Monday, April 14, 2008

My Hairy Brush With Fame

It was the summer of 1988.

A hot, humid, Baltimore summer.

I had just finished 7th grade and had the poofiest of bangs on this side of the Mississippi that I created with an insane amount of White Rain aerosol hairspray, a gunked up curling iron, and a soft bristled brush.

Spray. Curl. Sizzle. Tease. Repeat until desired level of poofiness is achieved.

Because the poofier, the cooler, man. Amen.

My sister and I were twiddling our thumbs at home one day that summer when we got a phone call from one of my Mom's friends.

"I'm coming to get you two. They're filming a movie not far from here and we should check it out. Get ready."

It was time to get my bang on. Because white Keds, layered pink and white socks, and an off the shoulder black and white striped fake Forenza top would be ruined without my signature bangs.

Spray. Check.
Curl. Check.
Sizzle. Check.
Tease. Check.

Out the door.

We rode a short distance, parked, and stood behind a rope and waited, and waited, and waited.

And, then.

He came around the corner:


That's right.


Magnum, P.I.

In all of his chest-haired glory.

Now, you must understand, I grew up in a small town in West Virginia and thought that the university football kicker was a celeb. So, Tom Selleck? This was big time, people.

We stood there, watching him mill about. For hours.

And then, a 7th graders dream: Tom Selleck and his chest hair walked right up to me.

"What are you doing here today? Shouldn't you be home swimming in your pool, enjoying the day?"

Mouth gaping open.

Total shock.

Magnum, P.I. was actually speaking to me and I was going to be rich and famous.

"Uh, um, uh...I came to see you. Can I p-p-p-lease have your autograph?"

He muttered something about how he was filming and that if he signed one for me, that he'd have to spend the rest of the day signing autographs, but if I wanted a signed picture, I could write to an address I scribbled down and get a signed photo.

And then he walked away. In slow motion. With sappy music playing in the background.

I always wondered why Tom Selleck came over and talked to me that day. But, now that I'm older and wiser and have become best friends with my flat iron, I've figured it out:

I was the only person in the crowd with bangs as poofy as his chest hair.


  1. "Spray. Curl. Sizzle. Tease"
    I remember those days!. :)
    Great story, Sarah!

  2. LOL!!! That is hilarious. Oh, how I don't miss the days of big bangs. Now if only those skinny jeans would leave us alone once and for all.

  3. I miss big bangs! That's probably why I'm still single... holding out for a girl with big bangs!

  4. LOL! What a great story Sarah! The days of the big bangs - ahh the memories. I am laughing at Jenni's comment about the skinny jeans - I couldn't agree more!

  5. I remember those big bangs too. I'm sure that's why Tom came over! I still think Tom Selleck is pretty cute!

  6. lol. i'm not so sure, tho. i think it might have been your beautiful smile =)

    did you ever write in for the autographed picture? and did you watch the movie that he was filming?

  7. That is hilarious. Boy those were the days, huh? I remember the sizzle quite well. I called it the praying mantis look. Makes me wonder what kind of trends my girls will go through.

  8. Get out! Get out! You met Tom Selleck? That is hilarious.

    Oh, the bangs, the bangs... I'm so glad the 80s are over. Hair took SOOO long to fix.

    I loved this post.

  9. What a fun memory! And oh the bangs...thanks for bringing us back! And you are're a blogger!

  10. ROFL!

    My friends and I used to go to a hiking trail that overlooked where Magnum P.I. was filmed in Hawaii. We never saw Tom Selleck, but we did see the Robin Masters compound.

  11. That was so funny! He does have some mighty fine chest hair, though. :)

    Great memory!

  12. Ah yes, a few years BEFORE 1988, which is the year that I graduated from high school, I had a poster of said hairy chested man hanging in my room. I thought he was so handsome! And his voice....

  13. Ok, that was just too funny! You're way more famous that I am...maybe I should get your autograph!!

  14. tHAIR's a lot of hair in this post! >:) (that's not my eyebrows, that's my bangs!)

    So sad that you don't have a picture of you... :(

  15. Ok Sarah, I rarely comment as I know after so many that you are busy:)

    But Tom Selleck!!!!! I loved Tom Selleck, and must confess that here! I always tell my Bill that I have only ever loved 2 men in my life, him and Tom Selleck! the boys and how you are such a sweet mommy!If you get a chance we miss you on the Tuesday Caption Contest!

  16. What a "tease" (pun intended). Where's the picture of big banged you?!?! That must have given you at least two extra inches...bringing you over that 5' mark Tell the truth...are you just waiting for that style to make a come back? lol

  17. I still act like it's a big deal when I tell people we met Tom Selleck!! Maybe I'm stuck in '82??!! yikes!!

  18. And Zane - just go about a 60 mile radius in any direction from Raleigh and your bound to find what you're looking for!!!

  19. You're hilarious...and so random...were you watching 3 Men and a Baby today? hehe


  20. Hilarious! You know, I vaguely remember it being a big deal when Tom Selleck was in this area shooting the series finale of Magnum Annapolis or something? Was that the same thing, I wonder?
    And the bangs...nothing like the smell of burning Salon Selectives and super hard bangs. I want to know how many pairs of slouch socks you had on!

  21. Funny story! What always gets me is his gigantic moustache! I guess he is a hairy kind of guy. ;)

  22. Oh, you're so funny -

    I am a HUGE Tom Selleck fan. He's always the good guy. Love those good guys.

    Once I saw Robert Redford when we were at the beach. He's another one of those "good guys" - and he has great hair, like Tom. :) And he was totally cute, too.

    Oh, but I have a funny "celebrity story" too, now that I think of it! I think I'll post it and link back to you! Maybe we'll start a "thing" here, who knows!


  23. The hair sizzle thing is all too familiar. Way to go on the Tom sighting. =)

  24. What a hoot!

    I was never a Magnum PI fan but----when he was on Friends, I really came to like him. :)

  25. Oh girl, my poofy bands had three layers!

    Thank the good Lord for flat irons!

  26. Redford was hot till he turned 50 years.