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Celebrity Crushes: 80s Edition

On Saturday night, a good friend of mine invited my family over to her home to barbecue and watch the big fight between Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton.

She and her husband have three girls, the youngest being Monkey’s unofficial betrothed (my friend and I are in cahoots, and are already planning the wedding). Their oldest daughter, M, is seven, and a big Hannah Montana fan. As I’m always interested in what the young folk are into these days (I don’t want to turn into my mom, who is notorious for saying, “Huh? What? Who? What’s that? Who’s that?”), we started to talk about school and some of her interests.

While I sat there, listening to her talk about stuff I pretended to know about, I realized something: she was way cooler than me. And not only that, she actually belonged to the age group that was supposed to enjoy the objects of my cougar affections: Zac Effron and Joe Jonas.


I had to get back to reality: what was I doing, having crushes on the same young celebs as a seven-year-old? There are plenty of celebrity hunks out there that are old enough to rent a car, run for president, and closer to my age! What in the world was I doing wasting valuable real estate on my current ‘Top Ten Celebrity Crushes’ list with these children?

Ugh, I wasn’t always a some-time cougar, you know! I used to be cool, with age appropriate celebrity crushes, too!

My offering this week:

Celebrity Crushes - 80s Edition

My Top Ten Celebrity Crushes: 80s Edition

  1. New Kids on the Block
  2. Tom Cruise (During his “Top Gun” days)
  3. Michael Damien
  4. Scott Baio as “Chachi”
  5. John Taylor (from Duran Duran)
  6. Sergio Gonzales (from Menudo)
  7. Andrew Ridgley (from Wham!)
  8. Mitch Gaylord
  9. C. Thomas Howell
  10. “Jake Ryan”

Oh my gosh. Dating myself so hard right now…
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18 thoughts on “Celebrity Crushes: 80s Edition”

  1. Glad you were specific about the Tom Cruise Top Gun Days. I'm so with ya.After he started jumping on couches and pronouncing his love for younger women, my crush faded.

  2. Oh I was SO in LOVE with NKOTB…(ah, I was a senior in high school then! LOL)I also LOVED C Thomas Howell, Kevin Bacon (Footloose), and RICK SPRINGFIELD. "Jessie's Girl" Remember that one?

  3. Love your 80's Edition! Wow~~that takes me back……Jake Ryan?? Are we talking "Jake" from Sixteen Candles?? Cause if we are….well, I'm all over that one!

  4. Wow! You are stirring up the past. I was surprised to learn that Zac is not a teenie bopper…that made me feel a bit better :) Growwwwwwllllllll! (that's my inner cougar talking!)

  5. Nothing wrong with liking them young;). I have a couple of celebrity crushes myself. So bad, that when I watch their movies or videos I smile and refuse to be interrupted. Sad life I live. Thanks for coming over to the dark side:)

  6. Scott Baio was the man as Chachi-but after watching his reality show, (I cant remember the name)about being 46 and single or something, I found out he was a real player!!

  7. Good list! I actually find I go for more age-appropriate as I get older. When I was younger I would go for a wide variance in ages, but now its closer to my age and there's quite a few nice selections in that group, luckily! ;)

  8. hey jennifer,i LOVE this post! i cracked up soooo much… i have to tell you zack is the sweetest guy in the world, i have met him and he is tooo sweet! i also loved tom cruise (back in the day, not so much anymore) and of course who didn't love "jake ryan!" hugs,shelley

  9. Ahhhh my heart still stops a beat for Jake Ryan! I still have moments after a wedding when I walk out and hold my breath for a second thinking he may JUST be there. LOL This was a fun post!!

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