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We've only just begun... The year was 1970--the beginning of that groovy decade--when self-love was touted and therapy was primal...when it was okay for men to cry and wives to swap. You were floating on your parent's waterbed, and the 13-inch Zenith was tuned to one of three networks. Weebles wobble but they don't fall down! How many licks did it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? Lite Bright Lite Bright making things with light bright! What TV mom did you want, Shirley Jones or Florence Henderson? The Brady Bunch came together in 1970, and the Partridge Family became a band.

C'mon get hap-py!

The Jackson 5 ruled the top ten...but they weren't the only ones teaching kids their ABC's. Sesame Street entered American homes with a gang of Muppets...Big Bird ran the show, and Ernie and Bert laid the groundwork for same sex cohabitation, but they weren't the only male roommates on the small screen. Oscar and Felix united in 1970, the slob and the neat freak. Somehow everyone got along. Maybe it was all that easy listening. The Carpenters, Bread, and BJ Thomas were keeping it mellow, while Neil Diamond was rocking the turntable.

Sweet Caroline...good times never seemed so good.

Sure, there was a war going on in Vietnam, but something else caused grown men to cry. The Beatles called it quits. Oh, Yoko! Yes, our rock icons shook it up in 1970... Elvis met Nixon hoping to become a federal anti-drug agent. Grace Slick rang Nixon's bell as well, hoping to slip the Pres. some LSD.

Far out!

Airport was flying high at the box office...having launched the disaster movie craze. Watch it now and it plays like the 80's spoof. And then there was Love Story. The tearjerker was born and we fell for it--"love means never having to say you're sorry"...huh? We cried and cried the acting was so bad.

So we turned to Laugh In. TV's answer to be-in's and sit-ins...all the way from Beautiful Downtown Burbank. Or to the Hee Haw Honeys for a little T & A. Where's the strangest place you ever made whoopee? Bob Eubanks asked newlyweds. While for grade-schoolers, Sex Ed began with Judy Blume.

"Are You There God, It's Me Margaret? Gretchen, my friend got her period. I'm so jealous, God."

Thank god for Carol Burnett, who took her Tarzan yell to the top of the ratings. And for Monday Night Football. It was 1970, and whether you were wearing bellbottoms or knits, polyester or platforms, all anyone wanted was a little action: Love, American Style.

C'mon, admit it, you love 1970!

...and yes it's just begun.