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1970 Quarter Selling for Thousands on eBay

Sample was mistakenly printed over a 1941 Canadian quarter

(Newser) - An eBay sale of a 1970 US quarter may at first glance appear routine, but a closer look reveals what its seller calls "one of the most fascinating and intriguing proof mint errors ever discovered"—and a sky-high price to match. Woman's World says AOL.com first... More »

Five '70s Cars That Plain Suck

(Newser) - The 1970s was "a decade of excess mediocrity in so many quarters it's hard to catalog it all," Tony Borroz writes in Wired. But you can start with the cars. Here follow five total flops.
  • Ford Mustang Cobra II: "An over-glorified Pinto" that made a "mockery
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March Madness: It All Started With Larry and Magic

1979 title game made basketball a slam dunk with public, book says

(Newser) - March wasn't always so mentally unstable. A new book claims the whole college roundball craze started 30 years ago, when Michigan State and Indiana State—and their stars, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird—met in the title game. “You couldn't have asked for a better dynamic between these two... More »

'Womyn's Lands' Dwindle as Gays Go Mainstream

(Newser) - So-called "womyn's lands" are quietly persisting across North America but face a cultural shift as modern gays embrace mainstream society, the New York Times reports. Founded in the 1970s to give lesbians man-free, safe, non-judgmental communities, the roughly 100 groups have seen membership dwindle and populations age. “In... More »

The Culture Wars, College Football Style

Michigan-Ohio State rivalry illuminates tale of '60s, '70s upheaval

(Newser) - The cultural disconnect between conservative college football programs and America’s liberalizing culture in the late 1960s and early ‘70s is the theme of War as They Knew It, a book by Detroit Free Press columnist Michael Rosenberg. The survey of the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry (which continues tomorrow) through... More »

Campuses Shift to Middle as 'Radical Profs' Retire

Liberal legacy waning with new generation

(Newser) - University campuses all over the country are becoming less passionate and more businesslike as liberal '60s professors retire, the New York Times reports. The process is expected to accelerate over the next decade as Baby Boomers hired in the great '70s expansion of  higher education move on, to be replaced... More »

Lost Photos of Elvis Discovered

Stellar 1972 shots of the King set for exhibit at Graceland

(Newser) - Close to 40 photographs of a jump-suited, cape-toting Elvis Presley rocking the house at Madison Square Garden in 1972 have surfaced and will be on display next month at Graceland in an exhibit entitled, "Elvis Jumpsuits: All Access." One of them already graces a Times Square billboard. A... More »

'Jackie Moon' Plugs Old Spice

Jocular tie-in to Will Ferrell character to revamp brand

(Newser) - In its latest move to shed its image as a '70s relic, Old Spice has hired a '70s relic as its spokesman: the Afro-ed, headband-sporting basketball player Jackie Moon. Old Spice hopes Moon, a Will Ferrell character starring in the upcoming Semi-Pro, will attract the coveted young male demographic with... More »

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