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It’s Not Who You Know: It’s Who They Know (Or Don’t Know)

Flashback: 1985

The scene: My home in Knoxville, Tennessee, shortly after 6:00 p.m.
Cast: Me (16 years old), My Dad (much older)
Background: My Dad was the manager of a local Holiday Inn near the University of Tennessee campus and downtown Knoxville. Every now and then, bands who were playing in the area would stay there.

This conversation occurred mere months after I was deeply scarred by the Prince/Purple Rain tour debacle.

Dad, just arriving home from work: “Oh! I wanted to tell you. This group of kids is staying in the hotel…”

Me: “A group of kids???”

Dad: “Yes. A musical group.”

Me, growing more excited since I was a music junkie: “WHO???”

Dad: “I can’t…remember…their name. I don’t know, young kids. A BUNCH of them. They’re famous.”

Me: “WHO?????”

Dad: “They have a huge hit. They’re brothers and sisters.”

Me:THE JETS????”

Dad: “YES! That’s it. The Jets. Nice kids!”

Me: “THE JETS ARE STAYING AT YOUR HOTEL??? AND YOU TALKED TO THEM??? EEK! CAN I GO OVER THERE?”

Dad: “Nah, they aren’t really staying at the hotel.”

Me: “NOT. FUNNY.”

Dad: *chuckle*

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  • Paula @ Frosted Fingers August 22, 2012, 8:56 pm

    I know the song, but I was only 8? I wasn’t listening to much other than oldies at that point in my life šŸ™‚

    • Melisa August 22, 2012, 9:51 pm

      Ahem, “thanks,” Paula. šŸ™‚

  • Momo Fali August 22, 2012, 9:01 pm

    I LOVED that song, but I would have never remembered the band name. Both of those remarks show my age, no?

    • Melisa August 22, 2012, 9:51 pm

      Yes. You are OLD. šŸ™‚

  • melissa August 22, 2012, 9:42 pm

    Now I have “I’ve got a crush on you” stuck in my head. And it’s canceling out Duran Duran. Well played, PH. Well played.

    • Melisa August 22, 2012, 9:53 pm

      Hee! I’m not sure if I should say “sorry” or not, PH. You have been way more Duran-squared obsessed than usual lately…

      xo

  • Tara R. August 22, 2012, 10:44 pm

    Your dad has a wicked funny sense of humor.

  • Liz August 23, 2012, 8:54 am

    I will NOT click play…will NOT click…[click]…DAMMIT!

  • Patty August 23, 2012, 9:16 am

    Your dad is too funny!
    That’s something my dad would too.

    So now I have that song stuck in my head! LOL!

    P.S. I started writing again in the link above…baby steps šŸ™‚

  • Michelle August 24, 2012, 9:45 am

    Your dad makes me giggle. And I learned something today. I had no idea the Jets were related.