That's me!

That’s me!

I’m Eric and I’m a writer and musician living in San Diego, California. I’m also the developer of www.longisland70skid.com. I created this homage to my childhood for the simple reason that nothing substantial existed online that fully encapsulated the way Long Island was in the 1970s.

In recent years, whenever I would wax nostalgic about this special place and era, I was always disappointed by the results that Google provided whenever I typed “Long Island 70s” into its massive search engine. At best, I would find a few little scraps here and there, which I’ve collected over the years. It finally became time to put all those little scraps together and create something that even Google couldn’t ignore.

My childhood home

My childhood home

I grew up in this house, located on Walnut Avenue Ronkonkoma, New York, spending my formative years there from 1971-1982. It was a wonderful place to spend my childhood. The schools were great, the neighborhood was friendly, and the food was to die for. In the 70s, there was no shortage of memorable toys and foods, of great radio stations and television programming.

And then there was the island itself, with its never-ending assortment of places to visit, some of which are no longer with us.

And that’s what I’ve tried to recapture with this website, to bring you a virtual time capsule of material to explore and enjoy. But it’s not something I prefer to do alone. I want this to be a community of former (and current, of course) Long Islanders, whether you lived there in the 70s or not. I want it to be a community of former 70s kids, whether you grew up on Long Island or not. Either way, you should find plenty of stuff to both entertain and educate at www.longisland70skid.com.

And if you have some great memories, photos, videos, etc., that you would like to share with this community, I hope you will do so without hesitation (see our Submissions page for more information). Together, we can create something really special here.

Thanks so much, and I hope you enjoy exploring the site as much as I have constructing it.

Until next time,
Long Island 70s Kid


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  1. I looooove your site! This site is seriously my childhood. Thanks for putting this together it really brought back so many great memories. I’m originally from Smithtown/St. James and now live in Maryland. So much good stuff on this site I’m going to have to explore when I get home or I might not get any work done. I bought my first real guitar at Sam Goodys and still have it. Thanks again for doing all the work to put up such a great site!

    ~Jim Gregory

    • Thank you for the kind words, Jim. Whenever I read comments like this, it warms the heart to know that others appreciate this humble trip down memory lane. 🙂

      All the best,

  2. Great job Eric. Lived in Bethpage from about 1960 to 1987. Now live in Vt. Love it here but wouldn’t change a thing about growing up on L.I. Best place in the world (back then anyway). I hope I can get my hands on some photos of that time to contribute to this great site. Hope this never stops.

    Dan M.

  3. Great site url, funny about the candy cigs, can’t believe we ate those. I came across this site looking up the Islip speedway. Lived in Brentwood, Bay Shore, East Meadow, Levittown.
    Living in San Diego area too, but always a LIer!

  4. Eric,
    I absolutely LOVE your site!! Just happened to stumble upon it,and can’t stop reminiscing. Born and raised in East Meadow,I left in ’86 at the age of 22,you’ve brought back SO many fond memories for me! Here were a few of MY favorites;
    ”Window shopping” at Puppy Palace at Roosevelt Field
    Dad buying me a toy truck every Holiday season from the Hess station on Hempstead turnpike across from Modell’s
    Soft Pretzels after a concert in the Coliseum parking lot!!
    Thanks for the memories Eric!!
    Wayne B.

  5. Hi Eric,
    Your website brought back so many great childhood memories. I lived in Huntington Station from 1971-1980. We moved to Dallas when I was 12 and I still miss so many things from my childhood, that my friends here in Texas can’t relate to!! I remember going to Adventure Land, the Walt Whitman Mall back when it was tiny but felt huge to me, the ice cream man that would come up our street each and every day during the summer and he became our friend! I remember riding my banana seat bike all over the neighborhood and knowing neighbors and kids 10 blocks away because even though I was only in elementary school, I didn’t have to ride home till dark. I have a 15 year old daughter who I wouldn’t let walk home from school by herself, much less be riding around on a bike all day with no cell phone or anybody with her!! So sad :(. Thanks for all the photos and all the wonderful memories that you brought back to my mind from Long Island!! Please continue to add things on here and on Twitter!! 🙂

  6. Thank you for taking the time to build this site Eric, it’s really something! I lived in West Hempstead from 78-85, then Freeport from 85-90 and finally Baldwin from 90-92 before we moved upstate to the Capital District. My greatest memories in L.I were in my early years when we lived in West Hempstead and my grandfather was still around. Your site really helped me rekindle some old memories, thank you!

  7. Hello Eric! I just found your site…I was actually googling “growing up on Long Island in the 70’s” and was tickled to find that a site such as yours exists! From first glance I can tell I will be reading every morsel of nostalgia you have generously posted here! Born at Brunswick hospital in amityville (how cool is that to tell folks), I grew up in Seaford from ’72 till ’82, when my parents decided to move to my dads home state of Maine. Yuk. Wish they had stayed right there on Neptune avenue with a canal right in our back yard and a bike’s ride to jones beach just a short distance away! I often wonder how life would have turned out if I was able to grow up the rest of my youth there with my posse at st. Williams the Abbot elementary school and on to the big bad seaford high! Even though I lived in Maine a longer period of time in my 4 decades here on earth, I still consider myself a Long Island girl! I resonate with so many of the things you have posted on here! Tv shows, music, candy, toys (hey, what about the smurfs???). Thanks for your time and creativity in putting this today. Sorry for the long winded intro but I just wanted to express my sincerely appreciation for this trip down memory lane! Maybe I’ll have a submission of sorts for you at some point. As a girl, a few nostalgic products come to mind like “Gee Your Hair Smells Terriffic” and “Tickle Deodorant”, and for our ole factory senses, some iconic 70’s perfumes! Coincidentally, I am planning a visit to Long Island this June to show my husband my old childhood neighborhood. We’re staying in Freeport near the nautical mile, my dad worked there back in the day as a boat builder and we used to go out every Sunday dinner to a seafood joint with my brother and parents, right on the water. Oh so many happy memories! Thank you for all of this content! I will be sharing it enthusiastically with my childhood friends! Well, my friend, “School’s Out, Pacman’s In”, thanks for reading!!! Sincerely, a Long Island Girl, currently residing in Massachusetts

  8. Hi Eric, I really enjoyed reading this here. I was a teenager at that time, also was big into CB radio 1975 to 1990. I met so many really cool people into the hobby. Me and my friends spent hundreds of hours on CB radio. The more we worked with the radio’s, the more we wanted to try different thing with the radio like SSB etc. It really was a great time to be a kid.
    You never had the issues and problems back then, as the kids have to deal with today. I see you grew up on long island, very cool. Im still living here, and turning 53 now. wow! where did the time go. Eric i wish you well, dropme an email if you like. John

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