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1970s science fiction short story about a young mother going crazy?

There's this science fiction story I can recall reading in at least one anthology, if not multiples. It is told from the perspective of a young mother who is going crazy dealing with her kid(s). The writing is very stark and bleak, but it's a fun story nonetheless. I am fairly certain the author was a woman. I believe it's from the late 60s or early to mid 1970s. [more inside]
posted by Slinga on Aug 21, 2014 - 9 answers

Woman's Day From 1970's worth selling?

I'm going through my father's garage, and have come across two waist high piles of magazines from the 1970's, most likely waiting room material left over from when he owned a small business. They seem to mostly be "Woman's Day" and "Woman" magazines from 1970-1974. Should I separate the decent ones from the yellowing and crumbled ones, and try to sell them? [more inside]
posted by Kevin Street on Jul 7, 2014 - 11 answers

What were these peotry books and where could I buy them?

When I was a child, my uncle gave me four books which were anthologies of all sorts of poetry illustrated with collages, sketches, and other artworks. They were hardback books with a square format roughly 10" x 10". From the style of the illustrations I'd say they were published in the 70s. My mum threw them away after she had a fight with my uncle - now that I've finally forgiven her for that, can you help me identify the books and buy them? [more inside]
posted by girlgenius on May 8, 2014 - 4 answers

US 1970s educational/science TV series?

I'm trying to remember a series of shows broadcast in the late 1970s or maybe as late as 1980 or so. It explained science topics through the lens of recent discoveries or advancements. It might have been PBS but I think it was a "special broadcast" on network tv. I loved them and got all excited when one would be on, so I don't think it was regular or weekly. The only one I specifically remember was on the brain, told through the story of a little girl (?) who needed brain surgery. It wasn't for specifically for kids, but I recall them being very upbeat and "yay science!" They were broadcast in prime time, probably 8 PM. Also: it's definitely not Connections. Apologies - this may the the vaguest TV-related AskMe yet!
posted by JoanArkham on Apr 27, 2014 - 10 answers

I want to know more about '60s-'70s concert poster design.

Please educate me about 1960s-1970s concert poster design. Specifically, the style with black printing over a vibrant gradient, like these. [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt on Apr 24, 2014 - 14 answers

Please help me identify, and then license, this awesome 1970s muzak!

We want to license this song for a commercial video production. Please help me identify it and track down the original owner/composer or licensing agency. [more inside]
posted by hamandcheese on Apr 11, 2014 - 5 answers

Was the American outlook in the early 70s really that bleak?

Was the American outlook in the early 70s really that bleak or is that just what survived culturally? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Mar 25, 2014 - 45 answers

It is only coincidentally Pancake Day

I was disappointed in Google/YouTube and their ability to regurgitate whatever garbage my subconscious dredged up out of my childhood memories, for the first time in a long time today when I tried to find the Golden Griddle pancake syrup commercial from the late 1970's that had someone writing "oh!" in syrup on a stack of pancakes. Can you help me find it? [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt on Mar 4, 2014 - 4 answers

Horror movie involving a house that eats people

A friend of mine, in discussing Flowers in the Attic with her husband, discovered that he thought that title was attached to a very different story. In her words, "a horror movie about a family moving into an awful run-down house and it gradually kills them all and at the end the house is lovely with blooming flowers cuz it is happy and well fed." Obviously this is not Flowers in the Attic, but what IS it? He thinks it was from the 1970s, probably the late seventies, but he can't remember any other details.
posted by KathrynT on Jan 11, 2014 - 10 answers

Children's book: mid 1970s, a scary (for me) mystery

This is what I remember: A boy (and his dog?) wants to go outside, and he asks his mother for permission. She says "okay, but don't cross any streets in this fog!" [more inside]
posted by Melismata on Dec 26, 2013 - 3 answers

Looking for fairy tale book, read in the mid-1970s.

Children's book filter: Am thinking it was Sleeping Beauty, though it may have been Rapunzel or some other fairy tale with a wicked queen and a princess. [more inside]
posted by Melismata on Dec 10, 2013 - 4 answers

NAME THAT FILM PART N, Regency Fop edition

Some time ago, on one of the national basic cable movie channels (USA, I think) which would run multiple showings of a given film for a month or so, I repeatedly flipped into a period film that amused me each time I watched a snippet. Unfortunately, I never watched enough of the film to get a good idea of the plot, and therefore can't effectively describe the story, sooo... [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Nov 29, 2013 - 23 answers

History Trivia

I'm writing a trivia game for a birthday party. What are events from the 1950s through today that 60 yr olds would have a good grasp of that I would miss out on just by scanning through wikipedia? [more inside]
posted by troika on Nov 19, 2013 - 22 answers

Questions about the 1970s phase of the Vietnam War

My knowledge of the Vietnam War is not as complete as I would like it to be. My own internal representation of its 1960s period is fairly strong but it fades a little at the 1970s/Vietnamization phase of the war. So I'm posing the following questions: [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Nov 9, 2013 - 5 answers

Most joke-dense movies of the 70s?

I'm looking for movies from the 70s that have the highest joke density. They don't have to be good jokes, they don't have to be a particular type of joke and I'm not even looking for good movies - I'm looking for quantity over quality, a dizzying number of joke attempts per hour. What should I watch? [more inside]
posted by I EAT TAPAS on Aug 18, 2013 - 37 answers

Help identifying a 1970s comic book where the villain was a gas pump...

Probably early to mid 1970s, color, possible a free giveaway, likely newsprint cover, maybe ecology / gas shortage / conservation themed? Cartoony superhero style probably. I remember getting this as a kid at an outdoor public event on the west coast of BC, Canada - but I assume it wasn't a location-specific comic. It might have been a premium / advertising / educational thing. I've been trying to identify it for years, but that's about all the info that I can recall. Does this ring a bell with anyone?
posted by acroyear on Jun 29, 2013 - 3 answers

Alternative newspaper history

I am interested in speaking with people involved with the underground newspaper Dragonseed (or Dragon Seed), published in Baltimore and/or Timonium, MD, around 1972-1973. (No, I am not looking for folks involved with Dragonseed Harry.) Most of the contributors used only first names or pseudonyms. What would be the best way to get the word out about this? I was thinking about an ad in the City Paper, but I'm not sure people actually read ads like that.
posted by liketitanic on May 28, 2013 - 5 answers

Comprehensive histories of the Us in the 1970s?

I'm looking for the US equivalent of Dominic Sandbrook's State of Emergency: Britain 1970–1974—books that explore not just the politics, movements and 'big events' of the decade, but aspects such as pop culture and the changes in daily life and habits. [more inside]
posted by kaisemic on Apr 10, 2013 - 3 answers

Trying to identify a book for a friend

Help me identify this book? Hardback, with illustrations of towns & shops; lots of detail, kind of cartoony, escalators & stairs crossing. 1960s/70s? Know it's not much to go on, but it's all he gave me. Have at it guys.
posted by ulanbator3 on Jan 27, 2013 - 8 answers

Please help me remember a short story!

Short story help, please. I remember this... [more inside]
posted by pentagoet on Dec 14, 2012 - 5 answers

Why did fantasy van art become a thing?

Fantasy van art, what and why? When I was little I remember seeing these conversion vans with Conan or Thor or whatever airbrushed on the outside and never thought much of it. Now, though, I am curious about what this phenomenon was all about. [more inside]
posted by Literaryhero on Dec 9, 2012 - 9 answers

1970s animated cartoon about U.S. History (NOT schoolhouse rock)

animated 1970s tv series about U.S. History? this is NOT the schoolhouse rock episodes. the one i am remembering was more serious, working through historical situations with animated scenes. the episode i remember most vividly was about the British burning the white house. does anyone else remember this series and what the name of it was?? might have been made around the bicentennial, but not sure.
posted by cmp4Meta on Nov 27, 2012 - 9 answers

(I already know where to find the faded but garish glory of the 90s.)

Other than the Peppermill, the Neon Graveyard, or some of the casinos on Fremont Street, where are the best places to visit in Las Vegas to experience the faded but still garish glory of the 60s and 70s?
posted by I EAT TAPAS on Nov 20, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me identify this movie?

I've had this vague memory of a 1970s-80s crime movie in the back of my brain. Can you help identify it? [more inside]
posted by Borborygmus on Oct 1, 2012 - 7 answers

There's a hole in the countertop, dear Liza, dear Liza

What should we do with this big 1'x2.5' hole in the top of a bathroom countertop? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Sep 26, 2012 - 16 answers

ID this book, 1970s YA edition.

Help, mefites! Y'all're amazingly great at tracking down obscure music and books with little info, so I hope you can help me. Two YA books, both read in the late 1970s: 1 - urban kid gets involved with a gang called the Scorpions. Also, his family was so poor he had to eat cereal with water. 2 - fantasy novel - there were goblins who were destroyed/harmed by butter. Any ideas?
posted by Bourbonesque on Aug 17, 2012 - 6 answers

Please help me find these 1970s robot toys.

I'm try to find a series of robot toys I had in the early 1970s. I've tried various relevant search terms on Google, AskMe and eBay, but have come up empty. Maybe you can help based on the details I remember. [more inside]
posted by Rob Rockets on Aug 5, 2012 - 4 answers

Looking for South African novel

South African novel? A Boer seduces a black girl, they have sex in his Mercedes Benz. The book deals with the seduction that comes before, and the problems afterwards. The white guy is NOT cast as a villain. My friend read this book in the 70s and is looking for it. Thanks!
posted by Tom-B on Jul 17, 2012 - 10 answers

Who wrote the old book of poems for kids, "It May Be So, It May Be Not"?

I've got another "what was that thing from my childhood?" sort of question, and I've combed through Google and Amazon and Abebooks to no avail. A book of short quirky poems for children, probably illustrated. Mid 1970s. Very likely published by Scribners, we had tons of their hardcover books from an uncle who worked there (now deceased, so I can't ask him.) I thought the title was "It May Be So, It May Be Not", which was also the title of a poem in the book that went, either partially or entirely... [more inside]
posted by tomboko on Jul 14, 2012 - 3 answers

What??

Help me remember this cartoon. [more inside]
posted by jonmc on May 29, 2012 - 3 answers

Do you know her?

I am trying to identify a woman from a cookbook. "The only thing I know about her is two pictures from a cookbook printed by the Maryland Seafood Marketing Authority (Department of Economic and Community Management) in the mid-1970s." [more inside]
posted by furiousxgeorge on May 7, 2012 - 9 answers

Early 1980s sitcom about a TV station in a house

Trying to remember a sitcom from the early 1980s about the "world's smallest television station." Was it real or did I just dream it up? [more inside]
posted by smoothvirus on May 7, 2012 - 6 answers

70s Game Show Theme Music

What 70s game show used Henry Mancini's "March of the Cue Balls" as its theme music? [more inside]
posted by dopeydad on Apr 28, 2012 - 4 answers

Long Distance Rates For the Late Seventies and Early Eighties?

How much did long distance telephone calls cost in the late 1970s and early 1980s? I'm mainly interested in hearing about rates for the USA but data from other countries would be welcome as well. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Mar 31, 2012 - 21 answers

Help me find this electronics/computer magazine from the 1970s based on its cover...

Help me find this electronics/computer magazine from the 1970s based on its cover... [more inside]
posted by SNACKeR on Mar 26, 2012 - 6 answers

Super Inflation

Why did inflation increase so dramatically in most Western economies in 1975? Why did inflation remain at 10-15% levels around the world through the recessions of the late 1970s and only return to "normal" 3-5% levels in the 1983 recession?
posted by dave99 on Jan 29, 2012 - 10 answers

Don't go in there, kid!

What movie or TV show was this? This has been nagging at me for years! Around 1978 or 1979, when I was 7 or 8 years old, I remember seeing a creepy teaser on TV for an upcoming movie, or episode of something, in which a man wearing dark glasses is speaking to someone off-screen. He says something like, "Don't go in there, kid, unless you want to end up ... like this!" And then he removes the dark glasses, and instead of eyes he has two things that look like raised, white ridges with horizontal slits cut into them. Something like Inuit snow goggles, but set into the eyes instead of connected in the middle. I never saw the show and this is literally all I remember about it. A friend of mine thinks it might be The Omega Man, but I'm pretty sure it isn't.
posted by Ratio on Oct 10, 2011 - 6 answers

Can anyone identify this gold ring with an odd design?

This ring turned up at my deceased grandmother's house and no one recognized it. General consensus was that it looked like a man's ring from the 1970s. The band/base appears to be gold and the design appears to be rose gold. Can anyone recognize the design or shed any light on this? Pics: 1 2 3
posted by Slinga on Jul 22, 2011 - 6 answers

Seeking 70 music lists

Looking to reassemble the 'soundtrack of my life' from about 1970-1974. [more inside]
posted by LonnieK on Jul 16, 2011 - 5 answers

Time-traveling to 1978 London would be my preferred way of answering this

Which punk bands did my father see in London in 1978? (Intriguingly fragmented details follow..) [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on on Jul 2, 2011 - 9 answers

Predating the Windows Ding...

[16mm filmstrip projectorfilter]: Anyone know where I can find an .mp3 or .wav or .avi of the ding for the slide advance of a 16mm filmstrip projector from the 1970s? [more inside]
posted by Nanukthedog on Jun 24, 2011 - 9 answers

Great 70s films

What great 70s films should I be adding to my movie queue? [more inside]
posted by marsha56 on Jun 3, 2011 - 61 answers

Help me clarify this second-hand memory about bargaining in Europe

I have a memory of being told, as a child, that in some (or more than one?) country in Europe, circa 1970, there were two types of stores. Type A was government regulated or licensed, and prices were fixed. Type B was not, and you were allowed to bargain. Does this sound familiar to anyone else? What was the actual situation (if I have it wrong) and in what country/countries? [more inside]
posted by sarahkeebs on Jun 2, 2011 - 9 answers

1970s French cop movie

I saw this French cop/conspiracy/scandal movie at French camp in the 1970s. Now that I have the awesome power of the internet at my disposal, I'd like to find it again. But I can't. [more inside]
posted by dhartung on Apr 20, 2011 - 7 answers

Movie scene with people frozen in a car

I am trying to find the name of a movie I watched on TV when I was a young kid back in the 1970s. The film was about a group of people lost in a forest after a blizzard. At one point they find a car and start shouting, "It's the professor!" But when they get to the car the people inside it are frozen to death. I'm pretty sure it was a film for adults that was being broadcast on TV or it could have been made for TV.
posted by cmp4Meta on Mar 19, 2011 - 7 answers

Around the electronic shag-carpet campfire.

Please recommend articles/books/etc. which talk about broadcast media and American suburbia in the 1970s and 1980s. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Jan 27, 2011 - 2 answers

Ferns in the 70s for sure. Otherwise?

What kind of house plants were popular/fashionable in the past? I'm most interested in the 1950s/60s, but would like to know other decades as well. [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic on Oct 26, 2010 - 29 answers

What was this microfilm gadget called?

'70s microfilm technology filter - what do (did) you call a gadget for testing or enhancing reading ability by having a student look through a viewer and read one line at a time? [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike on Oct 15, 2010 - 8 answers

Name that film, eastern edition.

Identify a Japanese film from the 60s or 70s taking place partially in NYC please. [more inside]
posted by Iteki on Aug 28, 2010 - 4 answers

What books best describe/approximate what it was like to be in New York City during the 1970s/80s?

What books best describe/approximate what it was like to be in New York City during the 1970s/80s? [more inside]
posted by lxs on Jun 30, 2010 - 28 answers

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