Groovy Times by Susan R. Hughes


Me, Mom & my sister, fall 1972, at the old Britannia Park streetcar platform (where scenes from Someone Like You were set.)

This summer I’ve been working on the third book in my Music Box Series. This one takes place in 1977, when Ethan (a baby in the second book, Someone Like You) has grown up and decides to search for the birth mother he’s never known. Along the way he meets the irresistible Tess.

Writing about the 1970s has been fun. Researching earlier decades was a challenge, but I have many fond memories of growing up in the 1970s, so it’s not hard to put together an accurate picture of what life was like then. Sometimes I long for the days when everyone wasn’t glued to their cell phones, and we played board games rather than video games.

Some things I remember from the 1970s:

    • sh1970s-1ag carpeting
    • orange, brown and avocado everywhere
    • macramé wall hangings & god’s eyes
    • a profusion of houseplants
    • rotary-dial phones with coiled cords
    • my dad’s plaid pants
    • my mom’s blouse with a print of a centaur being stabbed with a spear (what was she thinking?)
    • collecting Smurf figurines
    • flipping through card catalogues at the library
    • beef fondue, of course!
    • Yahtzee
    • Shaun Cassidy
    • Grease and Star Wars at the movies
    • imagesLots of great TV shows (Three’s Company, Alice, Dukes of Hazzard, Starsky & Hutch, Wonder Woman, Bionic Woman, Donnie & Marie) and having to get up off the couch and turn the dial to change the channel!

1970_farrah_fawcettWhat are your favourite memories of the era?


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Susan R. Hughes is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and historical romance. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario, with her husband and three children.
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5 Responses to Groovy Times by Susan R. Hughes

  1. Jill James says:

    Susan, I loved the 70’s. I saw Star Wars 35 times that summer it came out. It was easy. Movies were 50 cents for kids. Got up in the morning, rode my bike or played all day, made sure I came in when the streetlights turned on unless we got permission to play flashlight tag in the dark.


  2. monarisk says:

    I remember all these shows. They were so much fun to watch after dinner.


  3. leighmorgan1 says:

    Wow! Those pictures bring back graded school when Farah was so cool and I just had to have hair like that (if only). I still remember my 6th grade teacher getting a striped Cobra like the one in Charlie’s Angels. I think “That 70’s Show” got a lot right, like the hair and clothing and bad wall paper! Your story sounds fantastic 🙂


  4. Carol says:

    Lol, Leigh. I wanted Farah’s hair cut also. Who didn’t? And…who can forget those Hot Pants? I can’t believe I actually wore those things! ‘Course I weighed about105-110 then. Now? Don’t ask. :)Favorite songs from the 70’s. Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Simon and Garfunkel. Maggie May, Rod Stewart. Killing Me Softly with His Song, Roberta Flack. Stayin’ Alive, The Bee Gees. Sweet memories.


  5. E. Ayers says:

    Oh, the memories! I was a young mother in those days. Crank up the music on that old stereo system and vacuum the house. My kitchen was white with avocado green flooring and appliances, including the lamp that hung over the kitchen table. By the time we moved away, I was sick of that green color.


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