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‘You got me hypnotized, so mesmerized’

March 11, 2012
By LESLIE LETUSICK - Copy editor ( , The Herald-Star

Celebrity crushes.

We've all had them at some point in our lives. Some still might (I do). The death of Davy Jones and a simple conversation with co-workers sparked memories of some of mine from long ago. Some date back to when I was a wee lass.

One afternoon, a few co-workers and I were discussing the new ME TV channel that has come to local television. When I heard that the original Batman (yes, Adam West's Batman) was included in the station's lineup, I was super excited. It was my chance to introduce my son to old-school Batman. Yes, corny, stupid, slapstick Batman. But it was, is, a great show that many of today's children are missing out on.

Anyway, as we discussed the revival of the epic show, it brought back the memory as to why I liked the show so much. It was stupid. It was corny. It was unrealistic (even more so than the big-screen Batman). I watched it because of Robin, also known as Burt Ward. I had a crush on him. Yes, he wore tights and his underwear on the outside. So what? He was a superhero. Isn't that all that matters?

Robin brought back other memories of crushes that I developed as a young child, as a teenager and still into adulthood.

The first crush I can recall having is Bowzer from Sha Na Na. All the young folks are thinking, who? I just dated myself, didn't I? I don't remember the name of the show, but I remember watching him on a television program when I was little. When I decided to write about my insane picks as celebrities crushes, I googled him and thought, what was I thinking? Really? There is nothing about him that would put him anywhere near my list today. Hopefully, he could sing (she says questioning, hoping that was the case?)

Following the has-been musician on my crush list was Optimus Prime. I know, Optimus is a cartoon character. Don't judge me. I was, like 8. I wasn't thinking about the fact that he wasn't real. He was simply drawn on a piece of paper and then put on the television screen. And honestly, now that a "real" movie has been made, I still think he's kind of sexy. Maybe it's his voice, maybe it's the power he holds. Who knows.

A TV actor, a real human, that made my list only because of an encounter with him, is John Corbett. I wasn't impressed with his "Northern Exposure" role or his bid to be a country music star, but I loved him as Aiden on "Sex and the City."

Corbett and I once had personal contact when I worked at the grocery store as a cashier in my hometown. I was the only register open, and he had no choice but to check out through my line. I will never forget that.

Other television stars that at one time or other graced my list (and the role that got them on my list) are: Tom Wompat as Luke Duke on "The Dukes of Hazzard"; Michael Weatherly as Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo on "NCIS"; and Jason Priestley as Brandon Walsh on "Beverly Hills, 90210" (the original).

One movie star dominates my list and probably borders on obsession more than a crush.

If you read my column a few weeks back, it is no surprise to you: Robert Pattinson, or Stephanie Meyer's Edward Cullen from the "Twilight Saga." Love him. My husband laughs. He doesn't understand why I am so enthralled by a skinny, pale thing like him (his words, not mine.) There is just something about him.

Musicians on the list, include Davy Jones (The Monkees), may he rest in peace; Joe McIntyre (New Kids on the Block); and the one and only Elvis Presley. My mom's first love was Davy Jones. And heck, who didn't have a crush on Presley?

Almost on my list of crushes are three baseball players. These men once graced the diamond with their abilities: Andy Van Slyke and Jay Bell. I used to go to Pirates games when Andy and Jay were the featured players to get the pins and trading cards and such.

Completing the list is Olympic medalist Apolo Ohno. I just discovered him during the last winter games in Vancouver. I wish I knew who he was before. He is a phenomenal athlete. I read his book "Zero Regrets" last year and want my son to read it when he gets older. It, too, was amazing. I wish I would have seen "Dancing with the Stars" the season he won (2007), but that was before I knew who he was. I hope he comes back for the 2014 games. He says he might or might not. The decision will be made when the time comes. As much as I hate to say it, now would be the time to hang up his skates. He is at the top of his game. Why risk it? I can only hope that he comes back.

Bring back any memories?

I hope I reminded you of a silly crush you had on someone famous.

(Letusick, a resident of Rayland, is a copy editor for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times.)

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