1996–Facts About Me
- I am thirteen years old and in seventh grade in this picture. It is Christmas and I’m at my Aunt Kathy’s house.
- About a year earlier, I’d fallen madly in love with, IMHO, the best TV sitcom ever made: I Love Lucy. For Christmas, someone got me the first of several Lucy video tapes I would own. This one featured the infamous candy factory episode and “The Fashion Show,” where Lucy models in Hollywood while suffering a severe sunburn.
- Around this same time, I gave up on modern TV for many years, contenting myself with Nick at Nite re-runs of Lucy, Happy Days, Bewitched, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and others. They all made me laugh, but while watching Lucy, my mom said I had a special hysterical laugh she called my “Lucy Cackle.”
- I have seen all 179 regular episodes of I Love Lucy multiple times, along with all the later Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour episodes. My favorites include “The Ballet,” “Lucy is Enciente (Pregnant),” “The Golf Game,” “Lucy Does a TV Commercial (Vitameatavegimin),” and an oscure one where Lucy locks herself in a steamer trunk because she can’t get a passport to go to Europe with Ricky.
- This video also sparked a long collection of memorabilia in various forms, including t-shirts, books, key chains, fridge magnets, Christmas tree ornaments, a cloth patch I sewed on my high school backpack, and a lightswitch plate (which my husband refuses to put up). I don’t have all of these right now, just enough to be a little embarrassing.
- OJ Simpson murder trial begins–need I say how it ends?
- Summer Olympics held in Atlanta. It is the 100th anniversary of the modern games.
- Dolly, the first cloned sheep, is created.
- Madeline Albright is chosen as the first female Secretary of State.
- TWA flight 800 crashes, killing all aboard.