— Sophia Chabbott
REMEMBER WHEN: As GQ marks a half century, the magazine has come across a slew of interesting tidbits about the rich and famous before they were so. Take Bruce Weber who, before he was a renowned photographer, was an up-and-coming model who landed on the cover of GQ Scene, a short-lived spin-off of GQ in the late Sixties that proclaimed it was "For Teen Men Only." (Its editor, Jack Haber, ended up editing the magazine proper for over a decade.) At 21, Weber appeared on the cover of the Winter 1967-68 issue, "goofily adorable in a Herman's Hermits way," as David Kamp put it in a story in GQ's October issue, and was introduced to the readers as follows: "Bruce came to New York a year ago from Greensburg, Pa., to study acting. After deciding to pay for his classes by modeling, Bruce shook up veteran models by winning jobs in five TV commercials within three months." GQ staff writer Alex Pappademas unearthed a copy of the forgotten offshoot on eBay in anticipation of the anniversary issue, but GQ didn't end up running an image of it. Lest the Mod do and double-heart tattoo on Weber's hand ($1 for a sheet of 10 at 80 Wooster Street, GQ Scene helpfully notes in its credits) be lost to posterity, the cover is seen here.
— Irin Carmon