Past & Curious: ’80s Chamber of Commerce Vids, Hutton Denies Rape, Farrah’s Superstar Lover

These videos are insane! (Image via video still)

Keep reading for news of the past with relevance today:

CITY LAB: You won't soon forget these nutty 1980s videos of cities selling themselves!

My fave, above, is Detroit, since I grew up in Michigan. You're welcome.

Within 72 hours of this parade, Philly's hospitals and morgues were full. (Image via U.S. Naval History & Heritage Command)

HUFF POST: Trump continues to lie, saying there will be a "quick" coronavirus vaccine — there won't be. Experts are saying the coronavirus spread could mirror that of the 1918 flu pandemic that wiped out 30 million people worldwide. That outbreak, too, was downplayed by officials, with Philadelphia carrying on with a Liberty Loan parade on September 28, 1918, that allowed the virus, thought to have originated in Kansas, to explode. From there, U.S. troops spread it to Europe, and the rest is history. Here's hoping we don't have a repeat.

TWITTER: Every major presidential candidate left in the race is a septuagenarian now — and before you try one of those "okay, Boomer" jokes ... only Elizabeth Warren, at 70, is young enough to be a Boomer!

Porizkova around the time she and Ocasek met (GIF via GIPHY)

EXTRATV: Paulina Porizkova, 54, is revealing her "hurt and betrayal" over being iced out of her estranged husband Ric Ocasek's will after he died at 75 in 2019. She was still living with him, and she found his body — but the will said she had "abandoned" the Cars rocker.

RIP, Mr. Lipton! (GIF via GIPHY)

BOY CULTURE: Every celebrity we have lost — so far — in 2020, including the recent loss of James Lipton, 93.

DO YOU REMEMBER?: 100-year-old Leap Year baby is celebrating turning ... 25!

BUZZFEED NEWS: A former model has alleged that actor Timothy Hutton, now 59, raped her in 1983, when she was 14 and he was about 23. Hutton has denied the allegation, and says she had tried to negotiate a payout of over a million dollars prior to going public. There is no statute of limitations on rape in Canada, so it's being investigated; however, 14 was the age of consent in Canada at the time, so there would not be any allegations of child molestation.

Marquez (L) seemed to have mental-health issues at the time of her death. (Image via Warner Bros.)

TRUE CRIME DAILY: Stand and Deliver (1988) and ER (27 episodes 1994-1997) actress Vanessa Marquez was gunned down at 49 in 2018 by cops doing a welfare check. Now, bodycam footage clearly shows she brandished what turned out to be a harmless replica, but a convincing one, so no charges will be filed.

AP: Eighty-four-year-old pariah Woody Allen's memoir has found a publisher, and his aggrieved daughter, Dylan, 34, who has accused him of sexually molesting her during his contentious separation from her mother Mia Farrow (b. 1945), is outraged. The publisher? Hachette — which also published her brother Ronan Farrow's (b. 1987) Catch and Kill (2019).

Cariou is a living legend — let him walk! (Image via NY City Center)

PAGE SIX: Len Cariou, 80, has allegedly walked out on his off-Broadway show Harry Townsend's Last Stand, infuriating producers.

UP IN THE BLUE SEATS: Rangers star of the '80s Ron Duguay, 62, claims his steamy affair with Farrah Fawcett (1947-2009) got him traded from the team. Juicy.

Duguay became a pop icon thanks to this. (Image via Interview)

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