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The 10 Most Terrifying Public Service Announcements from the 1970s

Is this the reason parents of Millennials are so obsessively overprotective?

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Paula Bolyard

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May 31, 2014 - 7:00 am
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Back in the 1970s, most Americans only had a few TV channels. In the pre-DVR era, there was no fast-forwarding through the commercials, so when the networks ran public service announcements, everyone watched. Apparently, someone in a position of influence thought that fear was a great motivator, especially for small children and their parents, so many of the TV spots were downright terrifying. Is it any wonder that the kids who grew up watching these PSAs became the parents who overprotected and coddled their millennial children, raising a generation of pajama boys?

Watching a few of these PSAs may help to explain why so many parents are so afraid of… basically everything.

 

1. Anyone can share VD with someone nice as you!

 

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“VD is for everybody. Not just for the few.  Anyone can share VD with someone nice as you!”

The takeaway from this PSA is that venereal diseases were lurking around every corner, waiting to pounce on unsuspecting individuals who were just minding their own business. The nice-looking boy who plays the violin, the friendly local grocer, your 3rd grade teacher, the school librarian – any one of them could be surreptitiously carrying ”the clap” or chlamydia and could at whim pass it on to an innocent bystander.

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It's 10 P.M. Do you know where your children are?
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Love the Pay TV monster. It was a powerful thing, defeated only by the Free TV monster that forces cable companies to pay them for the exact same programming we can watch for free!
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The 1970s didn't really exist.
We skipped it and went directly from the 1960s into the 1980s.
Within the government, the so-called 1970s are known as the Disco Delusion.
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The "free TV" providers couldn't figure out a way to charge individual viewers without losing a lot of their viewers, but they could force cable companies to pay for sending their "free signal" down a cable line to viewers who now have to pay for something they used to be able to view for free...
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Listicles are the Devil.
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Not if they have the magic "see article as one page" link.
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Whodathunk we'd be electing (and then reelecting) the dope users to jobs like President (like Slick Willy, Dubya, and Mr. Mom-Jeans) or Governor or Senator or...
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It's 10 P.M. Do you know where your children are?
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Any your grandchildren?
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Love the Pay TV monster. It was a powerful thing, defeated only by the Free TV monster that forces cable companies to pay them for the exact same programming we can watch for free!
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I only remember the smart animals make forest fires and Batgirl PSAs. The most effective PSA I ever saw as a kid was one that showed a bunch of boys playing baseball intercut with a guy tossing his trash out of a moving car. A bottle broke, a kid goes deep into the outfield. He trips. Freeze frame on the young boy mid-fall above shards of broken glass.

That PSA worked on this little tyke. I never played baseball again.
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I remember to litter out of my car window at night when no one is around.
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But think about the Crying Indian! (Who was Italian IIRC)
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The Indian was Canadian, at that.
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They left out the one where the father is kidnapped to go camping with his kids when he really needs to get that income tax return finished.
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There was a 'Don't smoke in bed' PSA narrated by Vincent Price that was especially creepy.

My google fu- has failed but I can at least leave you with this cute anti-smoking PSA...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWQgktBR6-w
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Is the #4 video real? It seems way too much like a modern satire of those 1970s After School Specials, like the TV show Strangers With Candy. The part that seemed especially satirical was when they tell you all about the alternatives to being a pothead, like beach parties with deliberate focus on beer cans in everyone's hand. Also I don't think "chronic" was part of 70s slang, I think that term came into use later.
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