RIP, Sargent Shriver, a great and patriotic American.
National Journal obit here. An appreciation here.
As far as the 1970s being odd: Sargent Shriver, Tom Eagleton, Jimmy Carter, Bob Dole, Spiro Agnew, Nelson Rockefeller, Gerald Ford, George McGovern, Richard Nixon, Walter Mondale. All held national office or were nominated as part of a national (major party) ticket over the span of 1972-1976. That's ten people, or two more than the maximum you would get from just two sets of completely different tickets in the two elections (as in for example 2004-2008). It wasn't just the clothes and the hair, folks.
(And play with this one: outside of Agnew, I might argue that all of the VPs or VP candidates would have made better presidents than any of the presidents or presidential candidates).