On Friday, January 28, 1977 the western New York and southern Ontario areas were pummelled by a fierce winter storm that continued for 3 days. Daily peak wind gusts ranging from 46 to 69 mph were recorded by the National Weather Service Buffalo Office, with snowfall as high as 100 inches recorded in some areas. The high winds created snow drifts of 30 to 40 ft. There were 23 total storm-related deaths in western New York, with 5 more in northern New York.Read more
Shark Jaws was a video arcade game created by Atari and released in 1975, an obvious attempt to ride the massive popularity wave of Steven Spielberg’s film “Jaws”, while skirting licensing regulations.
Atari head Nolan Bushnell attempted to officially license the name Jaws for the game, but was unable to secure a deal with Universal Pictures. Undeterred, the company used the “Shark Jaws” name, using tiny print for “Shark” and large all-caps “JAWS” on the game cabinet.Read more
Jonathan Livingston Seagull, written by Richard Bach, is a fable in novella form about a seagull learning about life and flight, and a homily about self-perfection. It was first published in 1970 as “Jonathan Livingston Seagull — a story.” By the end of 1972, over a million copies were in print, Reader’s Digest had published a condensed version, and the book had reached the top of the New York Times Best Seller list, where it remained for 38 weeks. In 1972 and 1973, the book topped the Publishers Weekly list of bestselling novels in the United States.Read more
Duel is a 1971 television (and later full-length theatrical) thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Richard Matheson, based on Matheson’s short story of the same name. It stars Dennis Weaver as a terrified motorist stalked on a remote and lonely road by the mostly unseen driver of a mysterious tanker truck.Read more
January 15, 1975: Space Mountain officially opens at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.
The Space Mountain concept was a descendant of the first Disney “mountain” attraction, the Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland, which opened in 1959. The Matterhorn’s success had convinced Walt Disney that thrilling rides did have a place in his park.Read more
All Things Considered (ATC) is the flagship news program on the American network National Public Radio. It was the first news program on NPR and is broadcast live worldwide through several outlets. The first broadcast of ATC was fed to about 90 radio stations on May 3, 1971.Read more
A lively look back at the era that gave us “Hooked on a Feeling”, “Dancing in the Moonlight”, “I Am Woman”, “Seasons in the Sun”, and more. The authors, true-blue ’70s fanatics, have lovingly crafted a creatively categorized overview of the pop music that drifted from countless transistor radios 40+ years ago.
Written by Canadian brothers, Don and Jeff Breithaupt (who’ve both maintained thriving, but somewhat under the radar music careers) and published in 1996, “Precious and Few: Pop Music of the Early ’70s” is an insightful look back at at era of pop that never gets enough credit.Read more
Originally conceived in 1968 as a radio and television communication platform, Toronto’s CN Tower was constructed between 1973 and 1976. For 34 years, it stood as the world’s tallest free-standing structure and largest tower. In 1995, it was declared one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.Read more
Now mostly forgotten, comedian Flip Wilson was a huge television star who Time magazine labelled “TV’s first black superstar”. During the early seventies, the hour-long Flip Wilson Show aired on NBC to huge audiences. During its first two seasons, it was the second most watched show in the US.Read more
Although it first became available in 1965 and was awarded “Toy of the Year” in 1967, Spirograph is firmly planted in the memory banks of countless seventies kids.
Invented by British engineer Denys Fisher, the original US version consisted of two plastic rings, both with gear teeth on the inside and outside. Smaller plastic gear wheels, each with holes to accommodate a ballpoint pen, could be placed inside the larger rings and rotated with the pen, creating complex geometric patterns on the paper beneath.Read more
For over 40 years, “Rainbow Gatherings” have taken place the first week of July throughout the world. Strongly associated with counterculture and hippie subculture, they serve as a sort of communal protest against consumerism, capitalism and mass media, while encouraging peace, love, respect, harmony, freedom and community. The first gathering took place in July 1972 at Strawberry Lake near Granby, Colorado.Read more
The Summer Jam at Watkins Glen was a 1973 rock festival which once received the Guinness Book of World Records entry for “Largest audience at a pop festival.” An estimated 600,000 rock fans came to the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Raceway outside of Watkins Glen, New York on July 28, 1973, to see the Allman Brothers Band, Grateful Dead and The Band perform. (Wikipedia).Read more