With all the turmoil in the world and division throughout our nation, I felt this was a pretty safe question to throw out there. Also because for no apparent reason, I’ve been thinking a lot about my first celeb crush lately… Judy from the seminal PBS-TV series The Electric Company, especially when she played Jane of the Jungle.
– Editor Manson
Michael Riley: Farrah Fawcett. Yes, I had the poster as a young man. It was her hair, her eyes and her smile. Back then, she was the prettiest woman I had ever seen. Her acting skills were not good at the start, but she got a lot better later in her career.
Metz Barnes: Daphne from Scooby-Doo, for obvious reasons.
Nik Flagstar: Kirstie Alley on Cheers—guess I always liked women with attitude.
Celeste Nonie: Ricky Schroeder (Silver Spoons). He was cute, rich and had his own arcade.
Shelly Swanger: Elton John. Duh.
Bill Holdship: The Shangri-Las, but especially Mary. And then probably Yvonne Craig in an Elvis movie.
Tracy Baldwin: Bon Jovi. That hair! That voice! I used to sit as close to the TV as possible when he would come on MTV. He’s still hot, by the way, and we share the same birthday.
Nikki Hedrick: Matt Frewer, maybe?
Ricky Stanfield: Stevie Nicks. Still.
Ben Steeno: Alyssa Milano.
Mark Douglass: Betty Rubble, then Mary Ann (from Gilligan’s Island), her non-cartoon equivalent. Jeannie C. Riley was adorable but not on TV very often.
Larry Beat: Do Playboy Playmates count as celebrities?
Michael Johnson: Mary Stuart Masterson in Some Kind of Wonderful. Super-hot blonde that played the drums? Come on!
Rikki Wheeler: Christopher Reeve as Superman.
Josette Rhodes: Matt Dillon in Over the Edge. Long hair, attitude, total bad boy. Kind of set a precedent now that I think about it.
Lauren Sublett: Elvis. I was obsessed with him as a kid. I saw every movie and knew all his songs. I dressed up as him for Halloween, and not long after found out he wasn’t alive anymore. I was crushed.
Chelsea Alayne: Jonathan Taylor Thomas. I had pictures of him all over my wall.
Donnie Morgan: Chaka Khan. I was seven years old. “Tell Me Something Good” by Rufus was all over the AM radio. I saw them on Midnight Special, and Chaka made my young hormones start slam dancing.
Bill Garrett: Tina Turner. I remember seeing Ike and Tina on The Ed Sullivan Show when I was nine. Tina and the Ikettes wore the shortest skirts I’d ever seen. I tried getting closer to the TV in an effort to look up them. My preadolescent mind was boggled.
Robin Wiesneth: Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. I’m not joking.
Mari Gleason: Alan Alda. I thought Hawkeye made funny pranks and had a kind face. I think I was about nine.
Zandra Wolfgram: I would kiss the TV when Bob Eubanks came on The Newlywed Game, because his eyes smiled when he smiled.
Michael J Thomas: My first was probably Vanity from The Last Dragon, and then Sandra Bullock in While You Were Sleeping.
John Reinlie: Ariel, the Little Mermaid. She’s got an amazing voice, and her entire wardrobe consists of only two seashells. What more could a boy want?