Groovy PSA flight attendants in the 1970s.
Known for their far out, mod flight attendants, PSA Airlines was a cool ride to take in the ‘70s when you were traveling throughout California. This airline didn’t just have flight attendants with cool outfits, they also had a great disco jingle that told flyers, “catch us!” You got it, gals.
In the late ‘70s you could only take PSA to different cities in California, which is great if you’re the kind of person who’s got to fly between San Francisco and Los Angeles every day, or if you’re just exhausted with the beautiful views along the PCH.
Gregg Allman and Cher on their wedding day in 1975.
Gregg Allman, the singer-songwriter behind the Allman Brothers Band was a rock god who jammed on guitar and the Hammond organ. The only thing that he loved as much as jamming with his band was getting married. Allman was married a record seven times, and in 1975 he tied the knot with past and future pop star Cher.
The two started dating in early ’75, and the relationship made Allman more famous than he was with his music, and in June the two walked down the aisle. A year later they had a son named Elijah Blue Allman. Regardless of what you think about their relationship, you’ve got to love the scarf on Allman.
Jimi Hendrix playing guitar in a hotel room with Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork of The Monkees, when he toured with them in 1967.
For a very brief period of time Jimi Hendrix and The Experience was the opening act for The Monkees. Let that sink in – if you were a young person going to see your favorite TV band of mop top cuties play “Daydream Believer” in 1967 you had your mind blown by a guitar god working at the heigh of his prowess.
Even though the sound of Hendrix and The Monkees couldn’t be further apart, they were all buddies. It only took seven dates for Hendrix to drop off the tour, but he continued hanging out with Tork at his home whenever he was back in California.
You know the show, you know the band, you know the school bus. But who remembers what the sign on the *back* of the bus said?
Who didn’t want to start a family band after watching the Partridge Family? This primetime series followed a group of musical brothers and sisters who convince their widowed mother to sing on a track with their band. After finding a little bit of success and getting a manager, the family picks up a 1957 Chevrolet Series 6800 Superior painted in amazingly groovy colors.
Every episode of this series was a must see for kids growing up in the groovy era. Week to week it was such a big deal to see young people tearing it up with pop music. So who remembers what they wrote on the back of the bus?
CAREFUL NERVOUS MOTHER DRIVING
In 2019, Beloved “Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek announces he has Stage 4 pancreatic cancer…
Has there ever been a cooler know it all than Alex Trebek? This Canadian heartthrob got his start on the Canadian show Music Hop before bouncing around to a few different CBC shows throughout the ‘60s. He didn’t make his way to the US until the ‘70s, when he hosted the $128,000 Question and appeared as a panelist on Card Sharks.
Since Alex Trebek is the coolest, NBC kept him around throughout the ‘70s and early ’80s. He worked as a host on a few different shows, but nothing stuck. In 1984 he filmed a pilot for a little show called Jeopardy that’s been handing out answers ever since.
Lonnie G. Johnson is a former Air Force and NASA engineer who invented the best-selling “Super Soaker” water gun in 1983, he also holds more than 120 patents.
Right now you’re looking at the coolest guy who ever existed – Lonnie George Johnson. Not only did he help create the nuclear power source for the Galileo mission to Jupiter, but he also helped work on an inexpensive green energy technology that changes heat into electricity. While that’s all well and good, Johnson’s greatest invention is the Super Soaker.
Think about it, what’s better that pumping up a big plastic shotgun thing before blasting your bud with it on a hot summer day? Johnson invented the Super Soaker in 1983, and when it finally hit the shelves in 1990 it was called the “Power Drencher,” however it wasn’t long before there was a Super Soaker in every home in the country.
Look no helmets! Who remembers hanging out like this growing up?
Was there anything better than riding down the streets of your neighborhood with your friends on summer break? Can’t you just smell the asphalt under your tires as you ride to the lake or maybe the arcade if you were lucky enough to scrape together enough quarters. Riding around with your wrecking crew until the sun went down was the best way to spend an afternoon.
Get a look at that banana seat on the blue bike, talk about riding in style. It’s a shame that these cruisers stopped appearing across the country, especially since there’s such a nostalgic attachment to the grooviest of eras.
Linda Ronstadt, 1968.
She is woman, hear her roar! Linda Ronstadt is one of the most influential rock n roll women has collaborated with everyone from the Eagles, to Paul Simon, and even Emmylou Harris. In 1968 Ronstadt was performing with her band The Stone Poneys and enjoying success with their cover of “Different Drum” by Mike Nesmith of The Monkees.
The band continued to play throughout 1967 and into 1968, where they toured for about two and half months before appearing on Johnny Carson. In ’68 the band called it quits and Rondstadt started her solo career. A year later she released her first solo album “Hand Sown… Home Grown”
Batgirl, Yvonne Craig, 1960s.
Season 3 of Batman saw a lot of changes, but most the important of them was Yvonne Craig’s Batgirl, a smart as a whip crime fighter who was helping the world’s greatest detective right under the nose of her father – Commissioner Gordon. But she wasn’t just eye candy, While Batman and Robin have their own gadgets and high tech toys like the Batmobile, Batgirl gets to ride the Batcycle which is honestly way cooler.
In her first appearance on the show Batgirl helps bag the Penguin while confounding Batman and Robin. After appearing on Batman Yvonne Craig went onto act on and off for decades, and she even ran her own real estate business, do you think she got to keep the Batcycle?
Stevie Nicks and John Belushi pose together in 1979.
If you saw these two at a party in the late ‘70s then you knew you were about to have a good time. Stevie Nicks and Jonh Belushi were two of the era’s biggest partiers, and even though she spent her nights rocking and he spent his getting laughs, these two were like magnets for a good time.
What do you think Stevie and Jonh talked about? Was she asking his opinion on Tusk? Did he ask her about what really happened while she and the Mac were recording Rumours? Or do you think they just played it cool and pretended like they were just a couple of normies? Honestly the sky’s the limit with these two.
Classic actresses Joan Crawford and Bette Davis in 1962.
Even though these two starlets had a well known feud dating back to their early years in showbiz, they still manage to give some of the most wonderful performances of the early 20th century. In 1935 Crawford married Franchot Tone even though Davis was in love with him, and Davis never forgave her for the trespass.
In 1943 Crawford tried to kiss and make up with a series of gifts, all of which were returned by Davis. However the feud exploded when the two filmed What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?, a psychological horror story that allowed these two women to snipe at each other on camera. Was it professional? Probably not, but the movie is unforgettable.
Freddie Mercury looking relaxed.
If there’s ever been anyone who needed to sit back and relax it’s Freddie Mercury. As the singer for Queen, Mercury was tasked with getting an entire stadium on its feet and singing along. Sure, the band had hot riffs for days, but it was Mercury who had to make the fans sing along. Here he is relaxing in a fairly groovy looking shirt, even when he was kicking back he liked to look good.
In the mid ‘70s Queen was riding one of their first big highs, with Sheer Heart Attack and A Night at the Opera absolutely demolishing the charts. The band toured relentlessly in service of these two albums, and it must have been exhausting for Mercury to put himself out there every night.
The Warriors (1979)
Everyone remembers where they were the first time they heard, “Warriors, come out and plaaaayeaaaay.” This cult classic concerns a New York City gang, The titular Warriors, as they have to bop back to their home on Coney Island after there’s a bounty put out on their heads. The movie didn’t just introduce audiences to the idea of clanking bottles together on their fingers, it also created the coolest concept ever – themed gangs.
Even though it was a small film at the time, The Warriors introduced plenty of actors who went to appear in huge films. Actors like James Remar, Deborah Van Valkenburgh, and Lynne Thigpen all got their starts in this underground film.
The goofy and funny Robin Williams as a cheerleader running out with the others at a Denver Broncos game, 1979.
Funnyman Robin Williams would do anything to make his fans laugh, including dressing up like one of the Denver Broncos cheerleaders and performing a routine with the Pony Express (what a name!) and giving it his all in front 74,000 fans at Mile High Stadium during a game with the New England Patriots. The stunt was pulled for an episode of Mork & Mindy, where the alien from Ork became the first male cheerleader in Denver Broncos history.
Williams donned this tiny outfit for the crowd at Mile High on Nov. 11, 1979, so you know he was freezing his buns off. But for Williams, who’s worn crazier things to get a laugh, this was just another day at the office.
Scilla Gabel, Italian actress and Sophia Loren’s body-double. (1957)
Scilla Gabel lead a fascinating double life throughout the 1960s. On one hand she worked as an actress in films like Tarzan’s Greatest Adventure, and Outlaws of Love, while also working as the body double for Sophia Loren, arguably one of the most famous actresses of the ‘60s, and definitely the most famous Italian actress of the era.
Allegedly, in order to make her look less like Sophia Loren Gabel had multiple surgeries to look less like Loren. Even though she didn’t end up earning more film roles, she did study law at Oxford, so at least she had something to fall back on.
Jim Morrison singing with Van Morrison at Whisky a Go Go. (1966)
Once Jim Morrison and The Doors got going in late 1965, the band started up a residency at the club London Fog, a seedy joint that also hosted saucy dancers along with the poetic rock band.The band’s time at London Fog is where the group grew more cohesive, and after cutting their teeth they moved on to the Whisky a Go G in West Hollywood.
As the Whisky’s house band, The Doors performed the songs that would be on their first album, and they supported artists like Van Morrison. On the final night of the residency The Doors and Van Morrison’s band got together for a twenty-minute jam session of “In the Midnight Hour” and “Gloria.”
Steve McQueen with his 34th birthday present from his wife Neile, a new Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso V-12. (1963)
Steve McQueen is easily one of the coolest actors of the 1950s and ‘60s. After getting out of the military in 1950 McQueen started competing in motorcycle races at Long Island City Raceway for cash, which is just about the coolest thing that anyone has ever done. During that time he worked on his acting chops by appearing in small theater roles and in bits parts on television.
By the 1960s McQueen was starring in movies like The Magnificent Seven and The Great Escape. It was in the same year that he starred in The Great Escape that he received this 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso from his first wife Neile Adams.
Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Bob Dylan at Mick’s 29th birthday party in 1972
You know you’re cool if you can get Bob Dylan to show up to your birthday, and there’s no one cooler than Mick Jagger. Well, maybe Keith Richards, but that’s why you put both of these guys on the guest list. For his 29th birthday Mick Jagger through a party with 500 people at the St. Regis Roof following a performance at Madison Square Garden.
The festivities began when the band threw custard pies at Jagger while he was onstage at the garden, but the party didn’t end until 6am the next morning when the likes of Zsa Zsa Gabor, Oscar de la Renta,and even Tennessee Williams stumbled home.
Meatloaf and Tim Curry, 1975
Where were you when this science fiction double feature premiered in 1975? This far out and funky sci-fi musical romp shouldn’t have been a hit. It’s a weird movie that references B pictures by RKO and cross dressers from another planet, but there’s something lovable about The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The film was shot in Oakley Court, a stately manor near Maidenhead, Berkshire, England, a spot notable for its appearances in many Hammer Horror films.
While filming, everyone on set got cozy, especially natural performers Meatloaf and Tim Curry, who were both original actors from the stage play. Although ‘Loaf originally played both Eddie and Dr. Everett Scott, in the film he only played Eddie, something that Mr. Loaf has never gotten over.
Who used to watch “Romper Room” when they were growing up?
If you’re truly groovy then you definitely grew up watching Romper Room, the only variety and learning program for pre-school kids featuring games, music and stories. Romper Room was the first educational show that was aimed at young people, and it was the first program to take advantage of being franchised. That means that someone watching Romper Room in Vancouver got a different episode of Romper Room than a kid in Georgia.
Miss Nancy is easily the most memorable host of the series, but everyone has their favorite person who lead the show. Whichever host you were the most fond of, it’s likely that they made your life better in one way or another.