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Aren't you glad you weren't alive in the 70s

New Age confab, drive-in church, folk music, the bump, and computer dating as it was

"What would a convention be without pyramids!”

For women only

Ms. Hernandez has not spent her whole life in this Las Hermanas setting. Her lifestyles have run the gamut from three houses and an engineer husband to the women's collective where she now lives, with no husband, in fact, with no men at all. This new lifestyle, with its banging screen doors letting in flies, laundry on the floor, heavily liberated women and Sisters Share bumperstickers, is the one she seems happy with.

By Rachel Flick, Sept. 25, 1975 Read full article

We found four dating services covering San Diego County; two – Computability and Matchomatic – use a computer.

We found four dating services covering San Diego County; two – Computability and Matchomatic – use a computer.

For our matchless friends

For a slightly higher fee you can have only your name and phone number, omitting your address, sent to compatible matches. Or you can go completely undercover and have your name replaced with your membership number. (“Hey, Steve, you aren’t gonna believe this. A friend of mine went to a computer dating service just for kicks and guess who they matched him to? MARY ELLEN ROGERS! )

By Jacqueline Burn and Margo Woods, Feb. 13, 1975 Read full article

“People keep walking up to me and looking me in the Third Eye.”

“People keep walking up to me and looking me in the Third Eye.”

Take that pyramid off your head when you're talking to me

The place is a jungle. Astro-Diagnosis, Eckankar Soultravel, palmistry. Fertility Awareness, Hair Mineral Analysis, a psychic who advertises himself as being ‘‘a million miles up the Nile,” and a holistic group that believes “death begins in the colon.” Wandering up an aisle. I meet two spiritualists who are checking out all the other spiritualists.

By Richard Louv, Dec. 8, 1977 Read full article

“We started out with a canopy-covered wagon, which had been used as a parade float."

“We started out with a canopy-covered wagon, which had been used as a parade float."

Gimme that drive-in religion

“One of the greatest things is you get more offerings than you do in regular church. When that usher walks up to the car, everybody puts something in the cup. It’s a gimmick, let’s face it.” People attend drive-in churches first because they’re curious. “They see an ad in the paper for drive-in worship and they laugh, or they drive by the drive-in theater and there’s my sign out there: New Hope Community Church, Dave Galloway, Pastor, X-rated films.”

By Richard Louv, July 28, 1977 Read full article

Phil Gross: "Alice Cooper or David Bowie...I personally don’t even listen to these people."

Phil Gross: "Alice Cooper or David Bowie...I personally don’t even listen to these people."

Conversations with a local folkie

Chris Hillman used to be in a lot of different groups. He was with Stephen Stills. He’s from San Diego, used to hang out at the Blue Guitar. He was with the Byrds. He was an original Byrd. No one that made national prominence. Hedge and Donna did pretty well for a while but faded out. The closest now to national prominence is Tom Waits. Two or three years ago, he’d play at the Heritage, a Mission Beach club,

Oct. 31, 1974 Read full article

The "bump"is de rigueur, and when the dance floor is crowded, even the most wary are liable to end up bruised and aching.

The "bump"is de rigueur, and when the dance floor is crowded, even the most wary are liable to end up bruised and aching.

Don't ever ask a man to dance at Spanky's

This over-concern with odor can be most easily seen on the dance floor, where nobody, but nobody ever works up a sweat. The "bump"is de rigueur, and when the dance floor is crowded (it almost always is. dancing being the first move in the game of love), even the most wary are liable to end up bruised and aching. I worked it out one night that a single person can be bumped by as many as seven people at once and still miss her partner.

By Beth Lyons, July 24, 1975 Read full article

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