On Monday, our entire staff gathered in our regular weekly meeting, looking at Katie as if she was an alien from a planet with no pop culture.
“You were joking, right?” I hopefully asked her.
“And you know about his Calvin Klein’s, right?” quizzed Abbie.
But here is the thing – Katie honestly neither knew about Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch NOR Wahlberg’s now-infamous Calvin Klein modeling days! She didn’t even know Wahlberg’s brother, Donnie, was a member of New Kids on the Block.
My mind = blown.
As I started questioning if I wanted to live in a world where people only thought of Marky Mark as a respected actor, something occurred to me…what if I had been sending my pop culture-laden story pitches to reporters that were of a different generation?
What if some of my stories weren’t being picked up because those reading my ideas were from generations both older and younger than mine and my sensibilities?
My mind = blown².
Thankfully, I re-gained my story pitching confidence by remembering when I was 23 and started at HMA myself.
You could have knocked me over with a feather then I learned that Donny Osmond, aka “that guy who was mean to Rosie O’Donnell on her talk show with the sister that was always in Star Magazine for plastic surgery,” was a full-fledged teen idol and award-winning singer, for whom Abbie still pines.
My mind = blown³.
So, this got me to thinking – what was your mind-blowing pop culture moment? Share your story of when you found out someone you thought of in a very specific way (aka Mark Wahlberg = respected actor), was a pop culture phenomenon in a totally different light to an entire generation (Mark Wahlberg = Marky Mark underpants model)?
Okay, you know you have one…spill it!