Monday, June 15, 2009

Livin' In The '80s

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I'm living in the past. Or at least that's the way it feels lately.

A few weeks ago, I witnessed Steve Martin's Grand Ole Opry debut. More recently, I got the opportunity to interview the members of Spinal Tap (albeit via e-mail) about the faux group's forthcoming "Back From The Dead," a collection of new and old Tap tunes.

Facebook has also contributed to my feeling of deja vu. Just over a week ago, Gerry McCracken, the man who first hired me to work in radio in Parkersburg, W.Va., and a Facebook friend, asked me if I remembered Laura Dowler, our overnight jock at WXKX (Kix 103) back in the late '80s. I said I did and he let me know that he had just "friended" her and that he was sending her my way.

As anyone on Facebook knows, adding one friend generally leads to a steady stream of new friends connected to both you and your new friend. Before I knew it, I was back in contact with several other former employees of the station.

Suddenly it's 1987 all over again. Photos are flying and I'm 25 pounds lighter, bearded and with more hair.

Ummm, never mind.

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  1. What fun! I've reconnected to the old political hippy crowd I used to hang with in grad school. One of the (she's now a high powered lawyer) even had an old photo of me in 1974, VERY pregnant with Adam, at one of our feminist "meetings." (The meetings didn't get much accomplished -- except that from that grad school group came several women's rights attorneys, activists, and me, publishing Colorado Woman magazine for the better part of the decade. Pretty good record for a little college in Kansas.