Turning 70 in 2017—the list

From fast cars to flying toys—and some pretty great music.


Photo by Pierre Gui on Unsplash CopyWe know what you’re thinking: The 70th anniversary of Plant Engineering is a big event, so why haven’t we heard more about it outside of Plant Engineering? We wondered the same thing. Then we took a look at other people and institutions turning 70 years old in 2017, and we understood a little better.

Here’s just a partial list of the other notable 70-year-olds in 2017:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: The NBA’s all-time leading scorer and one of the greatest college basketball players of all time. He was so dominant in his day that college basketball outlawed dunking for a decade.

“The Diary of Anne Frank”: First published in 1947, it is a teenager’s account of hiding from the Nazis for two years during World War II. It is considered required reading in high school English class.

Richard Dreyfuss: Maybe there ought to be a game called ‘Six Degrees of Richard Dreyfuss’. Think of his film work: “American Graffiti”. “Jaws”. “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”. “Mr. Holland’s Opus”. His Academy Award-winning role in “The Goodbye Girl”. And one of my personal favorites, “What About Bob?”.

The Ferrari: Not terribly practical for a trip to the grocery store, but doesn’t everybody want to drive one just once?

Mick Fleetwood: Half of the naming convention for Fleetwood Mac, one of the 1970s biggest bands. He’s the guy in the back, drumming like there’s no tomorrow.

The Frisbee: The name ‘Frisbee’ wasn’t coined until 1957, but the company that originally made the aerodynamic plastic disc was created 10 years earlier.

Elton John: That’s SIR Elton John to you. The flamboyant rock pianist has tried his hand at all forms of music, including a rock score for the opera “Aida.”

Stephen King: The author of every modern nightmare we have, from “The Shining” to “Carrie” to “It”.

David Letterman: Comedian, late night talk show host and the man who gave us Stupid Pet Tricks.

Meat Loaf: His album “Bat Out of Hell” released in 1977 still sells an estimated 200,000 copies a year, and had sold more than 43 million copies worldwide. And speaking of albums…

The LP record: My generations didn’t know anything but the 33-1/3 long-playing record, but it wasn’t until 1947 that the LP was introduced. It has made a comeback in recent years, an analog solution in a digital age.

Carlos Santana: One of rock’s greatest guitarists, Santana’s early 1970s albums were a unique mix of rock, reggae and soul. He reinvented his career in the 2000s in collaboration with singers such as Rob Thomas and Michelle Branch.

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Former California governor and Terminator. Seems like an appropriate place to end the list. 

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There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

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