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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Fangirl Heaven

Prologue: Monday and Tuesday - December 10th and 11th - the Kindle version of Journeys of Wonder Volume 2 can be downloaded for free. GO FOR IT.

And now back to our regularly scheduled programming...

Yes, I'm a fangirl. Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Comic Con, Dr. Who, Firefly, The Avengers...

This weekend my daughter (Yes, I've raised a second generation fangirl) and I reveled in a Lord of the Rings marathon - all extended versions - at the Arclight movie theatre as we gear up for The Hobbit. Total Middle Earth immersion. There really is nothing like seeing films on the big screen.

Today, on his birthday I want to salute the person who awakened my fangirl self, lo those many years ago:

Donny Osmond

I have no proof, but I'm fairly certain he was singing Puppy Love to me. I was in hog heaven back on March 15, 1972 when D.J., Robert W. Morgan, played Puppy Love for 90 minutes straight on KHJ radio in Los Angeles. 

A lifelong dream came true this week when I FINALLY got to see Donny Osmond perform live on stage in:


It was AMAZING. I sang, I swooned, I was inspired. The performances by both Donny and Marie were stellar. So many times we build idols up in our minds to a place impossible to live up to. Not so in this case. Donny surpassed my wildest expectations. I hereby nominate him for national treasure.


Happy Birthday, Donny.

Who makes your fangirl/fanboy heart go pitter patter? Any stories to share?

41 comments:

  1. I was a total N*SYNC fangirl in high school. I can't wait to watch the Hobbit! LOTR and Star Wars are also on my fangirl list. Oh, and Batman!

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    1. How could I forget the caped crusader! When I was a kid Batman and Robin came to our local movie theater. I still have the autographed pic.

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  2. I used to crush on Donny. Hmmmm. Who makes my heart go pitter patter (other than my husband)? Well, I saw Rise of the Guardian on Friday. And let's just say the Tooth Fairy's helpers aren't the only one crushing on Jack Frost. :D

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    1. I think I crush on Donny more now than I did back in the day.

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  3. I don't know why not, but I'm not much of a fangirl. There are authors and actors and musicians I admire, but that's about it. Wish I had stories to share, too!

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    1. Hit an SCBWI conference. You can go all fangirl on lots of awesome authors at one of those.

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  4. Aw, what a great memory! I'm glad seeing and hearing Donny in person was worth the wait. And I can't wait until my kids are old enough to have a LOTR marathon. By then it will include all the Hobbit movies too.

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  5. How cool! I used to have Donny & Marie barbie dolls and would make them sing to my 45 recording of Paper Roses!

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    1. What! Donny and Marie barbie dolls! Must have. Must have.

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  6. I have a crush on nearly every actor/character in LOTR. Okay, maybe Legolas more than the others...

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    1. You can have Legolas and I'll take Aragorn or Faramir or Boromir or Eomer or...

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  7. I think we were separated at birth! I adored Donny Osmond when I was a kid. I had all the albums and played them on my purple plastic record player. Surprisingly, they didn't sound bad at all. :) I bet you watched their show too! A little bit country... :)

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    1. I'm a little jealous of the purple record player. MIne was boring beige.

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  8. KHJ!!! OMG, I totally remember that station! For me, it was all about Shawn Cassidy. I knew he'd love me if only he would discover my 12 year old self.

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    1. I had a brief fangirl fling with David Cassidy. "Knock three times..."

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  9. Aw, that's so awesome that you and your daughter watched LOTR together! ;)

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  10. Wow, that's a long time to be a fan girl!

    I had my big love of Duran Duran back in the day. I don't know if I'd want to see them again. Guess I'm a fickle fan!

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  11. Oh, I would have geared up for The Hobbit with you too! lol.
    I'm not sure about the fan girl thing--there are so many actors and musicians that I would love to meet! :P

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    1. My list is long and completely unrealistic.

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  12. I'm a Daniel Day Lewis groupie, especially after Last of the Mohicans. I think I saw it ten times.

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    1. I WILL FIND YOU. Yes, I had to go there.

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  13. I'm a fangirl too. I love all those things you listed. It's good to pass fangirliness down to the next generation too. I approve! :)

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    1. My son is into comics and my daughter surpasses my fangirlness with gusto. I'm the luckiest mom in the world.

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  14. How cool that you and your daughter get to share a fangirl passion together! When I was little I had Donny and Marie Barbie dolls. :) They were the first ones I had. They even had microphones. Loved them!

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    1. How did I miss those dolls? You and Laurisa will have to get together and play barbies.

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  15. The LOTR movie marathon sounds awesome! I honestly can't wait for The Hobbit :) Not a total fan-girl, but I do love them!

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    1. I sense an inner fangirl trying to break free.

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  16. You know who's at the top of my fangirl list. Unfortunately, he's only to be found in the pages of a book!!! Oh I would love to see the three LOTR movies on the big screen in prep for the Hobbit. I am actually considering buying a pair of elf ears for the Hobbit midnight showing. Should I do it???

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    1. YES to the ears. Don't forget your elven cloak in case it's cold, or you have to hide from dark forces.

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  17. THE HOBBIT is going to be our Christmas Eve movie this year (otherwise we'd be seeing it this weekend). And for the longest time I've wanted to attend COMIC-CON, but haven't made the leap yet. :)

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  18. Hahahaha honestly, I don't have a fangirl heart.

    At least, not that I can think of... *ponders*

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  19. You know I'm a fangirl too. Captain Kirk was the first to steal my heart.

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  20. I remember Donny from my childhood, but vaguely.

    I don't get too fangirl over anyone, although I do remember a New Kids on the Block phase ages ago.

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  21. Happy Birthday, Leslie! Awesome that you got to see Donny. Being a fangirl can be a riot. I've not had a fangirl moment in some time, but remember those from my childhood with fondness.

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  22. Happy Birthday!!! I'm definitely a fangirl of The Hobbit!!! The movie is awesome!

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  23. Happy Birthday Leslie!
    Puppy Love is an awesome song! I even taught it to my grade 4-7 choir kids... the girls LOVE it!
    I remember the Donny and Marie show... I have to say that I particularly loved their appealing and wholesome image... is it still the same?

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  24. Happy birthday!!!

    I would love to do a LOTR marathon! I think I would fan girl all over the place if I got to meet Viggo Mortensen. Dear goodness, I love that man, especially as Aragorn. <3

    Angela

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  25. I love this, Leslie! So cool you got to go to the show, too!

    Not sure whose fangirl I am. Definitely have soft spots for Chuck Palahniuk and Bruce Campbell, though!

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