(1) Pic is courtesy of Blue Senshi. Thanks! Before 1974, Sears put out two versions of their Big Book catalogs. This pic is from the larger of the two and is in color. What did the B&W version look like, you ask?
(2) I don't know if you remember the "gators" where you could turn shoes into boots. It's one of those ideas that sounds good in theory but doesn't work so great in practice.
(3) That was when the Olympics was an extension of the Cold War. One really cared whether the Norwegian skier or the Czech skier won the biathlon because the Norwegian was on "our" side and the Czech was on "their" side. Now, it's like "who cares". They're all professionals and sponsored by corporations.