As Tatum O’Neal pens our current “My Turn” column reflecting on childhood memories honoring recently deceased agent Sue Mengers, it seemed an opportune time to unearth this fascinating cover story of the then 12-year old from February 9, 1976.
…My relationship with my dad is extremely precious. Nobody in the world has a relationship like that. Me and my dad- it has nothing to do with sex. It’s not perverse. Some people think like that because we’re too close. People are weird…
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One of many amazing quotes in this 3,500-word NEWSWEEK interview with Steve Jobs, which appeared in a 1984 special issue of the magazine. Jobs was 29 at the time.
“iPod Nation,” NEWSWEEK, July 26, 2004.
“From early on we wanted a product that would seem so natural and so inevitable and so simple you almost wouldn’t think of it as having been designed,” says Apple’s industrial designer. This austerity extended to the whiteness of the iPod, a double-crystal polymer Antarctica, a blankness that screams in brilliant colors across a crowded subway. “It’s neutral, but it is a bold neutral, just shockingly neutral,” says Ive.
Assessing the final product, Jobs bestows, for him, the ultimate accolade: “It’s as Apple as anything Apple has ever done.”
“Rebirth of the Blues,” May 26, 1969
R.I.P. Janis, who died 41 years ago today.
As our resident archivist notes, our November 1965 cover on protesters in New York City is an interesting forbearer of big things to come. Who are these protesters!? Why are they here?! At the time, one could pay 35 cents to read and find out. Now, all you need is a hashtag.
Today in Newsweek archives: Girls Rule!
Yesterday’s dramatic penalty shootout win over Brazil in the semifinals of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup marked the 12th anniversary of this iconic 1999 image, showing defender Brandi Chastain (now an ESPN commentator) just seconds after she secured the penalty for the World Cup win against China (the second win in U.S. history). At the time, international interest in women’s soccer was at an all-time high—and the celebrated match against China was the most-attended women’s sporting event in history. Chastain called it “the greatest moment of my life on the soccer field. The U.S. is set to face France on Wednesday.
In this April 1981 Newsweek cover, the editors called the just-launched space shuttle program—which began with the Columbia—the “most spectacular sales promotion in history.” They predicted that the future in space lied with private industry—a belief mirrored by the Obama administration nearly three decades later:
Once investment in space loses its element of risk, predicts NASA’s Bekey, “industry will jump in.” If so, Columbia’s historic voyage may turn out to be not only a splendid technical and scientific achievement, but also perhaps the most spectacular sales promotion in history. Even as mankind’s great adventure in space is getting under way, it is also, in a sense, ending. Impelled by the dual human imperatives to explore—and to see if some money can be made at it—we have begun to probe the very fringes of a great uncharted sea; already, we want to know where the best fishing is.
June 6, 1977
Newsweek’s first cover on gay rights, featuring a fiery Anita Bryant, documented how the Florida Citrus Commission spokeswoman (and former Miss Oklahoma) was mobilizing what was described as a “somewhat bizarre but deadly serious battle over gay rights.”
Bryant, of course, would later take a banana cream pie in the face. (“Well at least it’s a fruit pie,” she exclaimed.)
And thirty-four years to the month later, New York would become the sixth and largest state to legalize gay marriage.