In Sunday's USA Weekend magazine of the Star Advertiser there was an article in the Who's News? section about Johnny Crawford.
I had to laugh. It brought back so many foggy memories.
Then I got an e-mail from my childhood friend, Yvonne asking me if I'd seen it.
Now that really brought out a chuckle. Johnny Crawford was such a big part of our girlhood. We were all madly in love with him. He played the part of Mark McCain with Chuck Connors in the Rifleman series and had a string of hit songs like Cindy's Birthday.
Yvonne reminded me that we rode the bus into Honolulu's Civic Auditorium to see him when he came to Hawaii to perform. That was a really big deal! We didn't often go into Honolulu from way out in the country.
My memory might be faulty, but I think he was handing out flyers at the door and my baby finger might have brushed against his hand. Siiiighhhh.... I don't think I wanted to wash my hand for a week.
My mother was totally perplexed as to why we were all so ga-ga over him. Almost 50 years later, I'm wondering too. Was it just a Hawaii thing? No, I don't think so. When I mentioned Johnny Crawford to Peggy, in Illinois, she said she had a little crush over him too. I don't remember my daughter quite going so overboard over a teenage idol.
I think perhaps we were crazy over him because he was so sweet, baby faced and appeared gentle and kind. He was the sort of boyfriend lots of girls wished for. He could also sing.
No, I wasn't an Elvis fan. My heart always belonged to Johnny...
...until the Beatles came along.