Modern Marvels

Season 14 Episode 20

70's Tech

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM May 30, 2007 on The History Channel



  • Trivia

    • Atari derived its name from a Japanese term used in the game Go. It describes a scenario in which the opposing player's game piece will be captured on the next turn.

    • During supersonic flight, air friction heated parts of the Concorde's fuselage to well over 200 degrees Fahrenheit, causing it to expand as much as 10 inches in length.

    • In 1952 expendable 3-D glasses made by Polaroid enabled filmgoers to watch the first American 3-D movie shot in color, Bwana Devil.

    • According to Smokey and the Bandit director Hal Needham, one of two 1977 Trans Ams provided by Pontiac was destroyed during a stunt as it jumped a river.

  • Quotes

    • Narrator: It was a decade of excess, fueled by Disco Fever and the supersonic Concorde and the blazin' Trans Am. The Intel chip got small and Speak N Spell sales got big. Pressing a button created nuked meals and Polaroid instant snapshots and served up an arcade game that launched a revolution. Now, 70s Tech, on Modern Marvels. Can you dig it?

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