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1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible


Back in the day, this was the compact Cadillac.

“Personal Luxury” was coined to represent cars which carried the same amount of richness in a so-called “smaller package.”  The first Eldorados were built in 1967, coinciding with the 1966 release of the Olds Toronado.  Both rode on a front-wheel drive chassis.

The 1976 model was to be the last Cadillac convertible, due to new US safety standards.  When I was 11 years old I asked my Dad to take me to a Cadillac dealer so I could see one up close.  He obliged, and the salesman was happy to show a wide-eye kid towards a convertible model.  It was the most fantastic thing I’d ever seen.  I walked out of the dealership with a 1976 Cadillac brochure, which I still have today.

Because it was to be the last convertible, collectors bought them and stored them away.  In the 1980s convertible models came out again.  Collectors got mad. Some sued.

In the end, the 1976 Eldorado in any form is still one of my favorite cars.

A Monopoly On Fashion


Colin Swan, newsman for the CHLO in Canada, awards the winner of the 1976 Monopoly Tournament at Elgin Mall, St. Thomas Ontario. No doubt that Joey Starcevic on the far right is wondering how much money he’ll need to save for buying a sweet blazer like Colin’s.

Photo courtesy Elgin County Archives

House Plant Table

Kudos to Sunset Books for capturing the essence of the mid 1970s in one photo.

Clearing out a book case upstairs, I found How To Grow House Plants from 1976.  The elements are almost countless here: rustic wood, glass tops, wide legs, farrah flip, and shag carpet.  I have visions that she is reading about the addition of Lindsey Wagner into the Six Million Dollar Man, or the fact that Billy Carter is a perpetually unexpected embarrassment to his brother Jimmy’s race for the White House.

Or maybe she’s just staring at track & field athlete Edwin Moses.

The plant under the table is Tolmiea Menzieslii, a mostly ornamental plant known to grow along the West Coast of the US.  But I’m sure enterprising members of society chose a more aromatic and mind-altering plant to go under the glass.  It’s a perfect place for a “house plant” [insert air quotes].

Right…Huh huh…huh huh huh…

Sunset Books How To Grow Houseplants 1976

Meatza – Easy, Nutritious, Attractive?


This gem of culinary shellshock skill and mastery comes from the June 1976 issue of Bon Appetit magazine.

Yes that’s a pizza crust made from meatloaf.  Yes those are pitted avocado halves, swimming happy and care-free in a viscid hot pool of cheddar cheese sauce.  Parsley and tomatoes are perched atop the steaming dinner pile to make it healthy.  I reserve the right to love the bacon. In an epic spin on “make some food look like something else,” this recipe uses rib-sticking hand-processed meat product to create an equally unhealthy comfort food.  I would have never considered mimicking one from the other.  But when strapped for time in the Seventies, innovation it seems came out in shades of green and brown. And topped with avocados.

“Consider the Avocado Meatza,” Bon Appetit writes, “an Americanized version of pizza.”

The method for making this quick, hearty meal starts off much like meat loaf. Instead of being baked in a loaf pan, however, the mixture gets patted out like a pie shell on a baking sheet, and coolking time is cut to a fraction. Most meat loaves required at least an hour; the Meatza takes 20 minutes.

Undiluted cheddar cheese soup goes atop the half-baked meat; avocado slices and bacon alternate pinwheel fashion over this sauce. Cherry tomato halves circle the edge and the colorfully garnished dish goes back into the oven for another 10 minutes.

Easy, nutritious, and attractive.

I’m thinking “Easy” is the only truthful claim.

I will admit that it does have a certain allure. I can’t stop looking at it, like the shapeless form at the base of a tall building that I know at one time walked upright. Like the nose of a train that took out a cow on the Great Plains. Like any recipe that uses Vegetable Jell-O. Incidentally, when I was transcribing this from the magazine, I mis-spelled meatloaf as meatload.

Either one would be accurate.

1976 Toyota Corolla – You Asked For It. You Got It

Brown and Yellow: possibly the two least likely colors to be successful at selling cars.  Must not have made a difference in the 1970s though, because Toyota sold tons of these cars.  It was only recently, in fact, that I realized how long it had been since I’d seen one on the road.

This ad was from the back page of the July 1976 National Geographic.

Yep, That’ll Do It…

Not the thieving politician kind of pork, mind you. They mean the succulent roasted diet-be-damned pork that can fill a house with the smells of meaty goodness.

Bring it on!

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