"You got big dreams? You want fame? Well, fame costs. And right here is where you start paying, with sweat." - Lydia Grant, Fame - TV series
I can hardly believe it. Robbie and I were just talking about this two days ago. I'm so excited. I'm totally freaking out - in a good, good way!
Okay, maybe my ecstatic reaction officially qualifies me as a freak. But this was my favorite show when I was a young teen. I was (am) a huge fan of the movie and was thrilled when the series started.
The first season of Fame started when I had just started my Freshman year in high school. Oh how I wanted to go to a school of the arts. Unfortunately, there were no performance art programs in our schools at that time, thanks to budget cuts.
I lived my life vicariously through the characters in the series. I identified most often with Doris and had a consistent crush on Danny Amatullo. I wrote letters to both actors, and even received a personal letter from Valerie Landsburg (Doris). Carlo Imperato's (Danny's) publicist sent me a black & white mass-produced autographed postcard -- placed prominently on my bulletin board for years to follow.
I had all the records (yes, then they were vinyl albums) and sang one or two songs in talent shows. I bought all the teen star magazines and cut out articles, pictures, news clippings and kept them in a well-decorated Fame Box under my bed. Right next to my Rick Springfield Box. I wonder what ever happened to those keepsakes.
Remember, things were different 20+ years ago. I don't know when the VCR was invented, but I hadn't heard of one -- and we certainly didn't have one. This was before cable even. So if I missed a show, it was gone, forever. I couldn't run out and buy the DVD six months after its release.
So when the first season box set comes in the mail, I'm thinking it'll be a whole different experience for me. Or not. Who cares? It's coming. And it's about time! Yay!