Unedited Vintage Photos No One Talks About

By Sarah Norman | December 2, 2023

Tom Laughlin and His Wife, Delores Taylor, in a scene from the 1971 movie "Billy Jack"

It is the people that make the past what it was. The lives people live, decisions they make, and things they accomplish are all woven into the tapestry of history and tell the story of the time period. That is true with the people shown in this collection of photos. These people – all icons of the groovy era – have left their imprint on the era. Let’s see how many of them you can remember. 

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Actor Tom Laughlin and his wife, Dolores Taylor, both started in Billy Jack, a movie that was conceived, written, directed, and produced by the couple. Laughlin attended the University of Wisconsin, then transferred to Marquette University, before transferring again to the University of South Dakota. It was there that he met Dolores Taylor, a graphic design student who would become his wife. It was also in South Dakota that Laughlin witnessed the mistreatment of Native Americans. It inspired him to write the screenplay for Billy Jack which they made into a movie in 1971. It was followed by The Trial of Billy Jack in 1974 and Billy Jack Goes to Washington in 1976. 

Gregory Peck with his 1962 Oscar for Best Actor for his role as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird

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It is hard to imagine another actor playing the pivotal role of Atticus Finch in the 1962 movie, To Kill a Mockingbird, based on the Harper Lee novel of the same name. Gregory Peck did such a fabulous job tackling the role of the wise single father and small-town lawyer thrust into the middle of racial injustice in the 1950s South that he won an Academy Award for Best Actor for the part. But did you known that Gregory Peck was not director Robert Mulligan’s first choice to play the role? In fact, he wasn’t even the second choice. Initially, he wanted James Stewart to play Atticus Finch but he declined because he thought the film was too controversial. Next, the studio tapped Rock Hudson for the role, but the film’s producer, Alan J. Pakula, didn’t think Hudson was a big enough star. He wanted a bigger name.