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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

A 'Sassy' Blast from the Past

What are Bill & Ted up to? When's the next PiL tour? Is River still dating Martha Plimpton? Will The Smiths reunite? What's up with that Sassiest Boy in America controversy?

If you cared about the answers to these and other (even in hindsight) essential teen questions nearly 20 years ago, you were reading Sassy.

From about 1988 to 1990 or 1991, I never missed an issue. I also never bought one. In fact, that was the weird paradox of Sassy. It appealed nearly equally to both genders, but only teen girls bought it. And they were totally willing to lend it out, share it, and flip through it with you. Wow -- was Sassy a metaphor?

Though Sassy has been over for more than a decade, the magazine's back in the news because a) editor Jane Pratt just copped to having sex with Drew Barrymore and b) a needs-no-explanation paean to the magazine, How Sassy Changed My Life: A Love Letter to the Greatest Teen Magazine of All Time, is being released later this month.

I'm picking it up, along with this homage to the only magazine that bested Sassy in the 1980s.