Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Most Likely to...make you laugh at my pictures!

What a fun week we're having, sharing high school photos and remembering back. You'll have to forgive my grainy pictures as I had to scan the yearbooks for pics from back then. Most of my memoribilia is in storage at my parents' house.

Let's take a look at Sophomore year...circa 1983. I was a varsity cheerleader and recovering from a summer spent in the hospital overcoming bone cancer. Thanks to some pretty radical chemo and radiation, I lost all of my hair. The funny thing was, the football team shaved their heads that year to look "tough." Rival schools just thought one of the cheerleaders had that much school spirit, too. LOL!!

Here I am at a pep rally, handing over the microphone to one of the senior captains of the football team. Yes, I know...it's a short skirt. Live with it.



Here's the group shot of our group. Talk about big hair! I had a LOT of hair before I lost it. Too bad the pics of me pre-chemo can't be found. I had Farah Fawcett wings and all. Very chic for back then.



And, my individual shot. I stood in front of the tree to make it look like I had more hair. LOL!! Always thinking...



Moving on to Junior year, here I am with my cheerleading partner, Laura, sitting in the hall. Yes, I have on a skinny tie. It was a fashion statement. And I'm wearing a Reagan/Bush '84 button. I know...I know...but it was 1984. I didn't know what I know now. I was young and naive. = )



Here I am on Punk Rock Day. I loved that dress. It was awesome. A purple polka-dot mini dress. Soooooo Cyndi Lauper.



Every year, the Juniors hosted a haunted house at the school's Halloween Carnival. Check out the skeeeeeeery vampire. Hmmm...maybe a preview of my future in the paranormal?



I was in tons of clubs in high school including the Pep Club, P Club (letterman), Who's Who Among American High School Students, Society of Distinguished American High School Students, Anchor Club, Patriot Post (newsletter), Drama Club, Concert Band (first trumpet), and most notably, I was head photographer of the yearbook. Check out that Izod sweater! Too bad you can't see the colors...pink and blue!



Ahhh...1985...senior year...the rock and roll hair cut (not a girl mullet, thankyouverymuch) was very much my look, with crazy earrings to match. Check out these in this pic...my best friend always called them my "roaches." Gag! This is me keeping the books for the basketball team.



(And no...those aren't blemishes...it's schmuckus on the scanned picture.)

I was also a class officer. Man, I loved that outfit. Casual Corners. And the boots rocked. I bought a pair similar to them just yesterday.



Another Halloween Carnival and another vampire costume...I remember it took like three washings to get that red crap out of my hair.



Senior portrait time...not a bad pic, but thank God I learned how to pluck my eyebrows! LOLOL!!



Senior Who's Who pictures...oy, what a day! For Most School Spirit, they made us climb up onto the football goal posts. Easy for my friend, Mark Goodson, who was tall and athletic. Me, I had to stand on Charlie Senn's Monte Carlo T-tops while he hoisted me and Mark pulled me up. Of course, being the Grace that I am, I didn't get down gracefully, but fell into Charlie's car. At least it's a great pic!



And it shouldn't surprise anyone who knows me that I got Most Talkative, as well...



Finally...graduation day. There was a tradition at my school that in every yearbook, there was a picture of one senior blowing bubble gum. Since I had been the yearbook photographer for years and usually snapped off those shots, people thought it was only fair that I should have the bubble gum picture...



There you have it!

Oh...and as an add on, it wouldn't be a complete 80s-ish blog post if I didn't mention my experience last Friday night. In 1981, I met and fell in love with Rick Springfield. Okay...I didn't technically meet him, but there he was on the TV screen. He had me at "Jessie is a friend..."



I have had a long love affair with the man, with my hubby's permission. LOL! Last Friday, we went to see him in concert here in the Boston area. We were on the fourth row and I took my digital camera. I got sooooooooo many amazing shots! Check him out...59 years old and still looks phenomenal and rocks the house!















At one point, he dons a wireless mike and ventures out into the audience. He came right to our section. At this point, I hand my husband and tell him that these are about to be THE MOST important pictures he's ever taken in his life. Seriously. I would have left him if he'd screwed this up. LOL!!

Here's Rick moving towards me...



And here he is right in front of me...



Swoooooooooooon...he came right up to me and stood on my chair. He held on to my shoulder and stroked my cheek. I, in turn, cupped his...ummm...errr...cheek. No, not that one...THAT one. WHAT? He was right there! It was a chance of a lifetime and I took it. Yes, I touched Rick Springfield's butt!!!

Hope you've enjoyed this trip down memory lane! Can't wait to see the rest of the Buzz Girls' pics!

Hugs,
Marley = )

GHOST HUNTRESS: THE AWAKENING (Coming May 2009, Houghton Mifflin)
GHOST HUNTRESS: THE GUIDANCE (Coming October 2009, Houghton Mifflin)
SORORITY 101: Zeta or Omega? (Available from Puffin Books)
SORORITY 101: The New Sisters (Available from Puffin Books)

18 comments:

Mel Francis said...

I have to say, I love that picture of you on the goal post. Awesome.

Kristen Painter said...

I am more in love with you than evah.

The Golfing Librarian said...

These trips down memory lane are so illuminating, in so many ways!!! So did you fire your photographer for missing the shot of you copping a feel off Rick's butt?
BTW, who told Mark Goodson that dark socks go well with jeans and white tennis shoes?

Wendy Toliver said...

So fun! Love the bubble gum photo and no, it wasn't surprising to see you were voted Most School Spirit and Most Talkative! :)

Heather Davis said...

Yeah - Wendy said it, Marley! Most talkative -- what a stretch. :) I love the picture of you as a vamp. You are so cute, Marley!!

TinaFerraro said...

Rick Springfield looks better than ever! LOVE that you touched his butt. And you, Marley, continue to be radiant and pretty. Thanks for sharing these!

Karos said...

I was at the same show! And I am a million miles away. Great blog, great trip down memory lane, and congrats on the butt grab!

stephhale said...

Your pictures are adorable, Marley! I had no idea you had been through such a tramatic illness at such a young age. I'm so glad you are healthy now. I was also a huge fan of Casual Corner, ha! Thanks for sharing. And Rick Springfield, OMG! Too cool.

petra said...

oh wow i loved rick springfield he is still amazingly hot. loved your pictures and your hair do and your smile.

Diane said...

I love your theme for this week. Not sure if I'm game enough to post my high school photos.

And how cool that you got to meet your rock idol! Did hubby freeze up and forget to take the action shots? Rick Springfield is definitely still hot.

I met mine at 17 and 38, and the second meeting inspired a manuscript:
http://dianecurran.wordpress.com/2007/12/23/returning-to-im-with-the-band/

Marley Gibson said...

Hey Diane! How's my friend Dorkus? Mike didn't freeze up with the close up. Rick was just way too close to get a good picture. If I'd thought about it, I should have grabbed my BlackBerry and gotten a pic up tight. LOL!! = )

Tera Lynn Childs said...

Love, love, love the pics Marley. You look like you could have been starring in a John Hughes movie!!! =)

Natalie Hatch said...

Rick Springfields BUTT.... ohh jealousy. I was young but he was a hunk, and in Battlestar Galactica I cried when he died.

Kwana said...

My mouth is just hanging open. These are awesome! You rock. That's all I can say.

Simone Elkeles said...

Is your real first name Jessica??? You look like a Marley to me. I love the cheerleading pictures and I hate to break the news to you but Rick is all mine! His was the first concert I ever went to!

Marley Gibson said...

LOL...yeah it's a story about my name. My mother didn't give my sister or me middle names because she said our maiden names would be our middle names when we got married. So, I always signed my name " J. Marley Harbuck." People would ask what the J stood for and I'd say "Just...I'm just Marley Harbuck." Well, my dad always wanted to name me Jessica, so on my 16th b-day, he had it legally changed to Jessica Marley Harbuck. Funny thing is, after all of that, my mother was write. I dropped Jessica when I got married and I'm now Marley Harbuck Gibson. LOL!!

Marley Gibson said...

I meant..."my mother was right." Silly writer. = )

Simone Elkeles said...

That's so funny. I always wondered why sometimes people changed their names...fun story!