I don’t know how the idea for this post came to be, but when it did I immediately sent myself an email so that I would not forget.
I can’t remember what order these crushes happened in, but the ones I remember the most are Mary from fourth grade, and Elizabeth Montgomery from the TV show Bewitched.
The image above is one I’ve used before and comes from a memory book that was signed by my fellow eighth-grade students as we got closer to graduation. In that original post I noted that what I would really remember Mary for happened four years prior to that, in fourth grade. Here is what I wrote:
It was Valentine’s Day in fourth grade, and at least back then, the guys just gave the other guys Valentines’ Day cards, and it would be highly unusual to give one to a girl. Well, I decided to be brave, and give a card to not only all the boys, but also to one girl, Mary. Naturally, I wanted to keep this a secret, and I thought once Mary got the card, she would keep our secret. Well as it turned out, I hadn’t thought things through completely. Everyone put all of the cards in a big box, and then the teacher took them all out, read the person’s name on the envelope, and the person came up and took the card. At some point, the teacher eventually pulled my card for Mary out of the box, and lo and behold, I forgot there were two Marys in our class. So the teacher had to ask who wrote the card, and which Mary it was for. After a few seconds of awkward silence, during which I could feel my face turning bright red (Lobster Man!), I sheepishly raised my hand and said it was from me, and meant for Mary S. Now the whole class knew that I had sent a card to Mary, and that she was the only girl I had sent one to. If only I knew some magic and could have made myself disappear for a while…
I don’t think I ever saw Mary again after eighth grade, since we went to different high schools.
And speaking of magic, that leads me to Bewitched, starring Elizabeth Montgomery. I must say I looked forward to that show each week, not only for its plotline, but the chance to see Samantha Stephens. I have to admit I also found her mischievous cousin, Serena, attractive as well. Not surprising, since Montgomery played both roles 🙂 And in a strange coincidence, Montgomery later played famous ax murderer Lizzie Borden in a made-for-TV movie.
Other crushes included:
- Jan Brady (Eve Plumb) from the Brady Bunch. My guess is that most boys my age preferred “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia”, but I found her younger sister more attractive.
- Laurie Partridge (Susan Dey) from the TV show The Partridge Family.
- Mary Ann Summers (Dawn Wells) from the TV comedy Gilligan’s Island. I just read that Dawn Wells was a former Miss Nevada, and one of the people she beat out for the role was Raquel Welch. On the show, there seemed to be some romantic chemistry between the Professor and Mary Ann, and in quite the coincidence, my wife’s name is Mary Ann…
- my next-door neighbor. She was a couple of years older than me, and I think every guy I knew had a crush on her. She went on to become a successful DJ on local Philadelphia radio stations.
If you go by the estimate that adolescence is from the ages of 10-19, then I had two final crushes at the age of 19:
- Kate Jackson, from the TV show Charlie’s Angels. I think everyone had their favorite Angel, and I guess for the majority of people it was Farah Fawcett, but my favorite angel was Kate Jackson.
- Jessica Beal from the TV show 7th Heaven. Beal is married to Justin Timberlake.
As my adolescence ended, I was lucky to find a real-life angel during my junior year in college, and we have now been married for 40 years. I know that sounds corny, but I thought it was a clever transition 🙂
I guess all those previous crushes gave me an idea of what I found attractive in a woman…
P.S. I don’t think it counts, but I also found Betty more attractive than Veronica from the Archie comic-book series. She was the classic girl-next-door…