• Gerald Ford was President, and Nelson Rockefeller the V.P.
  • Bread cost about .28/loaf
  • Milk cost about $1.40/gal
  • The average cost for a car was $4,950 (and John Zanetti drove one of these).
  • The average cost for a gallon of gas was $0.57.
  • The average cost for a house was $42,600.
  • A first class stamp cost $0.10. 
  • The average annual income was $15,546.
  • The DOW closed the year at 852.
  • The Unemployment Rate was 8.5%.
  • $1.00 in January, 1975 is the equivalent of $3.83 today.
  • The top songs of the year were..
    • Rhinestone Cowboy by Glen Campbell
    • Bad Blood by Neil Sedaka
    • Love will Keep Us Together by Captain and Tenille
    • Island Girl and Philadelphia Freedom by Elton John
      (By the way, Rudy had all these in his 8-Track collection)
  • Best Picture of the Year was One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
  • On TV, Mary Tyler MoreLaverne & Shirley, and Starsky & Hutch were the hit shows.
  • Saturday Night Live began on NBC.  George Carlin was the first host.
  • Bill Gates was 20 and started a company called Microsoft the year before.
  • “Getting caught by the trains” was a valid excuse for being late in Battle Creek.
  • The Cincinatti Reds beat the Boston Red Soxs 4 games to 3 to win the World Series.
  • The Pittsburgh Steelers beat Minnesota 16-6 to win Super Bowl IX.
                  (here is a link to the 1975 Super Bowl commercials).
  • The Philadelphia Flyers beat the Buffalo Sabres 4 games to 2 to win the Stanley Cup.
  • Golden State beat Washington (4-0) to win the NBA Championship.
  • UCLA defeated Kentucky (92-85) for the NCAA Basketball Championship.
  • Oklahoma (11-1-0) were the NCAA Football Champions.
  • Archie Griffin (Ohio State) won the Heisman.
  • April - the Fall of Saigon. 
  • November - Edmund Fitzgerald lost in storm on Lake Superior