Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired )

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Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
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Actually there were 2 gasoline shortages in the 70s and I remember both well.

1973 was the first but there was another in 1979. And neither of us is ancient!


Feb 05, 2020 12:17 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I sure do remember.  We had alternate days to get gas based upon odd and even numbers of license plates. 

Feb 05, 2020 05:27 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I remember it but not the exact year... wasn't Jimmy Carter President? Although it was a national problem I do not ever remember there being lines in Fargo ND where I lived at the time Barbara Todaro 

Feb 05, 2020 02:52 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

1978? My first guess was 73 but I think that was too soon.

Feb 05, 2020 12:31 PM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

The Summer of '73 is when it began. I could fill up my Karmann Ghia and get a hot dog and a soda if I had 5 bucks. Fast forward a year and $38.00 was the new norm. Luckily I could squeeze 42mpg's out of those 36hp.

Feb 05, 2020 05:04 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I can't remember the exact year but I know it was in the 1970s.  

Feb 05, 2020 01:48 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I think it was 1973 or 1974

Feb 05, 2020 12:00 PM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

It was around 1973-74-ish...

Feb 05, 2020 11:56 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

It was the end of '72 beginning of '73. I remember running out of gas waiting in the gas station line. And that same week our car was stolen. I was really upset about it having a full tank of gas!

Feb 05, 2020 04:19 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

1974. Energy crisis. Odd/even.
My first year as a driver. LOL

Feb 05, 2020 04:12 PM
Peter Mohylsky
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL

And this is the roaring "20's.  Those were the 70's.  maybe.  10 bucks would fill the tank and let me buy my date a pizza.  

Feb 05, 2020 03:47 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

I remember. If you found a gas station that had gas you stopped because the next one might not have gas. Some stations limited how much you could buy. 5 gallons, 10 gallons etc. And those cars used a lot more gas than today’s cars.

Feb 05, 2020 02:57 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


1973, and we had alternate days that you could fill up based on even or odd license plate last number.    With all the electric and hybrid cars, I don't think this will happen again...A

Feb 05, 2020 01:31 PM
Jerry Thomas-Construction Loans
Cranbrook Loans - Farmington Hills, MI
Construction Loans in MI, OH, PA, VA, GA and FL.

I remember it being in 1973.

Feb 05, 2020 12:17 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

The embargo...1973 is correct.


Feb 05, 2020 12:01 PM
Abby Stiller
REMAX Realty Group - Cape Coral, FL
Professional Bilingual Realtor (239) 284-8637

I don't know, Im sorry I wasn't here yet, but I love reading the answers. 

Feb 05, 2020 05:41 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

1973.  It was a Government contrived stunt, followed by the 55-be-damned national speed limit.

Feb 05, 2020 05:41 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Oh yes, I remember coasting on fumes!

Feb 05, 2020 03:07 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I thought it might be 1973 and see that is the case. And YES, I do remember. Incredible lines and long waits.

Feb 05, 2020 02:04 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

I think you have your answer.  I was really young when those lines existed in 73.  

Feb 05, 2020 01:42 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Yes, I do remember the one in the late 1970's. Fortunately, at that time I was in the corporate world in a senior executive position and had a company car... our headquarters were adjacent to our distribution facilities which had gas tanks for our trucks and the company filled up my car for me and paid for it as they did when I tanked up for gas in any gas station.

As for the one in 1973... I was living and working in NYC and did not have a car... no issues with public transport.

Feb 06, 2020 03:55 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Late 70's, oil crisis caused by the Iranian revolution.

I dont recall the 73 embargo, too young to drive at that time.

Feb 06, 2020 01:21 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Yes, it was 1973! My HS sweetheart's Dad owned the gas station near the school (full-service at the time - we knew none other than full-service)! I remember the lines there every day, all day long. 

Feb 05, 2020 09:31 PM
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

If I recall correctly, it was in 1973. I was just learning to drive and spent way too much time waiting in gas lines. And I had to be sure I was in line on the correct day. I also remember gas being 25 cents a gallon.

Feb 05, 2020 07:52 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I remember thinking and even saying ...I will remember when this is over

Feb 05, 2020 03:52 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Mid 70s- Odd - even tags , but many times stations ran out of gas. There would be  line of 30 cars waiting, and the attendent would walk back and put a " last car" sign on the 8th or 9th car , then ran back to station. People waiting in line were furious.

Feb 05, 2020 03:01 PM
Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

It was not the gov and it was not opec that caused the shortage. There were tankers anchored offshore that the oil companies would not let unload. The shortage was created by the oil companies to force the gov to allow the alaska pipeline which never brought any oil to the US. The alaskan oil went straight to japan.

Feb 06, 2020 05:10 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

In the early 70s - maybe 73? I was in 3rd grade. You could only buy gas on even days when your license plate was even and on odd days when your license plate was odd. Math genius that I was realized that odd license plates had a slight advantage (the 31st of the month).

Feb 06, 2020 03:20 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Odd and even license numbers to get gas or not (ding ding across the hose) ... remember the two gas shortages. My 1978 Pinto did not use much and later on we learned it was dangerous to run Pinto's fully gassed if you got rear ended. It was better to drive on or near empty. What do we all get for fuel mileage and drive now on the AR playground to list and sell I wonder Barbara Todaro ? Had two Pintos way back, then Dodge Omni before turning to jeep after jeep.

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Feb 06, 2020 03:08 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Yep, I lived through them in 1972-73 era. CA

Feb 05, 2020 08:53 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

I remember. It was about 1977 or 1978 I think. I had a car that still took unleaded gas so I didn't have a bad wait. 

Feb 05, 2020 08:00 PM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

Do you mean Odd Even Days?  Yes, clearly, we had a gas station owned by Palestinions.  It was a Mobil Station.  We just needed to drop off our cars to have work on them and they could fill it up on any day.  Wink Wink

Feb 05, 2020 07:04 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am so glad that I don't have to go to gas stations any longer, haha.  I have not purchased gas since August of 2019.

Feb 06, 2020 10:30 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Get an electric car. No oil change, no waiting line. No radiator. Cheaper than your white BMEr. 

Yes oil embargo around 1974, then 2nd one in 1979 ..... Gas went up to 34 cents. Then 1 buck.  What else you want to know? Did you own two tags one was odd the other was even....

Feb 06, 2020 09:21 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I remember the first one was 1972- 1973 and the second was the summer of 1979.  I was living in Houston and it was not that bad there.

Feb 06, 2020 07:53 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD
Due to memories of oil shortage in 1973, motorists soon began panic buying, and long lines appeared at gas stations, as they had six years earlier during the 1973 oil crisis. › wiki › 1979_oil_crisis

1979 oil crisis - Wikipedia

Feb 06, 2020 07:46 AM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

I was little so sometime in the 70s.  Our parents were also instructed to have us dress warm for school; dresses/skirts were discouraged for girls while the thermostat was lowered.  

Feb 06, 2020 05:07 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

1973 comes to mind. I was working for a Savings and Loan and parked my car by the pumps at the station across the street. They would fill my tank daily. Had to be a regular.

Feb 06, 2020 04:48 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I lived in small town America and we didn't have lines.  I do remember we went to Florida to see my Aunt and Uncle and experienced some lines to and from New Symerna, but left there with a full tank because my Uncle owned a gulf station.

Feb 10, 2020 11:05 AM
Libby Cousins
Extraordinary Processing - Spokane, WA
Contract Mortgage Processor, licensed in WA

In CA, we had lines in '79. I remember waiting in line wtih our babysitter. I was just a kid but it seemed to take FOREVER to get up to the gas pump. Your fill up date was based on the first (or maybe last) digit of your license plate being odd or even.

Feb 06, 2020 10:54 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

In the 70s and remember turning off the car while waiting in line...

Feb 06, 2020 08:56 AM