What happens when you go home for mother’s day and someone’s found a big box of your things from 20 years ago? You have a trip down memory lane, that’s what. The box in question held old summer camp photos, sticker books, and my old button collection. The best of all was my News Kids on the Block [wiki] memorabilia (posters, note pad, eraser, pencils and case) and a few other goodies.
The button collection: Amidst the hundreds of rusty metal badges, I came across half a dozen from various pavilions at Expo 86 [wiki] as well as PNE buttons dating from 1980 to 1995 – there’s even one celebrating the inflation of BC Place [wiki]. Some have political messages that I’m sure I didn’t understand at the time, and others were just plain funny, stating “Trust me, I’m a doctor”.
The other goodies: A photo of me and my first multi-speed bike, school photos from grade 3, 6, 9 and 12 and a book of stickers including scratch-n-sniffs which I’m sure it wasn’t safe to smell these 20 years later but I did anyway.
There was also a pile of Barbie Magazines [wiki], including the premier issue and a Rolling Stone from 1971 [wiki] with Peter Fonda on the cover, which was in newspaper form. The biggest “gem” would have to be the Big Bopper from February 1989 that John spent most of the time reading.
“Do it Yourself Kit for Corey Haim Collectors!”, “A Party for Alyssa (Milano)!”, “What if Kirk Cameron Were King?”, “Kiefer Sutherland Isn’t Really a Bad Guy!”, “Could Wil Wheaton be Your Boy Next Door?”, “Menudo Proves Their Potential Onstage!”, and “Does Johnny Depp regret leaving the world of rock ‘n’ roll for acting now that his former band, The Rock City Angels [wiki], has released their first album?!”. (Photos of all headlines/spreads are up on my Flickr, tag: bigboppermagazine).
I love how every headline has an EXCLAMATION point and the content is just priceless. Before you judge me too harshly please remember that I was less than 10 years old at the time, and that I did smarten up…kinda. I think we’ll be hanging on to this Big Bopper though, if even just to look at Ricky Schroeder in all his cuteness and wonder, what happened, to cut out the “Compute With Corey” do-it-yourself scrapbook graphic, or to complete the “Have You Got the Swing of Swayze” trivia quiz.