Latin American Studies – 70’s Flashback Style

Yesterday’s Cinco de Mayo festivities (which I believe to be a U.S. holiday to celebrate the glorious introduction of tequila and tortilla chips to our cultural melting pot?) got me thinking about how little I knew of Latin American culture growing up in the late 1970’s.  Let’s face it, a child in a small, midwestern, blue-collar community didn’t exactly have many opportunities to learn about authentic Mexican/Latin heritage.  Which brings me to…

Slay’s Totally Imperfect List of her Top 6 Latin American Icons of the 1970’s: (because I couldn’t come up with 10 or narrow it down to 5)

#6 – Tony Orlando and Dawn

#5 – Dearly departed Freddie Prinze on Chico and the Man

#4 – Juan Luis Pedro Phillipo de Huevos Epstein on Welcome Back, Kotter

#3 – Luis & Maria from the Street…Sesame that is 

#2 – Cheech & Chong, “the original high riders” in Up In Smoke “Don’t go straight to this movie!”

#1 – (No shock to anyone) the quintessential 70’s icon across all cultures….Erik Estrada as “Ponch” on CHiPs


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