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Old 05-17-2014, 11:28 PM
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Location: Pittsburgh
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Originally Posted by kaimuki View Post
Back then Big Macs had "real" meat patties.
Yeah, the Big Mac now has no meat and is really small. There isn't much at McDonalds that I like anymore. It just got too small. I guess there is too much pressure for everyone to be thin and blaming McDonalds for overeating. Oh well, they were good times!
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Old 05-18-2014, 06:17 AM
 
Location: I live wherever I am.
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you wouldn't want 1972 wages today
If I could also get 1972 prices, yeah I would.

On my dad's teaching salary in 1972, he was easily able to buy a new 1973 Oldsmobile Cutlass with cash. He made three times the price of that car even as a sixth-year teacher in an average suburban New Jersey public school. Now, when you consider that Oldsmobile was one of GM's "upscale" lines (on par with Buick but just below Cadillac), and the Cutlass was a mid-size car, let's compare it to the Buick Regal of today (as it was comparable to the Buick Regal in 1973 when the Regal was introduced on the GM "Colonnade" body). The MSRP of the 2014 Regal starts at $29,690. (Now I know that you can often get cars for below MSRP, but if you get anything above the most basic model, you'll pay more... so taking the starting MSRP is reasonable. My dad special-ordered his car; he didn't buy one off of the lot. Stands to reason he optioned it out to an extent.)

Multiply that price by 3 and you get $89,070. Where in America can you make that much money as a 6th-year public school teacher? Oh, and we can't forget sales tax. Sales tax wasn't introduced in New Jersey until 1976. So to make everything equal, the Regal in NJ would cost its price plus 7% sales tax which would be $31,768.30. NOW multiply by 3 - you get $95,304.90 as the modern-day equivalent of the salary my dad was making in 1972.

Find me a school district in America where a teacher on step 6 of the salary guide, with a bachelor's degree only, can make $95,304.90 per year. I might just box up my keyboards and go back into the classroom.

Minimum wage in 1972 was $1.60/hour. Average gas prices were 36 cents per gallon - meaning a minimum wage job (before taxes) would buy you ~4 1/2 gallons of PURE gasoline. Today it buys you around 2 gallons of that fuel-system-rotting garbage they call "E-10" (90% gasoline, 10% ethanol). In 1972 an hour of minimum wage work would buy you ~2.5 Big Macs. Today it'll buy you 1.57 Big Macs, and the stories told here make it very clear that a Big Mac today ain't as much nor as good as it was in 1972.

I'll take 1972's economic conditions any day, over today's.
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Old 05-18-2014, 06:49 AM
 
Location: SC
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Ah man!! -- Anyone getting hungry??

I used to love thier BIG MACS until they changed the sauce and now they arent as good
That the same time, gas was .36 a gallon...

Here is a informative website...

1970s Flashback-Economy / Prices****
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Old 05-18-2014, 09:14 AM
 
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So nothing came with bacon?

Was the orangeade made with real lemons?
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Old 05-18-2014, 09:25 AM
 
Location: From TX to VA
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♫ ♬ ♪ ♩ ♪ Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame-seed bun ♫ ♬ ♪ ♩ ♪
I remember singing that! I'd often get the 'lettuce, cheese, pickles' in the wrong order! It was a jingle that stuck in your head after hearing it.
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Old 05-18-2014, 10:05 AM
 
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Originally Posted by h_curtis View Post
Yeah, the Big Mac now has no meat and is really small. There isn't much at McDonalds that I like anymore. It just got too small. I guess there is too much pressure for everyone to be thin and blaming McDonalds for overeating. Oh well, they were good times!

Oh, you can be sure back in the 50s they used all real beef. Honestly, as a kid I did not think they were really anything special from what I ate at home. I wasn't a big meat eater, but it was more the fun of eating out in a restaurant.
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Old 05-18-2014, 11:58 AM
 
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That the same time, gas was .36 a gallon...

Here is a informative website...

1970s Flashback-Economy / Prices****

interesting that a gallon of milk cost 3.3 x the price of a gallon of gas.
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Old 05-18-2014, 12:02 PM
 
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I remember singing that! I'd often get the 'lettuce, cheese, pickles' in the wrong order! It was a jingle that stuck in your head after hearing it.
"Hold the onion, hold the lettuce. Special orders don't upset us. All we ask is that you let us, serve it your way!"

Fast food jingle wars!

Of course, "Where's the beef?" beats them all :-)
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Old 05-18-2014, 12:55 PM
 
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Mod Note: Please keep the posts on the topic of the McDonalds Menu from 1972. Thanks!
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Old 05-18-2014, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Sudcaroland
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Was the orangeade made with real lemons?
I actually hope the orangeade was made with oranges!
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