I’ve never been a huge Oprah fan. I know she does a lot of good in the world, but I find myself uncomfortable with the adoration her die-hard fans seem to have for her, which seems a little too much like worship.
But it’s the 25th season of her TV show, and while I’ve never been a regular viewer, I’ve been TiVoing it, just so I don’t miss anything interesting. On Thursday, she gave a bunch of middle-aged women a blast from the past when she featured several former teen idols on her show. Jackie Jackson, the Backstreet Boys, Peter Frampton…and Shaun Cassidy.
I was a 11 years old when Shaun burst on the scene as Joe Hardy in the Hardy Boys TV show, and honestly? My heart already belonged to Donny Osmond. Little did I know that Donny would soon be married, crushing my not-so-secret hope that I would be the future Mrs. Osmond.
But I digress.
I had Shaun Cassidy’s albums and more than a few Tiger Beat magazines featuring his sweet face and glorious feathered mane on the cover. I knew that I had been born on his eighth birthday, and I knew all the words to “Da Doo Ron Ron.”
It was hilarious to watch an audience full of screaming middle-aged women channeling their inner tweens on Oprah this week. And it was fun to relive, even for an hour, those Tiger Beat days.