J-Lo Spotted In 1936 New Yorker

I realize J-Lo is about to turn 50 in a few days, same age as the first moon landing. That’s what they want you to think. But how do you explain this cartoon rendering of her from a 1936 New Yorker magazine? Same hat, same halter top, same flared pants and ample posterior, surrounded by a diverse group of creatives, as they now say. I mean, she IS Jenny from the block, and that block was The Bronx.

See what I mean?

(Scott Nelson/AFP/Getty Images)

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Bread At EVERY Meal

Do you want to be healthy? Chow down on carbs three times a day. Oprah may say nay/neigh, but it worked for Joanna Bard.

My December 2, 1940 copy of Junior Scholastic touts the merits of delicious, starchy bread.

Included inside was a fun news quiz! Don’t all teens like news quizzes? This one is a doozy!

4th Annual Readers’ Poll April 1988

It was super exciting to receive this in the mail.

Today we delve into the bowels of one of my former teen mag subscriptions, “Star Hits,” for the 4th Annual Readers’ Poll Results.  The cover reveals the top stars of April 1988.  Check out who’s included in the Most Promising New Acts.

Curiosity must have serious killed the cat.
Curiosity must have serious killed the cat.

Duran Squared’s own John Taylor topped the list of most desirables, with those pouty lips and bedroom eyes. 

Don't worry; Johnny Rotten was not desirable in the least; he was #2 for "Hairdo From Hell."
Don’t worry; Johnny Rotten was not desirable in the least; he was #2 for “Hairdo From Hell.”

What?  Miss Whitney?
What? Miss Whitney?

George Michael’s video was voted the 4th best video of 1987.  As it turned out, the limelit half of Wham! (Bam, thank you, Sir, may I have another?) actually did NOT want pretty Asian model’s sex.  Not remotely.  Not even in a filthy public restroom with e-coli-covered stalls.

Maybe George should be the one blindfolded.
Maybe George should be the one blindfolded.

The lyrics should have given us a clue:

There’s things that you guess and things that you know 
There’s boys that you can trust and girls that you don’t

Girls are untrustworthy, huh?  Perhaps that should have been included on the Bummer of the Year.  Michael Jackson’s comeback was determined to be the biggest bummer.  And Iran/Contra was number four??

082But the most interesting reads are what the stars themselves chose.  Siouxsie Sioux’s most desirable pick was Yul Brynner.  The King and I?  At least she didn’t have the nerve to list herself, as Andy Fletcher did.

084And note the difference in tone maturity level between the choices of former GoGo’s singer Belinda Carlisle and the Beastie Boys (R.I.P. MCA).

085Who knew Belinda was so mad about Fred Astaire, and so rocked by the PTL scandal?(R.I.P. Tammy Faye Bakker.)  And The Beastie Boys chose Sssss-Samantha Fox as the BEST female singer?  Is that because she sang from her diaphragm so well?  I won’t hate on her; naughty girls need love, too. 


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