1972 - What Shaped Us

We witnessed a lot as the 1960s transitioned to the 1970s. We mourned as both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy were assassinated in the same year. We joined millions of people around the world to see the first human walk on the moon, from the comfort of our living rooms. We watched and listened as popular music continued to evolve, bringing both Woodstock and the disbanding of the Beatles. The political landscape was changing as well. The turbulence of the past decade was starting to give way under the influence of the “silent majority” of voters who had swept President Nixon into office. Time’s annual “Man of the Year” feature took a different direction in 1970, displaying on its cover an abstract image of two people representing “Middle America.” And 1972 was a big year for women, bringing Congress’s approval of the ERA, the enactment of Title IX (barring gender discrimination in education), and the launching of Ms. magazine. Then, just as we were graduating, we started hearing about something called “Watergate.” These were different times.

Popular Grad Names for 1972

Boys:

Richard
Mark
Larry
Jeff
Dan

Girls:

Linda
Karen
Carol
Pamela
Cindy

Boys:

Richard
Mark
Larry
Jeff
Dan

Girls:

Linda
Karen
Carol
Pamela
Cindy

Movies and TV

Oscar for Best Picture:

The French Connection

Oscar for Best Actor:

Gene Hackman

Oscar for Best Actress:

Jane Fonda

Top-rated TV shows:

All in the Family
The Flip Wilson Show
Marcus Welby, M.D.

Oscar for Best Picture:

The French Connection

Oscar for Best Actor:

Gene Hackman

Oscar for Best Actress:

Jane Fonda

Top-rated TV shows:

All in the Family
The Flip Wilson Show
Marcus Welby, M.D.

Cost of Living Stats for 1972

Average new house:

$27,550

Average annual income:

$11,800

Gallon of gas:

55 cents

Average new house:

$27,550

Average annual income:

$11,800

Gallon of gas:

55 cents

Celebrities Born in 1972

 
 
 

Celebrities Who Graduated in 1972

 
 
 
 

Grammy Awards

Album of the Year:

Tapestry
(Carole King)

Song of the Year:

"You’ve Got a Friend"
(Carole King)

Album of the Year:

Tapestry
(Carole King)

Song of the Year:

"You’ve Got a Friend"
(Carole King)

Billboard Chart-Toppers

Year-end #1 pop single:

"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"
(Roberta Flack)

Year-end #1 pop album:

Harvest
(Neil Young)

Year-end #1 R&B single:

"Let’s Stay Together"
(Al Green)

Year-end #1 R&B album:

Revolution of the Mind: Recorded Live at the Apollo, Vol. III
(James Brown)

Year-end #1 pop single:

"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"
(Roberta Flack)

Year-end #1 pop album:

Harvest
(Neil Young)

Year-end #1 R&B single:

"Let’s Stay Together"
(Al Green)

Year-end #1 R&B album:

Revolution of the Mind: Recorded Live at the Apollo, Vol. III
(James Brown)

1972 Super Bowl

Dallas Cowboys

24

Miami Dolphins

3

Dallas Cowboys

24

Miami Dolphins

3

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