… But they know what they like: Timberlake!

On this day in 1979: A Bob Timberlake exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh brings protests that he is an illustrator and a promoter rather than an artist. One reviewer calls his work “a contrived world of plastic nostalgia.” Critics also contend Timberlake’s limited-edition prints fail to satisfy professional criteria.

The show draws huge crowds, however, and Timberlake’s standing as the state’s most popular artist is unshaken.