Rediscovering the '60s and '70s: Photos Once Lost to Time

By Sarah Norman | April 1, 2024

Charlie's Cheerleaders. Cheryl Ladd and Jaclyn Smith shake their pompoms in 1978.

Ah yes, remembering the good old days…. It's enough to make you a wanna jump back into the past so you can slide back into one of these creepy space chairs (as pictured) isn't it? No, but seriously, there are so many worthwhile memories to explore right here, so sit back, relax, turn up the Stones, Madonna, or Zeppelin, whatever your flavor… and enjoy.  

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Pictured here are Cheryl Ladd and Jaclyn Smith, willing to do whatever it takes to solve each episode’s mystery… including shaking their pompoms in an undercover operation. This particular episode of Charlie’s Angels, titled Pom Pom Angels, aired in November of 1978. In it, three cheerleaders, just up and vanished mysteriously. Even stranger, the coach had been receiving notes from religious fanatics in the days leading up to the disappearances. The notes basically condemned him for objectifying women by putting them on display. So naturally, the Angels slid on those uniforms and put themselves on display! The mission ends up leading to a haircut and a cult where they serve 'The Good One'. Good times! 

Jennifer Jason Leigh and Phoebe Cates in promo pics for Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

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The hilarious coming-of-age comedy film directed by Amy Heckerling and written by Cameron Crowe was adapted from his 1981 book of the same name. For the book, Crowe actually went undercover at Clairemont High School in San Diego and wrote about his experiences.

The film follows the lives of sophomores Stacy Hamilton (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and Mark Ratner (Brian Backer), and their friends Linda Barrett (Phoebe Cates) and Mike Damone (Robert Romanus). Sean Penn plays Jeff Spicoli, a perpetually stoned surfer-type with a history teacher for a nemesis. The film is full of future stars, in addition to the main cast, it also marks early appearances from Nicolas Cage, Forest Whitaker, Eric Stoltz, and Anthony Edwards.