1978 – 2018

Celebrating 40 years of FOCUS, with retro ads from the past as well as pictures, stories and past Page 3 Beauties!

The FOCUS Staff hopes you enjoy this Anniversary issue which celebrates all the years of FOCUS we can cram in! Below is the cover of the very first FOCUS, which the late founder, John Tucker, no doubt toiled over in the nights prior to publication. Throughout 2018, we’ll be printing retro material from previous issues, so don’t miss one! Many thanks to our loyal clients & readers, and Happy New Year!

FOCUS Covers

1.6.1978 cover

First FOCUS Cover published January 6, 1978!

Cover published January 8, 1979.

Cover published August 14, 1980.

Lower portion of cover published December 8, 1988.

Cover published November 1987.

Cover published July 13, 2006.

 

FOCUS cover published December 29, 1998.

FOCUS cover published December 29, 1998.

 

FOCUS cover published May 25, 2006.

FOCUS cover published May 25, 2006.

FOCUS cover published December 16,1988.

Cover published June 2, 1988 with a Happy Birthday feature photo of the founder, John Tucker in a sombrero!

Cover published December 8, 1988.

Cover published October 8, 1987.

Focus Cover published October 16, 2008.

Page 3 Beauties

Page 3 beauty published September 24, 1992.

Page 3 beauty published September 24, 1992.

 

Page 3 beauty published August 20, 1993.

Page 3 beauty published August 20, 1993.

 

Page 3 beauty published on January 21, 1993.

Page 3 beauty published on January 21, 1993.

 

Page 3 beauty published January 14, 1994.

Page 3 beauty published January 14, 1994.

This Page 3 was published May 25, 2006.

This Page 3 was published May 25, 2006.

Columns / Stories

"The Underground Gourmets" Column by Burp & Slurp published May 8, 1980.

“The Underground Gourmets” Column by Burp & Slurp published May 8, 1980.

Article published October 4, 1979.

 

In Memory photos from late publisher John Tucker, Jr. as well as advertisement for Fandango's published November 11, 2004.

In Memory photos from late publisher John Tucker, Jr. as well as advertisement for Fandango’s published November 11, 2004.

 

Hunter S. Thompson (image below)
It can be assumed that few self-respecting publishers of alternative newspapers or magazines in the 1970s, 80s & 90s would decline to print Hunter S. Thompson, the great disrespecter of all things conventional in journalism and elsewhere.
John Tucker ran Thompson’s column and those of many other unconventional writers.

If you’re not familiar with Thompson, we’ll leave it to you to look him up online. His career started off with being fired from Time magazine for insubordination in 1959.

This piece of Thompson’s  is rather tame, but completely typical of his unique talent.

Article by Hunter S. Thompson published December 29, 1988.

Article by Hunter S. Thompson published December 29, 1988.

 

12.8.1988 david allen coe

Advertisement for Cadillac’s Bar and article for Hickory Community Theatre published December 8, 1988.

 

Photos from Hickory's 1st Annual Oktoberfest published October 16, 1986.

Photos from Hickory’s 1st Annual Oktoberfest published October 16, 1986.

 

Published October 1, 1987.

Published October 1, 1987.

 

FOCUS Masthead published on January 7, 1988.

FOCUS Masthead published on January 7, 1988.

 

Article published January 28, 1988.

Article published January 28, 1988.

 

Article published January 28, 1988.

Letter published January 7, 1998.

Swimsuit models from a retro issue published May 6, 1993. Photos by publisher, John Tucker.

Comics

Doonesbury comics published July 25, 1985.

Doonesbury comics published July 25, 1985.

 

Advertisements for Killian's and Fairway Motor Sales along with Benchwarmer's Sports Trivia.

Advertisements for Killian’s and Fairway Motor Sales along with Benchwarmer’s Sports Trivia.

 

 

Cartoon published February, 15 1979.

Cartoon published February, 15 1979.

 

Advertisements

Advertisement for Paramount Motor Sales, Inc. published December 8, 1988.

Advertisement for Paramount Motor Sales, Inc. published December 8, 1988.

Advertisement published October 4, 1979.

Advertisement published May 8, 1980.

Advertisement published August 16, 2007.

 

Advertisement for The Palace published April 4, 1991.

Advertisement for The Palace published April 4, 1991.

 

 

12.8.1988 david allen coe

Advertisement for Cadillac’s Bar and article for Hickory Community Theatre published December 8, 1988.

 

Advertisement for Calvin Klein Jeans and The Twilight Zone published October 4, 1979.

Advertisement for Calvin Klein Jeans and The Twilight Zone published October 4, 1979.

 

Advertisement for The Video Gallery published July, 18, 1985.

Advertisement for The Video Gallery published July, 18, 1985.

 

Movie Advertisements published May 8, 1980.

Movie Advertisements published May 8, 1980.

 

Advertisements for Killian's and Fairway Motor Sales along with Benchwarmer's Sports Trivia.

Advertisements for Killian’s and Fairway Motor Sales along with Benchwarmer’s Sports Trivia.

 

Advertisement for Rooster Bush published April 4, 1991.

Advertisement for Rooster Bush published April 4, 1991.

 

Advertisement for Wayneo's Rolls Royce Disco (currently Wayneo's Silver Bullet) published February 15, 1979.

Advertisement for Wayneo’s Rolls Royce Disco (currently Wayneo’s Silver Bullet) published February 15, 1979.

 

Advertisement for Cadillac's Bar published April 4, 1991.

Advertisement for Cadillac’s Bar published April 4, 1991.

Ad published December 29, 1988.

 

Advertisement for Cheers published January 7, 1988.

Advertisement for Cheers published January 7, 1988.

 

In Memory photos from late publisher John Tucker, Jr. as well as advertisement for Fandango's published November 11, 2004.

In Memory photos from late publisher John Tucker, Jr. as well as advertisement for Fandango’s published November 11, 2004.

Advertisement published October 4, 1979.

Advertisement published October 4, 1979.

 

Best Western Ad published December 8, 1988.

Fat Boys Ad published May 8, 1980.

Yesterdays Ad published October 4, 1979.

 

Ad published July, 25, 1985.

Khaki’s ad published December 8, 1988.

Advertisement published July 18, 1985.

Advertisement for Rent A Spa & Pro Fitness published June 30, 1988.

Gas Light West Advertisement published July 18, 1985.

Found Around Town Section

8.16.2007 people

Published August 16, 2007.

Found Around Town published October 1, 1987.

 

Page 11 Jan 28, 1988 people pics

Published January 28, 1988.

 

 

 

Found Around Town published October 8, 1987