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The Slice: Give me a head with hair

Paul Turner, back in the day. (Courtesy of Paul Turner)
Paul Turner, back in the day. (Courtesy of Paul Turner)

Last Saturday, The Slice discussed the horrors of 1970s boys’ hairstyles.

So today it seemed only fair to show you just a little of what I was talking about.

“ ‘Oh, the humanity’ captures it all,” wrote Bill Reichert.

Bill sported a style not all that common in his hometown, Libby, Mont., in 1974.

“Afro hair was cool in the ’70s,” he wrote. “Think of Lincoln ‘Linc’ Hayes in ‘The Mod Squad.’”

Got it. “Libby had minimal cultural diversity. Our parish priest – a retired Air Force chaplain – brought back a folding Afro comb from the Fairchild AFB BX. I valued that comb as much as my driver’s license.”

Bill’s ’fro once caught fire while he was carrying a candle as an altar boy.

But certain fashion statements have their upsides.

“Girls asked if they could touch my hair.”

Oh. Case closed.

Patricia Sexton shared a picture of her son, Brian Sexton, from around 1974.

A fine-looking young man, he looks like he is about to sing “Thank God, I’m a country boy.”

But Patricia didn’t say whether Brian actually met John Denver at Expo ’74.

Molly Beil shared a 1973 photo of her with husband Tom, from back when both attended the University of Idaho.

She lived in a sorority across the street from Tom’s fraternity. She couldn’t resist his hair.

“I remember watching this guy with his long, blond locks walk to class. I knew I was going to marry him.”

Tom wound up becoming a bank executive. He has a little less hair now.

Wayne Sanders saw last Saturday’s lament about ’70s styles and knew just what I was talking about. We’re the same age.

He sent along a photo of himself with his mother, taken on Christmas Day in 1974. His mom looks nice.

Wayne said he thought it more or less summed up the coiffure insanity of the time.

And in the matter of the worst women’s hairstyle, most participating readers voted for the beehive.

Today’s Slice question: Do you maintain nostalgic affection for certain old songs not because they are good but because you were happy back when you first heard them?

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; email What decade’s music do little kids like?

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