Forgotten Snapshots: Rediscovering the Past Through Photography

By Sarah Norman | March 21, 2024

The Rebel Yell-er, Billy Idol back in 1978.

Collected here are reminders of humanity's strength, sources of nostalgia, and moments of unity. Whether it be moments of victory, a place of common gatherings like a record store, or those special entertainers and public figures who somehow always managed to bring people together. Here are some snippets into our unified past. 

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William Michael Albert Broad, aka, Billy Idol, first achieved fame back in the 1970s as the lead singer of the punk band Generation X. He eventually embarked on a solo career which was a good call because that’s what led to Idol becoming an idol on an international level. He was pretty much the poster boy for the MTV-driven "Second British Invasion". His debut studio album Billy Idol (1982) was wildly successful, with hit singles "Dancing with Myself" and "White Wedding".

His second studio album Rebel Yell (1983) once again, was a huge commercial success. It was certified double platinum, selling two million copies in the United States. A number of successful albums followed these until the second half of the 90’s when he decided to step out of the public eye and focus on his personal life. He released comeback album Devil's Playground in 2005 and in 2014 came Kings & Queens of the Underground.

Robin Williams hits the big time - 1979.

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Very few things can pull people together than laughter and boy, was Robin Williams sure the master of doing just that. No matter how your day unraveled you could turn on an episode of Mork and Mindy and laugh it all away with family… and the rest of the country because just about everyone else was watching too. Nielsen ratings were very high, ranking at 3.

Mork & Mindy was Robin Williams’ first big break. This comedic role launched his career and propelled him towards stardom. Williams won the world over in his role as Mork from Ork, a bumbling alien who moves in with an earthling named Mindy. The roomies attempt to maintain a normal household which goes about as well as expected.