My Sister and The Boys We Loved…

First, thank you to all my email subscribers who are being patient as I continue to try to get help from the service that actually delivers the emails.

I am back in town from a week in Indiana visiting Imogene and some other relatives. More on that visit on Wednesday!

I am overdue in telling you the answers to the questions about the doll and the record album from my little impromptu history quiz.

Everyone got the doll right!

Yes, it was Chatty Cathy. 🙂

However, the album stumped everyone.

Maybe we were the only family who owned this little gem?


I remember it well. And I personally never thought Puff was about anything except a Dragon!

The album “quiz” made me ask PhilBillPaul to dig out a few albums from our extensive combined collection we still have in the basement.

The Puff the Magic Dragon album and Chatty Cathy doll were a few years before we started listening to really cool music and being boy-crazy.

These were my boyfriends.


These were Julie’s boyfriends.


We’ve always had different tastes in music, boys, clothes, hobbies, etc.

I figured this was as good a time as any to tell Julie (my older sister) that I’ve had her albums for all these years.

Did I mention they got wet in our basement? Sorry. Out of my control. I would send them to you but they are really in no condition to be mailed or played. Like you have a record player anyway?

Side note: I usually read each post out loud to PhilBillPaul to make sure it makes sense. He just asked me if I had contacted our boyfriends to be sure they knew I was posting their pictures. He was totally serious. I’m still laughing.

I said “I’m pretty sure Julie hasn’t kept in touch with Donny Osmond or Tony DeFranco and no, I haven’t actually talked to Bobby Sherman or David Cassidy in YEARS. ”

Okay, maybe never.


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  1. 1
    Leigh Anne says:

    I had that same Donny Osmond album and every other one he made. His poster hung on my bedroom wall for years! Bobby Sherman was on my sister’s wall.

  2. 2
    Julie says:

    Yes, I have always wondered what happened to my “boyfriends” albums.
    Now I know. NICE…. anyway, that’s hysterical to see those pictures again, and how cute were every one of those boys !!!! I can remember singing to Donny Osmond’s pictures, absolutely sure he knew how much I loved him. Couldn’t the pure emotion travel through time and space so we could finally be together? Somehow, it never happened, although I am positive I would not have blended in with the Mormon world. Although, my teeth have always been big enough to blend in as a member of the Osmond family !!
    I knew the minute I saw the green body of that record album that it was Puff the Magic Dragon…as I was looking at the picture I told Dirk, oh my God it’s the Puff the Magic Dragon album. He thought I was weird. Hey we had cool stuff as children !!!!

  3. 3
    heather says:

    I was such a weird kid, I never had any male singers I was in love with, but I distinctly remember idolizing Ricky Schroeder. =D

  4. 4
    Sherra says:

    Leigh Anne » It’s good to know that sisters at separate houses didn’t have to fight over their boyfriends. 🙂

    Julie » I know Donny would have picked you if you had only got to meet him. I’ll have to post those pictures of you and your friend singing in Michigan to show how really hip and cool you’ve always been. ROFL

  5. 5
    Sherra says:

    heather » You must be much younger than me…but I really, really enjoyed Ricky boy when he showed up on NYPD Blue. And I’m a country music fan so I loved the Whiskey Lullabye video he directed!

  6. 6
    Julie says:

    Umm, yeah, those pictures from Rockford, MI are quite scary. I have a couple and we were just way too queer. Somehow, Tracy looked cool, and I just looked like I needed to go and get my hair feathered!!! (Which did happen the next year, 8th grade, but really was America’s first mullet.) Oh the things we do as very cool children, WHO KNOW IT ALL. Oh yeah, and one of those lives with me now and looks exactly like me. Yeah, mom I know, you think it’s funny we all have kids now JUST LIKE US !!!! My life as a mother is a comedy, I mean DRAMA in motion !!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. 7
    Rhonda says:

    I lived through all those fun ’60’s icons also. But, what I am more amazed and totally bewildered was how did you get those bunk beds made up so stinkin’ nicely?

    That is one very difficult chore to accomplish!

    Did your mom do that for you? I slept in a top bunk and it never looked so nice. Mine looked “as though a pig wallowed in it all night.” Those were my mother’s words… not mine. Hey, I aimed to please back then.

  8. 8
    Sherra says:

    Rhonda » I’m guessing that photo was taken when they were selling the townhome. But my mother is known to do everything perfectly so I’m positive she made the bed!! 😉

  9. 9
    Julie says:

    Hey, I woke up this morning, and I wondered, “where is Paul Anka?’ and, Peter Frampton is also mysteriously missing. You have to fess up to Paul Anka !!!!! ha ha ha

  10. 10
    Sherra says:

    Julie » Paul Anka was never my boyfriend like David and Bobby were. Havin’ My Baby and Times of Your Life are classic, timeless hits so shut up.

    Peter Frampton – NOT my album – he was all yours along with Jim Croce!!

  11. 11
    Julie says:

    hey, Peter Frampton was my boyfriend, and I even drew hearts in the spotlights on front of the album cover to prove it. I know you didn’t like him. Hey, by the way, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!! I left you a message this morning, so hopefully you’ll get it. Talk to you later.

  12. 12
    Tammy says:

    Sherra, you crack me up! For me though, it was Andy Gibb and Shawn Cassidy….ahhhhhhh…

  13. 13
    Sherra says:

    Tammy » You’re gloating about being younger – those were mere boys when I was loving David and Bobby. 🙂

  14. 14
    Melinda says:

    Somehow I missed these posts back in May. I know I’m older than you Sherra but I loved those same boys/guys! We had the Peter, Paul, and Mary album and I JUST bought a CD with the Puff song on it for Noah (my 11 yr old) He, of course, thinks it’s stupid. (NO TASTE) Great song, as we all know and it WAS about a dragon!