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July 23, 2014 - 7:00 am
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If you were a teen (or pre-teen) girl at any time in the 1970s, you probably held in your (amateurly manicured) hands at some point a copy (or many, many copies) of Tiger Beat magazine. Known for glossy covers that featured saucy shots of the day’s most popular teen idols — most of them males and many of them shirtless — Tiger Beat (and its twin magazine 16) usually included a centerfold pin-up of a pop star of such import that the mere thought of his poster on her bedroom wall could persuade a young girl to part with her babysitting money.  My bedroom wall was plastered with Bobby Sherman in all his glory — the purple shirts unbuttoned to the waist, the velvet choker necklaces, and those gorgeous blue eyes! Also clad in all black, with his beautiful brown tresses casually flowing in the breeze. And at least a half dozen other iterations of Bobby posing and smiling (or pouting). My cousin had all the Donny Osmond pin-ups, while my girlfriend across the street papered her walls with David Cassidy. We’d carefully remove the staples from our teen idols’ midsections, lovingly unfold our new treasures and smooth out the creases before taping (or push-pinning) them to our bedroom walls.

Did you ever wonder what became of the teen idol whose visage used to cast his gaze upon you every night as you drifted off to sleep?

Here’s what happened to 10 of our favorite Tiger Beat ”Cover Boys”:

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I know who all these guys are but they were pop figures. In the 70's I had a poster of Dave Mason on my wall (that my best friend had talked the record store clerk into giving me) and I had a collection of concert ticket stubs on my other wall. I was into Grateful Dead, Traffic, Southern rock, The Who, etc. I never understood the allure of those guys, although Donny Osmond was hilarious in the Johnny Bravo Christmas Special.
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"Donny Osmond was hilarious in the Johnny Bravo Christmas Special." He was also equally hilarious in that Weird Al video, "White and Nerdy."
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Never saw that but will have to check it out. He was also hilarious in College Road Trip (which I only saw parts of). I love how he's reinvented himself as a parody of himself. Very entertaining.
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