My first true love was Shaun Cassidy. I was ten, he was twenty, and I plotted endlessly in my head about how when he was thirty I would be twenty and we could get married.
I was certain he would wait for me.
I planned my whole week around the Hardy Boys, and anxiously awaited the show. (And occasionally might have been brought to tears when it was a Nancy Drew week.) I followed his every move in the pages of Teen Beat, memorizing his favorite foods and tennis shoes, poring over his every word searching for clandestine meaning that would prove for once and for all of fourth grade that we were destined to be together.
I put a poster next to my bed, and endlessly, earnestly sang duets with him to Hey Deanie and DaDooRunRun and Hey There Lonely Girl until my mother was ready to soundproof my room or declare a moratorium on all things Shaun Cassidy.
And then the TV show ended, and his third album wasn’t as catchy as the other two and I started thinking that twenty was a little too early to think about marriage.
And I figured, if he’d wait until I turned twenty, he’d surely wait until I turned thirty.
But then he’d be forty, and probably not nearly as cute.
And so it was. My love affair with Shaun Cassidy came to a tragic but quiet end.
We parted amicably.
I am touring this week (month) for the debut of Fifteen Minutes of Shame. Here’s where I’ll be this week:
Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at 7:30pm
Signing & Launch Party
1500 16th Street, Suite D
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Saturday, April 5, 2008 – 2:00pm
Signing & Launch Party
600 North Orlando Ave
Winter Park, FL 32789
Thursday, April 10, 2008 at 7:00pm
The Debs Take Manhattan!
Special Debutante Ball signing with Deb
Lisa Daily signing Fifteen Minutes of Shame
and Deb Eileen Cook signing Unpredictable
461 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022
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I’m sure he’d have waited, Lisa, but I’m guessing you’re better off.
Oh boy do I remember loving him, of course I also had a thing for Leif Garrett and Kristy McNichols brother – oh what was his name – Jimmy? Too funny!
Very funny, Lisa! It was his loss!!
Oh man- memories. I had a HUGE thing for Shaun, but then I dumped him for Cha-Chi, I mean Scott Baio. Who based on his recent TV show also did not do well with the loss of my fine self.
So funny, I’m looking at his album cover, and flashing back to how much I LOOOOOOOVED him…
When I was looking for pictures online last night, I found a whole bunch of fan sites, created by GROWN WOMEN, dedicating all their love to Shaun.
Jimmy McNichols – my best girlfriend had a thing for him 🙂
Cha-Chi (I can’t remember how to spell his name?) never did it for me — but I knew MANY, MANY girls who swooned over him.
Clearly, Scott has spent his entire life trying to fill the void created by the loss of you.
Oh. My. God. Chewbacca on the cover of Dynamite! I remember stealing that magazine from my sister when I was a kid so I could read what it had to say about Chewey and Han Solo. I never understood why they put that other guy on the cover with Chewey. I always thought it should have been Han. Who was that guy anyway? And why did he have such a strange haircut? Han Solo’s haircut was way better. I bet Han Solo would have kicked that guy’s butt. And besides, everyone at my school who knew anything about youth detective work and getting into trouble agreed that Tom Sawyer, and Huck Finn, and Encyclopedia Brown are much, much cooler than the Hardy Boys and especially Nancy Drew. Well, everyone except Tina Schwindt, but I think maybe she had a crush on Nancy.
ps, for those keeping tabs, yesterday I cleaned the garage out, the car out, and Danielle has left a bunch(over 30 Red Dress Ink titles and more!) of her books in a pile behind the upstairs couch, forelorn, for over a month now. I think the books are getting dusty and sad…
Very funny, Lisa – thanks for the continued stroll down memory lane!
Shaun nor Chachi ever did anything for me. FONZIE was my everything. Oh, so cool – with that leather jacket and the confidence. And then when my brother told me Fonzie was Jewish (in real life – Fonzerelli is so not a Jewish name) and thus legit to marry, I just about fainted.
The FONZ was the coolest. I had a summer camp counselor who had FONZ socks, and she washed them every night and wore them every day. All the girls were SOOOO envious.
Thank goodness you and The Fonz got all of your religious differences out of the way so you were free to marry and live happily ever after.
Deb friend Caridad Pinero posted an excerpt of Fifteen Minutes of Shame at her blog today:
So sweet of her!
TV teen singing idols are more than memories, they’re extinct for young girls today. OR is that a major reason “American Idol” is so popular?!
Ack! I must be far older than everyone else here–I totally forgot (the first sign of aging!) that MY first love was David Cassidy…In fact in my head right now is the Ba-ba-ba-ba-baba-ba-ba-ba beat of “I Think I Love You” (which he penned in honor of me, in case you were wondering).
Plastered all over my lavender walls were pictures of David and his shaved chest and his snaggle-toothed smile and I know that he really did love me even though I was probably 15 years his junior but it was only a matter of time.
Needless to say I was devastated years later to learn he was a common junkie, and if you ever see him these days he is so totally rode hard and hung up wet I can’t imagine what I saw in him in the first place. PLUS, I hear he and Laurie Partridge had a thing going on…Or was it him and Shirley Partridge 😉
PS Eileen, ask me about my Cha Chi story 😉
I think you’re right, it’s all about American Idol, Hanna Montanta and High School Musical now for the grade school set.
Although I hear the Jonas Brothers have a few fans…
My girlfriend Lisa had a thing for David Cassidy — she was actually president of his fan club back in the day.
And then she fell for the Bay City Rollers.
I think it was Laurie…
Heee! Lisa, this was great. But you reminded me of a mortifying fan letter I wrote to Mackenzie Astin when I was nine. “I like to dance…do you?”
Did he at least write back? Send a photo? Offer to take you to your prom?
Ha! Not even a form letter response. 🙂
I had dinner at Spago with some friends back in the early nineties… And guess who was at the next table. Yes, that’s right. Shaun Cassidy. He still had that seventies hair, too.
I had a similar experience with Rick Springfield in the green room at a show called SOAP TALK. Same hair since 1984, but he looked thin, really thin in person — gaunt. Like skin stretched over a skeleton. Funny thing though, he looked amazing on camera. Like he hadn’t aged a day since General Hospital.
Be still my beating heart… 🙂
Shaun in concert:
Is there any doubt why I loved him so?
And this one, singing my fourth grade fav — DaDooRunRun, in white satin bell-bottoms, no less.
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