What was happening in 1978

President:  James Earl Carter, Jr.
Vice President:  Walter F. Mondale
Population:  222,584,545
Life Expectancy:  73.5
Average cost of a new house:  $54,800.00
Average monthly rent:  $260.00
Median household income:  $15,064.00
Gasoline cost:  $0.63 gallon
Cost of a First Class Stamp:  $0.15



There were no home computers or cell phones.  There were also no CD players or CD's.  The walkman was the latest innovation.

The Billboard top 10 songs of 1978 were:
1.  Shadow Dancing - Andy Gibb
2.  Night Fever - Bee Gees
3.  You Light Up My Life - Debby Boone
4.  Stayin' Alive - Bee Gees
5.  Kiss You All Over - Exile
6.  How Deep Is Your Love - Bee Gees
7.  Baby Come Back - Player
8.  (Love Is) Thicker Than Water - Andy Gibb
9.  Boogie Oogie Oogie - A Taste Of Honey
10. Three Times A Lady - Commodores

Grammy's awarded in 1978 were:
Record of the Year - Hotel California - Eagles
Album of the Year - Rumours - Fleetwood Mac
Song of the Year - Evergreen - Barbra Streisand

Remember the top albums of 1978
52nd Street - Billy Joel
Grease - Sound Track
Don't Look Back - Boston
Live and More - Donna Summer
Saturday Night Fever - Sound Track
Some Girls - Rolling Stones

The top 10 gross films of 1978 were:
1.  Superman - The Movie
2.  Grease
3.  Saturday Night Fever
4.  Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
5.  Animal House
6.  Jaws II
7.  Heaven Can Wait
8.  The Goodbye Girl
9.  Star Wars
10. Hooper

Academy award for best picture in 1978:
Annie Hall

The top 10 television shows of 1978 were:
1.  Laverne & Shirley
2.  Three's Company
3.  Mork & Mindy
4.  Happy Days
5.  The Roper's
6.  What's Happening!!
7.  Alice
8.  M*A*S*H
9.  One Day At A Time
10. Taxi  

The 1978 cast of Saturday Night Live:
John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Garrett Morris, Jane Curtin, Laraine Newman, Bill Murray, Don Novello and the Paul Shaffer Orchestra

In sports:
What began in 1978 as one man's pipe dream is today ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic Sports, ESPNews and ESPN The Magazine.
The letters ESPN are as much a part of the sports scene today as NBA or NFL or NHL.  ESPN is a media institution that is all things powerful in the world of sports. 

1978 Sports Events:
Superbowl - Dallas d. Denver (27-10)
World Series - NY Yankees d. LA Dodgers (4-2)
NBA - Washington Bullets d. Seattle (4-3)
NASCAR Winston Cup Champion - Cale Yarborough
Stanley Cup - Montreal d. Boston (4-2)
Wimbledon - 
Women: Martina Navratilova d. C. Evert (2-6 6-4 7-5)
Men:      Bjorn Borg d. J. Connors (6-2 6-2 6-3)
Kentucky Derby - Affirmed
NCAA Basketball - Kentucky d. Duke (94-88)
NCAA Football National Co-Champions -
          Alabama  (11-1-0)  &  USC (12-1-0)
World Cup - Argentina d. Holland (3-1)

Closer to home :  The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ended their 1978 season 5-11-0.

In Science:

-Balloon angioplasty is developed to treat coronary artery disease.
-Louise Brown, the first test tube baby is born in London

In Fashion:
Girls - Boots, wedge shoes, tied up button down shirts,  flare leg pants, tube tops, earth shoes, Dr. Scholl's sandals, polyester long sleeve shirts, shirts with waist band or tie, "farrah fawcett" hair
Guys:  flare jeans/cords, jogging suits, rugby shirts, long sleeved plaid shirts, top siders, bangs 


Some 1978 Fads were:
mood rings, pet rocks, lava lamps, smiley faces, atari, ouija boards, cb radios, puka beads


What we drove (or wanted to drive):
Trans Am, Camaro, 280Z

Were these 1978 cars really cool?!! Ugh!!!