All about how things were, way back when, before the Interwebs.
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(This podcast is the evolution of the Parenting Then and Now Podccast).
He Likes It! Hey Mikey!
Every Gen-Xer who watched TV knows the words to the limited script:
Boy 1: “What’s this stuff?”
Boy 2: “Some cereal. It’’s supposed to be good for you.”
Boy 1: “Are you gonna try it?
Boy 2: “I’m not gonna try it. YOU try it!”
Boy 1: “I’m not gonna try it.”
[enter lightbulb moment/stroke of genius here]
Boy 2: “I know! Let’s get Mikey!”
Boy 1: “He won’t eat it. He hates everything.”
Camera pans to Mikey, who has been given the unwanted bowl of cereal.
Mikey, completely unawares, starts eating and doesn’t stop.
Boy 1: “He likes it!! Hey Mikey!!”
Cue voiceover with a call to action about how Life Cereal is good or you, etc.
Never again could four words in simple succession immediately become the catch-phrase of the era.
You can read the full post here: He Likes It! Hey Mikey!
The Top 10 TV Theme Songs From the 1970s
There were some really good theme songs for the cheesy 70s TV shows we used to watch, weren't there? Sanford and Son, Welcome Back Kotter, The Partridge Family...
Depending on who you ask, some of these opening tunes were better than others. Regardless of which ones you liked best, it's safe to say that they were all pretty catchy.
Visit the full post here to watch and listen to each show's opening theme and segment:
The Top 10 TV Show Theme Songs From the 1970s
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Real Men Didn't Eat Quiche In The 70s
"Quiche was, apparently, a no-no, as was expressing emotions, sensitivity and romance. According to the societal edict of the time, men were to eat lots of meat, participate in “masculine” activities and wear only rugged and “manly” clothing. These proscribed directives were to be followed, no questions asked. That is, if you really were a man of the era."
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Did People in the Past Look Older?
When we look at pictures and videos of people in the past - say the 50s, 60s and 70s - don't you find that they look a lot older than people of the same age now? Why is that? What are the reasons that a 15-year-old in 1972 looks so much older than a teen of the same age today? What the heck is going on??
To see pictures of celebrities from the past who looked so much older than they really were, check out the corresponding post called "Did People in the Past Look Older?" on http://livinginthepast.substack.com
Whatever Happened to the Bermuda Triangle?
and do we still have something to fear?
A Losing Streak
There was a time in the 1970s when you couldn’t live life without the possibility of a naked person gracing your line of sight. Often, it was funny. Other times it wasn’t. Either way, it was always absurd.
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Fantastic podcast! Great, kind host too!
Great topics. Fascinating guests.
I enjoy listening to the Parenting Then and Now podcast. The interviews are always insightful, humorous and thought provoking. Samantha asks intelligent questions and I always wind up having learned something new.
Parenting Then and Now
Listening to these podcasts, I always come away with a great feeling on connection as a parent, able to share in the experience with others. Samantha’s openness and warmth brings great chemistry to her discussions and I love her reflections on her childhood and how parenting has changed. Great discussions and advice!