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"Inside Out and Back Again"
Transcript of "Inside Out and Back Again"
Sports and Athletics
Bobby Orr became a
when he scored the winning goal in Game Four of the Stanley Cup Finals providing the Bruins with their first Cup. Later, in 1971, he earned the
first million dollar hockey contract
Recreation and Leisure
A Decade in Review
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CNN.com." CNN. Cable News Network.
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"Movies in the 1970s." RetroWaste. Web. 12 Jan.
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Goodbye Soviet Streak
On August 31, 1972, American Bobby Fisher (right) defeated Russian Boris Spassky to become the World Champion of chess. This win
the Soviet Union's winning streak that dated back to 1948.
April 8, 1974, Hank Arron shattered Babe Ruth's record when he hit his 715th home run.
Despite the turmoil of the time, sports in the 1970s flourished. For instance, Secretariat overcame great odds and dominated the Triple Crown Run. Additionally, this era saw the rivalry of two boxing greats-Ali and Frazier. In 1975, these two boxing greats went head to head for fourteen rounds with Ali eventually winning two to one. Although this era experienced incredible sports moments, it also experienced a devastating tragedy at what was supposed to be a peaceful event. During the 1972 Olympics, eight Palestinian terrorists kidnapped eleven Israeli Olympic team members. Two of the athletes were killed immediately and the other perished in a failed rescue attempt. This violent event, known as the Munich Massacre, served as a wake up call that things were changing worldwide.
Not only were things changing worldwide, but in the 1970s there was also a change in entertainment and the way of life for many Americans. Television shows, movies, music, and even food changed drastically and pushed the ideals of decades prior. For example, some of the popular television shows challenged bigotry. These television shows include: "All in the Family," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "M.A.S.H.," "Charlie's Angels," and "60 Minutes." During this time period, Americans stressed the importance of strong values; however, the movie "The Godfather," which depicted mob violence and drug use, grossed more than $125 million dollars. Another movie that rose to fame was "Saturday Night Fever" that featured a popular dance-The Hustle. Just as entertainment was evolving, so was the food industry. For instance, more and more women were beginning to work outside of the home. Therefore, the seventies saw a boom in fast food and quick meals. In short, the 70s challenged long-standing cultural ideals of Americans.
John Travolta stole the ladies' hearts and dominated the dance floor with disco in "Saturday Night Fever."
Star Wars Episode IV
was also a hit at the movie theatres.
As seen from the ads above, during the 1970s, advertisers set out to make dinner quicker and more convenient for consumers-especially by targeting women, since more and more women were beginning to work outside the home. Thus, leaving less time for women to prepare meals at home for their families.
As the end of the Vietnam War drew near, the U.S. economy saw the devastating effects of wartime. The United States entered a recession and many problems were starting to plague Americans. For instance, there was an energy shortage. Additionally, inflation occurred and unemployment was rising. The energy shortage was worldwide and was caused by nations wanting to preserve their natural resources. Thus, more and more nations began purchasing oil from the Middle East. However, after the Arab Oil Embargo, which limited sales to the west, America suffered greatly as prices skyrocketed from 35 cents a gallon in the early 70s to 90 cents a gallon in 1979. Also, inflation plagued the U.S. because of poor decisions made in the 60s, an absence of a Chairman of the Federal Reserve, and poor trust among businesses. Moreover, with the growing number of women and returning soldiers entering the workforce, jobs were scarce. The recession of the 1970s drastically impacted sports, entertainment, and ultimately the U.S. economy.
Veterans and anti-war protestors gathered
protest the war
and bring attention to
An example by Leah Messina
Crisis plagued the 1970s. People were plagued by conflict-both globally and close to home in the United States. Economic and social effects of international wars crept into the United States. Eventually, their effects made their way into American households. As a result, this decade became a transitional period for Americans. Although many Americans tried to go on with life as they knew it by distracting themselves with sports and other forms of entertainment, the economic state of America made it impossible for Americans to do so.
During the 1970s, Americans tried to continue life as they knew it while the world around them was plagued in turmoil. For instance, the 1970s saw many iconic sports moments such as Ali's victory over Frazier. But try as they might, Americans could not escape the turmoil. Change crept into America and these changes seeped out in the form of American entertainment. Additionally, the changing economy caused a recession that greatly impacted the way of life for all Americans. Eventually, no one was immune to change and the crisis that plagued the world crept into America and impacted sports, entertainment, and ultimately the economy of America.