Oh my goodness! While procrastinating this evening (avoiding going to sleep while surfing the Internet mindlessly), I stumbled upon this article on the Yahoo homepage:
Winnie Cooper got married!
"If you were a boy growing up in the late '80s or early '90s, odds are you had a crush on Danica McKellar. She played Winnie Cooper, the object of Fred Savage's obsession on "The Wonder Years." The nostalgia-fueled sitcom has been off the air since '93, but Ms. McKeller still has legions of fans. Today, most of them are heartbroken. Their fair Winnie is officially off the market.
Yep, this past weekend, Danica got married. The nuptials caused a huge surge in Search. Men pushed queries on "danica mckellar married" and "winnie cooper married" through the roof. McKellar, who is now an author and mathematician, also saw queries rise on her famed photo spread for Stuff Magazine. Searches on the groom, composer Mike Verta, also hit a high note. Not surprisingly, the majority of Danica's lookups came from male Gen-Xers.
But it wasn't just the bride who saw a boon in Search. The maid of honor got some love as well. Danica's sister, Crystal McKellar, was in the wedding party. Crystal is best known for playing Kevin's ex-girlfriend turned archrival, Becky Slater. She memorably punched Kevin in the stomach after he broke up with her. Fans of the show haven't forgotten about the oft-spurned Becky. After news of the wedding hit, queries surged on "crystal mckellar photos."
According to E! Online, Mr. Savage (now a director of dubious talents) didn't attend the wedding, but his TV parents, Dan Lauria and Alley Mills, were there. No word on Josh Saviano, who played Kevin's best friend, Paul Pfeiffer. Regardless, queries surged on the Pfeif. Also spiking: the popular urban legend that states that Mr. Saviano and shock-rocker Marilyn Manson are actually one and the same. They're not, but the truth is a lot scarier: Saviano is now a lawyer."
Seriously -- I was one of the biggest Wonder Years fans. I loved that show, and I'm pretty sure I saw every episode. (In fact, I recently did a search to see if I could get the series on DVD and had trouble finding it.) I absolutely loved Kevin and Paul and Winnie. In fact, here's a little Wonder Years story for you: it was after watching an episode of Wonder Years that I worked up the nerve to ask my middle school crush to go to our school's Sadie Hawkins' Day Dance with me. I remember exactly where I was when I nervously dialed the phone with my shaking little fingers (sitting at the computer desk in my parents' bedroom), how his mom answered and went to bring him the phone, and how he politely said NO.
Yep, the boy turned me down. And bless his heart, he might have been the first boy to turn me down, and he certainly wasn't the only boy to turn me down (remember, I was the girl version of Napoleon Dynamite), and yes, I was crushed, but the best part was that I scraped my poor little heart off the floor, glued it back together, and I still went to that stupid dance with my friends. Sure, I might have been glued to the wall the entire evening, but I can look back and actually remember this as a good memory (despite the little heartbreak) because my whole life I have remembered this as a time I was able to be a strong little me and still hold my little nerdy head high and keep on truckin'. Which I did.
So thanks, Kevin and Paul and Winnie for all the great TV memories. Reading this article tonight really brought a smile to my face.
Were any of you out there big Wonder Years' fans as well?