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Did you have a crush on any TV characters growing up?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on August 24, 2009

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Photo of Ted Walker

“Major Astro, a local variety show host in Wichita. I wondered if astronauts were the real thing.”

Photo of Olivia Trussell

“Hulk Hogan. I had a toy of him.”

Photo of Douglas Redding

“Barbara Eden, of ‘I Dream of Jeannie,’ but only when she played her evil twin sister.”

Photo of Gitta Bernauer

“Opie of Mayberry. He seemed so natural and had a good sense of humor and a little bit of mischief.”


Cait McKnelly 7 years ago

In 1957 when I was 4 years old we got our first TV. It had a round 12" screen and was encased in a metal box the size of a small refrigerator. One of the programs on was Rin Tin Tin. I fell HARD for the kid who played Rusty (Lee Aaker About the same time I got a crush on Liberace (ha!) who also had a TV show. Must have been all that bling.

inklines 7 years ago

Barbara Feldon of "Get Smart"; Tina Cole, (played Katie Douglas, Robbie's wife on "My Three Sons"); Lori Saunders, the dark-haired brunette daughter in "Petticoat Junction".

Kat Christian 7 years ago

Davey Crocket was my hero. Mother even got me the record to the theme song. Still have it 78rpm. Then it was Luke on the Rifleman and by the 5th grade I was in love with Michacl Landon.

Katara 7 years ago

Bo Duke. He was such a rebel. Sigh...

RoeDapple 7 years ago

There have been soooooo........ many!! But then, I'm not through growing up yet......

walkdog262 7 years ago

I won a cake on my birthday once from Major Astro. What a sweet birthday. He read my name on the air!

imagold 7 years ago

Little Joe on Bonanza (Michael Landon). Keith Partridge on The Partridge Family (David Cassidy).

Jaminrawk 7 years ago

Heather Thomas on "Fall Guy". Probably the first time I realized that girls weren't all yucky.

Julie Craig 7 years ago

Bobby Sherman, the Monkey's and Kurt Russell

Cait McKnelly 7 years ago

oooo yeah Puzzler. Bobby Sherman was a Jr. High TV crush. Do you remember Paul Revere and the Raiders? I was soooo crushed on Mark Lindsay from that band when I was in 7th grade. Would rush home everyday after school to watch them on some teen dance show that was on, can't remember the name of it.

Rex Russell 7 years ago

Serious crush on Marcia Brady. Ohhhhhh Marcia.......

Shane Garrett 7 years ago

Elizabeth Montgomery. All the gals on Petticoat Junction, Ann Margert and for some reason Brenda Vicaro. But Emma Peele was hot.

Julie Craig 7 years ago

cait48 - don't remember the teen dance show, but loved to sneak in a little "Dark Shadows" before mom got home!!

Maddy Griffin 7 years ago

Paul Revere and the Raiders. That takes me back!! I actually saw them LIVE right here in L-town at the RED DOG INN!! My big crush was the Monkees, all of them. Michael, Peter, Mickey and Davy Jones.

BorderRat 7 years ago

Don’t know her name but she played Calamity Jane in “F-Troop.”

mistygreen 7 years ago

I'm a freak for geeks - my crush was "The Professor" from Gilligan's Island.

Mel Briscoe 7 years ago

when i was 3 or 4 i had a crush on underdog.

Mel Briscoe 7 years ago

just a sidenote, after reviewing everyone else's answers, i must comment on how much i LOVE the obvious average age of the posters on here! i'm 41 and most of y'all seem to be a little older than me-- i am so used to being the old woman on every messageboard or social networking site i belong to. i love being around folks my age and older-- in person and in cyberspace. :D

Mel Briscoe 7 years ago

donnuts, i think you and i were probably in elementary school at the same time. all your references are those of a little kid in the 70s. great times, huh? :)

BigPrune 7 years ago

Shelley Winters, Rosanne Barr They're big fat movie stars.

They could definitely crush me.....

Barbara "Ward, you've been awfully hard on the Beaver lately" Billingsley and Cheryl Ladd

Tom McCune 7 years ago

Bailey Quarters (Jan Smithers). "WKRP in Cincinatti."

georgeofwesternkansas 7 years ago

Ms. Partridge, she could drive my bus anytime...

jonas_opines 7 years ago

Kelly from Saved by the Bell is the only one that comes to mind. I'm sure there were probably more, but I can't think them up right now.

bd 7 years ago

Haley Mills!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shane Garrett 7 years ago

How about Donna Douglas from the Beverly Hillbillys? She was dense, but wore a tight tied up shirt. And when ever that character stumpy got into Mr. Driesdales' secetary pool, that was some good TV wacthing. A Man has to have a little Hope, Charity and Faith, Jeb. Meet Hope, Faith and Charity!

Shane Garrett 7 years ago

Did have a little crush on that Mary character from the Little House on the Prairie.

Ralph Reed 7 years ago

Nichelle Nichols without a doubt.

Chrissy Neibarger 7 years ago

Johnny Depp on 21 Jump Street.. Still think he's a cutie!

RoeDapple 7 years ago

honeychild (Mel Briscoe) says… " i'm 41 and most of y'all seem to be a little older than me— i am so used to being the old woman on every messageboard or social networking site i belong to."

honeychild, you ARE a child!

I have underwear older than you!


imwithstupid 7 years ago

I had the biggest crush on Bo Duke.

Kathy Theis-Getto 7 years ago

Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum)

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Dan Eyler 7 years ago

Penny Robinson (screen name) from lost in space series.

purplesage 7 years ago

One of the Brady girls; don't remember the names anymore, the oldest one, I think. Must have been serious. And the song and dance gal from New Zoo Revue! I can't remember her name, either. Arrgh. Can't believe I'm telling you this.

mrjcg2 7 years ago

I'll show my age here - Elizabeth Montgomery (Bewitched) - especially when she played her own evil sister.

jonas_opines 7 years ago

roedapple: "I have underwear older than you!"

I assume you let it post from time to time?

gyroduck 7 years ago

When I was 13 I had my first "wet-dream" and it involved Peg Bundy and bon-bons. Ever since then I have had a thing for stretch pants...

TheJokerObama 7 years ago

Samantha Miceli, a.k.a. Alyssa Milano

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