Here’s one thing everybody who was alive during the 1970s can agree on: The entire decade still feels like it only happened yesterday. Seriously, how can the ’70s be four decades ago? It’s just not possible that the era ruled by bell bottom jeans and 8-track cassettes was nearly half a century ago.
For those of us who lived through it—and survived that groovy and perilous time—it will forever be a part of our souls. Here are 50 things that, if you were alive during the 1970s, you probably still remember. (And chances are, you’re also still shocked that those born in the ’80s, ’90, and—gulp—the 2000s don’t.) And for more childhood memories from the swinging ’70s, here are 30 Things All ’70s Kids Remember.