German actor Fritz Wepper on a “Star of the Month” calendar poster in Bravo of 3 August 1970. Wepper was on TV at the time as junior police detective Harry Klein in the hugely popular series Der Kommissar. Towards the end of that series, he transferred — character and all — to the new detective series Derrick, where the titular character’s command to Harry to fetch the car has become a cultural reference in Germany.
He also appeared in the 1972 film Cabaret as Fritz Wendel, the guy who has a crush on Liza Minelli’s Sally Bowles. “And here’s the craziness: I like it. God damn it!”
Dutch child-star Heintje on a poster in a Bravo of August 1968.Heintje was massive; whole generations of Germans grew up with his Christmas albums. Heintje is Christmas.
The poster runs a double pun: “Drei Käse hoch”, meaning “Three-cheeses-high” is a German term for a kid who’s still small. Cheese is, of course, a product for which the Dutch are famous. Basil Fawlty was wrong: the Germans do have a sense of humour.
Here’s Heintje’s ubiquitous Christmas album (listen to it here, if you need to):
An ad for Cadbury’s chocolate in a Bravo of August 1969. It’s not a “posh plush sofa old-aunt chocolate in the style of a Viennese waltz” but a “quarterpounder with an authentic English taste which your Aunt Julchen find so shockingly new.” Cadbury’s is, in fact, crap. Authentic English taste indeed.
Austrian Formula 1 racing champion Niki Lauda on a centrespread poster in Bravo of 31 July 1975. Almost exactly a year later Lauda would be badly burned in a crash during a race at Germany’s Nürburgring. Before the race, Lauda had tried to persuade his fellow drivers to boycott the race for safety reasons. He was voted down…
Irish singer Dana on a single-page poster in Bravo of 31 July 1975. There was all kinds of everything in Bravo that week.
The movie Towering Inferno (or, in German, Flammendes Inferno) on a superposter in Bravo of 31 July 1975
Sister Sledge on a back-page poster in Bravo of 31 July 1975. They were still between 16 and 20 then.
David Cassidy with his dog Bullseye on a superposter in Bravo of 31 July 1975. How ’70s are his t-shirt and trousers??
The Bay City Rollers in a 5-part portrait series. In the issue of 31 July 1975, the fourth instalment was published with Derek Longmuir’s poster.
Bravo Girl of the Year 1975 Christiane Gött features on the cover of Bravo of 31 July 1975. That week 42 years ago, Germany’s youth read about:
• Sweet answer readers’ letters on a visit to the Bravo offices
• TV bosses want to cancel the Pop 75 music show
• Bay City Rollers drummer Derek Longmuir profiled
• David Cassidy and his pets (three dogs and a cat)
• Simon Williams, “The rebel of Eaton Place”, of British TV series Upstairs Downstairs
And here’s the kicker: on one spread, the left-hand page is a feature on the film Towering Inferno; on the right is an article on Austrian F1 racing champion Niki Lauda — who almost exactly a year later would be badly burnt in a crash at Germany’s Nürburgring. On one of the photos Lauda is seen with flame-retardant protective underwear (it makes him sweat).