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Samuel Lebowitz poster from Cooper-Hewitt Museum’s ‘Subway’ exhibition in 1977

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Ascent From Heaven

On May 26, 1977, a Queens mountain climber became a New York folk hero by scaling the 1,350-foot South Tower of the World Trade Center. Wearing jeans and using equipment he tested in secret at night,” the 27-year-old made the ascent “to the delight of thousands of pedestrians who watched his 3-and-a-half-hour effort,” The New York Times reported. The man, George H. Willig, was arrested by the Port Authority police and given 3 summonses. He was later served with a $250,000 suit by New York City. “But to the people on the street he was a hero,” The Times reported

Even the officers assigned to climb up with him congratulated him on his achievement. “Officer Allen, who as a member of Emergency Service Squad 1 has rescued potential suicides and been as high as the top of the George Washington Bridge towers in his work, seemed elated after his assignment yesterday — and full of admiration for Mr. Willig, who, he said, ‘was in fantastic shape,’” The Times noted. Our staff photographer Tyrone Dukes took this photo of George climbing as 2 police officers followed in a window washer’s scaffold. Why did he do it? “It was a personal challenge, a challenge to my ingenuity,” George told the paper

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M*A*S*H Up

Prince Charles and the cast of M*A*S*H (Alan Alda, Loretta Swit, Jamie Farr, Mike Farrell, Gary Burghoff, Harry Morgan), on set, October 27, 1977 

this M*A*S*H episode, entitled ‘Comrades In Arms (Part 1),’ aired December 6, 1977

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Claw & Disorder

Woody Allen vs the lobster, on the set of 1977’s Annie Hall.  photos by Brian Hamill

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Volume Up The Pump

Arnold Schwarzenegger pretends to push frogmen to the sea, to help promote the bodybuilding documentary Pumping Iron at the The 30th Cannes Film Festival, May 22, 1977

I’m off to Ittttttttttaly for 2 weeks to eat pizza.  find your own ‘roni til I return.  SMOOOoooOOOches!

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