NA 1970’s Time Capsule

POP CULTURE

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The A to Z Challenge has dueling decades going on.  Check out the 1980s theme from a fellow blogger HERE

NERF

In 1970, the Nerf ball was introduced as the “world’s first official indoor ball”, the name “Nerf” being a slang term for the foam padding used in off-road racing. Marketing slogans promised that one can “Throw it indoors; you can’t damage lamps or break windows. You can’t hurt babies or old people.”

The ball filled a strong consumer need and by the year’s end, more than four million Nerf balls had been sold. The four-inch (102 mm) ball was followed by a large version called “Super Nerf Ball”. Shortly after, in 1972, a basketball game called “Nerfoop” and the Nerf football joined the family, with the latter quickly becoming Nerf’s most popular ball.

Peyton Manning and the Nerf football

Peyton Manning and the Nerf football

 

A to Z on the Music Charts

Night Fever by the Bee Gees reached number 1 on Billboard Hot 100 on March 18, 1978 and stayed there for eight weeks.

A to Z At the Movies

Not the top grossing film of 1978 but number 7 for the decade, National Lampoon’s Animal House was a big hit.  It was number 36 on AFI’s 100 years; 100 laughs and one of America’s best loved comedies.

 

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8 responses

  1. Loved the bee gees!
    So are you no longer including my blog in your posts?

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  2. greyzoned/angelsbark says:

    I LOVE the Bee Gees!!! Such great music they put out back then!
    Nerf Balls: wow, how I wish I could come up with something simple like that and make millions…
    Great post! Digging on Night Fever in my earbuds right now. 🙂

    Michele at Angels Bark

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  3. Liam says:

    Oh how I loved my Nerf football.

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  4. Birgit says:

    I remember the nerf ball and that worked….until my brother threw it in the house and something broke. The Bee Gees were huge back in the day and then suffered a major Disco sucks backlash. Animal House is so much a sign of the times.

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