Why? Because We Still Like You~ !

Kids can be cruel !

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In today’s excerpt – The Mickey Mouse Club television show was cancelled in 1958 after three seasons, and almost all the Mouseketeers, who were pre-teens and teenagers, found themselves out of work and trying to reenter normal life. Very few received help from Disney or were able to sustain careers in the entertainment world, and most went on to lives filled with disappointment. Even returning to their former schools proved daunting:
“The clash between the [ex-]Mouseketeers’ former selves still on television in reruns, and the teenagers careening toward adulthood who they now were, highlighted the larger conflict that would mar their lives for years to come: the idyllic ’50s sensibility their screen images represented versus the hipper grown-ups they were trying to become. ‘After a while it was a part of my life that I wanted over, and it just wouldn’t die,’ Dennis Day said in an interview. ‘There were all those reruns, and people kept recognizing me.’
“This conflict first played itself out in the halls of the schools to which the Mouseketeers were hoping to return quietly and without incident. Kids in Karen Pendleton’s seventh-grade class would ask her for her autograph, but when the guileless middle-schooler would give it to them, they’d tear it up in front of her.
Her classmates would say things like, ‘Wiggle your ears and I’ll give you some cheese.’
“Don Agrati, a tiny thirteen-year-old, acquired the nickname ‘Mouse’ the second he returned to public school and suffered from the same unoriginal – though still hurtful – teasing methods
Kids would sing ‘The Mickey Mouse Club March’ whenever he entered the cafeteria. ‘I was in fights every day and I was just miserable,’ he recalls. ‘
Author: Jennifer Armstrong
Title: Why? Because We Still Like You
Publisher: Grand Central
Date: Copyright 2010 by Jennifer Armstrong
Pages: 164-166

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Why? Because We Still Like You

Who’s the leader of the club that’s made for you and me? :)

n today’s excerpt – to help finance the construction of his new theme park, Walt Disney launched a new 1955 television show that revolutionized programming and dominated the daytime ratings with the unheard of strategy of letting regular kids be the stars of a show. For the kids that starred, the work was hard, and they survived in part with their own small subversions. For example, the pre-teen boys who starred in The Mickey Mouse Club defied the wishes of the show’s producers and tilted their Mouseketeer caps back to show off their golden pompadours:
A guy could have the coolest hair in town, but no one would know about it if he wore his Mouseketeer cap according to regulation.
The guys had to have their waves out. And producers’ demands that they wear the stupid hats way down on their heads wrecked everything. ‘All the guys hated the ears,’ Lonnie says now. ‘They’d always want us to wear it like a monk.’
“The solution: the boys would act like they were going along with the producers’ ridiculous rules until the last second before shooting started, then sneak the cap back two inches or so, just as cameras started to roll, pushing as much hair as possible forward with it to approximate a decent wave.
“More than ten million children watched the first season of The Mickey Mouse Club, and two million Mouse ears sold in the show’s first three months,
The Mickey Mouse Club made a generation of kids feel like they belonged to their own elite group, a feeling that would lodge itself in their hearts and make them remember Mouseketeers Annette, Tommy, Darlene, Cubby, Karen, Lonnie, Sherry, Doreen, and the rest of the gang for the rest of their lives.”
Author: Jennifer Armstrong
Title: Why? Because We Still Like You
Publisher: Grand Central
Date: Copyright 2010 by Jennifer Armstrong
Pages: 3-6

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