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Saturday Morning

You’ve tumbled out of bed and sleepily made your way to the kitchen for a bowl of Cocoa Puffs. Bowl in hand, perhaps a blanket to wrap yourself in, you flip on the television. And here you will sit for the next few hours or so, assuming you had parents that would allow such a thing. Such were the magical Saturday mornings of the 1970s. … read more

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ABC Afterschool Special

In the 70s, not all families felt comfortable talking about controversial topics that are commonplace today. Perhaps there was an alcoholic teen, an abusive parent or other issues in the home and it was hard for kids to get the advice they needed. ABC stepped up with a series called the ABC Afterschool Special to tackle these issues, offering guidance to many a troubled kid. … read more

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Schoolhouse Rock

Kids on Long Island in the 70s watched their fair share of Saturday morning television, and one show in particular made sure they learned a little something between cartoons. Schoolhouse Rock tacked grammar, history, civics, science and math, all presented with some catchy songs, some of which still reside in our memory banks. … read more

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Fonzie

He was the epitome of cool, and just about every boy in the 70s wanted to be Fonzie. Sporting a motorcycle, black leather jacket, masterful command of jukeboxes (and other appliances) and most importantly, a superhuman ability to attract the opposite sex, he won the hearts of millions of TV viewers on the popular series, Happy Days. … read more

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Evel Knievel

In the 70s, a brave man named Evel Knievel became more than a daredevil; he became a legend. Kids idolized him for his bravery, his victories and his defeats, and more than a few tried their best to prove they were just as cool as Evel by performing some stupid stunt on their bicycle, usually with a cape attached. That’s how much we wanted to be Evel Knievel. … read more

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Islip Speedway

When warmer weather arrived each year, so began the roar of engines emanating from the town of Islip. Built in 1947, Islip Speedway served as a haven for racing enthusiasts throughout the 70s decade and even hosted six NASCAR races during its successful run. Today, it is but a memory, a remnant of what was once a thriving form of entertainment on the island. … read more

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Battle of the Network Stars

Nothing like a little friendly competition to work out differences and earn bragging rights. Such was the case with Battle of the Network Stars. This annual televised event that pitted the stars of the three major networks against each other, drew enormous viewing audiences through much of the decade. … read more