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THE CHANGING SEVENTIES:  LAST OF THE SIXTIES

The decade of the 1970s is divided into three time matrixes because of the Double Crossover in 1973/74.  This allows for a single time matrix to focus on the Crossover year alone.  This Crossover ended one era and began another.  The first time matrix of the 1970s covers 1970 - 1973, the next time matrix covers 1973/74 itself, and the last one cover 1974 - 1980.  High momentum from the 1960s was in motion as the 1970s began.  The economy was strong, social movements were active, and ideologies burgeoned.  In the first three years of this decade we see America as the great empire before a downward trend.

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America looked ahead with optimism.  A power shift came to young baby boomers and 18-year-olds who attained the right to vote in 1970.  President Nixon won a near record landslide over McGovern.  We maintained our position as the most prosperous and influential nation on earth.  The high momentum of the 1960s was in full swing as the 1970s began.  The economy was very strong,  social movements were active, ideologies burgeoned.  This was the trend until the Double Downward Crossover of 1973 brought the end of an era.  In the first three years of this decade, we see the last days of America as the great empire before a crisis and a necessary turn to to conservatism and reform.

1. Political  1970-73 Physical Cycle top    

Physical Upward Crossover (March 21, 1971- March 21, 1971)

Ethnicity Rose with the Physical Cycle as it was crossing into the High Half, and territoriality increased.  Tricolor emblems of various nationalities were on cars all over, including the popular black, red and green tricolors of Africa. 

Physical High (1971 - 1985)

Ethnicity Rose with the Physical Cycle as it was crossing into the High Half, and territoriality increased.  Tricolor emblems of various nationalities were on cars all over, including the popular black, red and green tricolors of Africa. 

1. Political  1970-73 Emotional Cycle top    

Emotional High (1955 - 1973)

The Civil Rights Movement Continued to Emerge in the Emotional High.  Newark, New Jersey elected Kenneth A. Gibson as its first African American mayor in 1970, Mississippi saw its first interracial marriage, and the Commission on Civil Rights stated that we should have more presidential policy regarding school integration.  The US Supreme Court upheld busing to achieve integration in 1971.

 Advances in Feminism Continued Throughout the Emotional (yin) High.  More women were attaining roles traditionally held by men.  President Nixon named the First Two Woman Generals in 1970.  In 1972 some 40% of the Delegates at the  Democratic National Convention Were Women, (an increase of 13% from the previous election).  The US Supreme Court ruled in 1971 that Hiring Practices Must be the Same for Women, as  they are for men.  The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) as a Constitutional Amendment was sent to the state for ratification in 1972.  A landmark decision came in January 1973 as the US Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that state laws prohibiting voluntary abortions during the first three months of pregnancy were unconstitutional.   In Roe v. Bolton that month, the court ruled out restrictions on where abortions could be done.  Abortion clinics  followed and times were more liberal.

1. Political  1970-73 Intellectual Cycle top    

1. Political  1970-73 Polyrhythms top    

Physo-Emotional High (1971  -1973)

America Extended its Reach to China With Hope for new alliances.  President Nixon made his landmark visits to Red China and the Soviet Union in 1972.  Doors were opened that allowed communications across the polarities of land and ideology.  A high point of diplomacy in a high point in all three Cycles.

The Stand Off at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, came in February 1973.  Almost 300 members of the American Indian Movement (AIM) seized a trading post and church at Wounded Knee to make their grievances known. This is the site where federal soldiers had massacred Indians in 1890.  The seize lasted for seventy days in a tense stand-off.  Indian self reliance was the key issue during a hard stand on moral and spiritual grounds, during in the Physo-Emotional High.  A Federal judge dismissed the charges against leaders of the takeover in 1974.

Physical Low with
     Emotional High
(1957 - 1971)

Protests Against the Viet Nam War Continued.  Many opposed fighting in the Physical Low, citing moral ideology as the reason in the Emo-Intellectual High.  The antiwar slogan was, “Make Love, Not War.”  In a tragic protest against the war that took place at Kent State University, Ohio in 1970, National Guardsmen shot and killed four students and wounded nine others.  This use of force became a national controversy.  Campuses across the nation saw protests.  A nationwide strike took place on May f to protest the war and the Killings at Kent State.  It received wide support from the majority of American campuses.  More than 223 campuses became involved by the following night and more than 448 closed or went on strike over the war in 1970.  Some 100,000  Americans marched to the Lincoln Memorial in 1970 to protest.  About 200.000 Americans marched on Washington in a massive protest in April 1971.  A group of 50,000 antiwar demonstrators swarmed Washington in massive protests in April 1971in an attempt to shut it down during a May Day protest.  They stopped traffic and started in the mayhem.  Hoards of District Police officers, National Guardsmen, and Federal troops responded, 10,000 were arrested, but most arrests were thrown out of court.  It was a Physical Low, Emo-Intellectual High, and force was not always used over ideology.

Nixon Announced Troop Withdrawals from Viet Nam in 1971.  The last of the ground troops departed by August 1972 and casualties were diminishing greatly.  North Vietnam, the Viet Cong, South Viet Nam and the US signed a pact in January 1973, and America's involvement with Southeast Asia ended. We then ended the draft to an all volunteer military in 1973.

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Prosperity was riding on strong momentum from the previous decade.  An upward Crossover in the Physical Cycle came in 1971, but the economy was strong until the Double Crossover in 1973/74.

BORING NUMBERS:  The federal work force numbered was 441,410 in 1970 and the economy was strong, and Congress established the US Office of Management and Budget.  The Federal Budget was $197.2 billion, and the National Debt was $382 billion.  The Gross National Product was at $977.1 billion and the Consumer Price Index was at 116.3, (1967 = 100).  We reached a high of 852 in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and a low of 669.  The Prime Rate was at 7.7% and Social Welfare was at $145.9 billion.  An  Average Salary was $7,564 and about 4.1 million were unemployed.  The cost of living had risen 30% from 1960, but, with some decline in the industry and stocks.  Penn Central asked for bankruptcy.  Congress created the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, (AMTRAK), as a federal corporation over passenger trains.  Stocks had a record day in 1970 by rising 32.04 points.

2. Business & Economy  1970-73 Physical Cycle top    

Physical Upward Crossover (March 21, 1971- March 21, 1971)

The Economy Slipped in the 1971 Crossover. By the summer unemployment reached up to a 10-year high of 6%, The dollar lost against the Japanese Yen and most European currencies and was devalued by 8.57% by the end of the year to make US exports more affordable overseas. The trade imbalance came to $5 billion. Wage and price controls were implemented. President Nixon announced Phase I of the plan in August 1971 that included a 90-day freeze on prices, wages and rents. Phase II established a Pay Board in November that which allowed limited increases. Phase III of the program came in January 1972, and wage and price controls were lifted. Some items remained under regulation until the summer of 1972. The proposed budget deficit in January 1972, was $25.5 billion, the largest in peace time history, but the 1971/72 Crossover was soon over.

A Wildcat Strike Came to a GM Plant in Lordstown, Ohio. This strike in the Physical Crossover was not over pay, benefits or any of the usual concerns. It was over work - the hard, drudgery and monotony of automaton-workers. Chevrolet workers were delivering 101.6 Vegas per hour with thirty-six seconds allotted to each worker to perform a repetitive task. This rigorous Physical performance was to miss a beat.

2. Business & Economy  1970-73 Emotional Cycle top    

2. Business & Economy  1970-73 Intellectual Cycle top    

2. Business & Economy  1970-73 Polyrhythms top    

The Economy Slipped in the 1971 Crossover.  By the summer unemployment reached up to a 10-year high of 6%, The dollar lost against the Japanese Yen and most European currencies and was devalued by 8.57% by the end of the year to make US exports more affordable overseas.  The trade imbalance came to $5 billion.  Wage and price controls were implemented.  President Nixon announced Phase I of the plan in August 1971 that included a 90-day freeze on prices, wages and rents.  Phase II established a Pay Board in November that which allowed limited increases.  Phase III of the program came in January 1972, and wage and price controls were lifted. Some items remained under regulation until the summer of 1972.  The proposed budget deficit in January 1972, was $25.5 billion, the largest in peace time history, but the 1971/72 Crossover was soon over.

A Wildcat Strike Came  to a GM Plant in Lordstown, Ohio.  This strike in the Physical Crossover was not over pay, benefits or any of the usual concerns.  It was over work - the hard, drudgery and monotony of automaton-workers.  Chevrolet workers were delivering 101.6 Vegas per hour with thirty-six seconds allotted to each worker to perform a repetitive task.  This rigorous Physical performance was to miss a beat.

Physical Low with
     Intellectual High
(1957 - 1971)

Restraints Came to Industry Over Environmental Concerns.  We were less likely to out-build our own sense.  Congress established the Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA) in 1970 to oversee the fifteen federal agencies addressing pollution.  The National Air Quality Control Act of 1970 demanded a 90% reduction in automobile emitted pollutants.  Some twenty million Americans took part in Earth Day activities on April 22 to support environmental concern.  President Nixon and Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau came to agreements to amend pollution of the Great Lakes in April 1972.  The EPA banned the chemical pesticide, DDT in June.  We viewed cigarette smoking in a new light and radio and television advertisements of tobacco were banned.  Remaining cigarette advertising  contained health warnings the following year as the six largest manufacturers were compelled to include them.  America was not as quick to act without thinking in the Physical Low - Intellectual High.

Trirhythmic High (1971 - 1973)

The Dow-Jones Average Rose Above the 1,000 Mark for the First Time on November 14, 1972.  Between the Upward Physical Crossover in 1971, and the Downward Emo-Intellectual Crossover in 1973, all three Cycles were high for a brief period.  Americans were optimistic about a bounce-back economy and looked forward to a brighter future.  It showed in the market.

Internal Aberrations  

Two Major Shrikes occurred in 1970 and it was not a Crossover year.  More than 340,000 UAW workers launched the largest industrial strike in twenty years when they walked out of General Motors plants in the US and Canada from September 15 to November 11.  Some 1/2 million railroad workers across four unions began a railroad strike on December 10th.  Two hours into the strike, Congress signed a bill that increased workers wages by 13.5%, thereby holding off the strike.  These were major strikes, however, and Internal Aberrations.

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3. Science & Technology  1970-73 Physical Cycle top    

Physical 1st Qtr. Foundation (1971 - 1978)

America Tried Acupuncture for the First Time in 1972.  We adopted this ancient Chinese practice for use as an anesthetic, and the fact that we were ready for medical precedents in the Physical 1st Qtr. may have contributed to this timing.

3. Science & Technology  1970-73 Emotional Cycle top    

3. Science & Technology  1970-73 Intellectual Cycle top    

Intellectual 2nd Qtr. Expansion (1962 - 1973)

Satellite Advancements and Improvements Were Significant.  Mariner 9 orbited Mars in 1971.  The first "Landsat" satellite photographed Earth in 1972, and Pioneer 10 was the unmanned interplanetary spacecraft launched in 1972 that passed planets in our solar system and sent back pictures via laser technology.  It traveled on to become the first human-made object to leave the solar system, in the 2nd Qtr.

 Space Travel Reached its Zenith in the Intellectual 2nd Qtr.  Apollo 14 returned in 1971 after spending nine days in space, and thirty-three hours on the lunar surface.  Apollo 15 went to the moon in 1971, followed by Apollo 16 and Apollo 17 in 1972.  As Apollo 17 splashed down on December 12, 1972, the manned lunar program came to an end, and it was the  final year of an Emo-Intellectual High.

The Space Shuttle Made Reentry & Re-launching Possible for space craft for the first time and avoided the need for splash downs.  President Nixon approved the shuttle in January 1972 and it was an Intellectual 2nd Qtr. Expansion that would save the space program huge sums of money.  This improvement would bring huge sums for the space program. 

Other Improvements Came in 1970.  Bell Telephone introduced the Picturephone. New records were produced as Quadraphonic Sound Systems appeared.  Computers in the US increased from 300 in 1955, to around 100,000 by in 1970, with significant advancements.  Completion came to The 150-inch Reflecting Telescope at Kitt Peak Observatory, in Tucson, Arizona,  (and at the Inter-American Observatory in Cerro Tololo, Chile).  Laser Guidance Systems were developed with accurate bombing.  The Boeing 747 came into airline service.  Many other enhancements came out of this time.

3. Science & Technology  1970-73 Polyrhythms top    

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4. Mechanical  1970-73 Physical Cycle top    

4. Mechanical  1970-73 Emotional Cycle top    

4. Mechanical  1970-73 Intellectual Cycle top    

4. Mechanical  1970-73 Polyrhythms top    

Physical Low with
     Emotional High
(1957 - 1971)

“They Just Don't Make Things Like They Use To” was the moan of consumers nationwide as product quality declined in some industries despite a strong economy.  New houses were not as strong and they did not last as long as the older ones, but they were pretty.  Some men claimed that sellers viewed women as having more say in purchases and thereby targeted them by emphasizing appearances over strength.  Mechanical devices of all sorts changed.  Cars were given more power steering, power brakes, and power windows, but lost trade-in value because of lessened durability.  We had more of an eye for beauty, than for quality in the Physical High - Emotional Low.

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5. Education  1970-73 Physical Cycle top    

5. Education  1970-73 Emotional Cycle top    

5. Education  1970-73 Intellectual Cycle top    

Intellectual High (1951 - 1973)

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Scores Were High and colleges were filled with ready students.  Seminars on subjects of all kinds sprung up across the nation as more people went out for special interests.  Institutions both great and small were busy filling the greater demand learn everywhere during the Intellectual High.

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6. Religion & Spirituality  1970-73 Physical Cycle top    

6. Religion & Spirituality  1970-73 Emotional Cycle top    

Emotional High (1955 - 1973)

The “Jesus Movement” captivated many new young Christians and received media attention in 1971.  "Jesus freaks" were a new force among the young.  The Pentecostal and Charismatic religions also rose.  Throughout the Emotional High, religion increased.

 Women Made Gains in Organized Religion.  Four Episcopal bishops went against church policy in 1972 to ordain 11 women as priests.  The Isaac M. Wise Temple in Cincinnati, Ohio ordained the first woman rabbi in 1972.  Conservative Jews allowed women in the minyan in 1973.  Both women and religion rose with the Emotional High.  The Influx of Eastern Religion brought heightened awareness to such things as Hinduism, Yoga, I Ching, Zen and Tibetan Buddhism in the early 1970s.  This Rise followed the Emotional Cycle.

6. Religion & Spirituality  1970-73 Intellectual Cycle top    

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7. Arts & Design  1970-73 Physical Cycle top    

Physical 4th Qtr. Alternatives (1964 - 1971)

The Avant garde made a strong showing in the 1960s and early 1970s.  The art world saw, "confrontation shows," "new realism," and "minimalism," in experimental art.  New York's Guggenheim Museum featured “Kinetic Sculpture.”  Iconoclasm prevailed at the US Pavilion at the 1970 World's Fair in Japan which abandoned conventionalism to feature Andy Warhol's "Rain Curtain."  Jacques Lipschiz was commissioned for large scale and unusual  works at the Municipal Plaza in Philadelphia, and at Columbia University.  The bizarre can be a normal part of the Fourth Quarter.

7. Arts & Design  1970-73 Emotional Cycle top    

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8. Literature & Pub.  1970-73 Physical Cycle top    

8. Literature & Pub.  1970-73 Emotional Cycle top    

Emotional High (1964 - 1973)

The Sexual Revolution Came to in Literature.  Physician Dave Reuben, published "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Ask" in 1970.  "The Sensuous Woman" was published by "J" in 1970.  Both were very successful.  Publishing standards became more liberal with the Emotional High and the April 1970 issue of "Penthouse" magazine became the first national publication to show pubic hair in its photographs, to much attention.  Actor Burt Reynolds posed nude for a "Cosmopolitan" magazine centerfold.  Romance stories were more popular as demonstrated by the success of "Love Story," by Erich Segal in 1972.  Times were Emotional.

The Feminist Movement Also Came to Literature as the first issue of “Ms” magazine was published in 1972 by founders that Gloria Steinman.  All 300,000 copies of the first issue were gone in nine days after a surprising sell out on the newsstands.

8. Literature & Pub,  1970-73 Intellectual Cycle top    

8. Literature & Pub.  1970-73 Polyrhythms top    

Emo-Intellectual High (1955 - 1973)

The Last of an Emo-Intellectual High Came by 1973. A more conservative time followed the double Crossover in March. Two 1973 best sellers that reflected the last of the high times were “The Joy of Sex," by Alex Comfort, and “I'm O.K., You're O.K., “ by Thomas Harris. The first reflected the more liberal times we were coming out of, (Emotional High), and the latter reflected the fad in popular psychology that lasted until 1973, (Intellectual High). As the year progressed, however, America would take a different course, and begin looking back.

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9. Entertainment  1970-73 Physical Cycle top    

Physical 1st Qtr. Foundation (1971 - 1978)

The First X-rated Feature Length Animated Film appeared in Ralph Bakshi's release of "Fritz the Cat."  Sex in all media was beginning to take on a more Physical, rather than Romantic  appeal.  This led to precedents that were based more on explicit sex than anything else.

New Action and Adventure Films came onto the scene in the Physical 1st Qtr.  Irwin Allen produced the first in a series of disaster films, "The Poseidon Adventure," a disaster at sea film released in 1972.  Film adventures would include earthquakes, fires, floods and more. It was Thrills, spills and excitement and chase scenes were big.  The "French Connection" released in 1971 and many others characterized the Physical High.

9. Entertainment  1970-73 Emotional Cycle top    

Emotional High (1955 - 1973)

Religion Was More in Popular Music.  The Beatles released the hit "Let It Be" in 1970, and another group gained popularity with "Spirit in the Sky."  The hit musical of 1971 was "Jesus Christ Superstar," a hugely successful rock opera to be taken seriously by any standard.  “Hip” Met Tradition With Harmonious Results as the Los Angeles Philharmonic incorporated popular music into classical programs to appeal to broader audiences.  The Boston Pops Orchestra was also fused traditional and modern styles to much acclaim in the Emotional High.  Feminism was Also Heard in Music.  When singer Helen Reddy released her recording of "I Am Woman" in 1972, it became a sort of a rally cry for feminists.

Cinema Attendance Was Up and weekly movie attendance reached eighteen million in 1970.  Movie genres were also becoming more liberal in subject matter.  Another Record in Broadway was reached when "Fiddler on the Roof" closed after 3,242 performances in 1972.  It was longest running show in Broadway history.  A Movie version appeared afterward.  Moral Issues Became a Strong Genre on Television.  The situation comedy, "All in the Family," provided a lyceum for America's conflicts in the living room of one New York family.  It was number one in 1971 and 1972 as America focused on moral and social concerns in the Emotional High.

9. Entertainment  1970-73 Intellectual Cycle top    

9. Entertainment  1970-73 Polyrhythms top    

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10. Sports  1970-73 Physical Cycle top    

Physical Low (1957 - 1971)

The American Football League (AFL) Was Absorbed into the National Football League (NFL) with an NFC and an AFC, after the AFL failed to be a trend setter.  The AFL had been founded in 1959 during a Physical Low.  The merger for its very survival was announced in 1966 and it took place in 1970.

Physical High (1971 - 1985)

Records Were Broken now that the Physical Cycle was High.  American swimmer Mark Spitz won a record seven gold medals at the summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany.  This and other feats showed how more records are broken in a Physical High.

Physical 1st Qtr. Foundation (1971 - 1978)

First Women in Sports Appeared.  Tennis star, Billie Jean King, became the first woman athlete to earn $100,000 a year.  The New York City Court of Appeals upheld a New York City woman's right to be a professional baseball umpire in 1972,  (Physical 1st Qtr. - Emotional High). 

10. Sports  1970-73 Emotional Cycle top    

10. Sports  1970-73 Intellectual Cycle top    

10. Sports  1970-73 Polyrhythms top    

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11. Fashion  1970-73 Physical Cycle top    

11. Fashion  1970-73 Emotional Cycle top    

11. Fashion  1970-73 Intellectual Cycle top    

11. Fashion  1970-73 Polyrhythms top    

Emo-Intellectual Dbl. 2nd Qtr. Expansion (1971  -1973)

Eclectic Styles Were In and existing styles varied in the Dbl. 2nd Qtrs. of Expansion.  Skirts could be any length in 1970, from mini, midi, to maxi.  Ethnic and folksy clothing was chic for people who put different styles.  Cosmetics, if used, were more natural looking.  Boots were popular for women. Men and women both wore long hair as men's hair was at its longest.  This was the last bloom in fashion before a turn toward more conservative trends after 1973.

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BORING NUMBERS:  The 1970 population stood at 203 million.  The birth rate was 18.4 / 1,000, and deaths were 9.5 /  1,000.  Life expectancy was 67.1 years for men, and 74.8 years for women.  Marriage stood at 10.6 / 1,000, and divorces were 3.5 / 1,000.  The birth rate had declined to one of the lowest rates.  Americans were marrying later, divorcing more and having fewer children.  The average couple in 1972 had 2.1 children.

12. Lifestyles  1970-73 Physical Cycle top    

Physical Upward Crossover (March 21, 1971- March 21, 1971)

One of the Biggest Prison Riots Ever took place at Attica State Prison, New York, in September 1971.  Some 1,200 inmates broke into a riot, held thirty-eight guards hostage, and took control of the prison for four days.  Governor Rockefeller ordered state troopers and police into action who took the back and freed the hostages.  Violence and action can come in a Physical Crossover.The American Football League (AFL) Was Absorbed into the National Football League (NFL) with an NFC and an AFC, after the AFL failed to be a trend setter.  The AFL had been founded in 1959 during a Physical Low.  The merger for its very survival was announced in 1966 and it took place in 1970.

12. Lifestyles  1970-73 Emotional Cycle top    

Emotional High (1955 - 1973)

Feminization Was Boosted by Demographics.  In addition to more feminization, there were more women. The greatest ratio of women to men in American history was reached in 1970 with 100 women to every 94.8 men.  Add to this an Emotional High, and the influence of yin is strong.

12. Lifestyles  1970-73 Intellectual Cycle top    

Intellectual High (1951 - 1973)

Chess Sets Sold Very Well all over the nation after American Bobby Fischer defeated Soviet chess champion Boris Spassky to win the world chess championship in Reykjavik, Iceland.  Thinking was in.

12. Lifestyles  1970-73 Polyrhythms top    

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The Physical Cycle crossed up in 1971 bringing a new era of sports, military, and materialism that would last well into the 1980s.  The Emotional and the Intellectual High ended in 1973.  That is when the 1960s, as they were, came to an end, and a more Physical day in America began.

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