I Heart Pop Culture Tuesdays V. 2
{Who was your childhood crush?}

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Here we are again, it's Tuesday. Hooray! You know what that means around these parts. I Heart Pop Culture Tuesdays. On this week's agenda? The big, big question. Who was your childhood celebrity crush? I asked around and got a huge kick out of everyone's answers. Originally, this started out as an eighties specific question, but - hey - let's not be ageist. Some of my favorite bloggers probably weren't even born until well into the cheesiest decade. (I'm looking at you, Kim.)

Let's dig right in.

First up, moi. My childhood celebrity crush? Huey Freaking Lewis.

Yeah, it's absolutely true. He was my man. Ahem, was and is. Sorry, Jenner, but you already know this. I had all his tapes. Growing up, we didn't have MTV in my tiny town, but we did 30 miles away at my babysitter's house. (You know you grew up just a small town girl when you didn't have MTV; you know you grew up in a really rural area when your babysitter lived 30 miles away.) So, when I was little watching Huey's videos, I would point to the screen and tell my baby doll, "There's your Daddy." My favorite Huey Lewis & The News videos? Stuck With You (I wanted to be stuck with him on that island) and I Want a New Drug. Skip to the end of this post to read about my adult Huey run-in. It's a good one.

My bff, Carina, loved A. Martinez. (Sorry, lady. I had to.) I didn't ask her. I didn't have to. I just went with it. Remember him in She-Devil? Pretty hot. Also, she loved her some Emilio Estevez.

The one and only Autumn Vegas chose Tom Cruise. "Legend or Top Gun Tom Cruise." To be exact. You know, before he ever called Matt Lauer "glib" or jumped on that damn couch. The good old days.

Liz picked Andrew McCarthy. Let's rephrase that. She texted me these exact words: "Andrew McCarthy!!! OMG! Mannequin! Pretty in Pink! Weekend at Bernie's! I'm dying."

Then I had Liz text Ali. "Kirk Cameron for sure." Gotta love that response! And so true. I had a lot of ripped out Tiger Beat photos of him on my wall. In fact, I think I had this exact one over my bed.

Since I was with Gabby this weekend (more on that in another post), I was able to ask her in person. Gabby's response? "Jordan Knight." Then I forgot I asked her and texted her yesterday. She was kind enough to only say again, "Jordan Knight." I blame it on the alcohol.

One of my newest favorite ladies is Kimbirdy. Her childhood crush? Andrew McCarthy (sorry, girl, already taken) and... John Cusack. Love that answer. Can't believe no one else used it. This picture - and this scene - says. it. all.

My other Ali had my very favorite answer. "Does John Stamos count? Wait, scratch that - does Uncle Jesse count?!" My response? Hell yeah it counts! I'll even give you an extra point. For what? I don't know.

Fun answers came from the gals who are still embarrassed by their crushes. Cue, the next two. Both Gabby and I agreed on our weekend adventures that Meghan is one our favorite bloggers. Turns out, she had it bad for Donnie Wahlberg from NKOTB. I guess she and Gabby have a little something in common. (I myself liked Jon - which I think just proves I had a penchant for gay men from a young age since he recently came out.)

I was lucky enough to meet Diana recently and had to ask her to play along. Her answer was very specific and I loved that. "Eddie Furlong from Terminator 2. I know, I know." Love it. Carina, didn't you have a thing for him, too?

Kim, because I've told numerous people that you're - and I quote - "an angel", I let you choose Jared Leto. Even though this was waaayyy into the nineties, but let's be honest - we all wanted Jordan Catalano. All of us. Most of us still do. This character single-handedly convinced us that falling for a guy who a) wasn't nice to us and b) couldn't read was a good idea. I think we should all charge ABC for our therapy bills. If not for Jordan Catalano then for The Bachelor. Am I right, ladies?

Now, drum roll... For my male readership. Yep, all three of them.

Jenner said, "The girl from Just the Ten of Us." I said, "Wendy or Cindy?" He said, "Cindy, but really either one. Or any girl in the eighties who looked like Cindy." I, of course, said, "Totally." Jamie Lunar, folks. Redhead in the back. Cindy was dumb as a doornail, but super hot.

My friend Fred - who taught Gabby and I some valuable lessons about pole dancing this weekend - picked his answer in .2 seconds. "Atreyu in Never Ending Story." Well payed, Fred. Well. Played.

And last, but never least, Todd. The brother I never had. Alyssa Milano. Really, what else needs to be said?

There you have it. Now was that a list or was that a list?

- An honorable mention must be made for my sis and my cousins. Photos would have been added, but blogger is not my friend today. Sorry. My sister's eighties faux husband? Bryan Adams. My cousins? Three of the four girls had a crush on at least one member of Duran Duran. My cousin Summer? Simon Le Bon was her Huey. At one point, we pretended to have a double wedding. (I still think John Taylor was the cutest member of the band, though. Sorry, Sum!)

For those of you who made it to the bottom of this post, wow, you don't have a lot going on today, huh? Just kidding! I love ya. :) No, really, my Huey Lewis story. Grab your hankies.

I Heart Huey
The Scene: Barnes and Noble, Christmas shopping, circa 2007

I'm shopping with my friend Katie. A man in a leather bomber jacket walks by. Honestly, and I am not making this up for the good of the blog, I immediately stared at my friend and started crying. CRYING. She looked at me like I had forgotten to take my mood stabilizers and demanded to know what was wrong. I kept shaking my head. Nothing would come out of my mouth. Finally, I uttered two words, "Huey. Lewis." It's true, he had walked past me. Katie tried to convince me to go over and say hi, but I couldn't. The moment was so perfect, I didn't want to chance it on him being less than nice to me because of my VERY messy hair that day. You better believe I followed him though and eyed him in the book aisles. I really wanted to serenade him with, "Don't need no credit card to ride this train."

A few months later, for my birthday, I got a signed, framed Huey photo. (That, for the life of me, I can't find for this post.) It turns out, Katie googled his fan club (the guy's still got one, who knew?) and wrote to him detailing our Barnes and Noble adventures. What did my signed photo say?

"Dear Kathleen, You have excellent taste. You should have said hello. Love, Huey." Hands down, my favorite two sentences of my life. I'm sorry I doubted you, Huey. I now know you would have been so nice to the crying, mentally-ill girl with the messy hair in Barnes and Noble. Thank you for that. If you need proof that Mr. Lewis is still cool or just need a good laugh, check this out and try not to die laughing.

Thanks for joining me for I Heart Pop Culture Tuesday and thanks for playing along. Oh, and don't forget to enter my giveaway if you haven't yet. Xoxo!

Tell me, who was your childhood celebrity crush?


  1. YES!!!! Jared Leto is mine ...alllllllllllllll MINEEE hahaha

  2. I will fight for Andrew! :)

    "you dont need no credit card to ride this train" bwahahahahahaaaaaa

  3. This is amazing...I can't believe I forgot John Cusack!!

    I love your Huey Lewis story. I've always been weirded out by the teenyboppers that burst into tears - but in your case, I understand. haha :)

  4. I really liked Leonardo DeCaprio when he was a recurring guest star on Growing Pains... he was dreamy! Hahaha

  5. omg, dying.

    girl, you know you have a gift for the written word? seriously. it's like hook, line and sinker!

  6. It's funny how quick Alyssa popped into my head. I think she would totally go out with me. Likewise, I think Huey would go for you (duh). Sorry Jenner, it's all for love -- the POWER of love.

  7. Ohhh Jared Leto. He is so cute that its not fair. He is still one of my crushes!! I used to like John Stamos too & John Cusack! I also had a huge crush on J.T.T. & Devon Sawa. Oh and Jonathan Brandis!!

    Hey girl I'm also doing a giveaway over at my blog! If you get a chance hop on over! =)

    Wine Glasses Giveaway!

  8. oh, several of these men (boys?) were plastered on my walls back in the day. Jordan Knight?! Hells yes. But you CANNOT forget about Jonathan Brandis!! (may he R.I.P.)
    And I totally feel your pain- my small town didn't have MTV, either. :(

  9. Im going to go with Kelly Kapowski, otherwise known as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen. mmmmmmmmmm..

  10. I responded via twitter, but I just thought of someone new.........Will Wheaton! And River Phoenix, of course.

  11. OMG, this post is hilarious. I think my all time biggest crush growing up was Corey Haim. So much so I wanted my name to be Mercedes.

    Also all of NKOTB, River Phoenix (forgot about him!), Keifer Sutherland, Jason Patrick (I was obviously a huge Lost Boys fan), and Keanu Reeves, circa Point Break.

    Geez, I was obviously a big ole' celebrity crush ho.

  12. I love this post! Thanks for letting me be a part of it and confessing my girlhood crush. Actually, the 8 year old in me was swooning through the whole post. Sigh...

  13. Haha! I love this post!! Jared Leto via My So Called Life was DEFINITELY my #1 crush, John Stamos via Full House was a close second ;)

  14. Oh my gosh, girl, you are making me blush! I am so honored that my love for Donnie made this post. Poor guy - after NKOTB his only claim to fame was his role in the Mel Gibson movie "Ransom". When I saw him in concert last year at the NKOTB reunion tour, well, he just didn't do it for me anymore! :( Sigh. It's the end of an era.

    And I love that Jenner mentioned "Just the Ten of Us" - I LOVED that show!

    Bring on more Pop Culture - LOVE this series!

  15. John Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. I joined the Bon Jovi fan club in third grade. I'm going to guess you aren't surprised by this.

  16. hahaha awesome! i was all about the jordans - knight and catalano!

    i also had jonathan brandis pictures all over my walls... seaquest!

  17. These PCTs (as I have come to call them) are just too damn good! This stuff is pure gold.

    And so is Huey Lewis.

    And you. Especially you.

  18. Tom cruise was my eighties choice, but JARED LETO... definitely my mid nineties choice and still today! Early nineties was Joey McIntyre from NKOTB. "Joey" posters engulfed my walls in 2nd and 3rd grade. *lesli* gets honorable mention for River Pheonix! I still want to name my first born River... And since we aren't just talking about the eighties, when is Brad Pitt coming in or is he too cliche? I love I heart pop culture Tuesdays!!!

  19. Well, he's taken, but I have to admit, mine was John Stamos. Not Uncle Jesse, though. Blackie from General Hospital.

  20. Oh I really was in love with Tom Cruise. But when Interview with the Vampire came out, that was the beginning of of our breakup. I see you've got Andrew McCarthy, what about James Spader?

  21. Zack from Saved by the Bell or a young Leo on Growing Pains!

  22. okay so i had about 3. atreyu (for sure.), zack from saved by the bell and in later years (since i was still a teeny bopper) johnathon taylor thomas. and probably devon sawa too.

  23. Johnny Depp was my childhood crush. He was the ultimate...I used to stay up late watching his movies. Got caught by my parents for attempting to sneak into the R-rated From Hell (where Mr. Depp was looking positively fine and super hot).

  24. This list is amazing! My ultimate crush (still is) was Gavin Rossdale, lead singer of Bush. I also adored Jared Leto as Jordan Catalano and Eddie Furlong in Terminator 2 (excellent choices ladies). I also adored Jonathan Brandis (of Ladybugs and SeaQuest fame, may he rest in peace), Brandon Walsh from 90210 and Mark Paul Gosselar from Saved by the Bell. I was pretty boy crazy so later I also crushed on Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Devon Sawa and Leonardo DiCaprio.

    May I also add that I LOVE the fact you referenced Just the 10 of Us. I was just talking about it a week or so ago and no one I was with could recall this excellent series. I loved the outfits the girls would wear when they sang at the club.

  25. I know I'm so late reading this.... blame it on school. I love and still love Johnny Depp. Mark Paul Gosselar was also on my Tiger Beat Magazine poster wall of cute boys. Along with Cory Haim (rest in peace), Jonathan Brandis and of course Jordan Knight.

    But let's not forget about Mario Lopez and that HOT permed mullet!

    PS Uncle Jessie can babysit me anytime ;)