Category: Childhood Stuff

This section is for all of the stuff that didn’t fit neatly into one of the other categories, yet is still such a huge part of a 70s childhood – the TV shows, the clothing we wore, the colorful little paper cups with riddles on them. Scroll down and see if you remember any of these blasts from the past.

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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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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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The Woods

As kids, we just called them “The Woods”, those patches of forested areas scattered around our Long Island neighborhoods. Some were small, others vast – all were impossible to resist. … read more

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Snow Days

One of the best things that could happen to a 70s kid was waking up to a nice blanket of fresh snow, then hearing their school’s name mentioned on the radio. It didn’t always turn out that way, but when it did, snow days could be magical. … read more

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Flintstones Vitamins

Back in the day, those lovable Flintstones didn’t just entertain us, they also encouraged millions of kids to make sure their daily nutritional requirements were met, thanks to a popular supplement that bore their name and likeness. Today, millions of former 70s kids owe their good health, in part at least, to Flintstones Vitamins. … read more

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The Last Day of School

There really wasn’t a better day in the life of a kid than the last day of school. Sure, Christmas brought gifts, but it only lasted a day. The last day of school signified the carefree summer ahead, filled with adventure, love, laughter, and yes, a little boredom. But a boring summer day beat the classroom every single time. … read more

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Time Out

A fixture in just about every mall on Long Island, Time-Out is perhaps the best-remembered arcade of the era. These dark and smoky tunnels were filled with a cacophony of electronic noise, flashing lights, and people of all ages (and walks of life) eager to empty their pockets of any and all quarters. … read more