If you grew up in the ’70’s like me (Chelle), you were around before the Internet and maybe even cable TV. This, however; didn’t stop us from our prepubescent celebrity crushes, did it.
Our generation’s social media came in the form of magazines for the most part. Instead of hopping on Twitter to see what was trending with our favorite stars, my best friend, Karen and I would hop on our bikes to Ben Franklin’s five-and-dime to pick up the latest copy of Tiger Beat.
I especially like the high-tech-Photoshop-hair-cut-outs on the upper right corner of the cover. This issue is a definite read for an inside peek into Donny’s Love Journal. Also, just right of Donny, the faint outline of a gold chain necklace over a turtleneck lets readers know what the celebs are wearing.
No doubt if Instagram and Twitter were around back in the day, you and I would have been busy posting our #ManCrushMonday photos. Tracy and I decided to dedicate a Monday in our 31 Days of Top 10 Lists to do just that. Here is our Top 10 #ManCrushMonday picks of the 1970’s (pre-Twitter and Instagram). Check it out to see if your heartthrobs made the list.
10. #Andy Gibb
The baby brother of the BeeGee’s. His hairy-chested poster hung in my bedroom where my Grandma Esther slept when she came for visits. Sorry, grandma.
9. #Scott Baio
I think I first saw him on Happy Days as Chachi, the nephew of The Fonz. It was his feathered, middle part hair that got me. Joanie Cunningham was so lucky.
I enjoy the personal note he included on his poster.
8. #Fonzie (I don’t think I ever knew Henry Winkler was his real name.)
Sure he was Chachi’s uncle but he was also the ultimate cool dude on Happy Days. He just snapped his fingers and cute girls would run to his side. In retrospect he was kind of creepy playing a 40 year old guy hanging around Richie Cunningham and his high school buddies at Arnold’s Drive In.
7. #Shaun Cassidy
I preferred Shaun to his older brother, David Cassidy of the Partridge Family. Here’s Shaun singing, “That’s Rock & Roll” on The Midnight Special. He knows how to rock a scarf and a spin move in tight jeans.
6. #Jack Lord as Detective Steve McGarrett on Hawaii-Five-O
Speaking of spin moves, I couldn’t get enough of Steve McGarrett’s handsome smurk close-up in the opening of Hawaii Five-O; not to mention the piece of hair on his forehead moving ever so slightly in the wind. No DVR then to rewind and repeat. “Book ’em, Danno.”
The Hawaii Five-O’s theme song would make it into every high school pep band’s repertoire. You had to have a solo drummer who could handle the intro. Oh ya, Aurora High did.
5. #Starsky and Hutch – David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser
Should this count for two? Not for me. Salt and Pepper. Straight and Curly. Leather and Huge Cardigan Sweater…all rolled into one.
I know some on this list may not appeal to you. Honestly, I’m not sure why I had a crush on Laura’s dad. I guess I’m a sucker for a 1970’s guy in suspenders from the late 1800’s. I loved the series itself. I remember being heartbroken when it ended.
3. #Will Marshall (Wesley Eure) of the TV Show, Land Of The Lost
Will Marshall is not to be confused with the remake star, Will Ferrell. Will Marshall fought the Sleestaks with his dad and sister in an alternate universe. Will is on the far fight in case you weren’t a fan or you can’t guess.
Beware of Sleestak! I was genuinely frightened by these creatures. Why did the Marshall’s go in the cave? I’m sure they had good reasons. I can’t remember. I do remember the Sleestak kind of shuffled around in place when confronted. C’mon, Will. Walk away quickly!
2. #The Cosby Show’s Theo Huxtable (Malcolm-Jamal Warner)
We know this ManCrush is NOT from the 70’s but Tracy is a few years younger than me. Most of her list comes from the 80’s. I wanted at least one of her adolescent loves to be included in our top 10. So here’s Theo and his sitcom family. He’s looking right at you, Tracy.
1. #Leif Garrett
Leif’s appeal grew on me after awhile. He was a favorite of my cousin, Dana. I wasn’t so sure at that time. She was two years older than me and must have had more mature taste.
So there you have our would-be #ManCrushMonday posts of the 1970’s. The list is in no particular order of hunkiness. What teen idol of yours didn’t make the cut? We’d love to hear you make a case for him and post it on our 2014 social media sites. Hop on our Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram or our website! We might be swayed by your swooning.
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