Over Memorial Day weekend VH1 aired a marathon of I Love the (Insert Decade Du Jour). My husband and I happened to catch I Love the 70’s Volume II, and it was just what I needed to catch my breath after a whirlwind launch week.
So yes! We journeyed down memory lane with Trapper John M.D., Mr. Whipple, Frank Zappa, Kristy McNichol, and Billy Joel, to name just a few icons of the latter half of the decade. But the feature I love most on those shows involves foods, toys, fads, and consumer goods from the decade, including:
Sit ‘n’ Spin
McDonald’s happy meals
Easy Bake Oven
The mood ring
I owned several of the toys and games mentioned above, and there’s just something about most of them that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. (Despite the fact that many were probably later recalled for safety hazards.) I also remember the urban legend about how Mikey from the Life Cereal commercials died from eating Pop Rocks mixed with soda. (He didn’t, actually.) I distinctly remember watching and absolutely adoring The Muppet Movie, even building a shoebox diorama featuring Kermit the Frog floating in his swamp home. I also remember watching Land of the Lost, The Bad News Bears, The Hardy Boys Mysteries, Herbie the Love Bug, and Fantasy Island.
My mom was very into macramé décor and houseplants, which covered nearly every square inch of wall and surface space in the house. We moved quite a bit back then, but I do remember that most of our kitchens were either olive green or eye-searing orange and yellow. We had a Ford Pinto, my mom wore Charlie cologne, and we had many a family dinner featuring strange creamy noodle casseroles and sweet or savory molds featuring bits of foods that should never be suspended in gelatin, not even on a dare.
What do you remember from the seventies? (Or eighties, if you’re a member of Gen Y—oh, I’ll have to give THAT decade its very own post another time!)
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