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Searching for Detroit and Los Angeles

Joel Epstein | Posted 02.09.2016 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

While we may be booming as a city with tens of construction cranes dotting the downtown skyline, it is the thousands of tents of the homeless on the sidewalks and freeway overpasses that have me concerned.

Dear Diary, I'm 7 and on a Diet

Lori Ferraro | Posted 02.03.2016 | Women
Lori Ferraro

Ever since I was little I've always loved writing in my diaries. I have a stack of them, from childhood through college. Boys, school, boys, music, ...

5 TV Shows From the 70s That Stood the Test of Time

James Baxley | Posted 01.29.2016 | Fifty
James Baxley

Even the stars on television were of a different caliber than the stars today. There were actors such as Ron Howard, Gary Coleman, Henry Winkler, and Penny Marshall. They didn't need a sex tape to get the attention of America. They had talent, timing, and charisma.

Panic in Detroit: We Loved You Ziggy Stardust!

Omo Misha | Posted 01.26.2016 | Detroit
Omo Misha

When David Bowie showed up and captured us in song, we knew we had found a brother from another mother.

5 Things You Did In The 70s That You Could Never Do Today

James Baxley | Posted 01.03.2016 | Fifty
James Baxley

There are five things that you could do in the '70s that you could never, ever get away with today because they are so despicable, at least to "p.c." police, they would have you arrested and Child Protective Services would take your children away... probably.

5 Ways Christmas In The 1970s Ruled

James Baxley | Posted 12.21.2015 | Fifty
James Baxley

Christmas is a little different for each generation; you can always hear a crazy uncle with a scotch in his hand talking about how, 'Christmas when I was growing up was yada, yada, yada.' I swore when I was growing up that I would never be like that.

Five Reasons to Sail Into By The Sea

Greg Archer | Posted 11.13.2015 | Entertainment
Greg Archer

Oh, to be back in the 1970s when opportunities to experience real cinema were more frequent and the likes of Paramount Pictures studio chief Robert...

The 7 Facts that Surprised Me about Gay Life in the '70s

Jim Downs | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jim Downs

From bookstores to bathhouses to bars, gay people in the 1970s often did not look for the approval of straight people, and they did their own thing.

Miles Ahead

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.20.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

If you're looking for a conventional bio-film, you'll be disappointed. If you want to get inside the head of the ingenious, erratic, enigmatic high priest of jazz, fasten your seat belt and enjoy the ride. Actor/writer/director Don Cheadle's drama Miles Ahead is jazzed.

"Cloud Nine:" A Mental Challenge for the Theatergoer

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 10.05.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

As you approach the Linda Gross Theater, you're struck by the imposing quiet of it. Sealed doors keep out the faint of heart; the Church-like building sleeps, bathed in the light of an October moon. Could this be your destination, or have you made a mistake?

Have We Boomed the Ocean?

David Helvarg | Posted 09.25.2015 | Green
David Helvarg

Overfishing and other environmental disasters have cut the population of the ocean's most evolved creatures (those with spines) nearly in half, according to a new report from the World Wildlife Fund.

Farrah Fawcett-Majors Made Me Realize I'm Super Gay

Michael C. Bryan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael C. Bryan

I always told people I didn't know I was gay as a kid. But there it was, a photo of me, at 12, wearing a Farrah Fawcett-Majors T-shirt. In Montana.

Purgatory & Paradise: Meryl Meisler's Vintage New York Photography

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 08.31.2015 | Arts
Michael Ernest Sweet

Meryl Meisler's tome of photography from the 70s titled, "Purgatory & Paradise SASSY '70s: Suburbia & The City" is an exceptional collection of disc...

Government That Reacts to the People

Byron Williams | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Byron Williams

Does democracy work best when government reacts to the people or the inverse? Unless one is a despot, I suspect an overwhelming majority, at least in theory, would offer democracy works best when government reacts to the people.

Going to a 40th High School Reunion?

Ken Toltz | Posted 07.07.2015 | Fifty
Ken Toltz

So this summer I'm helping plan my 40th (!) high school reunion. That seems like an awfully big number, us George Washington Patriots would never have imagined reaching -- let alone celebrating -- back in 1975.

The Milestone Moments In Every Boomer's Life

Martha T.S. Laham | Posted 07.03.2015 | Fifty
Martha T.S. Laham

As a whole, baby boomers came of age during the early 1950s through the late 1970s. Let's take a glance at boomers' lives through a kaleidoscope of defining social moments.

Illinois Rewind: This Little Girl Sees the Way Forward for the State's Children

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.29.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

A series of reports by the Daily Herald and WBEZ finds indisputable evidence of something we've suspected for decades: "Kids who come from poverty plainly do not perform as well as those who are born to better circumstance." Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek calls on Illinoisans to care for all children in their communities and remembers her own community-aided upbringing.

What Was Better? The 1960s Or 1970s?

Perry Block | Posted 06.07.2015 | Fifty
Perry Block

When you think about it, the 1970s weren't as bad as those of us who tend to prefer the 1960s often like to say. There was unquestionably some good entertainment and some good times, even if we didn't like the clothes we were wearing.

Why 1970s Summers Were Way Better

Lori Ferraro | Posted 05.29.2015 | Women
Lori Ferraro

Grab your rainbow flip-flops and join me for a run through the sprinkler in the front yard, won't you?

'Mad Men' and Memories We Didn't Know We Have

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 05.14.2015 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

The trick of "Mad Men" is that we all watch it and see what's being done so utterly wrong by the characters. We judge them for the choices they make with the wisdom of 45 years of history and change that they could never have predicted.

Past to Present: Changing New York

Toni Haber | Posted 05.11.2015 | New York
Toni Haber

With landmarks being redeveloped for new use, such as the partial conversion of the Verizon Building at 140 West Street, and industrial neighborhoods repositioning themselves as fashion and "foodie" destinations, the landscape of the city is noticeably changing.

Mother's Day and Pubic Hair Memories

Sandra Ramos O’Briant | Posted 05.09.2015 | Women
Sandra Ramos O’Briant

Pubic hair runs deep in my family... and probably long. Our history is bushy with secrets and revelations. In the 50s, my mother didn't hide her pubic...

Legendary No Wave Performer Lydia Lunch Returns to New York with So Real It Hurts at the Howl! Happening Gallery, May 8 to June 5

Christopher Lee Nutter | Posted 05.06.2015 | Arts
Christopher Lee Nutter

Since 1977 Lydia Lunch has been offending sensibilities with her relentless and unfiltered challenges to sex, gender, politics, religion, war, technology, consumerism, the arts, the media .... you name it, no institution has been spared.

9 Songs From Childhood We Can't Get Out Of Our Heads

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 05.04.2015 | Fifty

Whether it was a catchy jingle advertising your soft drink of choice (Feeling 7-Up anyone?) or the theme song to your favorite TV show, there are some...

Mad Men: "The Forecast" Is Mixed

William Bradley | Posted 04.22.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Don Draper takes stock of the future, his own, his agency's, his family's, maybe even a bit of thought about the world.