Tuesday Chatter Weekly – March 5, 2017


“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”
― Mark Twain

Tidbits of the year 1970

The Seventies was known as the “pivot of change”. 1970 saw a large increase in inflation worldwide. This was mostly due to the Oil Crisis in the Middle East. Also, in the ’70s, The Beatles disbanded, Janis Joplin dies of a heroin overdose, Jimi Hendrix dies of drug-related problems, the Aswan High Dam was completed, the Concorde makes its first supersonic flight, and the voting age is lowered to 18 in the US.


Jimi Hendrix

Quotes by Jimi Hendrix

“Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens”
“Music is a safe kind of high.”
“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

A few noteworthy examples of prices in 1970 – Head and Shoulder Shampoo 79 Cents, Car 8 Track Stereo Tape Player $38.99, Chair La-z-Boy Rocker Recliner $188.00, Mens Leather Shoes $6.99, Striped Ladies Flare Pants and Tunic $10.00, Back To College Typewriter $28.88, Barbie Doll $4.77.

Today, Head and Shoulders have a collection of 26 shampoos and conditioners. The MSRP (Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price) ranges from $1.99 to $12.99, depending on the product and size of the item. My, my, how things change.

One can’t say nineteen-seventy

was a settled year lacking levity

exchanges of scattered ideation

the beginning of the digital fascination

man is still smitten with the moon

music fans still sway and swoon

Forty-three nations with sweaty palms

work toward purpose in keeping the calm

ratifying the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

global eyes become squinty and beady

significant change and massive inflation

misshapen thoughts spell devastation

“this pivot of change” can be a revelation

Thwarting early defeat and expiration


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29 replies »

    • I really enjoyed your blast from the past post about the 1970’s. You brought back so many lovely memories for me. Thank you!!!

      In 1967 I saw Jimi Hendrix as an opening act for the Monkees. Yes, that is true. He came to Miami and that was the first time I ever saw him play guitar. Needless to say I was blown away. I was playing rhythm guitar in an all girl’s rock band at the time and brought my little sister to see the Monkees. But, I was more enthralled with Jimi and what he could do with his guitar!!! (The rest of the crowd just kept screaming for Davy Jones!)
      The next time I saw Hendrix was in 1968 at the Miami Pop festival and I will never ever forget his brilliant talent. He was extraordinary. I have never seen or heard anyone as talented to this day!!!

      1967 Janis Joplin came to the University of Miami and sang right outside my dorm. We all I sat on the football field in front of the dorm and gathered together to listen to her raspy voice and watch her unique style of performing. I never dreamed that both musical icons would be gone by 1970. Their creativity and genius should have lasted forever. But, thankfully their music lives on.
      Whenever I hear Hendrix, I close my eyes and I can still see him at the pop festival in my mind, where we all sat on blankets and I was so close I could have touched him. The scents of every known substance wafted through the air while the music played on non stop for days. (It was the precursor concert to Woodstock.) Once you’ve seen Jimi, and heard him play, nobody ever really can match him. He was remarkably special.

      Actually, the voting age did not change until 1971. I wanted desperately to vote in 1968 but couldn’t because I wasn’t 21. My first Presidential election did not come around until 1972 when I was old enough to vote. I was 23 and pregnant with my first child when I voted against Nixon in 1972.
      Here is the info about voting: (I believe they wanted to get this ratified before the 1972 election.).
      “On March 23, 1971, a proposal to extend the right to vote to citizens eighteen years of age and older was adopted by both houses of Congress and sent to the states for ratification. The amendment became part of the Constitution on July 1, 1971, three months and eight days after the amendment was submitted to the states for ratification, making this amendment the quickest to be ratified.”

      Boy, did you bring me back in time. Thank you for those incredible memories. I think I need to listen to Jimi again and perhaps a little Janis too.

      Oh, and by the way, I bought a brand new MG in 1970 for $3000 and drove it from Florida to California when I graduated college early in Jan. of 1971. Oh to be young and fancy free again, sigh…. those were the days. 🙂

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      • Wow, thank you for your superb addition to my post. I would have loved to see Jimi and Janis live. I was a fan of both of them and saddened that we lost them too soon and yes, they were both extremely talented.

        While I was writing this post, a lot of great memories drifted through my mind. I am so glad you enjoyed my post and I love your last statement – oh to be young and fancy free again.

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  1. I think it was also the year Jim Morrison died. It was a year akin to last year in terms of tragic losses in the music world. It was also the year of the maxi dress and coat, minis were so passés!

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  2. Eugenia, this is great. Love the idea of Tuesday Chatter (and that’s what it sounds like even 🙂 ).
    I remember Head and Shoulders…. had no idea they now have 26 versions. Wow, times do change.

    Great quote by the way:
    “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” ― Maya Angelou

    Many blessings, Debbie


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