March 25: ‘The Outsiders’ get inside our heads
March 25 — OTD in 1983, GenX’ers got to know Ponyboy, Darry, Soda, and more when “The Outsiders” hit the theaters.
Known for launching a number of careers, it’s also considered a pre-Brat Pack movie for its cast: Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Matt Dillon, Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, and Ralph Macchio. (How much do you think it would’ve cost to get them all into one project about 10 years later?) And it was a film that almost never got made. A librarian from Lone Star Elementary School in Fresno, Calif., wrote Francis Ford Coppola on behalf of her seventh- and eighth-grade classes to ask that he adapt the 1967 novel of the same name. He did. … And hijinks ensued.
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When the film “Johnny Be Good” released in 1988, Anthony Michael Hall got to portray the kind of life most GenX guys dreamed of; popular jock, hot girlfriend, getting courted by big colleges, false rape allegations potentially waylaying your entire life … (wait, what?). Tune in to see how it all unfolded 33 years ago!
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It was OTD in 1986 that Balki finally arrived from Mypos and moved in with his cousin Larry Appleton, from Wisconsin, as they took on the wonders of Chicagoland in “Perfect Strangers” (1986–93).
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Sir Elton John (1947), born Reginald Dwight, turns 74 today. A voice we all grew up hearing, his strict father was initially insistent on him going into banking. We’re glad he said goodbye to that yellow brick road.
Danica Patrick (1982) of Beloit, Wis., turns 39. She became the most successful woman to race in IndyCar when she crossed first in the 2008 Indy Japan 300. She didn’t get a checkered flag in her NASCAR tenure, but she did earn a pole and seven top-10s. Oh, and she dated some football player for a while.
Doug Stanhope (1967) celebrates 54 years of irreverence. Given his standup routines, it’s probably safest to leave it at that.
Sarah Jessica Parker (1965), 56, is best known as columnist Carrie Bradshaw on “Sex and the City” (1998–2004). But she actually appeared in “Footloose” (1984) and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” (1985), and even performed in a USO show in 1979.
Tom Glavine (1966), 55, could probably still strike guys out. Part of the Braves’ legendary “Maddux-Glavine-Smoltz” triad through the ’90s, he was second among pitchers with 164 wins in that decade; second only to Greg Maddux. He won 20 games five times, two Cy Young Awards, and is one of just 24 lefthanded pitchers to record 300+ strikeouts. The only thing more stunning about his career is that in 2014 he earned his Hall of Fame induction with a mere 91.9% of the vote.