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A Place of My Own

A Place of My Own Written by Gail Walter Imagine a place where the kids could sleep and live, a sort of wing addition on the house with partitioned sleeping quarters and a large children’s lounge for kidding around in. This was my mom and dad’s dream, to build their own home, designed on the back of a cigarette box and rationalized over a couple of bottles of red wine with a friend who was also an architect. It was 1974 before it was ready. I was sixteen and somewhat torn by the design of the place. I liked the …

Parental Influences

Parental Influences Written by Gail Walter When people think about the seventies they don’t generally think about parents, and yet we all had them. In some shape or form! I was born to a pair myself. And they were an inextricable part of my memories about those years. I came from a conventional family, in some ways. My dad devoted himself to his work as an international journalist and my mother concentrated on bringing up what she thought of as three budding “Shirley Temples”. We had two prevailing planes of reality in our family. Our intellectual, political and hypothetical world …

The Opposite Sex

The Opposite Sex Written by Gail Walter It is impossible for me to separate the era of the seventies from my transition from girl into woman. I was thirteen in 1970 and suddenly so aware of the difference between myself and the opposite sex who were just coming into vivid and irresistible focus. I was one of three sisters and the daughter of a loving but distant workaholic of a man. Boys were something exotic, so exotic that I couldn’t string two words together in their glorious company. All of this interfered with my possibilities of actually getting one of …

The Music of the Seventies

The Music of the Seventies Written by Gail Walter Sometimes you could tell who a person was by sidling over to their rack of albums next to the record player and checking out the titles. My boyfriend lugged his LPs around with him. It was worth it. Nothing could speak more eloquently for you then the musical company you kept. And music was not languishing in the seventies. It was bursting with a frenetic energy that gave birth to some of the most popular and powerful music of the century. It was this decade that saw the rise of musical …

Love in Autumn Colours

Love in Autumn Colours Written by Gail Walter The sixties was the official era of peace, love and understanding but that doesn’t mean that love wasn’t alive, well and living in the seventies. I know. I was there. More specifically I was in a garage converted into a cool teenage pad. The floor was covered in brown shag carpet and the bed was a box directly on the shag carpet and covered in a fabric of geometric design in beige and brown. There was a record player on another box style table also covered in a fabric, this time a …

Going to the Movies

Going to the Movies Written by Gail Walter I remember going into town to watch Love Story when it first came out. My best friend and I were fourteen-years-old. It was my first introduction to that powerful combination of love and mortality. It was the saddest movie I had ever seen. My mom and dad collected us after the movie in their cream colored Citroen with the fancy suspension. As soon as the car drew to a halt in front of us we clambered in. My mom and dad turned to ask us how the movie was. We couldn’t say …

Get Down and Boogie

Get Down and Boogie Written by Gail Walter Close your eyes for a minute. Imagine this: a shimmering dance floor, a lithe figure clad in a skintight white suit, left hip thrust out, right hand pointing skywards. The music throbs with an irresistible beat and your shiny, pointy-toed shoes just can’t stop themselves from tapping. This was disco, an unprecedented phenomenon that emerged in the seventies with figures like John Travolta teaching us how to own a dance floor. They called it performance dancing because that’s exactly what it was. No more modest clinches on a modest dance floor that …

The First Night

Written by Gail Walter Now, I don’t really know if I should be talking about this…the thing is, it was pivotal. Funny also. It was the first time I ever spent a night with a man, a boy as it happened… We were both seventeen, both the eldest child in our respective families and both careering towards one another with a kind of cosmic momentum that we were at first quite unaware of. When my friend Susan told me she had another crush, this time, on a new boy at her school, I knew the drill. I mean we’d done …

Fashion Sense

Written by Gail Walter In the summer of 1973 I had a dress that I absolutely loved. It was patterned with pink and grey swirls and had two bites taken out of it, or so it seemed. The resulting holes revealed the teasing curves of a waist that 15-year-old girls take for granted. When I wore this dress I felt like a million dollars. The pale pink in the fabric brought out the healthy tan of my skin. The short skirt revealed audacious lengths of tanned leg and the back zip pulled the fabric snug across my teenage hips. This …

Growing Up In The 70s

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