As 1970's Decade Ends and 1980's Decade Begins
World Population: 4.4 billion; USA Population: 226 million; Michigan Population: 9.2 million
Political Environment: Hostage crisis in Iran; Soviet Union invasion of Afghanistan with U.S. supporting Afghan rebels
What's hot for teens:
Most Popular TV Shows: Sitcoms, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Brady Bunch, Partridge Family, All in the Family, The Waltons, Mary Tyler Moore (emphasis on the single woman-That Girl, Police Woman, etc.), Charlie’s Angels, Three’s Company, Love Boat, 6 Million Dollar Man and Game Shows: Match Game, Hollywood Squares, Family Feud, The Price is Right, etc.
What's hot in music: Punk Rock, Acid Rock, Heavy Metal, Soft/Pop Rock, Funk and the rise of Disco in the late 1970’s with Saturday Night Fever (8 Track Players were popular in the 70’s); popular groups and musicians include American, the Eagles, Chicago, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, Barry Manilow, The Bee Gees, Doobie Brothers, Allman Brothers, Three Dog Night, Carole King, Rod Stewart, Alice Cooper, Led Zepplin, Elton John, Linda Ronstadt, Captain & Tennille, David Bowie, Peter Frampton, etc.
Fashion Trends: Side burns, beards, Afros, platform shoes
Streaking becomes very popular
National Debt: $382 billion 
Average salary: $7,564 
Food prices: milk, 33 cents a qt.;  bread, 24 cents a loaf; round steak, $1.30 a pound 
Life Expectancy: Male, 67.1; Female, 74.8 
William Milliken was the Governor of Michigan for the entire decade of the 1970’s