Exploring the Past: A Photographic Journey Through Time

By Sarah Norman | April 1, 2024

Grizzly Adams TV series starring Dan Haggerty as Grizzly Adams and co-star Denver Pyle as Mad Jack. 1977-78

Do you remember when Superman saved the day on I Love Lucy? Did you know that Mary Tyler Moore was a dancing elf in commercials for Hotpoint appliances? Or that Brigitte Bardot was an aspiring ballerina before she started acting? How much do you know about the woman who was considered the British Marilyn Monroe? Do you remember when Shirley Eaton appeared on screen covered in gold paint? Join us as we revisit some of these groovy moments from the past, and see pictures of Julia Louis-Dreyfuss when she was young, and Melanie Griffith with a pet lion.

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The television show was based on the 1974 film of the same name. That, in turn, was based on the life of James Adams, who in the 1850s, fled into the mountains after being accused of a crime he didn’t commit. In the show, when Adams adopts an abandoned grizzly bear cub, he raises it to become an adult companion he calls Ben. In terms of human companions, he has an old trader named Mad Jack and a Native American named Nakoma. Grizzly Adams, with his uncanny link to the wilderness, has to watch for bounty hunters because there's a price on his head.  

Gabriele Susanne Kerner, singer of German band Nena in 1982

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"99 Luftballons" is a legendary song by the German group Nena, released in 1983. This iconic track is not only a musical masterpiece but also a poignant commentary on the tensions of the Cold War era. Sung in both German and English versions, the song tells the story of 99 red balloons floating in the sky, mistaken for an impending nuclear threat, which leads to a catastrophic chain reaction. With its catchy melody and thought-provoking lyrics, "99 Luftballons" captured the anxieties and fears of the time, and it became an instant hit around the world. Nena's powerful vocals and the song's infectious rhythm make it a timeless classic that continues to resonate with audiences, reminding us of the enduring impact of political tensions and the universal desire for peace.