Did You Paper Your Wall With Tiger Beat Posters?
Back in the mid-to-late 70s, when I was a teenager, Tiger Beat magazine had all of the latest posters and pictures of all our teen idols and heartthrobs. I couldn't wait to get the next issue so that I could pull out the posters and start clipping the photos I liked the best. It was such a dilemma when you wanted what was on both sides. Didn't they realize that I wanted both pictures?
Tiger Beat has been around since 1965 and the teens today still go crazy for the pictures they provide. Teenagers today often assume these magazines were invented just for them. They don't realize that we cut up many an issue before they were ever born.
At first, my parents didn't want me putting too many thumbtack holes into the sheet rock of my bedroom walls. Of course, that only meant that each hole I made would need to cover one corner of four different posters. That meant I had no choice but to wallpaper the wall with them to save on thumbtack holes. Follow my logic?
My girlfriend, Sherri had to share a bedroom with an older sister and between the two of them, they had managed to literally cover every single inch of their walls and ceiling. Yes, these two had managed to cover the ceiling of their bedroom. I was so jealous.
Let me tell you a little bit about my favorite teen heartthrob of the 70s.
My absolute favorite heartthrob of the 70s was Donny Osmond.
If you think about it, the Osmonds were the Jonas Brothers of the 70s, except there were twice as many of them and they had sister, Marie, to toss into the mix. Have the Jonas Brothers hosted their own weekly variety show? I guess you could argue, "not yet".
I was very much into Donny Osmond and the Osmond Brothers. I still have all of my Osmond record albums. I would sit for hours listening to them. I loved songs like "Crazy Horses", "Love Me for a Reason", "The Twelfth of Never" and so many more.
I loved the Donny and Marie Show too. They were always playing crazy tricks on each other. It was cheesy, but it was fun.
Caulking Up the Holes & A Daughter of My Own
Eventually, I grew out of the poster-hanging phase and I began to understand why my parents didn't want the walls riddled with thumbtack holes. When the posters came down, I spent hours caulking each hole so that the walls could be repainted.
Years later, now that I'm a mother of a teenage daughter of my own, I too tried to explain about the thumbtack holes as she hung her posters from Tiger Beat. Over the years, I've seen Spongebob (yes, he's a teen idol too), Zack Efron, and even the Jonas Brothers. Luckily, she too is growing out of that phase and is planning to pursue a career in interior decorating. She now too, understands about the thumbtacks and spent an hour caulking up holes before her last bedroom makeover.
I guess that means my granddaughters of the future will be going through a few thumbtacks and tubes of caulk of their own don't you think?