This is Teal and me as husband and wife in a sketch Bill Persky and Don Rosenblit wrote for the original production that - to belabor the point - started it all for many of us -- They called it "I Married a Cheerleader":
And here we are 55 1/2 (alright, 56 ) years later in June of 2003 taking a shot at it again... with some changes added to the story line - and our physical presences:
I have been reluctant to rise to your invitation to join in on your blog because, like Persky, I have resisted Face Book and all other forms of on-line communications except email. Over the years I have become shy of all intrusions into what I want as a "private life". Guess all the earlier publicity into my life made me a bit gun shy now. However, since you press me I will share a bit with you about what my life is like now, at least in one area.
Unlike some of you I am now 78 years old. Actually I like to think of it as 78 years young. There is much to be grateful for. I'm here! What a blessing. And, another thing to be grateful for is that I am doing again the thing that I originally loved to do....Acting! My daughter Wendy was the catalyst. One of the persons at a medical office that she sells to told her that she was directing "Kimberly Akimbo" by Lindsey-Abair and she was looking for a 70ish actress who could play a 17 year old with progeria ( an early aging disease). My daughter said "Did you know my mother used to be a professional actress?" And that started my return to the boards.
I have been having the time of my life moving from one production to another since then. That was a year and a half ago and I have since been in five more productions. What a hoot! I didn't know how much I missed acting until I started again. It really has given me a whole new lease on life. I especially am enjoying meeting and being with so many young people. One of the problems with aging is that all your friends are too.
A side benefit is the mental exercise of learning the lines each time. Amazingly I have found that often I am the first person off book before many of the younger crowd. It may have to do with all the fast memorization I had to do in the soap opera. Anyway, hope that portends well for me in the future. The long and the short of it is that I feel very young at heart right now in spite of the other things that remind me of my age....some occasional aches and pains, a look in the mirror, yoga poses that are now out of my repertoire and the desire to "take it easy of an afternoon".
When looking back on why I originally left, I am sure I did the right thing for myself and my development as a person on many different levels....it made me who I am today. My reasons would be colored by who I am now if I were to enumerate. Who knows if what I say now would really have been what was going on inside of me then. I am just happy to be who I am now and glad to be doing what I am doing now. Just hope it goes on for a long time.
Okay kiddies... hang on tight ... we're about to take you back 49 years years and let you see for yourselves what it was like for millions of TV viewers to tune in to see Teal Ames starring in....
well, see for yourselves... just click on the link below ...and make sure your computer sound is turned on :