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1975 Trivia

<< - 1974
World Series Champions:
Cincinatti Reds
Superbowl IX Champions:
Pittsburgh Steelers
NBA Champions:
Golden State Warriors
Stanley Cup Champs:
Philadelphia Flyers
U.S. Open Golf:
Lou Graham
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):
Manuel Orantes/Christine Marie Evert
Wimbledon (Men/Women):
Arthur Ashe/Billie Jean King
NCAA Football Champions:
Oklahoma
NCAA Basketball Champions:
UCLA
Kentucky Derby:
Foolish Pleasure
The Hotties, Sex Symbols and Fashion Icons:
Adrienne Barbeau, Barbi Benton, Lynda Carter, Charo, Britt Ekland, Beverly Johnson, Pam Grier, Diana Ross, Cheryl Tiegs, Mary Woronov

"The 1975 Quotes"

"Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun"
- McDonalds

"I'd rather be dead than sing Satisfaction when I'm 45"
-Mick Jagger, age 33

"We're gonna need a bigger boat"
- Roy Scheider, in 'Jaws'

"We answer to a higher authority"
- Hebrew National

"The ultimate driving machine"
- BMW

"Attica! Attica!"
- Al Pacino, in 'Dog Day Afternoon'

"Donít leave home without it."
-American Express

Time Magazine's Women of the Year
American Women, Represented by Susan Brownmiller, Kathleen Byerly, Alison Cheek, Jill Conway, Betty Ford, Ella Grasso, Carla Hills, Barbara Jordan, Billie Jean King, Carol Sutton, Susie Sharp, and Addie Wyatt
Miss America:
Shirley Cothran (Denton, TX)
Miss USA:
Summer Bartholomew (California)
The Scandals:

Clayton Moore, who played the Lone Ranger on TV for 169 episodes and two feature films in the 1950s, was sued by the Wrather Corporation, who owned the Lone Rager character by copyright. Although forever typecast, he proudly carried the role in character and made appearances as The Ranger. After the suit, he wore wrap-around sunglasses instead of the mask.

Union Teamster Jimmy Hoffa disappeared.

Nerd News:

The laser printer was invented.

Kool-Aid man began appearing in commercials for Kool-Aid, although the smiling pitcher was the face of Kool-Aid since 1954.

The Ford F-150 truck was introduced.

'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest' won the big five Oscars - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Writing.

Lowest PGA score of 63 played by Bruce Crapton.

The Herman Goelitz company introduced the gourmet jelly bean. The original flavors were: Licorice, Lemon, Grape, Root Beer, Cream Soda, Gren Apple, Tangerine and Very Cherry. It was rebranded the 'Jelly Belly' in 2001.

Betamax (Beta) video tape was released.

Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1975: $107,000

The Habits:

Caring for Pet Rocks, invention credited to Gary Dahl, but also claimed by our website owner, Joe Hummel who sold them as a preeteen in the early 1970s.

Avoiding the beaches, thanks to the film, Jaws.

1st appearances & 1975's Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Mood rings, Pay Day, Pong (home version), Six Million Dollar Man action figures, Playmobil, Pet Rocks, Trac Ball
The Fail (Television):
McLean Stevenson quit CBS's TV Show M*A*S*H
1975 Most Popular TV shows:
1. All in the Family (CBS)
2. Rich Man, Poor Man (ABC)
3. Laverne & Shirley (ABC)
4. Maude (CBS)
5. The Bionic Woman (ABC)
6. Phyllis (CBS)
7. Sanford and Son (NBC)
8. Rhoda (CBS)
9. The Six Million Dollar Man (ABC)
10. Happy Days (ABC)

The biggest Pop Artists of 1975 include:
Al Green, America, AWB (Average White Band), Barry Manilow, Barry White, Ben E. King, Bobby Womack, Bruce Springsteen, B.T. Express, The Captain & Tennille, The Carpenters, The Commodores, David Bowie, The Doobie Brothers, The Eagles, Earth, Wind & Fire, Eddie Kendricks, Elton John, Frankie Valli, Freddy Fender, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Helen Reddy, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, The Isley Brothers, Joe Simon, John Denver, KC & the Sunshine Band, Kool & the Gang, LaBelle, Larry Graham, Linda Ronstadt, Major Harris, Minnie Riperton, Neil Sedaka, The O'Jays, Ohio Players, Olivia Newton-John, Paul McCartney & Wings, Pointer Sisters, Ringo Starr, Rufus featuring Chaka Kahn, Smokey Robinson, The Spinners, The Staple Singers, Stevie Wonder, Tavares, The Temptations, Tony Orlando & Dawn, Tyrone Davis, War

(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)

The Number One Hits Of 1975:
December 28, 1974 - January 3, 1975: Helen Reddy - Angie Baby

January 4, 1975 - January 17, 1975: Elton John - Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

January 18, 1975 - January 24, 1975: Barry Manilow - Mandy

January 25, 1975 - January 31, 1975: The Carpenters - Please Mr. Postman

February 1, 1975 - February 7, 1975: Neil Sedaka - Laughter in the Rain

February 8, 1975 - February 14, 1975: Ohio Players - Fire

February 15, 1975 - February 21, 1975: Linda Ronstadt - You're No Good

February 22, 1975 - February 28, 1975: Average White Band - Pick Up the Pieces

March 1, 1975 - March 7, 1975: Eagles - Best of My Love

March 8, 1975 - March 14, 1975: Olivia Newton-John - Have You Never Been Mellow

March 15, 1975 - March 21, 1975: The Doobie Brothers - Black Water

March 22, 1975 - March 28, 1975: Frankie Valli - My Eyes Adored You

March 29, 1975 - April 4, 1975: LaBelle - Lady Marmalade

April 5, 1975 - April 11, 1975: Minnie Riperton - Lovin' You

April 12, 1975 - April 25, 1975: Elton John - Philadelphia Freedom

April 26, 1975 - May 2, 1975: B. J. Thomas - (Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song

May 3, 1975 - May 23, 1975: Tony Orlando and Dawn - He Don't Love You (Like I Love You)

May 24, 1975 - May 30, 1975: Earth, Wind & Fire - Shining Star

May 31, 1975 - June 6, 1975: Freddy Fender - Before the Next Teardrop Falls

June 7, 1975 - June 13, 1975: John Denver - Thank God I'm a Country Boy

June 14, 1975 - June 20, 1975: America - Sister Golden Hair

June 21, 1975 - July 18, 1975: Captain & Tennille - Love Will Keep Us Together

July 19, 1975 - July 25, 1975: Wings - Listen to What the Man Said

July 26, 1975 - August 1, 1975: Van McCoy and the Soul City Symphony - The Hustle

August 2, 1975 - August 8, 1975: Eagles - One of These Nights

August 9, 1975 - August 22, 1975: Bee Gees - Jive Talkin'

August 23, 1975 - August 29, 1975: Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds - Fallin' in Love

August 30, 1975 - September 5, 1975: KC and the Sunshine Band - Get Down Tonight

September 6, 1975 - September 19, 1975: Glen Campbell - Rhinestone Cowboy

September 20, 1975 - September 26, 1975: David Bowie - Fame

September 27, 1975 - October 10, 1975: John Denver - I'm Sorry / Calypso

October 11, 1975 - October 31, 1975: Neil Sedaka - Bad Blood

November 1, 1975 - November 21, 1975: Elton John - Island Girl

November 22, 1975 - November 28, 1975: KC and the Sunshine Band - That's the Way (I Like It)

November 29, 1975 - December 26, 1975: Silver Convention - Fly, Robin, Fly

December 27, 1975 - January 2, 1976: The Staple Singers - Let's Do It Again