When you think about it, the 70's weren’t as bad as those of us who tend to prefer the 60's often like to say.
There was unquestionably some good entertainment and some good times, even if we didn't like the clothes we were wearing, the conversations we were making, and many of the songs we couldn't help ourselves from humming.
Truth to tell, I wasn't really ready for the 1960's. I wasn't political enough, certainly wasn't daring enough, and I was never quite able to keep a decent curl in my never quite shoulder length hair. Not only didn't I get to Woodstock, I'm not sure I even ever saw the movie all the way through.
But the 1970's were different.
All you needed to make your way in the 70’s was an open shirt, an elemental sense of rhythm, and a friend who had a somewhat ready supply of Quaaludes. And so we left the era of shoulder length hair for the era of soldier length hair, went from flowery bell bottoms to flowery shirts, and entered the brave new world of the disco.
So, fellow Boomers, the 60's vs. the 70's? You decide.
60's: This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius
70's: This is the dawning in some odd person's bedroom ...
60's: One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small ...
70's: One pill makes you feel gutsy …
60's: Long hair.
70's: Chest hair.
60's: Political Platforms.
70's: Platform Shoes.
60's: The New Left.
70's: "Left, right, kick, turn, left, right, kick, turn ...."
70's: Counter culture.
60's: The Lizard King.
70's: Lounge Lizard.
60's: Summer of Love.
70's: Lookin' for Love!
60's: Jefferson Airplane.
70's: Air Supply.
60's: Sugar Magnolia.
70's: Sugar, Sugar.*
60's: Steal this Book.
60's: "It's 1, 2, 3, what are we fighting for?"
70's: "10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 .... Instant Replay!"
60's: Power to the People!
70's: Village People.
60's: "What's your sign?"
70's: "What's her story?"
60's: "He ain't heavy, he's my brother ..."
70's: The Me Decade.
60's: "The answer, my friend, is Blowin' in the Wind."
70's: "The answer, my friend, is Blowin' in the Wind. And now, my friend, lemme tell you 'bout my newest friend - Jesus!"
*I’m fudging this one a bit, folks. Sugar, Sugar seems to me to be 70’s, but it was actually released in 1969.
Perry Block is a writer, humorist, and human resources professional who lives in Havertown PA, just outside of Philadelphia.
In his humor blog , Perry Block: Nouveau Old, Formerly Cute (www.perryblock.com), Perry chronicles the world through the eyes of one Baby Boomer warily poised on the cusp of an age he thought was exclusively reserved for people's parents. It also features parody, satire, and anything else you want.
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