Lafayette Jefferson Class of 1976


1976 - Film and Television

Academy Award, Best Picture: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Popular films were Rocky, Taxi Driver, Network, All the President's Men

Sylvester Stallone starred in


And the Steadicam is used for the first time during filming.

Clint Eastwood is bad to the bone in

The Outlaw Josey Wales

Robert De Niro was the

Taxi Driver

Charlie's Angels captivated TV audiences nationwide

1976 statistics

The World Population: 4.158 billion

U.S. Statistics
President: Gerald R. Ford
Vice President: Nelson A. Rockefeller
Population: 218,035,164
Life expectancy: 72.9 years
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 52.9
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000): 48.2
US GDP (1998 dollars): $1,819.00 billion
Federal spending: $371.79 billion
Federal debt: $629.0 billion
Median Household Income
(current dollars):
Consumer Price Index: 56.9
Unemployment: 7.7%
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.13


1976 - In the news

The Cray-1, the first commercially developed supercomputer, is released by Seymour Cray's Cray Research

March 20 – Patty Hearst is found guilty of armed robbery of a San Francisco bank.

April 5- At 1:27P.M., businessman Howard Robard Hughes, Jr. dies aboard a private jet en route to Houston, Texas from Acapulco, Mexico. He was 70 years old.

Space probe Viking 1 landed on Mars


Air France and British Airways begin the first regularly scheduled commercial supersonic transport (SST) flights.

Richard Leakey discovers a 1.5 million year old Homo erectus skull in Kenya

August 4th, a mysterious disease strikes an American Legion convention in Philadelphia, eventually claiming 29
lives and is named Legionnaire’s Disease.

August 26 – The first known outbreak of Ebola virus occurs in Yambuku, Zaire.

Jimmy Carter elected US President (Nov. 2).


1976 In Sports

Super Bowl - Pittsburgh d. Dallas (21-17)

World Series - Cincinnati d. NY Yankees (4-0)

NBA Championship - Boston d. Phoenix (4-2) The Boston Celtics defeat the Phoenix Suns 128-126 in triple overtime in Game 5 at the Boston Garden. (In 1997, the game is selected by a panel of experts as the greatest of the NBA's first 50 years.)

Stanley Cup - Montreal d. Philadelphia (4-0)

Wimbledon - Women: Chris Evert d. E. Cawley (6-3 4-6 8-6)

Men: Bjorn Borg d. I. Nastase (6-4 6-2 9-7)

Kentucky Derby Champion - Bold Forbes

NCAA Basketball Championship - Indiana d. Michigan (86-68)

NCAA Football Champions - Pittsburgh (12-0-0)

Indianapolis 500 - Johnny Rutherford wins the (rain-shortened) shortest race in event history to date, at 102 laps or 255 miles (408 km).

The 1976 Summer Olympics

Officially known as the Games of the XXI Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event celebrated in Montreal, Quebec, Canada


The 1976 Winter Olympics

Officially known as the XII Olympic Winter Games, were a winter multi-sport event which was celebrated February 4-15 1976 in Innsbruck, Austria At the 1976 Olympics, Dorothy Hamill came in second in the figures and then won the short and long programs, taking the gold medal.

The bobbed hairstyle that she wore during her performance started a fad known as the "Wedge" and she quickly became "America's Sweetheart.”


1976 - What we drove

With gasoline at about $0.60 per gallon, a five dollar bill was good for a night of cruising and a couple of burgers. But we largely missed-out on the "muscle car era" as the new cars for 1976 were de-tuned because of strict EPA regulations.

The 1976 Oldsmobile Cutlass "442" was reduced to a decorative option group and this model's reputation for high performance was almost gone.
Datsun (Nissan) was selling little B-210 sedans and hatchbacks in huge numbers and they got almost 40 mpg with a carbureted engine.
MG and the British auto industry was in its final decline into the history books. This is the "Midget" micro-sports car.
Toyota Corollas were starting to become popular. Who would have thought they would grow to be as big as GM?
The Chevy Camaro was a huge success and they had option groups for every taste. This one is an "RS" which stood for Rally Sport
The Ford Bronco was an SUV in those days. Some Jefferson Broncos drove a Bronco.
The Mustang was reduced in size and based on the Pinto. Most were powered by the four cylinder Pinto engine.
Ricardo Montalbán was the spokesman for the Chrysler Cordoba and he just couldn't stop talking about that Corinthian leather.
That Monte Carlo hood seemed a mile long when you were in the driver's seat.
A Corvette was definitely cool but EPA restrictions meant that the horsepower was at its lowest point in the history of America's sports car.
The AMC Gremlin was a popular car, most had six cylinder engines and a three speed manual "on the floor" was a common sight.
Ford's personal luxury car was the Thunderbird and it had grown to huge proportions and was powered by a fuel hungry 460 V8 engine.
What we played with and hobbies
If you had a 35mm Canon AE-1 or Nikkormat FT2 camera, you were using the latest technology
The computers were primitive and crude.
Super Pong was introduced in 1976
TVs came with "Rabbit Ears". One knob had channels 2~13 and there were two dials, one that said "UHF" for Ultra High Frequency tuning and another for horizontal hold. Ultimately it often took a hard slap on the side of the set to make the picture right. Cable TV meant that you actually received a whopping ten channels.
Like this Italian Ducati, there were motorcycles from places other than Japan. Even the British manufacturers were selling lots of them here in the USA. Harley Davidson was a part of the AMF company which was known mostly for it's Bowling Alley equipment. .
If you were still riding your bicycle to school, chances are it came from Mulhaupt's on Fifth Street, was a Schwinn, was made in Chicago and had a name like "Varsity" or "Collegiate"
Some things never change
There were some goofy things going on as new technology was advancing in every direction.

OUR MUSIC - 1976

Grammys awarded in 1976
Record of the Year: "Love Will Keep Us Together," Captain and Tennille
Album of the Year: Still Crazy After All These Years, Paul Simon (Columbia)
Song of the Year: "Send in the Clowns," Stephen Sondheim, songwriter
On December the 8th 1976 – Hotel California by The Eagles is released.

The top 100 greatest hits of 1976
1. Silly Love Songs, Paul McCartney and Wings
2. Don't Go Breaking My Heart, Elton John and Kiki Dee
3. Disco Lady, Johnnie Taylor
4. December, 1963 (Oh What A Night!), Four Seasons
5. Play That Funky Music, Wild Cherry
6. Kiss and Say Goodbye, Manhattans
7. Love Machine, Pt. 1, The Miracles
8. 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, Paul Simon
9. Love Is Alive, Gary Wright
10. (You've Got To) Be Your Own Best Friend, Walter Murphy and The Big Apple Band
11. Sara Smile, Daryl Hall and John Oates
12. Afternoon Delight, Starland Vocal Band
13. I Write the Songs, Barry Manilow
14. Fly Robin Fly, Silver Convention
15. Love Hangover, Diana Ross
16. Get Closer, Seals and Crofts
17. More, More, More, Andrea True Connection
18. Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen
19. Misty Blue 10:29, Dorothy Moore
20. Boogie Fever, Sylvers
21. I'd Really Love to See You Tonight, England Dan and John Ford Coley
22. You Sexy Thing, Hot Chocolate
23. Love Hurts (Live), Nazareth
24. Get Up and Boogie (That's Right), Silver Convention
25. Take It to the Limit, Eagles
26. (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty, K.C. and The Sunshine Band
27. Sweet Love, Commodores
28. Right Back Where We Started From, Maxine Nightingale
29. Theme From "S.W.A.T", Rhythm Heritage
30. Love Rollercoaster, Ohio Players
31. You Should Be Dancing, Bee Gees
32. You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine, Lou Rawls
33. Golden Years, David Bowie
34. Moonlight Feels Right, Starbuck
35. Only Sixteen, Dr. Hook
36. Let Your Love Flow, Bellamy Brothers
37. Dream Weaver, Gary Wright
38. Turn the Beat Around, Vicki Sue Robinson
39. Lonely Night (Angel Face), The Captain and Tennille
40. All By Myself, Eric Carmen
41. Love to Love You Baby, Donna Summer
42. Deep Purple, Donny and Marie Osmond
43. Theme: Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To), Diana Ross
44. Sweet Thing, Rufus
45. That's the Way (I Like It), K.C. and The Sunshine Band
46. A Little Bit More, Dr. Hook
47. Shannon (Heny Gross), Henry Gross
48. If You Leave Me Now, Chicago
49. Lowdown, Boz Scaggs
50. Show Me the Way, Peter Frampton
51. Dream On, Aerosmith
52. I Love Music (Pt. 1), O'Jays
53. Say You Love Me, Fleetwood Mac
54. Times of Your Life, Paul Anka
55. Devil Woman, Cliff Richard
56. Fooled Around and Fell In Love, Elvin Bishop
57. Convoy, C.W. McCall
58. Welcome Back (Theme from Welcome Back, Kotter), John Sebastian
59. Sing a Song, Earth, Wind and Fire
60. Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel, Tavares
61. I'll Be Good to You, Brothers Johnson
63. Shop Around, The Captain and Tennille
64. Saturday Night, Bay City Rollers
65. Island Girl, Elton John
66. Let's Do It Again, Staple Singers
67. Let 'Em In, Paul McCartney and Wings
68. Baby Face, Wing and A Prayer Fife and Drum Corps
69. This Masquerade, George Benson
70. Evil Woman, Electric Light Orchestra
71. Wham Bam, Silver
72. I'm Easy, Keith Carradine
73. Wake Up Everybody, Pt. 1, Harold Melvin and The Bluenotes
74. Summer, War
75. Let Her In, John Travolta
76. Fox on the Run, Sweet
77. Rhiannon, Fleetwood Mac
78. Got To Get You Into My Life, Beatles
79. Fanny (Be Tender With My Love), Bee Gees
80. Getaway, Earth, Wind and Fire
81. She's Gone, Daryl Hall and John Oates
82. Rock and Roll Music, Beach Boys
82. Still the One, Orleans
83. You're My Best Friend, Queen
84. With Your Love, Jefferson Starship
85. Slow Ride, Foghat
86. Who'd She Coo?, Ohio Players
88. Walk Away from Love, David Ruffin
89. Baby I Love Your Way, Peter Frampton
90. Young Hearts Sun Free, Candi Staton
91. Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, Neil Sedaka
92. Money Honey, Bay City Rollers
93. Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker), Parliament
94. Junk Food Junkie, Larry Groce
95. Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again, Barry Manilow
96. Rock and Roll All Nite, Kiss
97. Disco Duck, Rick Dees
97. The Boys Are Back in Town, Thin Lizzy
98. Take the Money and Run, Steve Miller Band
99. Squeeze Box, The Who
100. Country Boy (You Got Your Feet in L.A.), Glen Campbell
In 1976 just about everything was painted Red White & Blue

1976 in modern fiction

  • The 2008 CBS television show Swingtown takes place in the summer of this year.
  • The pilot for That '70s Show is also set in this year.
  • The movie Dazed and Confused takes place in this year.
  • In the movie The Sandlot: Heading Home, the main character is sent back to this year.
  • '76, a comic book mini-series published by Image Comics, is set in this year.
  • The film Nashville is set in 1976.
  • The film Vigilante Force, starring Kris Kristofferson, is set in 1976.