And now it’s time to say goodbye….

newintownAnnette Funicello died today, and I literally cried when I heard the news.  She was my hero when I was a child, and though I didn’t really keep up with her celebrity as we both grew older, I remember feeling horrible to learn she was suffering from the debilitating disease multiple sclerosis.  As a nurse, I knew the pain and suffering she must have endured.

I also wasn’t a big fan of the beach movies she made, but then I wasn’t the beachy kind of teenager anyhow.  What drew me to her was the series Walt Disney Presents Annette.  There were about 20 episodes and they ran during the Mickey Mouse Show.  I remember each episode like it was yesterday.  I remember the tragedy of her losing both her parents, and being new in a town and school when she went to live with a rich aunt and uncle.  I remember her bedroom and how it was decorated.  I remember some of her clothes and a particular sweater.  I remember the heartache of her first puppylove and then that missing necklace!  The last episode when they found the necklace in the piano and everyone decides to get along and be friends was the best day of my young life.  I LOVED THIS SERIES.

Most of you reading this post will not remember much of her, or any of those MMC serials.  But the Annette series, Spin and Marty, The Hardy Boys, and The Wonderful World of Disney were to me the best of television, and I was lucky to be growing up in this era.

She died too young, but she leaves many in my generation with wonderful memories.  M-I-C, “See you real soon,” K-E-Y, “Why because we like you,” M-O-U-S-E.


About Patsye

I am an older woman and artist. I love to craft. I love to sew and knit and crochet and needlepoint. I love to paint and draw and make art with my hands. Being creative is what gets me up in the morning. Art is my tea, my fresh air, my good book, and my cats all rolled into one. I have much to share and hope you'll visit often.
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3 Responses to And now it’s time to say goodbye….

  1. Marilyn Stefani says:

    I, on the other hand,absolutely adored the beach movies. She will leave a mark on all our memories. Love your blog!

  2. Mary Jane says:

    I felt the same way you did about Annette, hearing that she died is one of those corners you turn in life that you can’t go back around…
    I think my absolute favorite was Spin and Marty, and wish I could get a copy of it so I could watch it again and see what I loved about it so much.
    Thanks for writing about Annette.

    • Thank you for responding. I feel like your comment is also a testament to how lovely a woman Annette was. I am sure there are tens of thousands of us who all feel the same.

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