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Best of The 70s

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The best of the 70s remembered!

The best of the 70s is hard to determine, largely because it was a decade filled with changes.

The Vietnam war came to an end, the dawn of the computer age was just beginning, man stopped landing on the moon but set his sights on new endeavors and explorations with the beginning of the Space Shuttle program.

When it came to the best of the 70s, at least in terms of its lasting impact on society, it’s hard to argue with the humble beginnings of the digital age.

The Atari game system brought arcade-style games into the home for the first time and families marveled at the miracle of Pong.

In school, the slide rule began to take a back seat in math class as handheld calculators came on the scene. Looking at the abundance of calculators today, it’s hard to believe the first ones cost $150 and up, and that was long ago.

All of these gadgets paled in comparison to the world of the future that George Lucas was showing us. Star Wars had to be one of the best of the 70s in movies, given its great story line, memorable characters and stunning special effects. Who didn’t want to be Princess Leia or Han Solo for Halloween in the 70s?

On TV in the 70s, the best of the 70s shows involved a doctor (Marcus Welby, M.D.), a comic (The Flip Wilson Show) and a disabled detective (Ironside).

But few in America didn’t know who Meathead was, as Archie Bunker challenged our minds and our beliefs with its prejudiced head of household, played by Carroll O’Connor.

The ecology came to the forefront for the first time in the nation’s history. The first Earth Day was held in April 1970 and students were released from their schools to pick up garbage and do other projects that were designed to bring attention to pollution and the plight of Mother Earth.

The United States marked a major celebration during the decade and certainly the Bicentennial goes down as one of the best of the 70s events. The entire nation put aside its differences to put on a remarkable celebration from sea to shining sea.

Perhaps the best thing about the 70s era was the freedom to be anything you wanted to be. Kids could still be kids in the 70s. With the end of the war, teenagers once again turned their attention to the opposite sex instead of the opposite side of the world.

There were parties to attend, cool cars to cruise in, and dates to go on. There were also drive-ins where the movie showing was never the real reason to go.

It was a time when anything was still possible and we didn’t have to even think about limitations as we do today. And perhaps that was the best of the 70s… unbridled optimism for the future.