PEOPLE Magazine 40th Anniversary

40 Years Later: Headline Makers
Then & Now

Who was making news in 1974, the year PEOPLE published its first issue? From Stephen King to Barbara Walters to Hank Aaron, look back at who filled our pages then – and find out what they're doing today

JIMMY CONNORS

1974: His bad-boy temperament was almost as famous as his talent on the tennis court. Connors, then 22, won Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and every Grand Slam singles match except the French Open that year, collecting almost $300,000, an unprecedented sum for the sport. But Connors lost the ultimate match – marriage to his tennis superstar girlfriend Chris Evert – when the two broke off their engagement.
2014: Connors, 62, is a sought-after expert who's done tournament analysis and color commentary for NBC, the BBC and the Tennis Channel. In 2013, he wrote a controversial memoir, The Outsider.