‘Idol Talk’ sheds light on pop star crushes

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Ladies, if you’re like me, you had a teen idol. Yes, I know. It is a bit embarrassing to admit that any of us “mature adults” once dreamed of meeting Elvis, dancing with Paul McCartney or breathing the same air as Bobby Sherman. My idol (surprise!) was Peter Noone, Herman of Herman’s Hermits, the group that gave us such ear …

Idol Talk is here!

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First copies of the long-anticipated anthology rolled of the presses on May 29. What began as a fun email exchange between writer Elizabeth Searle and me more than four years ago has become the first-ever collection of essays about teen idols by some of America’s most fabulous female writers:  Ann Hood, Jill McCorkle, Leslea Newman, B.A. Shapiro, Judy Goldman, Susan Straight, Dolen Perkins …

A Noonatic’s take on history

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Fifty years ago a producer named Mickie Most signed five teen-aged musicians from Manchester, England to a record deal. It didn’t go unnoticed that Peter Noone, the lead singer, resembled a young John F. Kennedy. The resemblance proved more than skin-deep. Peter was talented, charming and Catholic to boot. And he, like Kennedy, spoke with an intrusive R–“Americar,” “Canadar,” “Cubar.” …