The hair was big, the outfits were hot, but even bigger and hotter were the planes, trains, fast cars and the Space age – this was travelling in the 1970s.
All at once the era was outrageous, cool and especially for the hitch-hiker on the open road, it was very liberating! The ‘70s also gave us opportunities to see the world as airlines deregulated meaning we could all afford to fly. Travelling, be it on the open road or up in the air went global in the 1970s and fronted by ‘70s free spirited baby-boomer Dean Cycon, this one hour show celebrates a truly golden decade in travel.
In the first of two 52 minute episodes, Episode 1: The Road of Freedom, Dean gallivants across the USA and Europe exploring the modes of travel that made the 1970s so uniquely entertaining. It’s a picturesque journey set against the backdrop of America’s ugly war in South East Asia and at a time when the Middle East rallied together to impose an oil crisis on the West. Of course, this made everyone rethink their travel plans, particularly if you had a gas guzzling muscle car but the fun did not stop here. The decade was also a time when luxury air travel was the paragon of stylish living and when the family vacation became a rite of passage. While some young Americans drove their super-charged V8 engines, others strapped on a rucksack following the Kerouacian dream to limitless horizons of freedom found whilst exploring the vastness of their country.
Using archive and reconstructions to recapture the spirit of the ‘70s “Travelling in the 1970s” is packed with interviews featuring hitch-hikers, hippies, Vietnam veterans, cultural commentators, classic car collectors and many children of the ‘70s as they reminisce about their family road trips across the Interstate.
SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY UNIT
Videographer: Bob Gerbin
Production Coordinator: Francis DiClemente
Costa Mesa Car Rally
Four Seasons Hotels
Pan Am Experience – Air Hollywood
South Street Diner, Boston
The Star Inn, Lingfield, Surrey
Moonlight Drive-In Cinema
International Native Casting, Agency
Café Het Paleis, Amsterdam
The Flying Pig hostel, Amsterdam
Places Mentioned - Netherlands, USAShare the series
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