A Homage To Vintage Heartthrobs

A Homage To Vintage Heartthrobs

A throwback to 80's eye candy

I had the honor of watching Zac Efron play ball as an East High Wildcat at 9 years old. Now, 11 years later, I'm watching him play in the sand as a hunky Baywatch lifeguard. I have followed One Direction from their start on X-Factor as prepubescent boys through their journey as young sultry men embarking on solo careers. I've hung posters of Harry Styles, watched movies for the sole purpose of gazing into Chad Michael Murray's eyes, and regrettably listened to Jesse McCartney's album 'Beautiful Soul' for the entire duration of my families drive to New Mexico. These young boys are now men. They have provided entertainment and an abundance of wall art for the better half of my childhood and for that I thank them. Yes, some would have called me "boy crazy", but some would have also admired my persistence and utter devotion. At the end of the day, we can all appreciate a good dose of celebrity eye candy. After realizing how many young men from decades past I was unable to appreciate throughout my years as a young girl, I've decided to pay tribute to them with this article. Let's take it back to the 80's, when the heartthrobs were smoother, the smiles were sweeter, and the hair was stiffer.

1. Rob Lowe

He's known for his baby face good looks, rosy cheeks, and most commonly for his bad boy reputation, which landed him on the cover of magazines at the ripe age of 24. Yes, we all know who I'm talking about--Rob Lowe.

2. Leonardo DiCaprio

Can you imagine buying tickets to see the midnight premiere of Titanic with a group of your closest girlfriends? Watching baby Leo on the big screen would have brought new meaning to the word "intimacy".

3. Johnny Depp

He made his debut in Nightmare on Elm Street but it was his hollowed cheek bones, lush locks, and dark persona that made him a target for teen obsession. He constantly surprised audiences with his serious and idiosyncratic performances but was always known for his smoldering good looks.

4. Patrick Swayze

It was every young girls fantasy to fall in love with a sexy dance instructor like Johnny Castle (Swayze) at a fancy resort. Unfortunately we can't all be as lucky as Jennifer Grey. Patrick Swayze was both the man you wanted to marry and the big brother you wish you had.

5. Kirk Cameron

He is the ultimate trifecta, the cream of the crop, and the boy next door. He was the sweet kid you hung posters of in your room and painfully awaited the 7:00 episode of Growing Pains for. His charming smile and curly hair only made girls fall harder for Mike Seaver.

6. New Kids on The Block

Young girls across America would have killed for tickets to the Hangin' Tough tour back in 1989. Whether your favorite was Donnie, Joey, or any guy in between, there was no doubt you had a NKTB CD in your boombox.

7. Christian Slater

Slater was no stranger to trouble, he had many run-ins with the law and found himself in rehab more than once, which is why he was the 80's bad boy. He was perceived as a risk-taker and a rule breaker. He was considered the quintessential bad boy, on and off camera.

8. Tom Cruise

Cruise, Hollywood prom king, was liked by all and loved by every angsty teen who knew his name. He was a bartender, a Top Gun, rebellious teen, and a marine. He was one of the good guys, who knew his rising popularity and perfectionism would some day make him one of the biggest stars in Hollywood.

9. John Stamos

He's everybody's favorite rockin' uncle, you guessed it, John Stamos. It was likely you had a poster of him hanging on your bedroom wall. You also probably would have waited in line for his autograph or even a mere glimpse at a meet and greet. You could say Stamos mastered tall, dark, and handsome... Have mercy!

10. Tom Selleck

Before he dated Monica Geller on the TV show Friends he played private investigator, Thomas Magnum, in Magnum, P.I. He was classically handsome, a true "mans man", and embodied just about everything women ultimately wanted. His mustache became his staple, revolutionizing the facial hair game for years to come. Nothing says "sexy" like a man who can rock a 'stache.

11. The Corey's

Not one, but two charismatic, mischievous, and daring young boys that would change the game forever. They were more than two close friends, they were a brand. This dreamy duo would achieve notoriety for being Hollywood's leading teen idols. The pair gave girls something to talk about, and more importantly, classic movies to watch time and time again.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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After 'Extremely Wicked' And 'The Stranger Beside Me,' We Now Understand The Criminal Mind Of Ted Bundy

1 hour and 50 minutes, plus 550 pages later.


Netflix recently released a movie in May called "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile" (2019), based on the life of Ted Bundy from his girlfriend's viewpoint.

In 1980, an author and former Seattle police officer, Ann Rule, published a book about her experience and personal, close friendship with Ted Bundy, called "The Stranger Beside Me."

These two sources together create an explosion of important information we either skim over or ignore about Ted Bundy. Watching this movie and reading this book can really open your eyes to who Ted Bundy really was. Yeah, there are the confession tapes on Netflix, too, but these other things can really tie it all into one big masterpiece of destruction.

I swear, it will blow your mind in different ways you never thought possible.

In the movie, "Extremely Wicked", Zac Efron stars as the infamous Ted Bundy, America's most notorious serial killer. He portrayed the murderer who kidnapped, killed, and raped 30 women or more. Personally, he made a great Ted Bundy, mannerisms and all. Lily Collins stars as Ted's girlfriend who was easily manipulated by Ted and believed that he was innocent for years.

The movie is told in the order that Liz, Ted's girlfriend, remembers.

In the book, "The Stranger Beside Me", Ann Rule writes about Ted Bundy, who used to be her old friend. They met while working at a crisis center in the state of Washington and were close ever since. Like Liz, Ann believed he was innocent and that he was incapable of these horrific crimes.

Ted Bundy had made both Liz and Ann fools. He easily manipulated and lied to both women about many things for years, his murders being "one" of them.

Okay, so we all know that Ted Bundy was absolutely guilty as hell and totally murdered those women. 30 women or more. He literally confessed to that, but researchers and authorities believe that number to be way higher.

But... you must know that the movie and the book tell two different stories that lead to the same ending. That's why it's so intriguing.

At one point, I couldn't stop watching the movie. Then, I bought Ann Rule's book and was completely attached to it. I couldn't put it down.

For me, Ted Bundy is interesting to me. Unlike most young girls today, I don't have a thing for him nor do I think he's cute or hot. I know that he used his charm and looks to lure women into his murderous trap. That's why it's so hard to understand why this movie and book created a new generation of women "falling in love" with Ted Bundy.

GROSS: He sodomized women with objects. He bludgeoned women with objects or his own hands. He was a necrophile. Look those up if you have not a clue of what they mean. That could change your mind about your own feelings for Ted Bundy.

After "Extremely Wicked" and "The Stranger Beside Me", I now understand the criminal mind of Ted Bundy. He was insane, but he was also smart, put together, educated, charming, and lots more. That's why I'm so interested in why his brain was the way it was.

The criminal mind is an interesting topic for me anyway, but for Ted Bundy, it was amazing to learn about.

I highly recommend both the movie and the book I quickly read in two weeks! If you want answers, they are there.

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