My first celebrity crush was Ricky Schroeder. I tore out the pictures of him from my Teen Beat magazines and taped them to my wall. I even dressed up like him for Halloween once in grammar school - which basically meant I put my hair in a pony tail and wore an argyle sweater vest. Somehow my parents got me to a party for some afterschool special he was in and my memory is that he "stole" my ice cream sundae. I cannot tell you for sure if that is a true memory or a made up memory but whatever it was, it effectively ended my crush on Ricky. I tend to think I was done with him but needed an out.
I had many celebrity crushes over the years too - most notably: Bono (or Larry Mullen Jr., depending on whether I felt like crushing on the underdog) in high school, Kurt Cobain in my college days, and Justin Timberlake in my twenties. While I was working in San Francisco and New York to bring attention to the genocide in Darfur, my celebrity crush was John Prendergast. Though he isn't really a "celebrity", he IS "famous" in the human rights world. I was WAY more excited about meeting him at the Darfur rally in DC that I helped organize than I was to meet either George Clooney or Barak Obama, who were also there. John Prendergast is dreamy - and I guess I am not the only one who thinks so - "they" say that he had a little fling with Angelina Jolie when he brought her to the Congo. Lucky girl.
More recent crushes have been Eric Bana and Daniel Craig - not only because of their obvious appeal, but also because they have each played the part of historically based Jewish heroes. For me, "Jewish" ups the appeal. So does Latin. Which brings me to me current celebrity crush:
Mando from Sesame Street. Yes, this is the truth. I mean, really, come on. Mando is the very best human character on the show and so cute....and that hair! Forget about it. Plus, that voice! Just have a listen: