Harmonettes gather around the piano in 1972.





Top Music Hits for 1972

American Pie 8:36 | Don McLean | American Pie

Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) 3:03 | Looking Glass | Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century

I'll Take You There 4:28 | Staple Singer | Kwanza Party

Outa-Space 4:09 | Billy Preston | 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Billy Preston

Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress) 3:16 | Hollies | Mullets Rock!

Nights in White Satin 4:24 | The Moody Blues | Say It with Love

A Horse with No Name 4:07 | America | America

Everybody Plays the Fool 3:19 | The Main Ingredient | Quiet Storm

Go All the Way 3:20 | The Rasberries | Capitol Collectors Series: The Raspberries

Back Stabbers 3:04 | The O'Jays | Philly Super Soul Hits

Hold Your Head Up 6:16 | Argent | Mullets Rock!

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What a difference 30 years makes!
My, how things have changed.

1972: Long hair
2002: Longing for hair

1972: The perfect high
2002: The perfect high yield mutual fund

1972: KEG
2002: EKG

1972: Acid rock
2002: Acid reflux

1972: Moving to California because it's cool
2002: Moving to California because it's warm

1972: Growing pot
2002: Growing pot belly

1972: Trying to look like Marlon Brando or Liz Taylor
2002: Trying NOT to look like Marlon Brando or Liz Taylor

1972: Seeds and stems
2002: Roughage

1972: Popping pills, smoking joints
2002: Popping joints

1972: Killer weed
2002: Weed killer

1972: Hoping for a BMW
2002: Hoping for a BM

1972: The Grateful Dead
2002: Dr. Kevorkian

1972: Going to a new, hip joint
2002: Receiving a new hip joint

1972: Rolling Stones

2002: Kidney Stones

1972: Being called into the principal's office

2002: Calling the principal's office

1972: Screw the system
2002: Upgrade the system

1972: Disco
2002: Costco

1972: Parents begging you to get your hair cut
2002: Children begging you to get their heads shaved

1972: Taking acid
2002: Taking antacid

1972: Passing the drivers' test
2002: Passing the vision test

1972: Whatever
2002: Depends

Just in case you weren't feeling too old today, this will certainly change things. Each year the staff at Beloit College in Wisconsin puts together a list to try to give the faculty a sense of the mindset of this year's incoming freshmen. Here's this year's list: The people who are starting college fall (2002) across the nation were born in 1983.

They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up.

Their lifetime has always included AIDS.

Bottle caps have always been screw off and plastic.

The CD was introduced the year they were born.

They have always had an answering machine.

They have always had cable.

They cannot fathom not having a remote control.

Jay Leno has always been on the Tonight Show.

Popcorn has always been cooked in the microwave.

They never took a swim and thought about Jaws.

They can't imagine what hard contact lenses are.

They don't know who Mork was or where he was from.

They never heard: "Where's the Beef?", "I'd walk a mile for a Camel",

or "de plane Boss, de plane".

They do not care who shot J. R. and have no idea who J. R. even is.

Michael Jackson has always been white.

McDonald's never came in Styrofoam containers.

They don't have a clue how to use a typewriter.

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1972 Dodge Charger

The Year is 1972 ...

Republicans Richard M. Nixon (CA) and Spiro T. Agnew (MD) beat Democrats George S. McGovern (SD) and R. Sargent Shriver (MD) for President and Vice President.

Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Special Projects Office established in the U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare (DHEW) creates five demonstration projects funded by DHEW with $7.9 million. Illinois is among those projects and a paramedic program is inaugurated in Arlington Heights and other northwest suburbs. Dr. Stanley Zydlo, Captain Jack Benson (AHFD), Jan Schwettman (Inverness resident) and others organize the program locally with determination.

Earth's picture is taken on Dec. 7 by Apollo 17 astronauts as they leave earth's orbit toward the Moon. The picture marks the first time the trajectory of an Apollo mission shows a view of the south pole. (Source: NASA)

The first of a series of five satellites is launched by the United States, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). LANDSAT was created for general-purpose landuse or landcover images of nearly the entire Earth's surface.

Telestat launches (Delta rocket) the first domestic commercial communications satellite in geostationary orbit.

The @ sign is chosen as a standard for e-mail over ARPAnet (precursor to the Internet).

President Nixon becomes the first president to visit China and Soviet Union.

Security improved on airlines in an effort to prevent hijackings and terrorist acts.

Presidential candidate and Alabama Governor George Wallace is shot and partially paralyzed by Arthur Bremer in Laurel, Maryland.

Burglars arrested for breaking into Democratic National Committee headquarters at Watergate Complex in Washington, D.C.

National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger exclaims in a press conference, "We believe that peace is at hand."

U.S. troops in Vietnam fall below 70,000.

A United Airlines 737 crashes just southeast of Midway airport, destroying three homes. The crash kills 43 passengers and crew onboard and two people on the ground (Dec. 8).

A North Central DC-9 crashes at O'Hare during takeoff on runway 27L. The collision kills 10 people on the North Central DC-9 as it hits a Delta Convair 880 in a taxi position crossing the runway. Foggy weather and controllers are blamed (Dec. 20).

Illinois Central Railroad express commuter train crashes into the rear of a local commuter train at the 27th Street station in Chicago killing 45 people and injuring 66 (October 30).

Pre-recorded videocassettes are introduced to consumers.

Super Bowl VI
Dallas Cowboys 24
Miami Dolphins 3

The Godfather
wins an Oscar
for Best Picture
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