Groovy Photos We Had No Idea Existed

By Sarah Norman | October 23, 2023

Nanu nanu? Spacewoman and Spaceman from the Tomorrowland Park at Disneyland in 1960

This collection of memories and behind the scene glimpses into Hollywood’s history have us completely smitten with the past. It feels like just yesterday when "Who's the Boss?" was still on the air and it’s so strange to think that groundbreaking musician David Bowie and mogul Hugh Hefner are no longer alive. Come daydream away with this batch of goodies from pop culture history.

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The “Spaceman” character was one of Disney’s Tomorrowland theme park’s most iconic elements of the 50s and 60s. In this rare photo from the Disneyland archives “Space Woman” makes an appearance.

It was December of 1955 when construction for Disneyland’s original Tomorrowland began. So basically, that left them a whopping six months to complete it. The early incarnation of Disneyland’s Tomorrowland featured a series of exhibits that were essentially corporate brochures realized in 3-D. Sadly, Walt wasn’t able to communicate his vision until 1967 when he set new plans for Tomorrowland in motion. Then he didn’t live long enough to see how it came together.

Ouch! Paul McCartney holding a nasty pin after John's controversial comment which caused a Beatles boycott in 1966.

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“To Hell with the Beatles” was in response to a comment John Lennon made during an interview conducted by journalist Maureen Cleave back in 1966. Lennon argued that Christianity was on the decline and that it would most likely be outlived by rock music. He said "We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first – rock 'n' roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me."

As could be expected, this statement caused much controversy among Christians in the United States. Although when originally published in a March 1966 article for the London Evening Standard, readers in the United Kingdom didn’t seem all that perturbed by it. After Datebook, a US teen magazine quoted Lennon five months after the fact, protests broke out all throughout the Southern United States.

Some radio stations stopped playing their music, Beatles albums were publicly burned, threats ran wild and clever little buttons like the one pictured here were all the rage until Lennon reluctantly apologized. Although he did throw in this little jab, "if I had said television was more popular than Jesus, I might have got away with it".