And even after we left N.Y.C. and moved to Connecticut, I had those stories and others which allowed me to be the cool woman in suburbs. And my boys (I have four sons) thought I was cool. Or at least kept any other opinion to themselves.
Until the bicentennial. That was 1976, for those to young to remember it. And ABC had a new Friday night variety show: The Donny & Marie Show.
I thought that was such a cute show. The first year and the second, anyway.
They were brother and sister. Both singers. She sang country, he sang pop that he called "rock and roll" in their signature number "I'm A Little Bit Country, I'm A Little Bit Rock and Roll," their version of "Anything you can do, I can do better . . ."
Donny wore purple socks and acted goofy.
And my sons hated it.
They hated the show.
I was told no one watched it, that it was corny, and more. And quickly realized that even though no TV show could be as bad as my sons made this one out to be, I was no longer cool.
It hurt for a weekend and then I got over it.
POLITICO reports Donny Osmond has donated to Mitt Romney's campaign. And good for him. I have donated to so many Jewish candidates over the year. (Mr. Osmond and Mr. Romney are both Mormon.) And reading the article reminded me of when Donny & Marie were ABC Friday nights.
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