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1970s

“One Black, One White, One Blonde”

Mod Squad - cover

The Mod Squad
Assignment: The Hideout
Deming
1970

Baby boomers, I know you are with me on this blast from the past. Mod Squad was the COOLEST show when I was a kid. I snatched this up in a sale and intend to give it a place of honor on my bookshelf.

The story: 3 problem young people are made undercover cops. Hippie flower child, Julie, bad-ass ghetto guy, Linc, and disowned rich kid, Pete comprised the team. Captain Greer was the mentor/father figure that kept the squad together and fought to have them accepted by the department.  “They can get to places we can’t!”

I am quite sure I probably walked around my junior high, trying to be hip by saying stuff like “solid, man.” Anyway, do me a solid and go weed the teen fiction, but save this kind of thing for the old people.

Keep the Faith,

Mary

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Groovy Teen Crap, I mean Crafts

Great and Groovy Things to Make
Morris
1972

If this is still floating around someone’s teen section, I will probably have to kill myself. Teens in 1972 are today’s GRANDPARENTS. Of course, this craptastic book has macrame and tie dye! Yes, I do realize that much of the stuff in this book is popular again, but I am quite sure no modern teen will get past the title and cover without saying “I sure as hell don’t want to look like Grandma!” Oh, and if one more person tells me not to “judge a book by its cover,” I will probably throw up.

Keep this for your fantasy 70s collection, but get it the heck out of a current teen section.

Stay groovy!

Mary

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Cancer is Groovy

Death Of Cancer coverThe Death of Cancer: The story of research involving Laetrile that dropped a bombshell on orthodoxy
Manner, DiSanti, & Michalsen
1978

Submitter: It was the juxtaposition between the title of this work, The Death of Cancer, and its psychedelic rainbow cover art that first caught our eye. As one person said, “[it] makes me want to say Cancer is Groovy.” Love it for its decidedly 1970s design, or its dramatics (“No student of true science can fault the conceptual framework”). We love it for both. Withdrawn from the collection, but not from our hearts.

Holly: Good grief, it’s from 1978!  There is surely information on the history of cancer research that is more complete and includes 35 more years of research.  Why did every book written in the 1970s have a rainbow theme on the cover?

Mary: I remember Laetrile! Some kind magic chemical from apricot pits, I have a vague recollection of hearing about it in health class in high school. If you want some more history of this, take a look at this article on Quackwatch.

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