When I was 5 years old and saw Annette Funicello dance on the "Mickey Mouse Club," I felt as if I were witnessing perfection. Even viewed on my family's boxy, black and white television, she was like a goddess.
Annette Funicello was truly America's girl next door -- the girl every boy wanted to bring home and every girl wanted as their best friend. From Mouseketeer to Beach Bunny to Skippy Peanut Butter spokeswoman -- we loved her.
August is more melancholy than October: farm stands with fragrant peaches and fresh corn, concerts under the stars, top-down drives, warm bay breezes, and twilight walks for Italian ices are all fading.