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Old December 28th, 2017, 09:41 AM   #31

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I remember going with my family on a drive in a very snowy and cold Canadian winter and chopping down a Christmas tree with my father and brothers and then hauling it back to the house on top of the car. That tree doubtless belonged to someone who owned the property it was on but I blame my father!
They probably didn’t miss it! On that note, it is likely the owner would have been ok with this, given it was for Christmas. Generally speaking, people were less litigious in the 70s. I remember the police catching me and my friends drinking beer on a side road once. They confiscated the beer and sent us in our way. Today, we would have been charged. We would have had to pay a fine and probably get a juvenile probation officer to oversee our community service. When kids fought in school, a teacher or principal would break it up and send you on your way. Maybe you would have got detention. Today, they charge you, you pay a fine and probably get a juvenile probation officer to oversee your community service.
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Old December 28th, 2017, 10:43 AM   #32
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Also, people would stay at a job for a long time, some for life. How many of us do that today?
It happens. It very much depends on the type of job and/or profession. Some jobs require a great deal of on-the-job experience which one can only get by, well, working at the same type of job for a long time. I recently retired after 40 years at the same company working up from an intern to a partnership in that time. It was well worth it and I couldn’t have gotten that far by job hopping.
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Old December 28th, 2017, 03:54 PM   #33

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It happens. It very much depends on the type of job and/or profession. Some jobs require a great deal of on-the-job experience which one can only get by, well, working at the same type of job for a long time. I recently retired after 40 years at the same company working up from an intern to a partnership in that time. It was well worth it and I couldn’t have gotten that far by job hopping.
Sure, it still happens here and there, but when you consider the number of people who have to switch jobs in modern times compared to the 70s, it's far higher. I mean, we all know about the amount of manufacturing that has gone from North America to other countries, but when we look at retail, we see that a lot of large companies have disappeared from Canada in the last decades. Here is a list of some of them:

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Bargain Harold's - discount store chain; defunct sometime in the early 1990s
Beaver Lumber - hardware/lumber store chain; acquired by Home Hardware
Braemars - clothing store chain
Dalmy's - clothing store
Dominion - grocery store chain
Bi-Way - discount store chain
Eaton's - bankrupt, assets acquired by Sears Canada
Food City - grocery store chain
HMV Canada - entertainment media chain owned by Hilco; originally a subsidiary of England-based retailer HMV; closed all stores in April 2017
KMart Canada - subsidiary of US chain, some assets acquired by Zellers
Knob Hill Farms - grocery store chain
Kresge (Canadian Division) - discount store chain
LW Stores - discount store chain; acquired by Big Lots in 2010 and closed all stores in 2014
Miracle Food Mart - grocery store chain
Morgan's - department store chain
Pascal - bankrupt in 1991 (Hardware Stores) - 1994 (Furniture Stores) - 2008 (Pascal Hotel Supplies)
RadioShack Canada
Rumpus - toy store
Sam The Record Man - record/entertainment media stores
Simpsons - department store chain
Steinberg's - grocery store chain
Target Canada - closed all stores in 2015
Thrifty's - denim/clothing store
Titan Warehouse - membership store chain
Towers - department store chain
Toy City - toy store chain
Woodward's - department store chain
Zellers - discount department store; store properties bought out by Target Corporation and most converted into Target Canada stores
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...luding_grocery

So, it's not just a case of job hopping, it's a situation where people have to find another job. Also, job hopping occurs for several reasons. One being that a lot of companies will replace workers today, faster than they would have in the past.
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Old December 29th, 2017, 10:59 AM   #34

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Openly racist/sexist
True, but quite a bit of it was unconscious; and attitudes were changing at the end of the decade away from it.

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Drinking, smoking, and eating unhealthy foods were more tolerated
Because everyone did it. Smoking was seen as bad (though it was accepted everywhere), but everything else was ok.

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Religious
Not really. Not in my area, anyway.

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Less globalist/internationalist than today
We were in a third decade of Cold war, that was globalist enough, thanks.

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Constant fear of nuclear war
People were more worried about the constant rise in food prices than the 4-minute warning.

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Politically incorrect
The term never existed until much later. Your first point covers this.

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In some ways, it was the opposite of today. Today, we're very inclusive of many differing groups. But back then, it was one of the last vestiges of conservative/old-fashioned values.
Looking back, this is true, I think the upheavals of the 60's came to fruition in the 70's, but the hippies didn't take control.

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Speaking from a British standpoint, that decade was a bad one both economically and politically, with numerous strikes and industrial actions, and the fact the UK was really falling behind other big economies. It needed somebody like Thatcher to turn it around. But even for countries at the time that were doing better economically, like the USA, it was marked time. Watergate, the oil crisis, etc. are prime examples..
Speaking from a British standpoint as well, the only nations that did well out of the 70's were the OPEC nations.
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Old December 29th, 2017, 11:22 AM   #35

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The '70s?

Eric Hoffer was in his prime.

So was Rory Gallagher.

And Stan Lee is still with us(he's 95 years young!).
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Old December 29th, 2017, 11:38 AM   #36

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I was born at the tail end of the decade, but from what I have read and/or asked of those with better recollection:


- Religious
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I more or less agree on the rest, but the US at least, and given the resurgence of Islam, probably many other parts of the world, is much more overtly religious today than back then. In the 70s, we never talked about religion and when we did, it was to scoff (like many or most of the members of this forum). Today, we talk about religion a lot, and give a lot of deference to the religious opinions of others.
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Old December 30th, 2017, 09:42 AM   #37

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What was the culture and society like in the 1970's? I know that there was disco, video games, rock 'n roll, a declining economy and such, but what else was there?

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-LegoMaster2149 (Written on October 10, 2017)
In Italy there was a civil war with Communist terrorist kidnapping and killing ministers and leaders of parties and Fascist making bombs explode in railway stations.

Commies didn't win.

So, in Italy the 80's saw what you are listing ... in the 70's we were busy to fight it out.

P.S. those years were the so called "lead years" with reference to the lead in the bullets.
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Old January 14th, 2018, 11:22 PM   #38

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Well, unfortunately all that was left in the early 70's was the tail end of the Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out movement. All the fervor and empowerment of civil awakening was pretty much over. The war in Vietnam was winding down. All we were left with then was pretty much the drugs and the distrust of authority with no real clue why.

And the drugs that proliferated weren't the "Turn On" variety, they were the "Tune Out" kind. Strictly speaking - heroin replaced acid.

I was born in Manhattan and raised in a borough, I was fifteen in 1970. When I was growing up we were a "One for All and All for One" type of neighborhood. Heroin changed all that, when China White hit the streets it all became "Everyone for themselves." Friends started robbing friends, and their families, and local neighborhood joints. Mobsters went from guys we all looked up to, men of respect who ran things, to sleazy, fat slobs in stained polos with bad breath.

Truth is the early 70's produced a bumper crop of lifelong bartenders who for one reason or another never made it through college and didn't much care. If you want to see my neighborhood back then watch HBO's 'the Deuce.' I mean, right on the money.
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