Trivia of the early 70’s…Who Remembers?

When I hit 61 last year I thought to myself, ‘how can I be that old when I still feel 30?’  Fashions of the 60’s and 70’s are returning, very similar to what I may have worn to my first junior high dance!   Ironically, during the month of April, store windows are decorated with large, colorful daisies , flowers and peace signs, a reflection of a more care-free society motivated by love-ins and rock music,  a true example of how life itself comes full-circle.   The once ‘simplistic life’ of the 70’s turned ‘high-tech’ right before our eyes but we seem to be moving in the direction of re-grouping, re-organizing and overall, simplifying.   Life in the early 70’s was ‘simple’, (coined ‘The Dream Era’) when ‘happiness’ was merely sitting with a frozen Swanson TV dinner on a portable fold-out tray in front of a brand new color television, watching “The Monkees” sitcom on tv!

I found myself engrossed in newspaper and magazine periodicals on the early 1970’s, as I searched for ‘trivia-fillers’ to entertain my audiences in-between acts in my show.  The comparison facts from 40-years ago to today are astounding and mind-boggling.  We would all be multi-millionaires if we only knew then about what the state our world would be in today.  Could we have changed what is?  Probably not, but we may have been more aware of the significant differences that were taking place right before our eyes that have brought our economy and world to where it currently is today.  The housing market alone is a crazy phenomenon in itself.  When President Richard M. Nixon led our country in 1973, the average cost of a new home was $32,000 with an average annual income of $22,000.  Monthly rent averaged $175 and a first-class stamp was just 8-cents!  Other fun trivia-facts that the “Love Child Generation” might remember:  a gallon of gas = 40-cents, a dozen eggs = 25-cents, a gallon of milk =28-cents!  Toys released in 1973 that would live on in history was the Mattel “Barbie Doll” sold for just $1.94 and “Mr. Potato Head” sold for $1.99.  The 70’s decade also brought the transistor radio, pogo stick, walkie-talkies, the lava lamp, and Kenner’s Easy-Bake Oven!   The Academy Award for best picture went to “The Godfather”, with Marlon Brando winning best male actor.  The 1973 Film Oscar went to “The Exorcist” with Elton John’s “Crocodile Rock” and Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” taking  top albums.  The best song of the year was awarded to Roberta Flack for, “The First Time Ever I Saw Your face” and “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” was named the top book of the year.

The year of 1973 shares a common “40th” birthday shout-out to Oscar De la Hoya, Heidi Klum, Neal Patrick Harris, Monica Lewinsky, Mario Lopez, Tyra Banks and the opening of “Miss Bobbi’s School of Dance” in Rowland Heights, 40-years later to become known as, “Dellos Dance Studios, Inc.”   In the time of “Woman’s Lib”, “Hippie Culture” and the opposition to the Vietnam War, the world experienced the Apollo 13’s near disaster.  There were many positive contributions such as the World Trade Center’s erection, making it the tallest building in the world, the introduction of the first microwave oven and, Miller-Lite beer!  And, there were new dance-teachers in-the-making, that would positively influence and touch thousands of young lives in the years to follow…

A Pre-Vet and Dance Major at Cal Poly, at the same time completing her Elementary Teaching Credential, it’s not surprising that Bobbi Dellos, a 21-year old female business owner in a world primarily run by men, turned her artistic passion towards creating a loving, passionate, encouraging and enriching environment for children of all ages and all walks of life. What she began ‘as a whim’ 40-years ago, has turned into a life-long passion.  She is known as “Grambi” to four grandsons, has four loving pugs, still surfs, drives a black Land Rover truck, has an antique 1930 Model A Ford Woody, and blasts rock music every chance she gets!  “Music of the 70’s inspires me… A conglomeration of talented artists produced songs that will continue to affect youth and live on in history, just as I was inspired at a most crucial time in my life by their positive lyrics…I don’t think it is a coincidence, but rather a sign, that my two favorite songs of all time, “Dream On” by Aerosmith, and, “Imagine” by The Beatles, were both released in October of 1973, the very same month that I was opening my first dance studio doors, creating the ‘Dellos Legacy’ and making my own mark in history!”

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