Reunion Trivia Class of 1972

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1972: The Year In Review

Five White House operatives are arrested for burglarizing the offices of the Democratic National Committee, the start of the Watergate Scandal. The United States and Soviet Union sign the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty and an interim treaty after the Strategic Arms Limitations Talks (SALT I) take place in May. NASA’s Space Shuttle Program is officially launched during January . President Nixon approved the program and announced its inception to the American public. Last US ground troops withdrawn from Vietnam. The Equal Rights Amendment which provided for the legal equality of the sexes passed by the U.S. Senate in March. HBO launched in US as the first subscription cable service. Digital Watches are introduced. The Volkswagen Beetle becomes the most popular car ever sold with in excess of 15 million sold. Atari kicks off the first generation of video games with the release of PONG, the first game to achieve commercial success.

Sports 1972

  • Dallas Cowboys defeat Miami Dolphins, 24-3 in Super Bowl VI
  • Oakland Athletics defeat Cincinnati Reds, 4-3 in the World Series
  • Los Angeles Lakers defeat New York Knicks, 4-1 in the NBA Championship

Cost of Living 1972

  • Yearly Inflation Rate: 3.37
  • Year End Dow Jones Industrial Average: 1020
  • Average Cost of a New Home: $27,550
  • Average Income Per Year: $11,800
  • Average Monthly Rent: $165
  • Cost of a Gallon of Gas: $0.55
  • US Postage Stamp: $0.06 Average
  • Cost of a New Car: $3,500

Popular Films 1972

  • The Godfather
  • The Poseidon Adventure
  • The Getaway Deliverance
  • Last Tango in Paris
  • The Amazing Mr. Blunden
  • Joe Kidd
  • Cabaret
  • What’s Up, Doc?
  • The Way of the Dragon
  • The Cowboys Solaris

Popular Musicians 1972

  • Roberta Flack
  • Gilbert O’Sullivan
  • Don McLean
  • Harry Nilsson
  • Sammy Davis Jr.
  • Joe Tex
  • Bill Withers
  • Mac Davis
  • Looking Glass
  • Michael Jackson
  • Elton John
  • Carpenters

Popular TV Shows 1972

  • All in the Family
  • Sanford and Son
  • Hawaii Five-O
  • Maude
  • Mary Tyler Moore Show
  • Cannon
  • The Partridge Family
  • Gunsmoke
  • The Flip Wilson Show
  • Bridget Loves Bernie
  • Bob Newhart Show
  • Here’s Lucy

1972 Top 25 Billboard Songs – Courtesy of Reunion Specialists


1 “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” Roberta Flack
2 “Alone Again (Naturally)” Gilbert O’Sullivan
3 “American Pie” Don McLean
4 “Without You” Harry Nilsson
5 “The Candy Man” Sammy Davis Jr.
6 “I Gotcha” Joe Tex
7 “Lean on Me” Bill Withers
8 “Baby, Don’t Get Hooked on Me” Mac Davis
9 “Brand New Key” Melanie
10 “Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast” Wayne Newton
11 “Let’s Stay Together” Al Green
12 “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” Looking Glass
13 “Oh Girl” The Chi-Lites
14 “Nice to Be with You” Gallery
15 “My Ding-a-Ling” Chuck Berry
16 “I Don’t Want to Be Right” Luther Ingram
17 “Heart of Gold” Neil Young
18 “Betcha by Golly, Wow” The Stylistics
19 “I’ll Take You There” The Staple Singers
20 “Ben” Michael Jackson
21 “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” Robert John
22 “Outa-Space” Billy Preston
23 “Slippin’ into Darkness” War
24 “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress” The Hollies
25 “How Do You Do” Mouth & MacNeal