From the Yahoo “answers” site.
This one is aimed at those people (like the Leader editor) who think that we’re delusional (or worse) for always talking about a better Burbank that apparently never existed. That it’s all in our heads.
Like, how would they know anyway?
What was the cost of living like in the 70′s?
I’m watching Three’s Company – in one segment Jack said “this is the 70′s” so the show dates from the 70′s In the same show Jack says his dad’s income is $6,000/year so obviously that’s more than enough to qualify his dad as a guarantor for a loan he was trying to get. Also, their rent in Santa Monica for a nice 2 bedroom apartment is $300/month (each of the 3 roommates pay $100/month to Mr. Roper). How much did other things cost back then?
Update : actually that episode was from 1977…
Among the answers was this. Sound familiar?
Marilyn T answered 4 years ago
Back in 1975 I shared a two bedroom apt. in Burbank, Cal with my older sister.
Our rent was $180 a month plus utilities.
We never seemed to have any problems coming up with the rent money.
I was 18 and working as a car hop at Bob’s Big Boy restaurant near the Burbank movie studios. I got really good tips back then since most of our customers were well to do people. Sometimes stars such as Mickey Rooney would stop for a quick bite on their lunch breaks from the studios. My average tips per day were between $17. and $45. plus $1.10 per hour pay.I know a cup of coffee was 40 cents and customers very often left a dollar for a tip, people were more generous it seems.
I know I could afford just about anything I wanted to buy with just saving a few days worth of tips.
My sister was a legal secretary and also made alright money.
Seems life was much easier back then.
I met my husband when I was 19, he was working in a job shop, proto type machine work for a German man. They did mostly areospace parts for the military,he brought home over $300. per week.My husbands friends worked in the shipyards in San Perdo, Cal as welders, they brought home about $150. per week.
I thought my husband was rich when I met him!
Marilyn must have been living near that Bob’s in Toluca Lake, because she could have gotten a much better deal in other parts of town back then.
Look at it this way. In 1974 the minimum wage for the junkiest job you could find was $2 an hour. The average cheap rent for a 0ne-bedrooom apartment in Burbank was between $90 and $125 at the time. If you wanted to live above Glenoaks it was a little more. Houses in Burbank rented for between $175 and $250 a month.
Which means …
a) Even with the worst job around you could still get a decent apartment in Burbank for about 1 1/2 weeks salary. By yourself.
b) You could finance a decent new car for $60 – $75 a month, and
c) Car insurance on the same was about $40 – 50 a month.
In other words, the “minimum wage” in this country used to mean the least you needed to earn to get by. Now it means nothing.
Of course, people back then were very undeserving to have gotten such a good deal. Imagine paying entry level jobs such exorbitant salaries!
Oh, and in 1978 you could also buy Bob Marley tickets at the Starlight Bowl for $9.
Pissed, aren’t you? And fuck you to the establishment critics who never know what the hell they’re talking about around here. Their nightmare vision for the rest of us must be battled every day.
Get up, stand up…