WHAT A YEAR IT WAS! is a fascinating look at the headline events and news-making personalities of 1972. Told through compelling pictures and words, this lavish hardcover volume covers all of the year’s biggest stories—the news, entertainment, sports, fashion, fads and people that changed our lives forever. Plus, a generous sampling of vintage ads will whisk you back to the day. 1972 was an exciting year in an exhilarating decade.
Marlon Brando portrayed a mumbling Mafia patriarch in “The Godfather,” the most consequential and profitable film of the year, while the musical “Cabaret” moved triumphantly from the Broadway stage to the big screen. Bruce Lee’s films ignited an interest in the martial arts. Ben Affleck and Idris Elba were born. The Korean War comedy, M*A*S*H debuted, becoming one of the longest-running TV sitcoms ever. Roberta Flack’s “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” was the biggest record of the year while Don McLean’s “American Pie” intrigued listeners.
Paul McCartney made his post-Beatles live concert debut with his new band, Wings. A vandal smashed Michelangelo’s Pieta sculpture in the Vatican. The Transamerica Pyramid was the newest addition to the San Francisco skyline. Nixon visited China while the Watergate scandal broke and Vietnam anti-war protests raged. Eleven Israeli athletes were massacered by a terrorist group calling itself Black September at the Munich Olympics. Actor Burt Reynolds posed in the buff for a centerfold in Cosmopolitan Magazine. Serial killer John Wayne Gacy commenced his six-year stretch of horrifying murders. The video game age dawned with Magnavox’s Odyssey. The last Americans set foot on the surface of the moon. 36¢ bought you a gallon of gas. American swimmer Mark Spitz and Soviet gymnast Olga Korbut dominated the Olympic games, while Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was the NBA scoring leader.
And there is so much more! Wherever you were or weren’t in 1972, WHAT A YEAR IT WAS! will bring a sentimental smile to your face as you relive that very special time. Our big, classic hardbound yearbook is filled to bursting with stories, photos, and artwork detailing the movies, music, shows, sports, fashion, news, people, places, and events that made 1972 unforgettable. Plus, there is a dedication page to make a unique gift.
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