Thursday, 10 December 2020

What is something that people commonly did in the 1970s that would seem odd today?

 It was common to see people going around barefoot.

Most restaurants had a sign that “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone”.

Another common sign “No shirt, no shoes, no service.”

Some girls didn’t wear bras, and were intriguingly bouncy.

No one was fat, and girls were stunning.

Streaking was a thing. The Rice U quad in particular.

Hitch hikers were common and unafraid.

We didn’t lock our cars or houses.

If someone robbed you it was their fault, instead of your fault for leaving the door unlocked.

Parents didn’t have to worry about the children, we headed out in the morning and just had to be home by dark or when we got hungry.

Parking was never a problem.

You could get affordable concert tickets the day of the concert even for the Stones, Dylan, Led Zeppelin (two shows for Zeppelin).

Guns on gun racks were common.

A coffee cup filling scoop of vanilla at Borden Ice Cream factory was 25 cents.

Tuition at the University of Texas was $200/yr ($1,000 today) and Texas A&M was $198. Rice University was $1200/yr ($6,000 today).

My motorcycle had fiberglass bags and I once got 5 people on the bike and rode the sidewalks of Rice.

We had gazilcher wars. A bucket with long loops of surgical tubing would fire a water ballon 75 yards with athletes operating and an engineer specifying the firing angle.

Getting caught skinny dipping didn’t make you a sex offender.

Someone pumped your gas, checked your oil, and cleaned your windshield for you. They had real, handy, free air hoses.

You could have a civil, logical discussion with a liberal, and remain friends.

People had a sense of humor. You didn’t have to be politically correct - people could laugh at themselves as well as at others.

People enjoyed helping others.

The public had respect for the police and laws.

You didn’t have to stay 6 feet apart with a mask on.

Affirmative Action had been law since 1965 in the 70’s. Women and minorities were already a “protected class” by federal law, and received preference in college admission, hiring, and promotion, just like they do today. Gays were cool and we went dancing at gay bars. We didn’t feel need to go around hating people and calling them racists - “Just feel the love, man”.

*“Females had it good in the 70’s. I applied and got into medical school with no difficulty. I was treated more as an equal by my peers than people are now. Now there is so much politically-driven tension between everyone-whites, blacks, Latinos, women, men , atheists, Christians, Muslims, and on and on. I felt like a person in a world filled with other people, not as a victim in a world surrounded by haters. I feel bad that the young people today have not been able to experience that freedom.”

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