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Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 01/11/2008

Friday List: The First Crush is the Deepest

By Liz Kelly

No one rocks a painter's cap like Shaun Cassidy.

I must have been about six years old when I taped that Shaun Cassidy poster to the wall. Thirty years later, I can't quite remember how the poster or Cassidy's perky little album -- the unoriginal "Da Doo Ron Ron" -- came into my possession. I only remember moving my Bionic Woman poster to the inside of my closet door, so it would be the eyes of Cassidy staring down at me from the wall alongside my bed as I drifted to sleep each night. Before long, Cassidy inspired my first act of rebellion -- I defaced the wall surrounding the poster with cartoon bubbles reading "I love you, Liz" and "I love you, too, Shawn." Barbie and Ken were recast as Shaun and me and soon both sported mini satin jackets and went roller skating with Parker Stevenson, Leif Garrett, Cheryl Ladd, Olivia Newton John -- you know, the gang.

Why the wistful, tender reminiscenses? Because Shaun Cassidy -- one-time "Hardy Boy" and full-time teen heart throb -- was my first celebrity crush. Soon enough, he was supplanted by a succession of pretty boys -- Shaun's older, wilder brother David Cassidy, Peter Frampton, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker, Simon Le Bon, John Stamos, Jason Bateman, Eric Stolz, Ad Rock, etc...

But, you know what they say: you never forget your first time. And there was just something about that sandy, feathered hair, winning grin and unremarkable vanilla singing that had me begging mom for the latest issues of Tiger Beat. See for yourself.

Now that I've embarassed myself, it's your turn. Who was your first celebrity crush? How old were you? What was it about the object of your affection that got you going? C'mon, let it all out. It's freeing.

By Liz Kelly  | January 11, 2008; 10:39 AM ET
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