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Aaron Spelling

Aaron Spelling Yeah, I know Aaron Spelling wasn’t a teen idol. I still want to write about him though because he is responsible for a ton of great shows. He’s also the father of one of my favorite actresses, Tori Spelling. Aaron Spelling was born in Dallas, Texas a really long time ago. He was […]

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Aretha Franklin Ztams Teen Pinups

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin I teach middle school band. Today I talked to my students about Aretha Franklin and how she’s the Queen of Soul. I also played her “Live at Fillmore West” CD for them. They liked it. When I asked who had heard of Aretha Franklin before, only a few hands went up. I guess […]

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John Denver Ztams Teen Pinups

John Denver

John Denver I love John Denver. I think people get made fun of for liking music by John Denver, Barry Manilow, The Carpenters, Clay Aiken, and so on. I don’t care. I love all of their music. Most of my best childhood memories somehow involve John Denver music. I still own the 8-track of his […]

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Demi Lovato Ztams Teen Pinups


Sara Gilbert recently said this about Demi Lovato on The Talk: “I think she’s my favorite celebrity.” I think Sara Gilbert is MY favorite celebrity so I figured Demi Lovato must be pretty cool. That’s how I chose today’s topic. Thank you, Sara Gilbert. Demi Lovato Demi Lovato was born on August 20, 1992 in […]

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Randy Mantooth Kevin Tighe magazine Ztams Teen Pinups


TV Sidekicks Do you ever wonder how TV sidekicks become sidekicks? Did they start out that way? There seems to always be a favorite that emerges from a singing group. I don’t believe groups start out that way. They don’t say, “Hey, you play bass. You play drums. You just look cute and get all […]

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Barry Manilow Ztams Teen Pinups


Barry Manilow I wrote Barry Manilow a fan letter in 1979. He never wrote back. Bastard. Still….I was, and still am, a Barry Manilow fan. I loved his music when I was a kid. While my musical tastes have changed a bit since way back in the 70’s, I still enjoy listening to him now […]

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Eddie Mekka Ztams Teen Pinups


Laverne & Shirley was one of my favorite shows when I was a kid. I had a big crush on Shirley Feeney’s boyfriend, Carmine Ragusa (“The Big Ragu”). Carmine was played by actor/dancer/singer Eddie Mekka. I liked Eddie so much that I once wrote him a fan letter. I think I liked his cute little […]

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Kristy McNichol


I was jealous of her. I saw her all the time in my teen magazines. She was a tomboy just like me. She liked to skateboard just like me. She was cute just like me. She liked Donny Osmond just like….okay, I liked Tony DeFranco. I was jealous because she got to kiss Leif Garrett, […]

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Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack

Forty years ago this week, the soundtrack for Saturday Night Fever was released. That movie had a lot of nasty scenes in it. It was my first R rated movie and I was much too young to see all of that. My older sister and her friend snuck me in. I’ve been traumatized ever since. […]

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1979 16 mag


Am I the only one not interested in the total eclipse happening today? I understand that the last one occurred in 1979. While all y’all are out looking at the sun and going blind, I am going to write about groovy stuff (not the eclipse) that happened in the year 1979. The top grossing movie […]

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