Rare Photos From The 1980s Captured Way More Than Expected

By Sarah Norman | May 23, 2023

When Mr. Universe gets overshadowed by Andre the Giant and Wilt Chamberlain, 1983.

The 1980s were a truly unique and unforgettable decade, filled with maximalist music, iconic pop culture moments, and groundbreaking technology. From the rise of the personal computer to the emergence of memorable TV shows like The Wonder Years, the 1980s captured the imagination of people all around the world.

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It’s rare when the “strongest man in the world” looks like the most athletic kid in middle school. But that’s precisely what happened when 14 time world champion Arnold Schwarzenegger worked with Andre the Giant and Wilt Chamberlain on “Conan The Destroyer”. Apparently, the trio would close down bars together and occasionally carry Arnold around like he was a child’s doll.

Real-life 'Rapunzel' Crystal Gayle in 1982

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Country music star Crystal Gayle dominated the country music scene in the late 1970s and early 1980s with her silky vocals and timeless hits. Her signature long hair and sparkling stage presence made her an icon in the country music world. Gayle's breakthrough hit, "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," became a crossover hit and earned her a Grammy award. Her success continued throughout the 1980s with several more chart-topping hits and sold-out concerts.