Retrotisements — 1972 Pontiac New Car Lineup

For the 1972 model year, Pontiac had ten models for sale in the US, covering six types. Those types and models were compact (Ventura II), mid-size (LeMans), full-size (Catalina, Catalina Brougham, Bonneville, and Grand Ville), station wagon (Safari and Grand Safari), personal luxury (Grand Prix), and muscle car (GTO and Firebird). In addition to the various print and TV ads for those models, Pontiac seemed particularly proud of its bumpers this year.

Here is a gallery of advertisements and advertising images for each of those models, as well as some generic ads.

1972 Pontiac (general)

1972 Bonneville

1972 Pontiac Bonneville dealer postcard

1972 Catalina

1972 Pontiac Catalina print advertisement

1972 Firebird

1972 Pontiac Firebird print advertisement

1972 Firebird Formula 455

1972 Pontiac Firebird Formula 455 print advertisement

1972 Grand Prix

1972 Pontiac Grand Prix print advertisement
1972 Pontiac Grand Prix print advertisement

1972 Grand Ville

1972 Pontiac Grand Ville print advertisement

1972 GTO

1972 Pontiac GTO print advertisement

1972 LeMans

1972 Pontiac Le Mans print advertisement
1972 Pontiac Le Mans print advertisement

1972 Luxury LeMans

1972 Pontiac Luxury LeMans advertisement
1972 Pontiac Luxury LeMans advertisement

1972 Safari

1972 Pontiac Safari and Ventura print advertisement

1972 Ventura Sprint II

1972 Pontiac Ventura Sprint II print advertisement

What's on TV?

TV Listings Flashback #5: July 31, 1972

This edition of the TV Listings Flashback showcases the CBS evening lineup for Monday, July 31, 1972. Specifically, South Bend, Indiana affiliate WSBT-TV Channel 22. Let’s take a look:

WSBT-TV Channel 22 CBS lineup for July 31, 1972

  • 5:00 What’s My Line?
  • 5:30 CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite
  • 6:00 Local news
  • 6:30 To Tell the Truth
  • 7:00 Gunsmoke
  • 8:00 Here’s Lucy
  • 8:30 The Doris Day Show
  • 9:00 Suspense Playhouse (Call to Danger with Peter Graves and James Gregory)
  • 10:00 Late local news
  • 10:30 The CBS Late Movie (The Glass Bottom Boat with Doris Day and Rod Taylor)

Album Cover of the Week: Alice Cooper, School’s Out

I’d say this album cover is quite appropriate for this time of year. It’s the 1972 rock classic School’s Out (Warner Bros. Records ‎– BS 2623), and boy does this one have a lot.

The original album cover (designed by Craig Braun) was designed to look like a wooden school desk complete with etchings by members of the band. The desk opened to reveal the vinyl. Underneath, an image is provided of the other contents of the ‘desk’ including gum, marbles, and crayons. The finishing touch was the legs on the base which could be opened up to turn it into an actual desk of sorts. The vinyl record inside was wrapped in a pair of panties (not included in the European versions), though this was later discontinued as they were found to be flammable.

Track Listing:

A1 School’s Out
A2 Luney Tune
A3 Gutter Cat Vs. The Jets
A4 Street Fight
A5 Blue Turk
B1 My Stars
B2 Public Animal #9
B3 Alma Mater
B4 Grande Finale

1972 Topps #151: MacArthur Lane

Worst Sports Cards Ever #2: MacArthur Lane (Topps 1972)

In my Worst Sports Cards Ever series, I look at the good, the bad and the ugly from the long and spotty history of sports trading cards.

I can only imagine that few things sent trading card companies into a tizzy like an offseason trade. I’m sure the lead time needed to pull off a nice-looking card is pretty lengthy; especially so in the pre-digital days.

So what happens when a player switches teams and a company such as, say, Topps has to scramble at the 11th hour to reflect that change? You get a card like #151 from the Topps 1972 NFL set, for running back MacArthur Lane.

1972 Topps #151: MacArthur Lane

It seems likely that Topps was all ready to go in early 1972 with an image of Lane with his then-current team, the St. Louis Cardinals. But then he was traded to the Green Bay Packers in February of that year, and would not have been scheduled to put on a Packers uniform until some time in the summer.

Try as they might, there was no disguising the fact that this is a laughably crude attempt at airbrushing Packer green onto a Cardinals uniform. Everything gives this one away — the phony shadows and the lack of a uniform number for starters, but most of all the mysterious green blotch on the left side of Lane’s face.

Lane switched teams again in 1975, when he moved to the Kansas City Chiefs. Thankfully that trading card transition was handled a little more gracefully.

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1972 Billboard magazine ad (Neil Young, "Heart of Gold")

This Week in Hot Music (Billboard, February 12, 1972)

Here’s a look at some of the hot albums and singles featured in the February 12, 1972 issue of Billboard magazine.

1972 Billboard magazine ad (Bread, "Baby I'm-a Want You")

Bread, Baby I'm-a Want You

1972 Billboard magazine ad (Al Green, "Let's Stay Together")

Al Green, Let's Stay Together

1972 Billboard magazine ad (Manfred Mann's Earth Band, "Living Without You")

Manfred Mann's Earth Band, "Living Without You"

1972 Billboard magazine ad (Neil Young, "Heart of Gold")

Neil Young, "Heart of Gold" / Harvest

1972 Billboard magazine ad (Mel Tillis and the Statesiders, "Untouched")

Mel Tillis and the Statesiders, "Untouched"

1972 Billboard magazine ad (Jeannie C. Riley, "Give Myself a Party")

Jeannie C. Riley, "Give Myself a Party"

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