Reliving the 70s on the History Channel
I was born in 1960 and so I was only in elementary school in the early 1970s. By the late 70s I was in high school and I have some pretty vivid memories.
It all came back to me last Sunday as I was watching "70s Fever" on the History Channel.
I remember bell bottoms, cuffed jeans, wide lapel shirts and who could forget Treks by Clarks abd Earth Shoes?
These last two things are my only personal memories and I remember how important it was to get Earth Shoes and Treks. Just to refresh your memory, Treks were brown leather Oxfords with the seam from the toe to the ankle up the center of the shoes recognizable for its signature center stitched seam, a footwear classic for nearly 30 years.
. Earth Shoes were designed by a Danish yoga instructor. According to advertisements, " these comfy-yet-mod shoes are a real treat for the feet. Get a natural posture and burn more calories with every step."
Then there were the nik-nik shirts. Nik Nik shirts are the Holy Grail of 70's disco shirts. If you want the studio 54 look, you just have to have a Nik Nik. They were form-fitting nylon shirts for wearing at a disco, but of course we wore them in school. What were we thinking?
The 70s Fever show certainly brought back a lot of these memories for me. As Herman is typing this for me, he's remarking he never heard of most of these things I mention except Earth Shoes.
I also remember a song in the 70s whose lyrics were, "Earth Shoes and Chicago Blues," But I can't remember who sang it. Herman looked it up on Google and it was by Hall and Oates and called "Do What You Want, Be Who You Are."
I wasn't in New York City in time for Studio 54, but I remember The Roxbury in L.A. on Sunset Boulevard and going there to dance. I bartended until 2 in the morning then went afterwards to blow off steam.
What I didn't remember from the 70s was all the political turmoil. I was too young to get into the protests and Watergate. I do remember hearing about Nixon and Watergate as I got older.
Herman is recommending I watch a DVD of "All the Presidents Men" which stars Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as reporters Woodward and Bernstein who uncover the details of the Watergate scandal – made in
1976 when I was only 16 . Herman tells me it was made shortly after the Nixon fiasco.
As the promo for the History Channel describing the documentary said, "if the 1960s represented peace, love, and the "We Generation", then the 1970s came to represent the pleasure seeking excesses of the "Me Generation." The 1970s were a decade when cocaine was king, a President fell in disgrace, homegrown terrorist groups prowled the streets and all-night parties raged in Studio 54."
I see the program is to repeat on Dec. 21 at 6 p.m. if you'd like to watch it.
Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com