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"little girl in the 70s" meme

via elisem and others

I was aged 8-18 in the 70s. I guess that counts more as a medium girl than a little girl. But some of the stuff listed was also popular in the 1960s.

I wonder how US-centric this stuff is.

"You were a little girl in the 1970s if..."

1)...you wore that rainbow shirt...and the rainbow went up one sleeve, across your chest, and down the other.
I don't remember that rainbow shirt at all.

2)...you made baby chocolate cakes in your Easy Bake Oven.
I had an Easy Bake Oven that my mom wouldn't let me use. But that was in the mid-60s. When we moved from Detroit to Chicago, she wanted me to get rid of it, so she finally let me use it, and I ran a bake sale with the results while my folks ran a garage sale with the stuff they were getting rid of (including the oven itself).

3)...you had that Fisher Price Doctor's Kit, and you were an expert at the game "Operation".
I remember the Doctor's Kit but I doubt that I had it. My dad was a doctor and I had a real stethoscope. I didn't have "Operation" but I remember lusting after it when I saw it on ads, and playing it once or twice. My dad disapproved of it.

4)...you owned a bicycle with a banana seat and a basket.
Yep. I really had to work on my folks to get me the purple sparkly jelly banana seat. (These days, they make dildos to look like that...which is probably why people like those dildos, because they were riding around as kids with purple sparkly jelly between their legs, so why stop now?)
Yes on the basket: a plastic one, white with a purple stripe.

5)...you owned roller skates with metal wheels.
Yes, in the late 60s/early 70s. They strapped onto my shoes. It was terribly uncomfortable to skate in them because the street surfaces were so rough. They rattled my teeth.

6)...you thought Gopher from Love Boat was cute. (Admit it!)
The only time I ever remember watching Love Boat was when I was helping a friend baby-sit. I haven't the slightest idea who Gopher was.

7)...your Holly Hobbie sleeping bag was your most prized possession.
Nope, I scorned Holly Hobbie.

8)...you begged Santa for the electronic game, Simon.
Nope, I barely remember Simon.

9)...you had the Donnie and Marie dolls with those SHINY pink and purple outfits.
Euuuuuuw.

10)...you spent hours out back on your metal swing set with the trapeze.
I had some kind of jungle gym or swing set for a while in the mid-60s, but I don't remember if it was metal. Trapeze, no. In the early 70s we lived in a high rise in Chicago, so I didn't have a swing set. When we moved back to the suburbs, the back yard had an apple tree that I liked to climb, so I didn't really need a jungle gym.

11)...your Hello Kitty pencil case was cuter than anyone else's.
Nope, for me Hello Kitty has been strictly a midlife crisis vice.

12)...you wore that Little House on the Prairie plaid, ruffle shirt with the high neck in at least one school picture; and you despised Nellie Olson!
I didn't watch Little House on the Prairie so I don't know who Nellie Olson was. I always hated shirts with high necks. Pretty much the only plaid I wore was in the skirt of my school uniform.

13)...you wanted your first kiss to be at the roller rink.
Not as such, but I did love the roller rink in the disco years.

14)...your hairstyle was described as having "wings" and you kept it neat with the comb you kept in your back pocket.
I did have a shag, but my hair was too curly to have wings per se.

15) you know who Strawberry Shortcake is, as well as her friends, Blueberry Muffin and Huckleberry Pie.
Only vaguely.

16) ..you and your girlfriends would fight over which of the Dukes of Hazard was your boyfriend. (BO AND LUKE)
Definitely not. We divvied up the members of our favorite rock band instead.

17)...you thought unicorns were real.
My best friend and I used to walk around the local mall and lament, "We were into unicorns before they became a fad."

18)...it was a big event when the "Wizard of Oz" would come on TV.
I have never seen the Wizard of Oz all the way through, because something about it frightened me when I was very little, and I refused to watch it for several years, and then it became a Tradition™ to refuse to watch it.

19)...you completely wore out your Grease and Fame soundtracks.
No. I saw Fame and didn't think much of it. And I had even less interest in Grease.

20)...you used to tape songs off the radio by holding your portable tape recorder up to the speaker.
Yes! And I taped Monty Python that way too. And transcribed the tapes using an Underwood from the 1930s.

21)...you couldn't wait to get the free animal poster that came when you ordered books from the Scholastic Book Club
I don't remember the animal poster. I ordered zillions of books from the Scholastic Book Club, though. The teachers teased me about it.

22)...you thought Olivia Newton John's song "Physical" was really about aerobics.
I don't think I ever really thought about what it was about.

23) ...you had a subscription to Tiger Beat.!! AND YOU HUNG THE POSTERS IN YOUR BEDROOM.
No. I had subscriptions to Circus and Creem. I hung the posters in my den in the basement.

24)...you had a Big Wheel and a Sit-n-Spin.
Big Wheels came along a few years too late for me. I don't know what a Sit-n-Spin was.

25)...you wanted to be a Solid Gold dancer!!
Nope. I think I watched it a couple of times.

Comments

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angeyja
May. 14th, 2004 03:57 am (UTC)
I have never seen the Wizard of Oz all the way through, because something about it frightened me when I was very little, and I refused to watch it for several years, and then it became a Tradition™ to refuse to watch it.

I was seven when 1970 started, and I have a vague memory of leaving the room to go sit on the stairs during one scene, most likely the monkeys. Some of these things are familiar but our parents were pretty stuff conservative, and those were the years that were pretty tight; we still joke about a dish my mom made called Johnny Marzetti which we ate two times a week, every week, for years.

In '71 my dad got a promotion and we moved from Albany NY to Cincinnati and the although the economics got better we never spent much of that on stuff. I do remember some clothes things like peasant tops, and bell bottoms and short shorts, and clogs and my first bikini, and I remember friends with barbies which I found sort of odd as I wanted to run off behind the house to the (then) undeveloped field most days and pretend I was a superhero, or on a quest or a child who walked through the woods into faery. And most days you were most likely to find me up in the branches of a tree somewhere with a book and a sketchpad and my pockets full of cookies and apples and found magical objects.

So memes like these are sort of fun to view because of the, "oh yeah, right, that was what was happening in that alternate reality that the witches' curse bound me to from the hours of 9-3 during the week."

(Brought to you from the rambling spiralistic paths of Angela's nether brain pre-caffeine...which she is stumbling off to locate now.)
pyrzqxgl
May. 14th, 2004 07:53 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'd say that all that applies to me here is the Wizard of Oz, and that at Woolworths I bought a purple sparkly banana seat for my bike and also a woven grass (or whatever you call that stuff) trash basket that I fastened onto my handlebars for my dogs to ride in.
pir_anha
May. 14th, 2004 07:57 pm (UTC)
I really had to work on my folks to get me the purple sparkly jelly banana seat. (These days, they make dildos to look like that...which is probably why people like those dildos, because they were riding around as kids with purple sparkly jelly between their legs, so why stop now?)

*heh*. you are a hoot.

I wonder how US-centric this stuff is.

very. though i am also too old for this one; i went to college in 1974. :) and we were poor, and i didn't have a lot of material things. the only item that brings back memories are the rollerskates with metal wheels, that tied to the shoes. ghod, were those horrid. i inherited a pair that were actually a bit too big, and man, i hurt myself with those damn things. road rash is no fun. i never did learn to properly rollerskate, though i eye those inline skates now and then and ponder whether i really want to break any bones.

like another responder above, i was much more into fantasy play without special props, or with props i made myself. we lived in a rural area, and we were intrepid explorers of meadows, creeks, and woods. me and my invisible flying black sort-of-horse friend. :)
thats_ms_dragon
May. 15th, 2004 09:14 am (UTC)
Oh. My. God.

I was born in the 70's and this is exactly what I lived. So much that it is scary and I am stealing it and posting my results in my LJ. *grin*
lcohen
May. 17th, 2004 09:09 pm (UTC)
i was apparently not a little girl in the 70s. which i figured.

however, i loved the movie, "fame." it's the story of my growing up only i didn't go to an arts high school--i just went to so many drama, etc., classes that it feels like it. anyway, so many scenes had me nodding in recognition.

otoh, the next time i see "grease" will be my first time.
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