PUT ANOTHER BOBBY ON THE BARBIE
In the 1950s, the heydey of Disney's Mickey Mouse Club, a group of Mouseketeers went on a little-known tour of Australia. There to meet them was young Peter Keogh, who rubbed ears a bit with his heroes both with their ears on and, more tellingly, with their ears off. This short Kindle-only book is a fascinating glimpse into an unknown chapter of Mouseketeer history.
Among the Mouseketeers who went down under: Bobby Burgess, Cubby O'Brien, Tommy Cole, and Doreen Tracey, plus their famous "club house dad", Jimmie Dodd. The ingenuity of Peter Keogh to make it backstage and meet his childhood heroes gave him his first dose of "show business", and he was to go on to work with some of the biggest names of the 1970s and 1980s.
Teen-aged Peter, however, is still coming to grips with his homosexuality in the strait-laced Australian society of the time, and finds himself drawn to the "Mouseketeer mystique" despite its conformity and vanilla values, as he:
- Storms the office of the Herald Sun newspaper and gets himself a press pass to the arrival of the Mouseketeers at Essendon Airport in Melbourne
- Chats with Jimmie Dodd and the Mouseketeers when they're not being Mouseketeers, and observes whether they really were one big, happy family
- Becomes part of the Mouseketeer entourage itself when many of the cast returned the next year for a second tour, along with the Cisco Kid; Sheena, Queen of the Jungle; and others
- Goes nose-to-nose with 1950s Australian pop singer Lucky Starr, whose inappropriate relationship with 16-year-old Mouseketeer Cheryl was fodder for a sex scandal
Bargain priced at 99 cents, and featuring photos rarely (and in a few cases never!) seen, The Mouseketeers Down Under pulls back the ears on the adventures of Jimmie, Bobby, Cubby, and the gang in the land down under.