The ‘70s started out with Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn becoming extremely popular in America, and AMC introducing their Gremlin cars to the nation’s drivers. On the pop culture front, Three Dog Night and Sly and the Family Stone made their way across the radio waves, Patton and Beneath the Planet of the Apes were the popular movies of the year, and television viewers couldn’t get enough of Hawaii 5-0 and Adam-12.
1971 saw television successes in The Flip Wilson Show, The Dick Cavett Show, and Hollywood Squares and movie successes of Billy Jack and The French Connection. Malibu Barbie became extremely popular with America’s girls while boys became huge fan of Supercombs and Toughskin jeans. The music industry was dealt a blow with the death of Jim Morrison and soon saw the popularity of K-Tel compilations and Jethro Tull rise to high levels.
1972 saw Carly Simon and James Taylor dominating the radio waves while Pink Flamingos and Superfly ruled the movie theaters and The Bob Newhart Show and Maude were favorite shows of the nation’s television viewers. America also became fascinated by the panda bears Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing, the Goodyear Blimp, and Nerf footballs.
While television viewers enjoyed watching Match Game, the American public went to movie theaters to watch Westworld and Papermoon while Jesus Christ Superstar was a big hit on Broadway. While Elvis had several hits on the radio, everybody in the racing world was rooting for Secretariat to win the Triple Crown.
While people were sitting down to watch The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Chico and the Man, they were also Bedazzling their clothing. The big movies of 1974 were Earthquake and The Godfather, Book II. Sports fans were enthralled by Hank Aaron chasing down Babe Ruth’s home run record.
The interviewees look back to the year 1975, which brought the world the television series S.W.A.T. and The Swiss Family Robinson; popular songs from Patti LaBelle and Joe Crocker; and movies Rollerball and The Pink Panther. Away from the airways, the American public started to purchase AMC Pacers and Nair in record numbers, while the Boston Red Socks let their chances of winning the World Series slip away.
In 1976, the popular movies were Freaky Friday and The Omen, while In Search Of… and The Captain and Tenille where the popular television shows. During the Olympics, Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci wowed the world with her perfect scores while in the music world Michael McDonald joined the Doobie Brothers and laser rock concerts were all the rage.
1978 saw Jimmy Carter being ashamed of his brother Billy while Meatloaf burst upon the music scene. Moviegoers went to see Slapshot and The Deep in droves, whilst The Hardy Boys Mysteries and The Nancy Drew Mysteries showed television viewers that teenagers had no problem solving big mysteries.
1978 saw horror movies Midnight Express and Dawn of the Dead scaring moviegoers while science fiction television fans got their fill of the genre with Battlestar Galatica and Doctor Who. Blonde and Devo ruled the radio waves while the popularity of Disco was starting to fall rapidly. Other things that where popular include the Ginsu knife and Charmin’s commercials starring Mr. Whipple, while the comic pages around the country were introduced to a chubby feline named Garfield.
The ‘70s are round out with the introduction of Happy Meals to McDonald’s menu and becoming popular with children around the world. On the music front, the Ramones, the B-52’s, and Joe Johnson received heavy play time. The popular movies of 1979 are Hair and The Amityville Horror, while sports fans were introduced the sports network ESPN and The White Shadow and Trapper John, M.D. were the popular television dramas of the year.