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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 07:35 PM

Who did you want to be when you were a kid?

Not 'What', 'Who'?

At about age 5 or 6, I wanted to be Al Jolson.
Mom took me to see "The Jolson Story".
At the rococo Alabama Theater 'palace' in Birmingham.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alabama_Theatre

"This movie shows the idealized career of the singer Al Jolson, a little Jewish boy who goes against the will of his father in order to be in showbiz. He becomes a star, falls in love with a non-Jewish dancer, and marries her. In the end he chooses success on the stage."
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038661/

I walked out of that movie entranced.
I liked to sing and I wanted to BE Al Jolson.
I still do a pretty good 'Jolson'.


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trof Mar 2012 OP
ohiosmith Mar 2012 #1
Maine-ah Mar 2012 #2
Wait Wut Mar 2012 #3
kaitcat Mar 2012 #4
graywarrior Mar 2012 #5
HeiressofBickworth Mar 2012 #6
angstlessk Mar 2012 #7
grntuscarora Mar 2012 #8
Tuesday Afternoon Mar 2012 #9
Joe Shlabotnik Mar 2012 #10
Brickbat Mar 2012 #11
applegrove Mar 2012 #12
baldguy Mar 2012 #13
femmocrat Mar 2012 #14
madamesilverspurs Mar 2012 #15
bigwillq Mar 2012 #16
Art_from_Ark Mar 2012 #17
Still Blue in PDX Mar 2012 #18
hifiguy Mar 2012 #19
pipi_k Mar 2012 #20
Eyerish Mar 2012 #21
pinboy3niner Mar 2012 #22

Response to trof (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 07:39 PM

1. I wanted to be a kid.

Didn't work out that way.

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Response to trof (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 07:42 PM

2. an adult...

and now that I'm an adult, I really wouldn't mind being a kid again.

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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 07:42 PM

3. A combination of...

...Cher, Stevie Nicks and Liza Minelli. I wanted to dance for Bob Fosse.

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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 07:46 PM

4. Every girl who got bit by Barnabas Collins.

 

I think I was 6. He was my first crush.

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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 07:53 PM

5. Bugs Bunny or Daffy Duck

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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 07:54 PM

6. In Washington in the 9th grade

we had to do a report on what we wanted to be when we grew up. I wanted to be a lawyer. Well, that didn't actually happen for me, but I did spend 40 years in the legal field, retiring as a paralegal.

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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 07:56 PM

7. At about age 12 - 14 I wanted to be President Johnson and have a barbeque to feed all the hungry

people on the planet...I recon I thought one barbeque was enough?

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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 08:05 PM

8. I wanted to be a cowboy.


Riding the range. It seemed like a good career path at the time.

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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 08:08 PM

9. Ballerina.

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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 08:21 PM

10. Captain Kirk

I remember meeting Shatner too, when he was at a career low point and signing autographs at the local grocery store. When I was little, I thought he was just about the damn finest serious actor.

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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 08:22 PM

11. When I was 4, I wanted to be a cowboy named Big Bill. When I was 7, I wanted to be Luke Skywalker.

I was Luke Skywalker for Halloween when I was 8. I looked pretty good -- for a girl.

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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 08:44 PM

12. I had a nanny who grew up in an orphanage. She told me about the nasty nuns who used

to make children cry into their sheets when they soiled their bed. I was so outraged I wanted to be a nun with an orphanage when I grew up so that the kids in Sri Lanka could have a kind nun raising them. I went on to want to be a doctor when I was a teen.

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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 08:46 PM

13. Major Matt Mason!

Then Ultraman!

(The exclamation points aren't from me - they're part of their names.)

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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 10:17 PM

14. A cowgirl.

I was in love with Roy Rogers!

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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 10:21 PM

15. Miss Kitty (Gunsmoke)

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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 10:39 PM

16. Second baseman for the NY Yankees (nt)

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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 10:48 PM

17. For a brief time during the 1972 Munich Olympics,

I wanted to be an Olympic athlete and set a record like Mark Spitz did. Training consisted of running a few laps around my yard, doing chin-ups on our mimosa tree, and going off the low dive at the local swimming pool

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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 11:34 PM

18. Lois Lane. nt

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Fri Mar 23, 2012, 10:41 AM

19. When I was a boy I wanted to be

Jim Clark or Dan Gurney, both of whom were then-famous Formula One drivers. Jim Clark was the epitome of understated Scottish cool and Dan Gurney was the only successful American-born driver of the day and designed his own cars.

After Jim Clark died I wanted to be Jackie Stewart. The Wee Scot was the shiznit.

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Fri Mar 23, 2012, 10:51 AM

20. Pearl Pureheart

Mighty Mouse's girlfriend.



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Fri Mar 23, 2012, 11:00 AM

21. I wanted to be Indiana Jones...

travelling the world as a famous archaeologist. Event went on to study it in college.

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Fri Mar 23, 2012, 11:02 AM

22. A Fire Truck

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