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Teen idols

April 14, 2011 - Marguerite Lanthier
Charles Laufer has died. I, like you, was not familiar with the name. But I was familiar with “Tiger Beat,” the magazine he launched in 1965. If you were a teenage girl in the ‘70s and ‘80s, you knew “Tiger Beat,” and the many other teen celebrity magazines that were published. Yes, I had countless pin up pictures from the magazine taped to my walls. Shaun Cassidy, Gene Simmons, Scott Baio — these were some of my favorites. My middle sister liked Andy Gibb and my youngest sister was more into Rick Springfield. It’s funny to think back now. Gene Simmons? Really? This was before the internet, so the only way to learn about your favorites was in teen magazines. Of course most of what was published was either a lie or written in a way to make the celebrity look good. There was no bad press in those magazines. Now all you have to do is Google a name and you find out more than you ever wanted to know — good and bad. It must suck to be a teen idol nowadays.


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