Monday, April 15, 2013

Annette Funicello

Last week the news of Annette Funicello’s death was startling, as millions of us came home from school every day to watch the “The Mickey Mouse Club”.  One of the most popular Mouseketeers, Funicello was also featured in Disney films such as “The Shaggy Dog”, “Babes in Toyland” and “The Monkey’s Uncle”. We have many of them, including her 1994 autobiography “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes”. The library has all twenty episodes of “The Mickey Mouse Club” for you to watch and enjoy Annette Funicello.  Nostalgia crazed baby boomers will love to remember the Nancy Drew-like “Annette Mysteries” series of books, which we have. We also have the Beach Party Movies with Frankie Avalon including the 1987 “Back to the Beach”, which is my favorite. This movie is filled with nostalgia, with several pop-culture icons appearing in the film. It was Annette’s final appearance onscreen.

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