I didn’t receive a pony or any huge birthday bash. I was taken out to dinner with my mom, my stepfather, my sister, my grandmother, and my two best friends. I view my 16th birthday as a game changer. My grandmother gave me my very first Canon SLR. It was the first Rebel model (35mm.) I learned a lot from that camera and used it throughout my remaining high school years. Another 16 years and several upgrades later, it’s still a Canon in my bag.
Now, back to my Sweet 16th. My dinner was at a newly opened restaurant, across the street from the Kenwood Mall (now the Kenwood Towne Centre.) The restaurant was named “Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Grill.” And that evening, as luck would have it, was the night that Dick Clark stopped in for a visit. Now, he wasn’t really “my type” (I was more into The Monkees, Brandon Lee, and my boyfriend,) but I must say that it was pretty awesome to have received a kiss on the cheek from Mr. Dick Clark on my 16th birthday.
Rest in Peace, Mr. Clark.