1. Hacky Sack
1972: John Stalberger and Mike Marshall invent the game as a means to help Marshall recover from knee surgery.
1972: Dimitrije Milovich founds Winterstick, the first modern snowboard company, drawing from the 1965 invention of “The Snurfer.”
3. Stunt Kites
1972: Peter Powell makes a revolutionary dual line stunt kite available to consumers. Four years later, it’s named Great Britain’s “Toy of the Year.”
4. Lip Smackers
1973: Cosmetics company Bonne Bell introduces the first strawberry lip pomade.
5. Air Hockey
1975: The United States Air-Table Hockey Association is formed.
6. Pocket Calculators
1970: Pocket-sized calculators are sold for the first time in the U.S.
1972: Suction-assisted lipolysis (aka “sucking”) is used for the first time as a replacement for curettage (aka “scooping”).
8. Mail Art
1970: The first public mail art exhibition launches at the Whitney Museum, although such a showcase is decades in the making.
9. Pop Rocks
1975: The product is finally offered to the public after food chemist William A. Mitchell patents “carbonated candy” in the ’50s.
10. The Anti-Lock Braking System
1970: After years of success on airplanes and motorcycles, a version of computer-operated ABS is made available for cars.
11. The Oregon Trail Video Game
1971: An eighth grade teacher invents the computer game to help teach history. Today, The Oregon Trail is available on the Nintendo Wii.
12. Liquid-Crystal Display (LCD) Screens
1972: The first liquid-crystal watch is designed for commercial purposes.
13. Lisa Frank, Inc.
1979: Lisa Frank, a self-made artist and jeweler, founds her own company at the age of 24.
14. The High Five
1977: Most attribute the invention of the high five to Glenn Burke, an outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers. However, there are competing theories.
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1975: Beer is changed forever.