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Summer Camp: Now and Then

Lori Ferraro | Posted 04.16.2014 | Parents
Lori Ferraro

I know they will cherish camp memories and tell their kids someday what summer camp was like way back in 2014, how different it was and how much better it was back in their day. But I kind of secretly wish that they were making crummy crafts, playing dodgeball and eating jelly sandwiches.

11 Ways My 21st-Century Children And I Are Different

Lindsey Mead | Posted 04.10.2014 | Parents
Lindsey Mead

My father always told me that one of the most essential life skills was the ability to read a map while traveling. Grace and Whit just assume a destination will be punched into a GPS and we'll be guided there.

The Week in Movies: Divergent, Muppets Most Wanted and More

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.20.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

So is Divergent the new Hunger Games? Or Twilight? Or even Harry Potter?

Suburban Blues: Memories of a Late Baby Boomer

Tim Koechlin | Posted 03.11.2014 | Fifty
Tim Koechlin

We slept with our bedroom windows open and our blankets at our feet. We heard the conversations of passing teenagers and lovers through the windows, and we heard the drone and swoosh of the occasional traffic. We could hear the ballgame on someone else's radio.

7 Cringeworthy Style Trends We'd Love To Forget

Posted 03.13.2014 | Fifty

Whether you admit it or not, chances are if you lived through the 1970s or 1980s you've probably made some questionable fashion choices. Very question...

Where Those 'Y.M.C.A.' Dance Moves Really Came From

OWN | Posted 02.11.2014 | OWN

The Village People's 1978 hit song "Y.M.C.A." has long been solidified as a disco classic. But the tune wouldn't be complete without the signature dan...

Armistead Maupin: The Man Who Wrote the Quintessential San Francisco Novel -- On a Newspaper Deadline

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 04.06.2014 | Books
Barbara Falconer Newhall

Armistead Maupin's assignment was to show up at the offices of the San Francisco Chronicle every weekday morning and produce seven hundred words, give or take. But Army's job was not to report the story. It was to make it up.

Growing Up Amid Racism In The 1970s

Tom Cramer | Posted 03.22.2014 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

Sometimes, my enthusiasm for writing has blinded me. Quite simply, I love to use words to share my experiences. If anyone tells me they've read one of my posts, I'm happy. If they say they enjoyed it, I'm thrilled. If they say they felt it like they were there, I'm floating. My pursuit of those emotions has, at times, caused me to overlook the feelings of others.

John Locke Goss: The Third Metric and the Wisdom of the Hippies

John Locke Goss | Posted 02.02.2014 | Fifty
John Locke Goss

Some might say we gave up and dropped out, but it was more than that. We chose, rather, to try to change the world by example rather than by protest or force, so off we went to test our theories and beliefs.

Been There, Done That

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

I was only married a short while when I realized something was wrong with me. It happened when I heard myself mumbling obscenities as I pushed the vacuum, powered entirely by resentment.

Commentary: Are the '70s Movies Overrated?

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Lists of the greatest this or the best that are provocations and nothing more. Whether it's a critic offering his 10-best list of films (or books ...

My Relentless Pursuit Of 'Cool'

Tom Cramer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

I believe that some of what follows may be universal, and some of what follows undoubtedly was shaped by my own life experience. I am eternally grateful to have grown up in a loving family in a middle class suburb on the southwest side of Chicago in the 1970s.

For All the Curly-Haired Girls

Mimi Golub | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Mimi Golub

It was the year of the winged bangs and I was hell-bent on having them. Despite being born with a headful of ringlet curls and living in an oppressively humid climate, I wanted to belong. I was 14, it was the '70s, and a world of adolescent males awaited me. That is, if I could tame my damn hair.

Rewinding

Randi Miller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Randi Miller

Some memories stand alone, and the songs that guard them are a kind of personal time machine that can transport me to a place so real I can almost smell it. Summertime and barbecues, a gas station and vinyl seats, and the loft above the next door neighbor's garage.

Haircuts and Color Solve the Debt Ceiling Crisis!

Kim Vo | Posted 12.16.2013 | Style
Kim Vo

f I had a wish and a dream, it would be to get Congress in my salon. It would be difficult to argue with each other while John Boehner is getting a "conservative, side part to the right," and Nancy Pelosi is receiving cover for mother nature "highlights."

The Faithful Shopper: Fabulous Fall

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 12.02.2013 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

Okay, it's October, and now it's time to stop pretending that we have a few more days of summer left. Luckily, though, fall is great for your closet, ...

ReThink Review: Good Ol' Freda - The Beatles' Longtime Secretary Speaks

Jonathan Kim | Posted 11.13.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Freda Kelly, who ran the Beatles' fan club and was the secretary for their manager Brian Epstein, has refused to speak about or profit from her account of the eleven years she spent working for the Beatles. But with a desire for her grandson to know her story and her place in rock history, Freda is now ready to talk.

The Day I Made A Nun Very Angry

Tom Cramer | Posted 10.24.2013 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

In the summer of 1977, I moved to another suburb, and had to start seventh grade at a new school. I was 12 years old and well into the awkward years. Moving and starting at a new school is always tough, and being the new kid in seventh grade was especially challenging. At that age, the lines are already drawn, the cliques formed.

Movie Review: Ain't Them Bodies Saints

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.15.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

So many films today seem to carry the same references to earlier work, indicating the influences that shaped the filmmaker in his work. But references are one thing; using those references for fresh inspiration is something else.

When Bruises, Bumps And Bandages Were Badges Of Honor

Tom Cramer | Posted 10.10.2013 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

Bruises, bumps and bandages were like badges of honor, and I couldn't wait to display mine on my trusty Schwinn Sting-Ray.

LOOK: 'The Nipple Bra' Is Something That Actually Existed

The Huffington Post | Brie Dyas | Posted 08.09.2013 | Style

Coming to a store near you. Not.

30 Reasons To Remember The Year 1972

Posted 07.25.2013 | Arts

Everyone loves Volkswagens, PONG and Ziggy Stardust. Here are 30 reasons you should remember the year 1972: 1.) Maxi dresses, mini skirts, knee...

The Crazy Song My Father Used To Sing To Me

Tom Cramer | Posted 08.15.2013 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

When I was a kid, I used to love hanging out with my Dad. An inordinate amount of memories involve being in a car. Obviously, we were going somewhere, to do something. While I don't remember the destinations much, getting there was a blast.

Do It At Home, America! Ep. 71

Lester & Charlie | Posted 07.21.2013 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

In this episode of "Do It At Home, America!" we uncover the secret savings of keeping your toilet bowl clean with nothing but common household objects -- 1970s style!

The Good Reason I Don't Want To Recycle Anymore

Judith Natelli McLaughlin | Posted 06.16.2013 | Fifty
Judith Natelli McLaughlin

I grew up in the 1970s. I didn't wear a bike helmet. I didn't even own a bike helmet. I am not certain if manufacturers made them for my type of social, local biking. I biked all over town, helmet-free, hair blowing in the wind, thinking nothing of it.