It’s that time of year. No, I don’t mean President’s Day or preparing your tax forms for the IRS or thinking about changing the oil in your lawnmower. I am talking about preparing for summer vacations and trips around Michigan, the United States and the world.

It was fun this week to read the travel advertisements in the March 11, 1977, issue of the JN. Forty years ago, a flight to London or Rome cost as little as $309. You could book a round-trip to Las Vegas with three nights lodging for a mere $221. Or for $799 per person, you could fly round-trip to Israel from Detroit, and this price included 10 nights in a four-star hotel in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. Seems like quite the bargain, even in 1977 dollars.

There was something for everybody. I even found an advertisement for a Chabad Lubavitch trip to New York to celebrate the 75th birthday of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson. This ad pictured a photo of an RV, which was the “Chabad House on Wheels” in 1977.

The advertisements in JN are always fun to read. These were a bit inspiring. My wife, Pam, and I are currently working with our agent, Rochelle Lieberman, to plan our vacation this year to Iceland and England. Unfortunately, it’s going to cost a bit more than in 1977.

Mike Smith
Detroit Jewish News Foundation



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