The Partridge Family #10
Marked for Terror
It is another Friday and of course I am breaking out yet another 70s classic. Who doesn’t totally dig the Partridge Family? Yes, youngsters, I am showing my age on these Friday specials. If Holly can have her 80s Teen Fiction, then I get my 1970s. I can’t help but laugh when read the words “Marked for Terror” and then look at cutie-pie David Cassidy’s expression. That is pure terror, my friends. Just in case you were wondering, I do know all the lyrics to C’mon Get Happy.
“Once upon a time there were three little girls who went to the police academy…”
Time for some more Friday Fiction Fun! Holly and I keep finding some of these things that are simply to awesome to ignore! Yes, kids we are going to travel back to my TV era and enjoy some Charlie’s Angels. NOT that movie stuff with that youngster, Drew Barrymore, but the original ladies: Kate Jackson, Jacklyn Smith and Farrah Fawcett. Even more awesome is that Farrah is on the cover this title. (Those in the know, remember that Farrah left early in the series to be replaced by Cheryl Ladd and a string of others) There isn’t a man alive, in my age group, that doesn’t remember THE poster of Farrah in the red bathing suit.
Of course this book would have been snapped up by both adults and teens in the 1970s and although I am sure my high school librarian or my mother would have labeled it junk. It is still pretty cool. Sadly, this copy is a bit shop worn and smells like 1977, but I am sure it was well loved many years ago.
Stay groovy everyone,
Okay, we don’t usually do fiction, but frankly I was starting to just get annoyed with old career books and a few humorless librarians that have told me I am hurting America, libraries and civilization as we know it. Yeah. Sure. So in order to expand the discussion a bit, and just share some awesome stuff that has happened to float our way, Holly and I are sharing a few choice fiction titles from time to time. Because I was a Brady Bunch fan back in the day and probably the original target market for this book, I am going to lead the way with some spectacular tribute to the cultural phenomenon that is Brady Bunch! (Youngsters, feel free to Google if you need to!)
Anyway I really truly wanted to be like Marcia, but I am sure I had the self esteem of Jan. I would like to think I was smarter than Jan. (A black wig? Fake boyfriend? Freckles? Poor Jan!) The Bradys did have the life. Sigh.
Of course I ran to worldcat to see if anyone still had holdings and yes, believe it or not, this is still out there in library land. I was particularly happy to see Michigan State University had a copy and absolutely need to give a shout out to the folks in Special Collections. This is where these kinds of books belong. Maybe you loved this as a kid, but I doubt your average teen or tween would read this. Good rule of thumb, if the book is older than the target audience, maybe you should reconsider. I, however, am thrilled that MSU is doing their part to preserve the awesome cultural contribution of the Brady Bunch!
Mary (aka Mrs. George Glass)