The 1970s weren’t the 1960s………
In July, 1974, Turkey invaded Cyprus which prompted me to travel to England in 1976. What’s the connection? My aunts, uncles and cousins lived in a hamlet called Harcha (sometimes spelled Hartjia or Hartzia) in northern Cyprus. Turkey invaded from the north and my relatives barely had enough time to flee for their lives. Not everyone from northern Cyprus escaped and many Greeks are still listed as missing (as are Turks and Armenians and others). My relatives found themselves living in refugee camps in their own country.
By 1976, some of them had immigrated to England so I went to visit them. I had lived with them for seven months in 1965 in Harcha so I wanted to see how they were doing.
1976 was a leap year. America was celebrating its Bicentennial (200th birthday) making it ironic that I went to visit the country whose taxation policies led to the American Revolution.
1976 was the year of the Entebbe raid, the discovery of Legionnaire’s Disease, and Jimmy Carter’s election to the presidency. The UK suffered the hottest, driest, sunniest summer of its twentieth century (at least, up to that point).
The 1970s saw the hard rock bands Deep Purple, Queen, Alice Cooper, and Led Zeppelin rise in popularity while psychedelic rock declined. The Beatles broke up. Country rock performers such as Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris and the Eagles, and Southern Rock bands such as Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers Band enjoyed success. The Eagles released Hotel California.
I was a movie nerd; Rocky, Taxi Driver, Carrie, The Omen, and All The President’s Men all came out in 1976.
I wore tube tops, platform shoes, tunic tops, low-rise pants and hip huggers like almost everyone else. Mini-skirts were turning into maxis. I packed some of these articles of clothing (leaving my cowl-necked sweaters at home) and headed for London, England.
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What’s in a Name? Shakespeare once asked. The answer is: Plenty!
Read “What’s in a Name, Anyway?” by Marion Constantinides July – August 2015 issue of Good Old Days magazine. Available at newsstands or by subscription.
Names really do matter!