A 1970’s Time Capsule
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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.
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.