1956. Right about this time in October .
A very pregnant Arlene Thompson is actually sitting still for a few minutes ;-), watching after-school cartoons with her kids. She is also deciding what middle name would be right if, as family doctor Dr. E.F. Ritter has told her, the baby “is a Susie and not a Sam.” Then this–or a similar musical number–hits the small, black/white screen on the used cabinet-model TV, and she knows:
And that, fellow Mouseketeers, is how my baby sister Susan Annette Thompson was named. The dark-haired, dark-eyed Annette Funicello had made her impression on Mom, and the rest is history.
Fifty-six years of history, if I’m counting correctly, Suz.
The Mickey Mouse Club was a big deal if you were a small kid in the 1950s. A little drama (remember Spin & Marty ?) , a lot of dance, and enough variety acts to fit with the times. It even had its own magazine: 1956-mickey-mouse-club-magazine-snow.html
These days, when I Skype with Lily, a much different Mickey Mouse Clubhouse frequently provides background ambiance. And I have been taught the hot-dog dance. But it wasn’t until today that I learned one of Lily’s mom’s movie favorites was also a ’90s Mouseketeer.