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31 October 2011 @ 05:35 pm
Remembering 'Fame'  
As a kid growing up in the 80s,  I ADORED  the TV show 'Fame'.

Granted, most kids of that time loved it, but my passion was limitless. I never missed a single episode,  regularly taping them on my tape recorder and listening in bed later. It never mattered to me that I was in a wheelchair and therefore NOT going to be able to pull off the leaps and bounds that Miss Grant demanded in her class. Yes, I wore the leg warmers and had all the albums. As a kid, I looked at with a child's longing. Leroy and Bruno were my crushes, the music, singing and dancing were incredible  and Doris made me laugh! The messages my young mind took away each week, were things like :
  • Work hard and you can achieve your dreams.
  • Expressing yourself though movement and song is valid and healthy
  • Nobody is perfect but everyone has something to give.
  • Working to better yourself, is always ongoing, difficult but worth it.
  • Life means to never stop learning.
When I was a kid, I had to have a lot of physio that I absolutely despised. 'Fame' gave me the tools I needed to keep on fighting through. Sure my parents tried to impart similar wisdoms, but what kid ever truly listens to their parents at that age? If memory serves, during tough times I would stop and think - Would Leroy give up? What would Miss Grant say? (of course, I'd think similar things about MJ but we've discussed that already)

On revisiting 'Fame' as an adult, I see it dealt with mature themes as well: Poverty, gangs and disability, drugs and the onset of sexuality. Even death. These days,  I think that political correctness has led us too far up our own asses. In the 80's kids weren't talked to as they seem to be today. It was simply, "Here are the facts as we see them. Retain this information, it will serve you well."

Enjoy my little tribute to 'Fame'  the best T.V show of the 80's bar none. This post is dedicated to the memory of Gene Anthony Ray.- who died on November 14, 2003, after suffering a stroke. RIP darling. You will always be a true talent and or course - my beloved Leroy Johnson <3.

Theme - Fame (remember my name)

Hot Lunch Jam

Still Believe in me.

I can do anything (better than you can..)

We Got The Power

Life Is A Celebration

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