My friend Leona recently downsized — her grandson bought the house where she’d lived for 40 years, and she and her husband headed to a new villa. This involved lots of going through boxes. Daughter #3 and I went to help one day, and Leona handed me a 1987 issue of People magazine. It was a fascinating look back. At that point in time, I had just graduated from college and was in my first month of gainful employment at Parisian department store in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.
I’ve always been a fan of People, and really, who can resist it? It’s junk food for the reader. It’s something you can read as pure fluff, no concentration or thinking required. But my, how it’s changed over the years. And I didn’t even realize it.
This particular issue was a look back at Liberace, who had recently died. I noted that, other than the cover, virtually nothing in the magazine (except ads) was in color. If there’s anyone who cries out for a color photo, it’s Liberace. Yet there he is, in all his glory — in black and white.
In other fun trivia, Elton John’s vow renewal — to a woman! — was mentioned. I had forgotten he’d married a woman, if I’d ever even known. I learn that curbing rumors of divorce, Elton John and wife Renate are renewing their wedding vows on Valentine’s Day, their third anniversary. I kind of pity Renate …
Remember when magazines were full of cigarette ads? This issue was full of them, and they were one of the few spots of color. Gotta love the fashions and permed hair as well.
Boy, this article took me back. Now, they’re mocked as “ugly sweaters.” In 1987? Sweaters as art canvases were a thing of beauty. I had plenty: a sweater featuring watches and clocks. A sweater with children of the world. Being a teacher just fed the outrageous fashion sense. Ah well, it was part of the era. And again, if there’s ever something that cries out for a color photo, it’s the ugly sweater. I wonder what the designer, Lisa Nichols for Berek, is doing now. A google search just turns up a bunch of stuff from the ’80s.
Did you have any ugly sweaters? Or have you noticed any ways magazines have changed since the ’80s?