It seems that original Mouseketeer, beach movie fixture and boomer icon, Annette Funicello, has passed.
I knew Annette from her 80's-era TV appearances and also as the girl that, apparently, men of my Dad's generation all grew up having a crush on. Annette Funicello was going through a sort of nostalgia-tour renaissance when I was a kid, in peanut butter commercials, guest appearances, etc.. at a time when we also happened to have the Disney Channel, which would rerun the old Mickey Mouse Club episodes (but not in order, because that would be nuts). And I was just the kind of kid who was cool enough to think a good afternoon included Mr. Ed and Mickey Mouse Club re-runs.
|and with those sunglasses, who could blame them?|
Here's to an icon of television and movies who fought the good fight.
So long, Annette. While I am not sure I'll see you real soon, we all do like you.