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Times Past: For moms on the go

June 7, 2010 |  7:07 am


Snapshot from the Times archives: May 6, 1979

Even back in the 1970s, moms needed more time -- to raise kids, run the house, keep up with "activity-oriented hobbies" and pursue a career. But this two-page spread was there to help. It suggested that these moms-on-the-go could use a "micro" computer with data cassette recorder (deemed indispensable). "Looking to the future, we anticipate a programmer that will operate appliances, lights, security systems, air conditioning and heating," the article said.

Also on the list: an IBM Selectric typewriter (to get "home-work done quickly") and a "space-age" convection oven (to handle "major baking, roasting and dehydrating chores").

The closing line: "Could today's action-packed mom ask for anything more, except maybe a hug and a kiss?"

-- Joan Fantazia

Next week: It's Dad's turn.

Photo credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times