My first memories of watching television include the Mickey Mouse Club. For my sixth birthday my parents gave me a red Mickey Mouse guitar with a crank on the side so I could play the show’s theme song.
My favorite Mouseketeer was Annette. I suspect that may have been true for a good many young American boys, just noticing girls and captivated by the dark-haired, dark-eyed beauty on the screen every afternoon.
I didn’t care much for the beach movies she made later, but there was no denying that Annette Funicello became a beautiful, shapely young woman.
I was troubled to learn several years ago that Annette had multiple sclerosis. That must have been really tough for someone who loved to dance … who was discovered by Walt Disney while performing as a ballerina in “Swan Lake”.
She died at the age of 70, from complications from M-S.
She was and will always be my favorite Mouseketeer.
Our thought for today is from Anne Frank:
“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.”