1977 - What Shaped Us

We came of age in a very different world from that of our slightly older schoolmates. While the early ‘70s were filled with conflict, things had quieted down by 1977. The Vietnam War had finally ended, although the bitter aftermath would linger for decades. Nixon had resigned in the wake of the Watergate Scandal, but he had been pardoned by incoming President Gerald Ford (a controversial move that fueled cynical feelings toward the U.S. government). We were gradually recovering from the recession that had gripped our country, with a new awareness of the limits of our oil supply. Perhaps weary from the events of the recent past, the focus of much of the country’s population was beginning to shift inward and away from politics. On the culture front, Elvis Presley had passed away, and punk music was starting to develop. The disco craze was very much on the rise, and a movie called Star Wars had become an overnight sensation. While we were still using typewriters in typing class, the personal computer had arrived in the form of the Apple II. And many of us were now heating up our after-school snacks in a microwave. With the birth of both Apple and Microsoft, more technological innovation was on the horizon.

Popular Grad Names for 1977

Boys:

David
Kevin
Tim
Greg
Randy

Girls:

Susan
Donna
Diane
Lori
Elizabeth

Boys:

David
Kevin
Tim
Greg
Randy

Girls:

Susan
Donna
Diane
Lori
Elizabeth

Movies and TV

Oscar for Best Picture:

Rocky

Oscar for Best Actor:

Peter Finch

Oscar for Best Actress:

Faye Dunaway

Top-rated TV shows:

Happy Days
Laverne & Shirley
ABC Monday Night Movie

Oscar for Best Picture:

Rocky

Oscar for Best Actor:

Peter Finch

Oscar for Best Actress:

Faye Dunaway

Top-rated TV shows:

Happy Days
Laverne & Shirley
ABC Monday Night Movie

Cost of Living Stats for 1977

Average new house:

$49,300

Average annual income:

$15,000

Gallon of gas:

65 cents

Average new house:

$49,300

Average annual income:

$15,000

Gallon of gas:

65 cents

Celebrities Born in 1977

 
 
 
 

Celebrities Who Graduated in 1977

 
 
 
 
 

Grammy Awards

Album of the Year:

Songs in the Key of Life
(Stevie Wonder)

Song of the Year:

"I Write the Songs"
(Barry Manilow)

Album of the Year:

Songs in the Key of Life
(Stevie Wonder)

Song of the Year:

"I Write the Songs"
(Barry Manilow)

Billboard Chart-Toppers

Year-end #1 pop single:

"Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)"
(Rod Stewart)

Year-end #1 pop album:

Rumours
(Fleetwood Mac)

Year-end #1 R&B single:

"“Float On”"
(The Floaters)

Year-end #1 R&B album:

Songs in the Key of Life
(Stevie Wonder)

Year-end #1 pop single:

"Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)"
(Rod Stewart)

Year-end #1 pop album:

Rumours
(Fleetwood Mac)

Year-end #1 R&B single:

"“Float On”"
(The Floaters)

Year-end #1 R&B album:

Songs in the Key of Life
(Stevie Wonder)

1977 Super Bowl

Oakland Raiders

32

Minnesota Vikings

14

Oakland Raiders

32

Minnesota Vikings

14

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