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Polyester leisure suit The ultimate men's fashion statement from the 1970s: the much-maligned polyester leisure suit! Polyester was first developed by British researchers during the Second World War. It became a consumer item in 1963 when an Illinois chemist named Delbert Meyer came up with a better way of producing the material. The new threads were blended with natural fibers to create clothing that almost felt like cotton or wool but was washable and wrinkle resistant. Cut from rolls of spongy double-knitted polyester, leisure suits came in all variety of colours: earth tones, blues, racing green, maroon, and the entire spectrum of pastel hues. Airless and horribly uncomfortable in hot and humid weather, polyester leisure suits clung to the wearer's arms and legs. The highly flammable synthetic melted when it burned and stuck to its wearer like napalm. Upper-class men were not impressed, and preferred to stick to their genuine wools, silks and cottons. One fashion writer declared, 'Leisure suits were just too democratic. They made everybody look like a bus driver.'
Tags: polyester  leisure  suit 
Added: 22nd November 2007
Views: 3146
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Posted By: Lava1964
Bay City Rollers Saturday Night The Bay City Rollers, a Scottish band, were hyped as the next coming of the Beatles in the mid-1970s. It didn't quite work out that way. They had a few moderately successful songs--and one huge hit: Saturday Night. You just have to sing along with this one.
Tags: Bay  City  Rollers  Saturday  Night 
Added: 24th November 2007
Views: 2042
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Posted By: Lava1964
1970 ABC Friday Night Promo Ah, memories of childhood! For years Friday night was my favorite TV night. This is an ABC network promo from 1970 plugging their Friday family night lineup: The Brady Bunch, Nanny and the Professor, and The Partridge Family.
Tags: ABC  network  promo  1970  Friday 
Added: 28th November 2007
Views: 2978
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Posted By: Lava1964
Who Had Mood Rings The mood ring was invented by Joshua Reynolds. Mood rings enjoyed fad popularity in the 1970s and are still around today. The stone of the ring changes color, supposedly according to the mood or emotional state of the wearer.
Tags: Mood  Rings 
Added: 28th November 2007
Views: 1728
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Posted By: Cathy
Evel Knievel Dies 11 30 07 Evel Knievel, the red-white-and-blue-spangled motorcycle daredevil whose jumps over crazy obstacles including Greyhound buses, live sharks and Idaho's Snake River Canyon made him an international icon in the 1970s, died today. He was 69. His death was confirmed by his granddaughter, Krysten Knievel. He had been in failing health for years, suffering from diabetes and pulmonary fibrosis, an incurable condition that scarred his lungs. In 1999 he had undergone a liver transplant after nearly dying of hepatitis C, likely contracted through a blood transfusion after one of his bone-shattering spills.
Tags: evel  knievel  daredevil  motorcyclists 
Added: 30th November 2007
Views: 2689
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Posted By: Naomi
Original Match Game Most people recall Match Game from its heyday in the 1970s when it featured two contestants and six celebrities. The original version of The Match Game aired from 1962 through 1969 and was quite different than the free-wheeling 1970s show. See for yourself. This clip is from 1964, and yes, Gene Rayburn was the host then too.
Tags: Match  Game  1960s 
Added: 1st December 2007
Views: 3256
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Posted By: Lava1964
Famous Ski Jump Crash The name Vinko Bogataj probably doesn't mean much to you, but I bet you've seen him. Bogataj was the hapless Yugoslavian skier whose spectacular wipeout at a ski flying event in Oberstdorf, West Germany in 1970 was shown on the opening and closing montages on ABC's Wide World Of Sports for years. Ouch! The agony of defeat!
Tags: Vinko  Bogataj  ski  jumper 
Added: 9th December 2007
Views: 16613
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Posted By: Lava1964
Those 70s Fashions Alive in Florida Wish I would've known I had a fortune hanging in the closet!!
Tags: 1970  fashions  florida  news 
Added: 11th December 2007
Views: 1704
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Posted By: Babs64
Pierre Trudeau Just Watch Me This 1970 clip of Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau is probably unknown to Americans, but it's very famous in Canada. In October 1970, a radical French-Canadian separatist group, the FLQ, began a reign of terror in the province of Quebec. James Cross, a visiting British diplomat, was kidnapped. Shortly afterward, Pierre Laporte, a Quebec cabinet minister, was also kidnapped. (Laporte's dead body was found a few days later.) Prime minister Trudeau responded by invoking Canada's War Measures Act which gave the government extraordinary powers to preserve order. The civil libertarians didn't like it, but it was the most popular thing Trudeau ever did. Watch him as he fields questions from a left-leaning TV reporter.
Tags: Pierre  Trudeau  FLQ  crisis 
Added: 13th December 2007
Views: 2602
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Posted By: Lava1964
Seals and Crofts Summer Breeze Seals and Crofts are Jim Seals (born James Seals, 17 October 1941, Sidney, Texas) and Dash Crofts (born Darrell Crofts, 14 August 1940, Cisco, Texas), a popular soft rock duo in the early 1970s, best-known for their hits "Summer Breeze" and "Diamond Girl." They were also the most famous Bahá'ís of 1970s in the United States. Seals' younger brother, Dan Seals is also well known as one half of the successful soft rock band in the same time period, England Dan and John Ford Coley.
Tags: Seals  and  Crofts  Summer  Breeze 
Added: 18th December 2007
Views: 2346
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Posted By: geminat

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