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If you grew up in the Seventies you remember viewfinders, transistor radios, women with big hair and "mom coffee breaks." Although trying to explain these to my children would elicit this kind of response:
Q: What's a viewfinder?
A: Oh, it is the thing that you look through and you put a disc in it and it would show the picture in 3d.
Q: What else did it do?
A: Nothing....you just looked at the picture in 3d.
Q: ........silence....................ummmmm, lame Mom.
Q: What's a transistor radio?
A: Oh, that is a radio that ran on batteries and you could listen to a radio station anywhere you wanted (as long as you could get a station).....
Q: [confused look]....what do you mean if you could get a station? Could you download a station? Did you subscribe to a station?
A: No, there were no downloads or radio subscriptions....you had to wait for a radio station in order to listen to music and you had to wait for a DJ to play the song...there....oh, never mind....go listen to your I-Phone and download your I-Tunes or turn on Sirius!
Q: Mom, why did women have such big hair back then?
A: Because it was sexy......it looked good....ummmmmm, I don't know.
Q: How did they get it so big?
A: Well....my Mother (your Grandma) would go to the beauty shop every week and have it done by a "beauty operator." While she was "getting her hair done" I would read all of the rocking 70s magazines. That's where I first read about sex change operations. [cheerful voice here]
Q: So... grandma only washed her hair once a week? [disturbed look]
A: Yes...and she slept with a hair-net and on a satin pillowcase.
Q: But how did she exercise during the week?
A: Oh, honey, these Moms did not exercise!
Q: [look of incredulity by my soccer-playing daughter]....whatever.
|Big Hair in 1973|
|My pretty 70s Mom....look at that snazzy red purse!|
She had a "pantsuit" on underneath her coat.
Q: So why coffee cups?
A: Moms in the 70s were very into coffee drinking....no Starbucks here....we're talking Folgers baby!
|My 2nd grade birthday party|
Notice BIG HONKIN COFFEE POT on "birthday table."