The Ghost of Dirty Dancing’s Past JM PrescottFor many he will always be remembered for his roles as JohnnyCastle and Sam Wheat, but for me, Patrick Swayze was Darry Curtis inthe movie adaptation of
. The first book I read twice,
by SE Hinton is a comingof age story about a boy from the wrong side of the tracks thataccidentally becomes an accessory to murder. As a young aspiringauthor in junior high in the mid ‘90s, the dream seemed so much closerwhen I was assigned a book written by a high school sophomore. WhenA&E played the movie, I hit record on my VCR.“Should I know him?” I thought when the actor portraying Darryflashed across my screen. With fellow future heartthrob Tom Cruise inthe cast and former Brat-Pack Emilio Estevez you might find it odd thatI didn’t recognize the star of
. There is a simple reason. When I was the sleepover age in the ‘80s,I had a lot of restrictions on what movies I could watch.
was one of them. And when
came out, my parents exercisedtheir parental guidance. My movie experience had consisted of
and whatever was in my parents’ movie collection thatcould be watched on BETA in our basement after they were bed. Mostof such movies were not for young eyes but they never saw fit to buy
.It wasn’t until I was married and borrowed
from afriend that I saw what the fuss was about. I immediately had to see
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
. It was obvious that I’d beendeprived of a significant part of my childhood. The results (I’m sorry Mom) is that I became a movie junkie,consuming everything by John Hughes I could get my hands on. Ibecame addicted to The E True Hollywood Stories of ‘80s Teen moviesand their actors. I was obsessed with The Brat-Pack. How shocked I wasto find out that the
had a staring role in
.A few weeks ago we lost John Hughes and now Patrick Swayze. It’snot fair. I just discovered these movie icons. I haven’t had since the‘80s to appreciate their contributions to cinema and pop culture. Butthe films remain and they can be played until the DVD wears out for awhole new sleepover generation between too much junk food andghost stories. And for those of us that missed a significant part of the‘80s, we can come-of-age all over again.