Thursday, April 30, 2015

Z is for Zapped!

Well, folks, we've reached the end of yet another A to Z Challenge. I'm so glad to have made a few new friends. I hope we're still reading each other's blogs by the time this rolls around next year!

My theme is the 80s. The final letter is:




In 1982, a really bad movie came out. 



Did it matter that it was bad? Not really. At the time, people would have paid for movie tickets to see a soup commercial starring this guy.



In the 80s, teen heartthrobs were everything to young girls. They filled magazines like this, giving tweens pull-out full-color posters we could hang on our walls.



Of course, teen heartthrobs go way back. But the 70s and 80s were different because many of them came from TV sitcoms.



And soap operas.



They became TV stars first, then rock stars.


Rick Springfield on General Hospital
Or they became rock stars, then starred in a movie.


They (sadly) died too young...


Andy Gibb
Or spent the majority of their post-fame years drinking and drugging.


Leif Garrett

Or they just proved all our male friends right and revealed they weren't really all that into us, after all.


George Michael

As the 80s moved into the 90s, the torch was passed to a new generation. That generation had these guys.


Luke Perry and Jason Priestley
And a slew of boy bands to enjoy.



What teen heartthrob did you love growing up?

Here's a little Andy Gibb to end the challenge.


70 comments:

  1. Most were into women though. Some of them too much.
    I don't remember many teen girls. I was after Erin Gray from Buck Rogers.

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    1. I think you're right! Especially Farrah Fawcett. That was a little nuts. I remember watching Buck Rogers as a kid! For some reason, I thought you would be too young to remember that.

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  2. I was crazy about Parker Stevenson..and I loved Andy Gibb songs... those Gibb boys could sing :-) xox ♡

    I liked Scott Baio but not enough to see those awful movies xox

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    1. I know Andy Gibb felt like he lived in the shadow of his brothers...but to me, Andy Gibb was the real star of that family.

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    2. I agree. Tragic that he thought he had to go.

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    3. I think it's hard to remember, reading through his story, that we didn't have the treatment for depression that we do now. He self medicated...maybe it would have been different if he'd lived now. Probably not, though.

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  3. I have a friend, who only recently discovered George Michael was gay :) I was like what the what?

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    1. I remember guys saying he was gay back in 8th grade. Girls argued with them. I assumed guys were just jealous because so many girls liked him? I didn't really have any dogs in that fight because I just liked his music. I was on the verge of being too old for the whole "crush on a celebrity thing" at that point.

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  4. I still have my Tiger Beat magazines featuring Kirk Cameron. I was totally in love. I met him three years ago!! Best day ever. As for NKOTB, loved them. Still have my pins pinned to my white washed denim jacket;-)

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    1. That's so cool that you met Kirk Cameron! I can't imagine what it's like to meet your childhood celebrity crush. I remember the pins on the jacket thing, too. We did that with Duran Duran earlier in the 80s.

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  5. OMG.....totally had forgotten about Michael Damian until I saw your picture! He was hot! I loved David Cassidy when I was in third grade, then moved on to brother Shaun and Parker Stevenson during the Hardy Boy years.

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    1. When I hear "Rock On," I remember the first time I heard it. I was working at a 50s diner in college and I'd just pulled into the parking lot. When I heard it was Michael Damian singing, I thought, "The soap guy?" It seemed odd to me that he was singing, even though Rick Springfield and Jack Wagner had done it!

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  6. I never heard of Zapped and I guess you're not surprised why.

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    1. LOL, I had to find a Z. I have no idea why Zapped came to mind. I think I was looking through a list of "80s movies A to Z" and this movie was on the list. But I wanted to work teen heartthrobs in so this was the perfect "in."

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  7. Great compilation. It's hard for me to talk about growing up and discover that no one knows what I'm talking about. Thanks for bringing back familiarity.

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    1. There are lots of us out there, I learned through this challenge. We just don't talk to our peers enough. I remember saying, "I'll bet you don't even know who shot J.R." to a woman ten years younger than I am and she said, "Who's J.R.? Is he someone you knew back then?"

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  8. I just saw that 90210 is on Hulu! I kind of wish I didn't know that because now I really want to binge watch it....

    One of the guys from NKOTB was just on The Amazing Race. Like I didn't already feel old.

    And one of my favorite posters ever was of the guys from the movie Stand By Me. River Phoenix was another who died too young.

    Congrats on finishing A-Z! I really enjoyed your posts. :)

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    1. I think it's just the first season of 90210 on Hulu--BUT after you finish watching Season 1 there, go to YouTube and type in Beverly Hills 90210, Season 2, episode 1, and you'll find all the episodes are out there...you just have to search. (A few of the Season 2 episodes are missing, which sucks. I never could find the prom episode and "Donna Martin Graduates" is missing from whatever season that was.)

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  9. Those outfits though =) Congrats on finishing the challenge, Stephanie!! I found your blog a little late in the game, but looking forward to continuing to journey with you!

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    1. Me, too! Thanks for finding me. I'm trying to get caught up on blog reading (while moving to a new house and dealing with work stuff), but I'm going to get around to everyone's blogs, I promise. It's hard to keep up with everyone since everyone's been posting every single day this month!

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  10. Hahaha, Tiger Beat, OMG! Ricky Schroeder and Rick Springfield were both on my list. I saw Rick Springfield in concert twice in my tweens. It's been totally fun taking a trip back in time to the 80's with you this month. Good luck with your writing career and happy Z!

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    1. I remember thinking Rick Springfield was cute and my former stepsister said I was a HUGE Rick Springfield fan in elementary school. It was one thing she remembered about me. I didn't remember that! I read his autobiography and wished I hadn't. I recommend staying away from it. It made me want to go give his wife a big hug for all he's put her through (including writing about it all in a very public book!).

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  11. I cannot believe that the A-to-Z challenge is already over! This month FLEW by! That picture of Tiger Beat definitely brings back memories...ahhh, the good old days.

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    1. It did fly by, although I feel like now I can take a breath.

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  12. I never saw Zapped! and I guess that's a good thing since it was really bad. lol

    I used to watch a lot of Beverly Hills 90210.

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    1. I can't remember if I ever saw Zapped all the way through. I remember watching it on cable but I can't remember if I saw it beginning to end. It was very bad, for sure!

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  13. I don't remember Zapped - but I used to have an exercise book covered with names of actors and singers and the like that I thought were completely dreamy ;). Michael Praed and Jeff Yagher were two of my favs and they're both still hot :D
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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    1. Those names sound familiar...but I'm not sure. I'm going to have to look them up.

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  14. my crushes didn't last too long - bobby sherman, little joe cartwright, that partridge guy. :)

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    1. David Cassidy, right? I mostly knew him from The Brady Bunch because I never really cared for The Partridge Family.

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  15. Well, in the 80s I was rapidly heading toward 40 so these kids didn't do a thing for me. I did enjoy the era though. I've really enjoyed your A to Z Challenge. I've looked forward to every one of your posts this month. A cool walk down memory lane.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, I couldn't tell you anything about the teen heartthrobs now. They all just look like kids to me.

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  16. Oh man, I loved Zapped. I wished I had powers like that...

    I wasn't into the hunks, but my "heartthrobs" were Paula Abdul and Jessica Rabbit.

    Congratulations on making it to Z! Huzzah!

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    1. It's funny--you can tell when everyone was a tween/teen by the people they had as heartthrobs. Sounds like you were young around the end of the 80s/early 90s!

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  17. Why can't I remember Michael Damian? Oh this is going to bug me all day. Congrats on finishing.

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    1. Young and the Restless, right? I can't remember the character he played but he was paired with that blonde woman, Cricket. The actress who played Cricket was related to the people in charge of the Young and the Restless--the Bell family.

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  18. You're right. It's not always talent that people pay to see! Congrats on reaching Z!

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    1. Yes, it's all about image. The whole package. Especially for young girls.

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  19. I was sad when the 80's ended. I'm sad your A-Z of the 80's has ended as well. I've enjoyed it.
    I don't recall having many heartthrobs, certainly not male ones.
    However, I did have a Jane Badler (Diana from V) hanging on my wall.

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    1. I remember when V (the miniseries) first aired. I watched the first episode, but I think I missed the rest. I don't think at the time I realized what a major impact it was having. And then it became a TV series!

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    2. And now I own them all on TV. Even the TV series. That was hard to find. Loved that series.

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  20. Zapped was pretty bad, but I liked it as a kid. Zapped Again was even worse though lol

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    1. Oh my! I can only imagine. Scott Baio wasn't even in that one, was he?

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  21. I loved Christopher Reeve. These boys, like Leif Garrett, looked too much like girls. Look at their Farrah Fawcett hair! I was struck by how pretty Zackie Zeman was back then(Bobbie from General Hospital). She now looks like a train wreck with all the bad stuff done to her face

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    1. I apparently liked blonde men at that time (Andy Gibb, NOT Leif Garrett!). My husband has an Andy Gibb look, especially in pictures of him as a teen, so I guess that's my type! I haven't seen Jackie Zeman. I know the actress who played Amy died not long ago and I was sad because I remembered watching her as a kid. She was always such a fun character to watch.

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  22. I never heard of Zapped! But I loved Scott Baio in Charles in Charge, haha, and he did an episode of Full House too!

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    1. I still remember the Full House where teen heartthrob Tommy Page sang "Stephanie." Only because it's the only time a song has been written with my name in it!

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  23. Oh but weren't they all adorable? Sad as you say about Andy Gibb...I forgot all that.

    Thanks for a fun re-roll of the 80s. Didn't get over here often but really enjoyed the posts I read. Thanks too for visiting my blog. We can all take a well deserved rest :)

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    1. Rest!!! Ha! I'm surrounded by boxes. We're moving Saturday. I'm going to have to find a way to squeeze in a blog about how crazy the past two weeks have been.

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  24. I remember some of these stars. So long ago. My heartthrob was Elvis. Yes, I go back to the 50s. :)
    Congratulations on completing the A to Z. Now rest.

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    1. Elvis is one to be proud of! No, now the moving starts. I packed for an hour tonight and I'm exhausted! The work has only begun.

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  25. What a fun post. I was into Wham big time. And rock. And the Latin American New Song Movement. So much to enjoy in the 80s.

    Greetings from London.

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  26. Great post, Stephanie! It brings back so many memories. As a guy I had a strong dislike for the heartthrobs, but it all seems so foolish now. We've all been zapped by time!

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  27. This really has been so much fun to read! Brought back such great memories of my daughter and her friends. Thank you!

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  28. I was all about The Outsiders...Rob Lowe, C. Thomas Howell (what on earth happened to him?), Ralph Macchio.

    Scott Baio was a little before my time, thankfully. I can live without seeing Zapped.

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  29. Sorry for running late today. It has been a load of fun reminiscing along with everyone and you did a wonderful job on the A to Z challenge.. Thanks for being so present to everyone with your own comments.

    My heart throb was the one and only Ricky Nelson. He was such a prolific signer, he was a musician and actor. He had so many songs that I was crazy about and he was good looking too.
    Thanks for the memories Stephanie.
    Have a ZILLION ideas for next year A to Z Challenge.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  30. Great post, Stephanie! this brings back to old memories

    follow me back, www.braveheartnaija.blogspot.com

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  31. I was never really into any of those guys. I had my Duran Duran fetish, and that was about it.

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  32. Sigh! What a wonderful trip down memory lane this has been, Stephanie! Thank you for reminding me how much I love the 80s!!!

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  33. You made it to Z! Good job.

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  34. Congrats on making it through the challenge!! So enjoyed your A/Z with the 1980 theme, brought back lots of great memories! I don't remember that movie :) My heart throbs were from the 1970's LOL; David Cassidy and Davy Jones from the Monkees (Oh gosh that was the 1960s; I'm really dating myself here :)

    Job well done!!

    betty

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  35. Wow, you really know how to take us on a ride through the 80's/ I saw many of my old crushes. Leif Garret. Scott Baio. And my favorite magazine Tiger Beat and my favorite soap, GH

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  36. I somehow missed this movie, but I did watch Charles in Charge.

    I remember buying some of those teen magazines.

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  37. I think Andy Gibb is the only one I've heard of.

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  38. I now have to get this movie from Netflix. It may have been a bad one, but now I'm curious about it. Same for "Urban Cowboy" and "Xanadu." I've gotten more curious about these movies after reading your posts. Great trip back to the 80s!

    And a sidenote: I saw a copy of the "Urban Cowboy" soundtrack at Goodwill the other day. And Johnny Lee, who sang "Looking for Love" did "Cherokee Fiddle."

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  39. OMG! It's Charles and Buddy! LOL.
    Oh my nine-oh-two-one-oh!
    And gees, look at the NKOTB pic, and then watch the first ten minutes of The Sixth Sense. And... what the "h-e-double-hockey-sticks" (as people said in the 90's) happened to Donnie?! But then there's the Saw movies and it's more okay-ish.
    So next year, April... 90's flashback?

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  40. I certainly remember Scott Baio - I had a sister 2 years older than me - but I don't recall ever hearing of Zapped.

    Great job on your A to Z! I've enjoyed this walk back into the 80s very much.

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  41. Hey Stephanie! I am just blitzing through for the A-to-Z Road Trip. I really enjoyed reading your posts for the challenge. I grew up in the 70s and 80s, so this was a real treat for me. I agree, The Breakfast Club was the best movie of the 80s :D I still watch it every year for my birthday!

    I did the challenge over at Promptly Written. I wrote a science fiction story for the entire month. This blog, The Rattling Bones, is my new one.

    I signed up for your email list and look forward to your posts.

    See you next April! ~Lori~

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  42. Loved your a-z posts, I grew up in the 80s so they definitely brought back some memories for me :)
    Popping by on the A to Z Road Trip
    Debbie
    www.myrandommusings.blogspot.com

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  43. Hello there.
    Congratulations on surviving the A-Z Challenge! It's really interesting to see how these people have aged and what they've become. I've always liked George Michael...that boy can sing! I didn't get to visit your blog during the crazy month of April so I'm popping over today from the Road Trip.

    Entrepreneurial Goddess

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