The strangest message was from this 57-year-old heavyset guy who wrote me, "I would like to say when your 22 and beautiful
Some of my feelings don't come up as easily. They are trapped deep down there, like those coal miners from Chile who were waiting to be rescued.
There were many other surprises in this exhibit of nearly 500 favorites developed in partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society.
You might remember some of these from your childhood.
Madeleine L’engle, author and National Book Award winner. Mae West, actress. Ruth Ann Schabacker, author. Karl Lagerfeld
When I was growing up, I was sent to bed by 9 or 10 p.m., after a couple of hours of primetime television. But had I missed my bedtime, I would have noticed that TV (which at the time had but three major networks and maybe one or two local channels) also went to bed early, generally around 1 or 2 a.m.
These are buoyant, happy times, and as much as I loved spending my teens in the 80s, I am just as thrilled to be living out my 40s in the 'teens. And at the end of this decade, when I do turn 50, I will know that it's going to be even better than I could have imagined.
This year, I knew I was old. And among the lamented were, for the first time, close friends who'd shared my journey. The first and most difficult for me, still, to release, was Roger Ebert, my old Sun Times colleague and biggest "fan"who believed in my talent more than anyone, always.
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I've gained a new appreciation for lowbrow in middle age. I'm still enough of a snob to gravitate toward "brilliant" lowbrow as opposed to "despicable" in New York magazine's approval matrix, but give me one more decade. My tastes should be off the chart.