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Groovy Dentist

"Groovy people should wear groovy clothes," said San Francisco dentist Rodney Pain in 1971. "That way we turn on the whole world."

Pain embodied this ideal by doing away with the white tunic typically worn by dentists and always wearing groovy clothes instead.

Dr. Pain sounded familiar, and then I realized that I've posted about him before. He's the same guy who made the news in 1966 because he played bagpipes for his patients while waiting for their fillings to set.

Well, I assume it's the same guy. How many dentists named Rodney Pain could there be in San Francisco?

Note that in the 1966 photo, he isn't yet wearing groovy clothes.

Colorado Springs Gazette - Mar 5, 1971

Dr. Rodney Pain in 1966, playing bagpipes

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Sep 27, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Medicine, 1970's

Four-Screen TV


Original article here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Sep 19, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Television, Chindogu, 1970's, Europe

Who Can Beat Nixon?

1971 board game. I assume that whoever played Nixon was allowed to cheat.

via New York Magazine - Aug 16, 1971
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Sep 16, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Games, Politics, 1970's

Death By Flowers


This is either a case of the unluckiest spouse ever, or a perfect murder by the husband.

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Aug 28, 2015 | Comments (11)
Category: Death, Nature, Husbands, Wives, 1970's

When the Circuit Breaks

Forty years onward, what's changed? Same arguments, same solutions. We are doomed!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Aug 08, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: PSA's, Technology, 1970's

Forgotten Afro Wigs of 1975





Even with the current renewed popularity of Afro hairstyles, I doubt we will see the return of any of these modes soon.

Original ads here.

Scroll down at link.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jul 24, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Ethnic Groupings, 1970's, Hair and Hairstyling

Holmes & Yoyo

In the view of some: Worst. Show. Ever.

Wikipedia page here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jul 17, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Inventions, Robots, Television, 1970's

Follies of the Madmen #253


If only Hollywood had made John Carter of Mars in 1979, with Cher as Dejah Thoris, they would have had a surefire hit!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jul 05, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Fashion, Hollywood, Movies, Music, Advertising, Science Fiction, 1970's

Frog Fancier

Archie Beesley, frog fancier, liked to eat them live. Just like oysters, he said, they helped with "cleaning out the stomach."

Source: The Ottawa Journal — Jul 15, 1970
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Jul 03, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Food, 1970's
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