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June 13, 2014

Before & After Friday is still on hiatus so today's post features
Then and Now - our childhood idols
As a pre-tween I would sneak into my older cousin's bedroom and peruse her magazines.  Colleen Corby seemed to be on EVERY cover of EVERY fashion magazine in the 60s.  She was my idea of the perfect teen.
These two shots were taken four years ago but Ms. Corby
is still beautiful and looks happy and healthy.
Disney's original Parent Trap was released in 1961:
Hayley Mills played the role of both twins,
Susan Evers and Sharon McKendrick.

Hayley Mills was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 but in
2012 she announced that she was cancer free.  Ms. Mills currently
divides her time between New York City and London.

Mr. Ed television series, 1961 - 1966

Believe it or not Alan Young who played Wilbur Post on Mr. Ed is still alive.  He's 94 years old and lives in Woodland Hills, California.  Connie Hines played Wilbur's wife, Carol.  She passed away in 1979.
Trivia info:  Mr. Ed was played by a gelding named Bamboo Harvester who was born (foaled) in 1949.  He was 12 years old when the series began.  Bamboo passed away in 1970 at the age of 21. 

The Dick Van Dyke Show, 1961 - 1966

Dick Van Dyke played Rob Petrie and Mary Tyler Moore was cast
as his wife, Laura.  Larry Mathews portrayed their son, Richie.

Left, the Petrie family today.  Van Dyke and Moore have suffered health problems over the years but remain active.  Larry Mathews left acting after the series ended, had a normal childhood and went on to graduate from the University of California.  He worked behind the scenes as an account executive in the movie industry.
Did you know that retired weatherman Willard Scott was the first Ronald McDonald? 
Clowns are kind of creepy, aren't they? 
Fact:  there will never be as handsome, sexy,
nor as manly a star as Sean Connery.  Period.
 Yup, still gorgeous.
Is it me or did David Bowie look like a cross
between Tilda Swinton and Sharon Osborne?
Kids, Lady Gaga has NOTHING on The Bowie.

Although David Bowie refuses to give interviews he remains active in the music industry and released an album last year titled The Next Day.
Bit of Trivia:  David Bowie and his first wife, Mary Angela Barnett, named their son Zowie Bowie.  Zowie grew up and changed his name to Duncan Jones.  Smart lad.

Luke Skywalker, aka Mark Hamill, was definitely Crush Worthy: 
Mark hasn't aged too well but he's getting
in shape for the new Star Wars movie:
Mark Hamill as he prepares for the upcoming Star
Wars: Episode VII.  (Mickey hasn't aged at all.)
  I hope you enjoyed this skip down Memory Lane.
This weekend, may the Force be with you!


  1. I love this post! Loved all the actors and singers...still love David Bowie...

  2. Seventeen was my favorite. Sean Connery is still a favorite...classic! Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Thanks for the fun memories.

    Hugs Diane

  4. I remember reading 17 magazine. Such fun updates on some classic shows.

  5. Super fun post !
    I loved Seventeen but I just couldn't afford it.
    One time I was recovering from an illness and when my father went to the store I asked for a Seventeen and I am sure possibly some ice cream ? It was pure luxury to me.

    cheers, parsnip

    cheers, parsnip

  6. Duncan Jones. I love it! Thanks for a fun post.

  7. How interesting! Enjoyed this post!