The Hotties, Sex Symbols and Fashion Icons:
Adrienne Barbeau, Dyan Cannon, Veronica Carlson, Lynda Carter, Pam Grier, Peggy Lipton, Caroline Munro, Ingrid Pitt, Maria Schneider, Barbra Streisand, Shelia Roscoe, Diana Ross
Sex Symbols, Hollywood Hunks and Leading Men:
Richard Roundtree, Burt Reynolds, Marlon Brando, Elvis Presley
“Hey Mikey! He likes it!”
– Life cereal ad
“The mind is a terrible thing to waste”
-United Negro College Fund
” It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken”
– Frank Perdue
“I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse”
– Marlon Brando, in The Godfather
“Nothing runs like a Deere”
– John Deere
“Nobody does it like Sara Lee”
– Sara Lee
Time Magazine’s Men of the Year:
Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger
Laura Lea Schaefer (Bexley, OH)
Tanya Wilson (Hawaii)
On June 17,agents of the Richard Nixon (Republican) White House and the Nixon reelection campaign were arrested while breaking into the office of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), which at the time was located in Washington D.C.’s Watergate Complex.
Jane Fonda visited North Vietnam, supporting the communist side of the war, earning the nickname “Hanoi Jane”.
Bloody Sunday in Derry, Northern Ireland, 14 unarmed protestors and civilians were shot by British paratroopers. U2’s ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ was based on this event.
While initial planning started in the 1920s, household dish cleaner ‘Dawn’ was released in 1972.
The ‘Battle of the Sexes’ was over once and for all when Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in three straight tennis sets.
HBO (Home Box Office) was launched by Time-Warner.
Chrysler brought electronic ignition to automobiles.
Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg introduced her knit jersey dress style;
Clothes had a lot less static cling in 1972, thanks to the introduction of Bounce dryer sheets.
1972 was when Carnival Cruise Lines began sailing.
Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1972: $86,000
Singer and guitarist Chuck Berry’s only number one single was a live recording of a raunchy New Orleans tune called “My Ding-a Ling.”
Pong (arcade), Hacky Sacks.
Watching ‘The Godfather’ in theaters.
1st appearances & 1972’s Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Pong, Dawn dolls, Hackey Sack, Seance Game , Nerf Football
Best Film Oscar Winner:
The French Connection (presented in 1972)
1972 Most Popular TV shows:
1. All in the Family (CBS)
2. Sanford and Son (NBC)
3. Hawaii Five-O (CBS)
4. Maude (CBS)
5. Bridget Loves Bernie (CBS)
6. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (CBS)
7. Gunsmoke (CBS)
8. The Wonderful World of Disney (NBC)
9. Ironside (NBC)
10. Adam 12 (NBC)
1972 Billboard Number One Songs
December 25, 1971 – January 14, 1972:
Brand New Key – Melanie
January 15 – February 11:
American Pie – Don McLean
February 12 – February 18:
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
February 19 – March 17:
Without You – Nilsson
March 18 – March 24:
Heart of Gold – Neil Young
March 25 – April 14:
A Horse With No Name – America
April 15 – May 26:
The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face – Roberta Flack
May 27 – June 2:
Oh Girl – Chi-Lites
June 3 – June 9:
I’ll Take You There – The Staple Singers
June 10 – June 30:
The Candy Man – Sammy Davis, Jr.
July 1 – July 7:
Song Sung Blue – Neil Diamond
July 8 – July 30:
Lean on Me – Bill Withers
July 29 – August 25:
Alone Again (Naturally) – Gilbert O’ Sullivan
August 26 – September 1:
Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl) – Looking Glass
September 2 – September 15:
Alone Again (Naturally) – Gilbert O’Sullivan
September 16 – September 22:
Black and White – Three Dog Night
September 23 – October 13:
Baby, Don’t Get Hooked On Me – Mac Davis
October 14 – October 20:
Ben – Michael Jackson
October 21 – November 3:
My Ding-A-Ling – Chuck Berry
November 4 – December 1:
I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash
December 2 – December 8:
Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone – The Temptations
December 9 – December 15:
I Am Woman – Helen Reddy
December 16, 1972 – January 5, 1973:
Me and Mrs. Jones – Billy Paul
World Series Champions: Oakland Athletics
Superbowl VI Champions: Dallas Cowboys
NBA Champions: Los Angeles Lakers
Stanley Cup Champs: Boston Bruins
U.S. Open Golf Jack Nicklaus
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) Ilie Nastase/Billie Jean King
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Stan Smith/Billie Jean King
NCAA Football Champions: USC
NCAA Basketball Champions: UCLA
Kentucky Derby: Riva Ridge
Sandy Koufax was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, the youngest player ever elected, at age 36.