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25 Days / Day 9 / Luke Perry

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Who: Luke Perry the sideburn wearin’ 90’s heartthrob who still works pretty steadily although not in anything I ever see. Currently starring in The Killers new holiday video “Happy Birthday Guadalupe”

Why: He’s Dylan McKay in all his brooding, misunderstood, rebel bad boy-ness. His chemistry with Jason Priestly made my friends and I root for a Dylan/Brandon pairing. His turn as Lane Frost in 8 Seconds turned us into rodeo fans for awhile. The fact that is actual first name is “Coy”

When: College. But I’ve posted about him twice in the past month

Level of Obsession: My friends and I watched about 10 or so hours of 90210 a week in college. I may have “borrowed” the Rolling Stone 90210 cover story from a library and “forgotten” to return it (which is horrible, I know. I’m hanging my head in shame. This is what we resorted to before the internet people!)

“Ahhhh!” Moment(s): The Dreams of Dylan McKay when he was all hot and strung out and mean to everybody. When he’d wrap the rope around his leather gloved hands and holler “ok boys ok!” in the chute in 8 Seconds

During a college party at a rival dorm, my friends and I stole a poster of Luke from them. It was just too awesome not to and isn’t that the type of crap you do with “rivals”? Steal stuff? Except we were at a women’s college so we didn’t care about statues and shit like that. No! Teen Idol Posters dammit!! We put it in on our bathroom door and then drunkenly posed in front of it. Possibly with varying degrees of clothing on. I’m not sure. I was drunk. Anyway the poster was our pride and joy and we called that pose “Luke-ing” and it became a fave dance move of ours at parties. And then those bitches stole it back. When I sent this Amazon link to these same friends last night I can’t tell you how many of us (all) had the same reaction: “hmmm…where could I put this in my house??”

Author: Amy H. Johnson

Amy H. Johnson is the author of The Fangirl Files a memoir about Boy Bands, TV Boyfriends and imaginary betrothals to 80s English pop stars. She prefers to be referred to as a "Cute Famous Boy Aficionado".

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