Blast From The Past: A Walk Down Memory Lane With Shaun Cassidy

Dear Beliebers,

Once upon a time, way way back in 1978, your moms or maybe even your grandmas used to have crushes on teen idols too.  For this 48 year old woman, the sun rose and set on The Hardy Boys’ star: bubblegum pop singing sensation, Shaun Cassidy, who today is 53, a successful television producer and the father of seven children from three different marriages!  Yes, my bedroom walls were covered in posters of him and I collected at least a dozen binders full of teen magazine articles and posters on The Hardy Boys that I kept until I was in my late 30s when I finally threw them all in a dumpster.

The other day, one of my longtime close friends, Vicki, sent me the most delightful package in the mail.  It was a pristine copy of the May 15, 1978 issue of People magazine (back when it used to be good!) featuring Shaun Cassidy on its cover.  Ever since I took it out of the package and flipped through the magazine, I’ve been taking a walk down memory lane with a big, silly grin on my face.

You see, Shaun Cassidy was a really big deal for me – and millions of other teens of the 70s – when I was 14 years old, just like Justin Bieber is to tweens today.  Although he wasn’t my first celebrity crush (that honour went to Jack Lord of Hawaii Five-0), he was my biggest and he was also the reason that my BFF of 36 years, Jennifer Amy, and I bonded in the school yard at recess.  Once we discovered that we were both huge fans of The Hardy Boys television series on ABC, we became inseparable. Jen preferred older, preppy Parker Stevenson while I couldn’t stop gushing over the younger, baby-faced, feather-haired Shaun.  Lifelong friendships have probably been based on less, but we have lots in common that keeps us interested in regular two hour telephone conversations to this day.

The first concert I ever attended was Shaun Cassidy at CNE Stadium in the summer of 1978.  My mother let me go with Jen on the Great Canadian Rock Tours bus to Toronto to see my beloved teen idol and to this day, Jen and I still remember how it felt to sit in the stadium and listen to tens of thousands of teenage girls scream their hearts out when he sang “Da Doo Ron Ron”, “Hey Deanie”, and “That’s Rock & Roll”.

I went to see Shaun a second time in August of 1979 with another good friend, my next door neighbour, Janice Rowe, who is also still a close friend to this day.  She was a huge Bay City Rollers fan and a little older than me, but she humoured me and came along because I wasn’t allowed to go to Toronto by myself.  We hung around by the gates to the entrance of the stadium hoping to spot Shaun but the most I ever succeeded in was meeting his best friends, Room 222 star David Jolliffe and Cloris Leachman’s son, George Englund Jr. (who I just discovered in my research dated Sharon Stone!). They were kind to Shaun’s fans and even gave me their autograph.

I used to write to pen pals who I discovered through the teen magazines and one of them was fortunate enough to get some decent snapshots of Shaun in concert at the Ohio State Fair in August 1979 so I bought some from her with my babysitting money.  I never got close enough to the stage in Toronto to take any kind of clear shots, although I do have some of those old Kodak 110 camera blurry snaps of the stage with a centimeter-high band in them.

I was so inspired by young Cassidy that I wrote my very first poem about him when I was 14, simply entitled “Shaun”.  To my great surprise it was published in 16 Magazine and Scholastic Book Services’ Rock’s Biggest Ten (if anyone out there has a copy of this book published in 1979 by David Dachs, I’d love to buy it!).  Years later, after I’d been writing way better poetry for quite some time, I was approached by Young Poets of Canada about writing an article called “What It’s Like To Be A Young Poet.”  I also wrote a mystery novella called The End of Our Rainbow, about Jen’s and my adventures with Shaun & Parker.  My high school pals read and reviewed it for me and I still have the original typed copy of it with pictures cut out of Tiger Beat magazine and handwritten comments by my friends.  It’s ultra melodramatic and totally HILARIOUS!!  So you see, my teen idol crush inspired me to write and I still write today.  I’m also still a huge music fan who gets regular crushes on different singing sensations, only now they’re considerably older than 19!

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18 comments

  1. Robyn · February 9, 2012

    I love this post. You are funny and what a blast from the past! Thanks for taking me back it was a fun little trip.

    • scullylovepromo · February 9, 2012

      I’m glad you had fun, ’cause that was the whole point! 🙂

  2. Mary · February 9, 2012

    What a fantastic post! I too am a life-long Shaun fan! I was lucky in that I was able to see him perform live for two tours. I still have all of my posters and some of the magazines that he graced, gently put away – although I do have his debut LP framed and in my bedroom. My husband is used to it. Yes, he teases me, but then again, I won’t discuss his Hollywood crushes.

    I run a Shaun message board called The Shaun Cassidy Cantina. I’d love to meet you!

    That’s Rock N Roll!

    • scullylovepromo · February 9, 2012

      Thanks so much for stopping by Mary. I’m happy to read that you enjoyed the post! I’m afraid I can’t say that I’d want to stay in Shaun Cassidy Land forever. I lived there for a few years when I was a teenager and I respect the man today, but I don’t have the same passion for him that I did when I was 14. It was really fun to take a walk down memory lane though!

      U2, Bruce Springsteen, The Doors, The Clash, Pearl Jam, Iggy Pop, Lenny Kravitz, The White Stripes…now That’s Rock N Roll in my world!! 🙂

  3. Tracie · February 9, 2012

    Wow that was a blast to the past! Loved the pictures too Christine; thanks for sharing your Cassidy experience. A writing/author sensation at such a young age….so glad to see that you continue to marvel in this talent:). DId you see the price of the magazine ($0.75)? lol.

    • scullylovepromo · February 9, 2012

      You’re welcome Tracie! I sure did see the price of the magazine…those were the days!!

  4. Karen · July 2, 2012

    Stumbled upom thiis article and chuckled to myself as you just took me down memory lane~ You see i was at both those CNE concerts Sept 2 1978 and Aug 27 1979, i only know the dates cause i still have the stubs lol! I remember after each concert5 I went to (and i was lucky enough to go to six) it would take me weeks to stop crying cause I was head over heels I mean stupid in love with this boy! He was my first crush, my first boyfriend (in my mind anyways) and my very first heartbreak, and I would never have it any other way! Thank tou so much for taking me back there, they were amazing times for me!

    • scullylovepromo · July 2, 2012

      Hi Karen,

      I’m so glad that I could take you back there…it’s pretty cool that you were at both shows that I was and that we were both so head over heels with Shaun! LOL Good times!! You were super lucky to have seen him 6 times!

      Cheers,
      Christine

  5. rvluckyorwhat · April 15, 2015

    Ha ha, this made me smile. Shaun was my first celebrity crush. I had to share this on my facebook account! Well done!

    • scullylovepromo · April 15, 2015

      I’m glad that you enjoyed my post about Shaun Cassidy! He was my first celebrity BIG crush, that’s for sure! Thank you for sharing and for following my blog. 🙂

      Da Do Ron Ron my friend,
      Christine

  6. Michelle · August 9, 2015

    Just like you, I had a massive crush on Shaun Cassidy. I grew up reading People magazine which my mother bought each week, eventually passing them on to me. Just as you said, “back when People magazine was good” , which is precisely what I have been saying for many years. I enjoyed reading what you posted, felt like I’d been reading correspondence from one of my own friends so you brought a smile to my face. Thanks.

    • scullylovepromo · August 9, 2015

      Hi Michelle,

      Thank you so much for stopping by and letting me know that you appreciated this blog post. I’m sure we would have got along great if we knew each other when we were kids! We could have hung out and read each other’s copies of Tiger Beat, 16 Magazine and People together while listening to our Shaun Cassidy albums! It’s fun to take a walk down memory lane once a while and I’m pleased that I could bring a smile to your face. 🙂

      All my best,
      Christine

  7. Michelle · August 9, 2015

    I’d already completed and sent a reply when, while traipsing thru your blog, I realized that in addition to having Shaun Cassidy, and People magazine in common, that like yourself, I am Canadian.

    • scullylovepromo · August 10, 2015

      Do you live in Canada, Michelle? If so, where? I’m in Kingston, ON but am planning to move by next summer as I need a change of scenery. I’ll either go to Toronto or Ottawa more than likely. 🙂

  8. Kim · March 1, 2016

    Hey I just stumbled across this and it really made me smile. ..partially because I know I’m not alone lol. I turned 50, 2 days ago, and for whatever reason I have been taking it not well. Last week, I came across a Shaun video. ..and a bit embarrassed to say, since then I’ve had a full out Shaun reunion in my mind..I’ve rewatched Hardy Boys, videos..anything I could find bringing great memores flooding back…. I’ve been pondering a lot about the affect that Shaun had on so many of us, and for myself, I was in a bad place in my childhood. I needed an escape, and he gave me it with my first full blown crush. .I’ve had other celeb crushes before him and after him, but this was different, maybe because it was the ‘prepubescent’ beginning of hormones age lol, and one thing Shaun could do was get those hormones flowing lol. Looking further into his present life, he still doesn’t disappoint. He reflects a beautiful family man, and a very intelligent caring person. I know here’s one rejuvenated fan who would love to see him do a short intimate tour of some kind, or maybe a short stint on Broadway again. I’d be buying a ticket tomorrow as i was never forrunate to see him preform. .sooo sorry I wrote so much, but thanks for the great post!!! And Shaun Cassidy wherever you are, thanks for the precious memories!!♡♡ ps…sorry if there’s typos. ..sleep time lol ( btw…im another proud canadian!)

    • scullylovepromo · March 1, 2016

      Hi Kim,

      Thank you so much for your wonderful, long comment! I really appreciate it so there’s no need to apologize whatsoever. I found turning 50 a bit challenging myself (I’m 52 now) so I know where you’re coming from. I think that most of us who had those kinds of prepubescent celebrity crushes when we were young will never forget them and always think fondly of that person when we come across them again. You said that Shaun helped you to get through a tough time so he was obviously very important to you. I was fortunate enough to see him perform twice, but I never got to see him on Broadway, so that would be pretty cool, for sure. He is a genuinely good man, I think, and I’m delighted to witness what he’s done in his life since the days of The Hardy Boys.

      I read a book about a year ago called “I Think I Love You” by Allison Pearson about women who had a big crush on David Cassidy during his prime and about their opportunity to get to meet him many years later. I think you’d enjoy it. It really made me wax nostalgic about my teenage years!

      From one proud Canadian to another, I’m touched that you enjoyed my post about Shaun and thank you again for taking the time to share your memories with me.

      All my best,
      Christine

  9. Tamra Lovern · May 18, 2016

    This brings back great memories. There was not a place in my bedroom that did not have a poster of him. Even my mirrors. Saw in concert too and I have a scrap book filled with everything I had. It is a very thick book. Boy was I crazy over him.
    Tamra

    • scullylovepromo · May 19, 2016

      Hi Tamra,

      Thanks very much for stopping by and taking time to reflect on some great memories! I had about a dozen scrapbooks filled with articles & photos on Shaun and The Hardy Boys and I got rid of them about 12 years ago when I moved back to Kingston from Toronto. I had them for a really long time though! 🙂

      All my best,
      Christine

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