Marcia Strykowski

1973 Fun Facts

CALL ME AMY takes place in 1973. I partly picked that year for Pup, because it was soon after the Federal Marine Mammal Protection Act had passed.
President Richard Nixon was up to his ears in Watergate, and the United States ended its involvement in the Vietnam War that year. In New York City, the World Trade Center officially opened and the first handheld cellular phone call was made. Elvis Presley’s concert in Hawaii was the first worldwide telecast by an entertainer and Secretariat became the first U. S. Triple Crown Champion. Skylab, the first American space station, was launched, and the Sears Tower in Chicago became the world’s tallest building.
Stamps cost 8 cents and gas was 39 cents a gallon. The Academy Award for Best Picture went to “The Godfather.” The Grammy Award for Record of the Year was “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” by Roberta Flack.
Letter Carriers were first allowed to wear shorts in 1973. In other fashion, denim blue jeans of all types were very big that year—embroidered, studded, painted, or faded. Platform shoes and hairstyles both reached new heights. Other popular hairdos were the ‘shag’ and the ‘afro’.
Click on the cover picture in right sidebar to order your copy of CALL ME AMY—the popular new book that takes place in 1973!

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2 Comments

  1. Wow, this paragraph is nice, my younger sister is
    analyzing such things, so I am going to tell her.

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