LI70K Featured Places

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The Gong Show

The Gong Show wasn’t the first televised amateur show, but it was definitely the most extreme. Literally anyone who was willing to face the shame of being ‘gonged’ could step up to the stage and present their disputable talents to millions of viewers. The result was a cavalcade of some of the most bizarre entertainment ever televised. … read more

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PAAS Easter Eggs

Decorating eggs for Easter was one of my childhood joys. All you needed was a little vinegar, a few bowls, eggs and one of those cheap little coloring kits from the good folks at PAAS. Oh, and newspaper. You better have plenty of Newsdays on hand. … read more

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Trick or Treat

Through 70s kid eyes, there were few things better than the annual collection of neighborhood candy while in costume. On those glorious October eves, some focused on the treats, others on the tricks. Either way, it was a holiday too good to miss. … read more

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First Day of School

For Long Island 70s Kids, the day after Labor Day always marked the end of one of the most beloved traditions of childhood, summer vacation. Next up – a new school year – with new teachers, new desks, new lockers, and perhaps even new friends. That’s right, it’s the first day of school. … read more

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Back to School Shopping

The days of summer were in their twilight. It was time to pull the jackets out of the closet, head sleepily to the bus stop and bid summer vacation a sad ado. Before you headed back though, you needed a few supplies. … read more

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Bubble Yum

Bubble Yum was the first soft bubble gum to arrive, way back in 1975. Enormously popular when it was introduced, it would soon find itself waging war, not only against a handful of competitors, but also an army of imaginary spiders. … read more

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Lemonade Stands

It’s summertime, and you know the ice cream man is going to come around later in the afternoon. The question is, how to earn a buck before he gets there so that you don’t have to go without? Answer – lemonade stand! … read more

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Pet Rocks

Maybe it didn’t come when you called it, but when it came to tricks such as sitting, staying still and especially playing dead, there was no pet that was easier to train. … read more

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VertiBird

Some toys are forgotten within months of their initial release; others linger in the memory banks for decades after their demise. In the latter category resides the coolest helicopter to ever hit the scene, the one-and-only VertiBird. For anyone who ever had the pleasure of piloting one of these perpetually-circling choppers, it was an experience you wouldn’t soon forget. … read more