We asked thoughtful locals why the 1970s left such a lasting imprint on Austin. We received many provocative answers, which we’ll share here first. 

Feel free to send yours to mbarnes@statesman.com.

Rick Lowerre, Environmental attorney and activist

I have an opinion. There was a great deal of excitement in the 1970s – that we could make a difference and enjoy life at the same time.  It was an feeling in Austin that did not exist in Dallas Houston and most other cities – with the possible exception of Berkeley or Boulder.That idea seemed to grab many of us, and many of us who were grabbed stayed around and kept the hope alive. This feeling also attracted many others. And of course the music and the muscisians helped. It snowballed.I am worried now, however, that there are other driving forces that will overwhelm  that ’70s excitement and identity


1970s Austin: No. 1 Elizabeth Christian1970s Austin: No. 2 Forrest Preece1970s Austin: No. 3 Eddie Wilson1970s Austin: No. 4 Fred Thom1970s Austin: No. 5 Gus Garcia1970s Austin: No. 6 Luci Johnson1970s Austin No. 7: Fern Santini