Back then, helmet-less bikers filled the streets. These brave folks (or just plain silly) were part of the hoards of tough new counter-culture gangs. Some were discharged soldiers, and some were wandering freedom seekers, but one thing was for sure, they all lived life on their terms and on the fringes of society.
in fact, if you were wearing a helmet, you were just a “sissy” or a coward.
Folks Having the Oscar Mayer Commercial Stuck in Their Heads
If you don't know the Oscar Mayer melody, then you're obviously too young because anybody who caught this catchy jingle would haver never be freed of it. The ad was simply a cute kid catching a fish while eating a sandwich, but his words would be burned in the minds of all throughout the 70s.
There have been some catchy ads over the years, but nothing quite beats this one.
Typing Everything on a Typewriter
Just imagine the horrible experience of meticulously typing out a long and involved letter to your loved one, a novel, or a news report, and then having to deal with the stress of a typo.
That was it, out went the page, a fresh blank paper would be replaced, and you would start all over again. That was the terror of the typewriter. Thank heavens for the delete key. Oh, and spell-check.
Getting Cut Up By Soda Tabs
Back then, pulling a ring from a can was not for the faint of heart. These things would tear open a small wedge-shape at the top of the can. Not that only that, but as it was often thrown to the ground, it would inevitably be stepped on and cause quite the injury. It was an epidemic across the country.
In one 1976 New York Times report, it was reported that the majority of beach injuries "were due to cuts inflicted by discarded pop tabs." Gotta get that tetanus shot.
The bigger, the better. Back then, that was the look of choice, and if you had curly or thicker hair, then you were in luck. Men and women were walking around town, all sporting their best and wildest afro their hair could muster.
Think of it as today's undercut or man bun. You were simply nobody if you didn't have a thick and puffy afro.