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1970's

June 27, 2016

Said no at altar

I guess that's why it's posed as a question. You don't have to say "I do."

Anyway, if you're 16, the correct response to a marriage request is 'No.' Unfortunately, it seems that Lois did end up getting married a week later, despite her initial reluctance.

The Ottawa Journal - May 1, 1971


Girl Says 'No' At the Altar
SIBSON, England (UPI) —Radiant and demure in white lace, Lois Elliott walked down the aisle on her father's arm as the organ intoned "Here Comes the Bride."
"Wilt thou," said Rev. Frank Best, "take this man to be thy lawfully wedded husband, to love and to cherish 'til death do you part?"
Lois, 16, smiled at Mr. Best, at her father and at the groom. "No," she said quietly. Then she turned and walked out of St. Botolph's Church.
Lois offered no immediate explanation for her change of heart. But her father, Barry Elliott, said he thought a chance remark by one of the groom's relatives "may have upset her."

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jun 27, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: 1970's, Weddings

June 21, 2016

Late mail, postage due

1974: Roy Baker of Guthrie, Oklahoma received a Christmas card two years after it had been mailed. Because the price of a stamp had gone up between the time it was mailed and the time it was delivered, the post office decided there was postage due.

Baker wisely decided it was useless to argue with the post office and paid them the two cents they wanted.

Detroit Free Press - Apr 7, 1974

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jun 21, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: 1970's, Postal Services

June 18, 2016

Follies of the Madmen #286



Lots of goofy stuff here.

First commercial: who's the publisher for that special Mom propaganda book?

Second and third commercials: love that trippy 2001: A Space Odyssey sequence as we fly thru the aspirin particles.

Fourth commercial: once upon a time, hairy chests were okay.

Fifth commercial: this woman has ingested so much iron that her bare feet are comfortable on metal stirrups.

Sixth and seventh commercials: life in a circus-acrobat household.

Eighth commercial: multivitamins promote blue balls.

Ninth commercial: children are iron-vampires.

Tenth and eleventh commercials: psychedelic scrumpcheroo!

Twelfth commercial: hey, a rerun! Or is this a flashback from dropping too many Chocks?

Thirteenth and fourteenth commercials: Charley Chocks, pusherman.

Fifteenth commercial: Chocks and chopsticks!

Sixteenth commercial: And you thought the Archies were too fake!

Seventeenth commercial: interplanetary Chocks colonialism!

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jun 18, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Drugs, Psychedelic, Children, Elderly, 1960's, 1970's

June 17, 2016

Peanut Butter believed to be aphrodisiac

In 1971, it was widely reported that a girls' high school in Johannesburg, South Africa had banned peanut butter due to a concern that peanuts were a sexual stimulant.

This news, of course, was met with incredulity by the American press, but given the lack of details in the story (the school, for instance, was never named) I suspected it might be an urban legend reported as news. However, in a New Scientist article published two years later (Nov 1, 1973) I was able to find some more information which suggests that the story apparently was true, and that the ban was inspired by local African folk belief about peanuts:

"This command has been traced by local health officials to a traditional taboo among the native tribal population which regarded both peanuts and eggs as sex stimulants and therefore forbade their consumption by the young and unmarried."

Sydney Morning Herald - July 19, 1971

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jun 17, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Food, Sexuality, 1970's

Between Lust and Watching TV

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Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 17, 2016 - Comments (5)
Category: Music, Sexuality, Television, Husbands, Wives, 1970's

June 13, 2016

June 11, 2016

Warning required before crime

January 1973: Texas State Rep. Jim Kaster filed a bill that would have required criminals to give their victims twenty-four hours notice before they committed a crime. Argued Kaster, "Obviously the criminal is not going to do it, but this would be another punishment that could be added to the penalty." No surprise, the bill was defeated.



Arizona Republic - Jan 19, 1973



And this article gives a little more info:

El Paso Herald-Post - Jan 19, 1973

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jun 11, 2016 - Comments (10)
Category: Crime, Law, 1970's

June 9, 2016

Eviction arrived before second coming

Grannis, Arkansas: On September 29, 1975, the Nance family — about 40 of them in all — stopped paying all their bills (including their mortgage) because they were sure the Second Coming was about to happen. They knew this because Aunt Iola Walker had received a message from God. Ten months later, U.S. marshals evicted them, and the family members had to, once again, get jobs.



The Eagle (Bryan, Texas) - July 17, 1976

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jun 09, 2016 - Comments (5)
Category: Religion, 1970's

June 2, 2016

The Book of Asses

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At time of posting, one used copy seen online for $50.00.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jun 02, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Art, Books, 1970's, Butt

May 27, 2016

Circular Drive-in

In 1973, Lloyd Honey opened the Tricircle drive-in movie theater. It was the first-ever circular drive-in. The advantage of this was that it allowed x-rated movies to be shown, because the picture couldn't be seen from surrounding areas. This circular design was marketed as "Visible X" technology, but it doesn't seem to have caught on.

More info from Drive-In Theaters by Kerry Segrave:

Lloyd Honey of [Richland, Washington] already owned a couple of standard-size drive-ins in the area when he opened a miniature one on May 30, 1973. It was circular in shape, with 120 individiual screens each of which was 3 by 4 feet, a sixty-inch diagonal. The projection booth was located in the center of the circle, 165 feet from the viewing area. Using 120 lenses and reflecting mirrors, the image was back-projected to all the screens. Sound was picked up on the car radios. Honey said that this theater — built at a cost of $70,000 — needed just two people to operate it. While not designed specificially for X-rated films, this new theater "could very well show them," Honey conceded. He claimed that it was the "first of its kind on the West Coast." It was also the last.

According to drive-ins.com, the Tricircle was torn down at some point, and there's now a Wal-Mart on the site.



Boxoffice magazine - Oct 20, 1975

Posted By: Alex - Fri May 27, 2016 - Comments (9)
Category: Movies, 1970's

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