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Things From Now That Would Shock People from 1975

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The most stylish and innovative new cars come from Chrysler

High school kids wear beepers and cell-phones as a fashion statement

Video games are hot, but Atari isn’t

Las Vegas is now a popular family vacation destination

The guy who made “Jaws” now rules Hollywood

Sexual revolutionaries aged into rigid puritans

Litigation has become the Great American Dream

Men are now objectified in the media as much as women; nearly naked men sell jeans, soda, and soap

Seven-year-old girls diet

“Powerful homosexual” is no longer an oxymoron

Castro is still running Cuba

Adults are intimidated by techno-blase children

Pakistani field hands plan their days around the satellite broadcast of a mediocre American TV show about lifeguards in bikinis

Jobs have been replaced by stints

The coolest channels on television is essentially nothing but commercials for record albums

Music from the seventies is now categorized as “lite” rock

There is a sexually transmitted disease that’s incurable and lethal

The world is more crowded but cleaner

Food is better, and fewer people are starving, but there are still lots of starving people

You can buy a ride on a Soviet MiG fighter plane in Florida

Apartheid is over

The Cold War is over

Africa is devolving into a real basket case

Leisure time is becoming nonexistent

Small, intense types of drugs have destroyed social order in the inner cities

Buy a stock called Microsoft

Liberalism came and went

Gold kept its value

Computers have become friendly and omnipresent

Cars are rounder looking

Nobody worries about oil much these days

Graffiti is everywhere

The median income in America is still the same

Plastic surgery is almost mandatory in some professions

The US political agenda is being set by Idaho

The richest man in America is a computer nerd

You can’t smoke anywhere anymore

Everyone laughs at the way 1975 people dress

Wait until you read Andy Warhol’s diaries

Nazis are making a comeback in the US

Devices engineered to save time ended up making time even rarer than before

Per capita there is less war then ever before in history, but an overabundance of media makes it feel like there’s more

Entertainment is becoming the engine of the new world economic order

The Rolling Stones are still touring and they have their own credit card

Skyscrapers and highways are no longer built in North America

Vietnam is developing into a capitalist power

Your local Savings & Loan has probably failed

One of the largest entertainment companies is owned by Sony, another by Seagrams

John Travolta’s suit from Saturday Night Fever just sold for $800,000

People still haven’t figured out how to set the clocks on their VCR’s

Airbags and cupholders are the new metrics by which all cars are judged

Air travel is ridiculously popular, but supersonic air travel never really caught on

The expensive luxury automobile that customers are most happy with is Japanese

Amtrak is still around but nobody seems to know why

The US Postal service has released stamps commemorating Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe the presidency of Richard Nixon

Kids are killing other kids for their sneakers

One of the most popular TV shows involves following local police officers around as they arrest people

Volkswagen has brought back the Beetle

Long distance telephone companies spend more on television advertising than anybody else

You can buy anything in the former Soviet Union… anything: spacecraft, nuclear reactors, advanced military aircraft… anything

There is no Sears catalog and Sears has vacated the Sears Tower

About the author

Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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