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1978 Seventies history
movies & celebrities
books & comedy
cars & races
gadgets & toys

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1979 Technology & Gadgets



Sony Walkman 1979The Sony Walkman - A welcome death blow to the obnoxious ghetto blaster as we turn ever inward. The device was built in 1978 by audio division It was invented by Nobutoshi Kihara as a perk for then Sony co-chairman Akio Morita who wanted to listen to opera during his many trans Pacific trips. It cost a hefty $200 at the time. The Walkman story.



Voyager picture of Jupiter and moons 1979


Voyager I photo enters the Jovian system and takes pictures of Jupiter and its moons Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. Voyager also discovered faint rings about the gas giant. Voyager Photos.

visicalc 1979


VisiCalc - The first spreadsheet computer application is credited for making the computer into a serious business tool. Invented by Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston it was written for the Apple II but soon was available for the PET, the Atari and the IBM PC. Visicalc.


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1979 Toys & Gadgets



star wars toys of 1979The 3 3/4" Star Wars action figures from Kenner replaced the old 8" standard allowing the smaller figures to fit into vehicles. The Star Wars line became one of the most successful movie licence properties of all time holding firm until the middle 1960's. Boba Fett from the upcoming movie The Empire Strikes Back led the line and was the top toy of 1979. The Star Wars Toy Page.




Trivial Pursuit 1979
Trivial Pursuit -
A board game where advancement is gained by answering questions about popular culture on cards. It was invented in Montreal, Canada by Chris Haney and Scott Abbott. The Trivial Persuit History.




Legoland space 1979

Legoland Space
featured many new pieces to create 200 sets of plans for astronauts and spaceships. LegoLand!

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Seventies Pizzazz


The idea behind this project is to present the Seventies in an interesting manner with as much audio and visual content as we could manage without slowing things down too much.


Unlike most Seventies websites that are a hodgepodge of decade wide information, we approached this project year by year. WIth each year of the Seventies including categories in history, television, movies, music, sports, books, comedy, technology and toys.

Beyond the nostalgia and retro feel for those who lived through the time, it is also designed to attract the younger crowd.


We have enjoyed some success in that endeavor as this webiste has become quite popular with teachers who use Seventies Pizzazz to get their Middle and High school students interested in our historic and cultural past by assigning projects and papers to this and our other PIZZAZZ websites.


These websites are safe for Middle school and above.

Other Pizzazz Sites


Seventies Pizzazz is part of a larger procress still under construction. It includes Fifties Pizass, Sixties Pizzazz, and the still beta of Eighties Pizzazz. They all are similar in our effort to make recent history fun and intersting for the next generation.



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Seventies Pizzazz
The Seventies through the years in pictures, videos, sound and music
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