For me, the year began as a junior in high school and ended as a senior.
We were on top of the world, with the light at the end of the 13 year school tunnel.
How dumb were we, not realizing that those years were probably the best of our lives, at least for some.

That year, gas cost 55 cents per gallon, average monthly rent was $175 and a pound of ground beef would set you back 98 cents.

It was the year of Hurricane Agnes.
I was living in the Corning/Painted Post area which was hit hard, and spent a good part of that Summer cleaning up homes.
The stench was unbelievable, and the damage was wide-spread.

In 1972, The last U.S. ground troops left Vietnam, it was the year of Watergate and Munich Olympics terrorist attack.
At the movie theater, popular flicks included 'The Godfather', 'Fiddler On The Roof', Clockwork Orange', and 'Dirty Harry.'

The 1972 Sports World included Dallas winning Super Bowl VI over Miami 24 to 3, Nebraska won the College Football Championship over Alabama 38 to 6, UCLA beat Florida State to win the win the NCAA Men's Division 1 Basketball Championship, the Bruins skated over the Rangers 4 games to 2 to claim the Stanley Cup,  Oakland bested Cincinnati 4 games to 3 for the World Series title.

The music scene included great tunes from albums like 'Exile on Main St.', The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars', 'Machine Head', Thick As a Brick' and 'Harvest.'
Harry Chapin penned a very chilling song, based on the 1966 shootings at the University of Texas.
While it is a long song (coming in at just under 10 minutes) it is something you should take the time to listen to.

That, in a nut shell, was 1972.