digital age—the quarterdeck has changed little in its location or function over the years.
The main differences between today’s quarterdecks are personnel and technology; both training and equipment are replacing outdated methods altogether.
Stan Lee of Marvel Comics in his office at 575 Madison Avenue, New York City, 1970s, Credit: @lorenzofolli_history_in_color
Stan Lee, the much-loved creator of Marvel comics is remembered for his sensational storytelling, and he was a fearless editor throughout his career.
In the early 1960s, the world of comics was at a crossroads. The industry, which had largely been focused on creating hype for upcoming comic book releases, was now in a period of experimentation and growth. The medium was undergoing a bit of a renaissance with new editorial offices popping up across the country and around the world.
Big-name publishers were acquiring smaller companies and bringing them under their umbrella — forming conglomerates that would dominate the comic book industry for decades to come. But while the change was good for comics, it also had some negative consequences.
In an effort to remain competitive, many companies downsized their features and staff in an attempt to make their products more accessible to readers. This left veteran writers and artists high and dry, but it also opened doors for new talent who might have been overlooked in past generations of comics creators.
A lot has happened in the history of American comics since those early 1960s days at 575 Madison Avenue…
But one iconic address in Midtown Manhattan still bears witness to that momentous time in comics history: 575 Madison Ave., New York City, home of Marvel Comics from 1962-1978.
VW camper driving through Yosemite National Park with a beautiful view of the Half Dome, 1970s. (Photograph by Chris Burkard)
Pictured is a VW camper driving through Yosemite National Park with a beautiful view of the Half Dome.
At this beautiful scene, you'll see spectacular views of Vernal and Nevada Falls, Liberty Cap, Half Dome, and a panoramic view from the shoulder and summit.
The Half Dome is a challenging endurance hike that takes you 4,800 feet above Yosemite Valley.
Jim Henson with his son Brian in the early 1970s.
Jim and Jane Henson's third child was Brian Henson. He made several guest appearances on Sesame Street as a child.
Brian grew up to be chairman of The Jim Henson Company and an American puppeteer, director, producer, and voice actor.
Girl Scouts placing Memorial Day flags on graves at the Andersonville National Cemetery in Sumter County, Georgia, 1970s. 🇺🇸
Flags are placed on graves by Girl Scouts in Andersonville National Cemetery in Andersonville, Georgia, in the above 1976 photograph.
The members went hiking and camping, learned leadership qualities, and provided support in their communities.