Here’s another fun pop-culture thing, one that I found way more engaging than I would have thought if someone merely described it to me.
My friend Steve Millies in Chicago retweeted this the other day:
If you don’t zoom in on this and look at it for at least a full minute I don’t even know you anymore. pic.twitter.com/ZKPKLku9qS
— Super 70s Sports (@Super70sSports) September 27, 2021
I assure you I looked at it more than a minute.
It didn’t look like anything particularly engaging at first. OK, so we have some people who were big in TV in the ’70s all dressed up and having their picture taken together.
Yeah, there’s Mary Tyler Moore right at the front, looking as she did when she was probably the hottest star on CBS with her show that ran from 1970-77. OK.
But wait. Alfred Hitchcock is standing next to her. And on the other side of him, Walter Cronkite. Whoa…
So you start looking around. And you have to hunt, but eventually you find:
- All four stars of “All in the Family,” scattered separately here and there.
- Chester, from “Gunsmoke.” Yeah, I know that at this time, he was McCloud, but to me, he’ll always be Chester. Anyway, everybody else in this picture was affiliated with CBS, as was “Gunsmoke,” and “McCloud” was on NBC. So I think he’s there for being Chester.
- Lou Grant! Which makes sense, since Mary is there.
- Andy, Barney, Opie and Gomer, scattered about the picture.
- Carol Burnette.
- Lucille Ball.
- Art Linkletter and Art Carney. And Arthur Godfrey, I think.
- Steve Allen? Yeah, I think so.
- Adrienne Barbeau! Yeah, I see at least one other person from “Maude” there, but who cares? There’s Adrienne Barbeau, whom we all know from certain other classics as well…
- Danny Thomas.
- Telly Savalas.
- Betty White, with red hair!
- One of the Gabor sisters, but I can’t tell which. Probably Eva. When you zoom in, the quality is poor.
- Hang on! There are Roy Rogers and Dale Evans!!! And Roy’s duded up in black tie…
- Is that Danny Kaye near George Burns?
- I’m not sure about this, but do I see Captain Kangaroo, only out of uniform?
There are so many others I could name — big stars. But I’m going to let you find them yourselves.
I guess this was like the Emmys or something, and CBS must have really gone to a lot of trouble to make this happen.
Of course, maybe it was Photoshopped. But I don’t think so. As remarkable as it is, I think it’s real.
The only reason I have to doubt it (aside from the logistical difficulty of getting them together at the same moment) is the fact that these people weren’t all on the network at the same time. Overall, it seems like a shot from the ’70s. Steve speculates it was at a certain point in that period: “Good Times/Barnaby Jones overlap suggests 1973-74.”
But when someone was on a show isn’t a limiting factor. Hitchcock hadn’t been on CBS since 1964. And Dennis Weaver, although a former star of “Gunsmoke,” was at this time on a competing network. But they’re in it, too. And this has to be a CBS effort, based on who’s in the picture.
It doesn’t sound like it would be fun, but I thought it sort of was…