Friday, May 28, 2010


Anyone who grew up during the golden age of Nickelodeon will know who this, nine year old, pig-tailed terror is. This is my modest salute to the girl whom I believe is the greatest animated female character of all time; Helga G. Pataki of Craig Bartlett's Hey Arnold! For those of you who do not know, Helga is a bully with a secret, a HUGE crush on the show sage-like protagonist, Arnold. To hide her feelings, she teases him mercilessly. But behind closed doors, she spouts sonnets and fills volumes of poetry with verses dedicated to her secret love.

Each morn, you bend to drink,
from love's own crystal pool.
I tremble near you, try to think.
Will I forever say, "you stink?"
Am I bound by this tragic rule?

I cannot think of a more lovable, multi-dimensional, or more sympathetic character. I think, deep inside us, we all have a little Helga (for who hasn't had a childhood crush that they pursued in counter productive ways). Indeed, But nothing beats her intelligence, her sense of humor or her overflowing heart.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Original Surfer-Girl

In the late 1950s, America was swept up by a wave and Gidget was surfing on it. Based off the story of his own daughter, author Frederick Kohner wrote Gidget, a story about a 15 year girl year old girl who breaks gender boundaries when she learns to surf one summer at a time when female surfers were unheard of. The main character is nicknamed Gidget by her surfer buddies who combined the words "girl" and "midget" in reference to her gender and petite stature. The book spawned a whole series of Gidget novels as well as a hit movie starring Sandra Dee and two sequels, Gidget Goes Hawaiian and Gidget Goes to Rome. There was also a short-lived t.v. series starring the then unknown Sally Field.
Sandra Dee as Gidget
(from left to right) Moondoggie (a.k.a Jeff), Gidget's boyfriend, Gidget, and the Big Kahuna.
Gidget and Moondoggie falling in love

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Top Ten Best Adolescent Couples of All Time! Part II

Sid and Cassie (Skins)
Will and Lyra

Romeo and Juliet
Peter and Wendy

Ron and Hermione (Harry Potter)

Alfalfa and Darla

Top Ten Adolescent Couples of All Time! Part I

Seth and Summer (The O.C.)
Joey and Caitlin (Degrassi High/ Degrassi Junior High)
Pete and Ellen (The Adventures of Pete and Pete)
Arnold and Helga (Hey Arnold!)

Kevin and Winnie (The Wonder Years)