So put on your bobby sox and let's all go to the hop... or whatever it is you kids used to do with your hot rods and penny loafers while eating hamburgers at the soda fountain.
1/ How did you do in school? Were you a 'good' student?
I was, until I wasn't. I actually held on until my very last semester, when I started to not give a flying 'F'. I stupidly thought real life was just around the corner, so why bother paying attention to the present? I was typically an A- student. I excelled in anything that had to do with the arts (literature, journalism, English, band, chorus, speech, etc.) and struggled with math, athletics, and wood shop.
2/ How did puberty impact your high school years?
3/ Were you popular? What was your 'crowd'?
I was not popular. Far from it. But I was 'protected'. I ran with the nerds and the musicians. People had a strange respect for us, well, for them. I just happened to be taken under their wing because I could sing. Once I started doing theatre, again, I was somewhat sheltered - living in a nerd bubble.
4/ What extracurricular activities (non-sports) did you participate in?
5/ What sports did you play, if any? Were you good? Did you get a letterman's jacket?
I was a football manager for the seniors during 7th and 8th grade. I played basketball from 7th to 9th grade. I took up track in 10th grade, just so I could get a letter for my letterman's jacket (I got a letter as football manager, but was ashamed of it).
6/ Did you go to prom and, if so, with who?
I went to both my junior and senior prom. Junior year, I picked a senior girl I thought would appreciate a date. She did not. She accepted and we went, but she was much more interested in spending time with her friends and the whole evening sucked rocks.
7/ Were you bullied? Did you bully? What were you teased about?
I was teased about being gay. I was teased about being teacher's pet. I was teased about being poor and dressing oddly. I was told I smelled once... that was the only time I got physical with a dude. Slammed him up against the wall and told him if he said one more word I was going to put my fist through his face. He backed down. It was weird. But, that was something I'd always been sensitive about, because it was a sign of being poor. If you had no money, people just assumed you never bathed. Small town.
Favorite: at the time, my drama teacher. Now? I look back and rather dislike her. She was mean. A snob. And terribly, terribly homophobic. I think it was the way she took advantage of my talents and then said mean things about me behind my back. She had all the other mean teachers laughing at me.
9/ Best moment in high school? Worst?
Of all my achievements? My favorite really wasn't much of one... I convinced the homecoming committee to chose Miracles - the song by Jefferson Starship - for their theme and to allow me to come up with a band to perform the song at the homecoming ceremonies.
10/ Did you cruise main street? Go to parties? Did you have a favorite after school hang?