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Pee-Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special star Annette Funicello died at the spry age of 70.

Funicello shot to stardom when Walt Disney hand selected Annette to be a Mousketeer.  I guess “hand select” was 50’s lingo for “casting couch.”

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Funicello, shown here under-acting with Avalon in her grandma’s underwear.

Annette went on to star in many low-quality films including her 60s “Beach” films.  These included “Beach Party” (1963) where a party took place on a beach, “Muscle Beach Party” (1964) where a party with a clam bar took place on a beach, “Bikini Beach” (1964), where a party took place on the beach during nuclear testing, “Beach Blanket Bingo” (1965) where a rollicking game of Bingo is played on the beach, and “How to Stuff a Wild Bikini” (1965), which, oddly, was a hunting and cooking show.

Frankie Avalon got to work with her in a stint on Pee-Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special where she really became a star, along with Grace Jones and Oprah Winfrey.

Funicello went on to geust star on TV shows such as “the Love Boat,” “Love American Style,” and “FantasyIsland.”  Damn, she made the 70s hat-trick.  If she was on “Match Game” too, she would have been a 70s icon!

This hit goes to: Jami!  Yes, my lovely wife sails past Babysitter with his “40 points” and into a tie for 30-points-behind-the-New-Dick-in-Town!

Happy pooling,

SPMI

Current Standings:

Dawn-n-Mike – 120 (Oscar Niemeyer – 0, Norman Joseph Woodland – 10, Patti Page – 20, Reg Presley – 30, Hugo Chavez – 50, Frank Thornton – 10)

The New Dick in Town – 80 – (Jack Klugman – 10, Mindy McCready – 70)

Tailgating with Jesus – 70 – (Marvin Miller – 10, Earl Weaver – 20, Jerry Buss – 20, Gus Triandos – 20)

Joanne – 60 – (Freddy Schmidt – 10, Robert Bork – 20, C. Everett Koop – 10, Moon Mullen – 10, Virgil Trucks – 10)

Jami – 50 – (Larry Hagman – 20, Annette Funicello – 30)

The Girl on Fire – 50 – (Dear Abby – 10, Ed Koch – 20, Milo O’Shea – 20)

Team Sushi – 50 – (Conrad Bain – 20, Roger Ebert – 30)

Gianna – 50 – (Lucille Bliss – 10, Bonnie Franklin – 40)

Babysitter – 40 (Clive Dunn – 10, Ravi Shankar – 10, Margaret Thatcher – 20)

Council of Geeks – 40 (Richard Griffiths – 40)

Sean P. McFeeley I – 10 – (Patty Andrews – 10)

Nikki the Bad-Ass – 10 – (Stan Musial – 10)

“Sister” Mary Sheila – 10 (Lee MacPhail – 10)

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