The nice thing about the College Board’s decision to return to a 1600-scale on the SAT is the fact that youth can aspire to earn the same score as Brandon and Brenda Walsh (1190, in case you were wondering).  If you’re not quite so ambitious, Kelly Taylor earned a 1050.  I do think Mrs. Teasley could have done a bit better in the episode and encouraged Donna to look at test-optional schools, but I still consider her my role model. 

17 Mar 2014 / 4 notes

Today an eighth grade student informed me they are watching Amistad in class, and all I could think about was the time Djimon Hounsou was a bouncer on Beverly Hills, 90210.

Today an eighth grade student informed me they are watching Amistad in class, and all I could think about was the time Djimon Hounsou was a bouncer on Beverly Hills, 90210.

12 Feb 2014 / 7 notes

On Friday I went to Dave & Busters, the newest mall chain.  I am sad to report they did not have Cosmo Gang.

20 Jan 2014 / 1 note

This feels appropriate. Happy New Year.

This feels appropriate. Happy New Year.

31 Dec 2013 / 14 notes

Today we celebrate the birth of Jesus Donna Martin.

Today we celebrate the birth of Jesus Donna Martin.

25 Dec 2013 / 4 notes

My sister is going to a taping of Bethenny tomorrow. She asked me to DVR it.

Sister: Can you record Bethenny tomorrow?

Me: Sure, who are the guests?

Sister: Some singer from the ’80s. I forget her name.

GUYS. IT’S DEBBIE GIBSON. Debbie Gibson who spoke to West Beverly High DJ David Silver on the air (obviously when he intended to call MC Hammer instead). There’s only a 6-year age difference between my sister and me, but I suddenly feel much, much older.

11 Dec 2013 / 7 notes

I was pretty jealous when my best friend met Ian Ziering last year, but I forgave her when she sent me the autograph she had him sign for me. This is better than the day I arrived home to an autographed picture of Britta Phillips, the singing voice of Jem.

I was pretty jealous when my best friend met Ian Ziering last year, but I forgave her when she sent me the autograph she had him sign for me. This is better than the day I arrived home to an autographed picture of Britta Phillips, the singing voice of Jem.

11 Oct 2013 / 10 notes

Hamilton College visited school yesterday, and told us about their social media on The Scroll. They encouraged us to post on Tumblr with the right hashtags to be featured. Naturally, I researched Hamilton alumni who appeared on Beverly Hills, 90210, and thus found that Grayson McCouch, aka Larry Lincoln, aka the Phantom of CU, is a graduate.

26 Sep 2013 / 3 notes

I was asked to co-chaperone the senior class retreat, which starts Sunday at a camp in the Adirondacks. I don’t have most of the items on the packing list (Day pack and water bottle? Can I fill my flask with water and shove it in an old Marc Jacobs bag?), but I did immediately turn to Beverly Hills, 90210 for guidance.  The season 2 camping trip has me most nervous, because I’m definitely subbing Converses for hiking boots. Let’s hope Luke Perry can save me if I fall off a cliff. Actually, that sounds kind of incredible.

18 Sep 2013 / 9 notes

Donna! Really?!?

Donna! Really?!?

1 Sep 2013 / 19 notes

So… Are Donna Martin and Jim Walsh wearing the same plaid in “A Walsh Family Christmas”? Because that certainly seems to be the case.  Obviously there is more to be said for Donna’s outfit, but I’ll save that for another time.

1 Sep 2013 / 6 notes

Last week I visited Vassar and SUNY Purchase with my students.  I was pretty excited to learn that Tracy Middendorf attended Purchase! When we posed for a photo, I instructed my students to say “Laura Kingman” instead of “cheese.” The tour guide was pretty great and took this in stride.  “She was on Beverly Hills, 90210, and she went here,” I explained. He just said okay.

Naturally, I was intent on finding a Beverly Hills, 90210 connection with Vassar. There’s actually an episode in which Andrea talks to Kelly and Dylan about her college search.

Andrea: Well, I’ve narrowed it down to Swarthmore, Duke, Vassar and Brandeis.

Dylan: What’s your first choice?

Andrea: None of them.

I really can’t picture Andrea at Duke.

21 Aug 2013 / 3 notes

"Nothing. Have a good time at the gynecologist." -Brenda Walsh

This may just be the best Brenda Walsh quote ever.

And her delivery is truly perfect.

19 Aug 2013 / 5 notes

Why I shop at ASOS…

Don’t think I’m not tempted…

Apparently the people at ASOS also found Brenda’s Pigskin Prom dress as fashion forward as I did.

Now it’s just a matter of finding the right hiking boots and socks to complete the ensemble.

16 Aug 2013 / 13 notes

Beverly Hills, 90210 is everywhere…

Last week I was in Thailand. At best, I thought I might find some 90210 reruns subtitled on a TV in one of the hotels. But then I found myself at the Night Bazaar in Chiang Mai. And do you know what song I heard? It was “Losing My Religion.” That alone was a nice little moment for me, but the song that played next was “Wicked Game.”  So I felt like someone in Chiang Mai must be a fan… Right?

7 Jul 2013 / 1 note