In a little garage in 1977- in the midst of the Jimmy Carter presidency, the first ever Star Wars movie, and the launch of the Apple 2 computer - Bob and LaDorna Eichenberg were working on a project that would revolutionize an entire industry. As a traveling art teacher, LaDorna wanted one simple thing- to spend more time with her students. She had an idea for a "cookie cutter" machine that would let her cut shapes fast and help her teach. After she presented the idea to her engineer husband Bob, the first Ellison LetterMachine was born. But that's not all that happened, follow us on this journey 40 years into the past to relive some of the most iconic moments of the year '77!
1. President Jimmy Carter: Inaugural Day Jan. 20th
On January 20, 1977, Jimmy Carter became the 39th president of the United States. Although President Carter came into office during a time of turmoil, both at home and abroad, history remembers him for helping to end a 30-year-old war between Israel and Egypt with a treaty called the Camp David Accords. The benefits of which are still seen today! Not too shabby Mr. President.
2. SuperBowl XI
Whether you were rooting for the Oakland Raiders or the Minnesota Vikings, there's no doubt that the 11th SuperBowl was a blast! There were 103,438 attendees and this was the first ever SuperBowl to have audience participation at half time. The Raiders eventually won with a final score of 34-14 in a game the audience would not soon to forget.
3. World Series
And if you were taken out to the ballgame for some peanuts and cracker jack, you were watching the Yankees and the LA Dodgers go head to head in the World Series! The first game started with 55,568 fans but by the last game, there were a whopping 56,407 fans in the audience! If you were there you may remember this as the game that Reggie Jackson (A.K.A Mr. October) hit his infamous 3 home runs, consecutive pitches, and different pitches! What a ball game!
4. Cost Of A Stamp
It's hard to believe that the cost of a stamp was ever 13 cents, but back in 1977, you could mail a whole lot of letters with just one dollar!
5. Top Billboard Songs
Do you know the top Billboard songs of that year? Take a look to see if you recognize any of them:
Rod Stewart- Tonight's The Night (6 weeks at #1)
BeeGees- How Deep Is Your Love (3 weeks at #1)
Eagles- Hotel California (1 week at #1)
Abba- Dancing Queen (1 week at #1)
6. Sesame Street Character Toys
Elmo, Big Bird, and Cookie Monster were topping the charts in their field! Each toy went for a whopping $4.79! That's equivalent to almost $20 per toy today!
7. Star Wars: May 25th
It's pretty exciting to know that Ellison Education started the same year Star Wars did! The epic movie that took the world by storm opened on May 25th and grossed an incredible $1,554,475 on its opening weekend in theaters!
8. Apple II- June 10
Apple also launched a product of their own in the late 70's- the Apple II computer. At the time you could get an Apple II with 4KB of RAM for $1,298 or upgrade to the 48 KB option for $2,638. The floppy disks were not included.
9. Atari 2600 - September 11
Atari was not left behind during this time and if you begged your parents hard enough, they might've sprung for this $199 game console. If you were one of the lucky kids, the game was on! Popular game choices included Indy 500, Street Races and Pinball.
10. Gas Price
Yes, there was a time when you could go get some gas for less than a dollar! In the year 1977 gas was just 0.65 cents a gallon!
Did you grow up in the 70's? What's something you'll never forget? Let us know in the comments below, we'd love to hear from you! And If you're going to be on social media and making all kinds of things like we are, be sure to hashtag your posts with #ellisonedu on Facebook and/or Instagram! If you aren't already, make sure that you're following us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter for behind the scenes, tips, tricks, tutorials, and so much more!