Women, Now There's a Topic!
With all the updates I've made to this site, I really wanted to make this particular page a reflection of what girls were like in the 70's. I'm also making a general statement in regards to the many emails I receive regarding hippies, the hippie lifestyle and hippie girls of this period.
How do I begin to describe the "70's girls" and the effects they had on me? Women and girls were ultimately responsible for my growing up, so not dedicating a page to them would be unthinkable.
◄ The pic of the girl sitting on the porch at left is my beautiful wife whom I am very delighted to be married to.
In the 70's, I was just plain girl crazy.It was a wonderfully wild time, full of discovery--not only about them--but about me as well. My first recollections of girls are at the earliest ages; they wore braids and had skinned up knees; they were brats; constantly tattling and knocking over us guys' army men. By the time girls registered on my radar, they were pre-women, mysterious, inexplicable, and very exciting. Girls were on my mind 24/7, sharing equal brain space with music and guitars.
Girls caused an illness common to men that to this day baffles the most gifted medical minds. This affliction, "girl fever", strikes immediately, and afflicts even the most formidable immune systems rendering virtually any man susceptible.
The immediate symptoms of girl fever are:
- sudden paralysis around and below the area of the knees dry mouth often followed by a marked shortness of breath
- cold sweats, and rapid heartbeat.
- slurred speech
Hippie Chicks ExplainedQ : One of the questions I get asked a lot: "Did hippie chicks really exist?"
A: Yes, they did.
My very first girlfriend was a hippie girl. She was blonde, wore the bell bottoms, choker, and the huge 70's clogs. She flashed peace signs constantly; she called me "man" all the time, and usually always had a cause to rebel against. She could have easily stepped out of a 70's TV show or movie.The legendary"hippie chick" lives on in both memory and frequent internet searches. An urban myth describes her as a hot, stoned-out blonde with a head band and/or mini-skirt..
This wasn't always correct, nor important.
Hippie chicks were no different than hippie dudes. Both could be spiritual people out of touch with negativity, and completely in touch with openness and a general lack of inhibitions, or just like you and me. In short, if love and peace was involved, there was very little that was wrong. Hippie chicks didn't habitate solely in communes or strange religious sects; they worked in fast food, as cashiers, receptionists, factory workers, and even as career professionals. The photo at left of a more grown up "Jan Brady" is very true to the times as far as clothes and hairstyles for girls then.
Hippie chicks portrayed in the movies were at times exaggerated caricatures, though the styles were accurate, the films that take place in the 70's often love to embellish these gals with absolute "hippy" flavor.
In the 70's, many girls looked like hippies. It was after all, the style. However, being a hippie chick was not about wearing bell bottoms, chokers, or having free sex with multiple partners. A true hippie chick was more of an earthbound woman who was actually wiser, more conservative, and had it far more together the average person. There were plenty of these women to be found in the 70's, and they were a sincere compliment to this unique decade.
I spent a lot of time with these gals. They taught me a lot of valuable things. They taught me about herbal teas, Zen, meditation, books, conversations beyond Led Zeppelin, and how to be a more vivid and creative thinker as well as a more rounded human being. These are things that aren't taught in the movies, but only in the real world. When I think of "hippie chicks", these people are what come to mind.
Music, TV and movies provided some of my favorite girls. I either had wild crushes, or fully blown love interests in some of the ladies pictured here. Sherry Jackson was a gal that I truly looked forward to seeing on screen. I always considered her to be one of the prettiest actresses I'd ever seen. She transitioned into the 70's nicely. Linda Blair lasted for much longer. Another fab female whom I could not lift my eyes from was Jenny Agutter who has an excellent resume of film work, but is probably most known for her role in "Logan's Run".
I suppose every American male loved Karen Valentine; I know I did. Jennifer O'Neill was breathtaking in "Summer of '42". Catherine Deneuve was amazingly beautiful, and I remember tuning into the Partridge Family only to catch glimpses of Susan Dey. I always thought that Jacqueline Bissett was beautiful, but she never really fascinated me. The first television celebrity I'd ever met and talked to in person was Lindsay Wagner. I was shocked at how thin she was. She's from my home state of Oregon. As for any of Charlie's Angels, Jaclyn Smith and Kate Jackson were my favorites. I was never a Farrah fan. One of my favorites was Glynnis O'Connor, and of course Sally Field stayed popular as one of the cutest ladies of the 70's.
Many of the actresses of the 70's were very noteworthy, but only a few really grabbed my attention for their dynamic beauty, sultry magnetism, sheer cuteness and fabulous screen presence. Patty Duke was still in the running as a carry-over crush from my pre-adolescent days of the 60's. In the later 70's, Stevie Nicks sparked my attention, and Carly Simon's "No Secrets" album cover always kept me on the lookout for new stuff from her.