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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

DEMI LOVATO

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

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

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

EDDIE MEKKA

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

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

TOTAL ECLIPSE OF MY BUTT

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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