Valentine’s Day is upon us! In honor of the holiday, I thought I’d recount some of my early infatuations for you. Some are painful, some are hilarious, but hopefully, all will be entertaining.
The first crush I remember having was on Jimmy from H.R. Pufnstuf. Mind you, I can barely remember a thing about the show, other than Jimmy and his stunning bowl cut. (And from what I now know, references to bowls were a mainstay of the Pufnstuf world.)
I tried to write Jimmy a fan letter, which was a challenge for me, because A. I didn’t know the mailing address for Living Island, where he resided on the show, and B. I was three or four, and still didn’t know how to write. Thankfully, my grandfather was on-hand, and OF COURSE he knew Jimmy’s address (which I now know was made up) and helped me write it on my homemade envelope. I’m pretty sure I made the stamp, too, so the mail carrier at the time must have been thrilled.
Unfortunately for Jimmy (and the USPS), my feelings for him were short-lived. There was a new show on TV called The Hardy Boys, and from the first time I saw it, I left Jimmy’s bowl cut behind for the feathered coif of a certain 1970s über-hottie.
TO BE CONTINUED
Two reminders: A contest for teachers and librarians! And a contest for everyone! (And not to give anything away, but at this point, if you enter, you have a REALLY good chance of winning. Ahem.)
Is Jimmy the one of the left or the right?
Sorry… that should have been “on the left”.
A-hahaha. Good question. He’s on the right, with the bowl cut and glorious yellow butterfly-collar shirt.
Kara, I was in the local Barnes and Noble yesterday. While waiting for my purchase to be rung up, I noticed on the shelf behind the cashier a boxed set of the entire “H.R. Pufnstuf” series, and immediately thought of you. Have you seen it? Here’s a link to it on amazon:
Apparently there is also a somewhat pricier edition featuring a “collectible H.R. Pufnstuf Bobblehead”. No Jimmy doll, sadly. — PL
Wow, the Complete Series!? Sounds like something you’d need to be “under the influence” to appreciate…
Having only ever seen still photos from these shows, and never an actual episode, I would not know. I guess I should take your word for it! — PL