The iconic film, Grease, was a huge, huge, HUGE part of my childhood and I am more than a little sad to find out that Jeff Conaway, who played T-Bird Kenickie, has died. Sure he fell far from his days as the lovable greaser and became a caricature and stereotype, but for me, he will always be that smart-aleck, leather jacket-wearing T-Bird who got through the hard shell of the wise-cracking Rizzo.
Fave Kenickie Quotes
"A hickie from Kenickie is like a Hallmark card, when you only care enough to send the very best."
"The problem's in your mouth."
"Ladies and Gentlemen! Dingleberries on parade!"
"My 25 cent insurance policy." (His condom from 7th grade)
"You're cruisin' for a bruisin'."
I grew up wanting to be a Pink Lady and used to play the part of Rizzo when my little friends and I would get together. I think my mouth and attitude fit the role quite nicely. I did sometimes take on the role of Frenchie when Deanna wanted to be Riz. And yes I still do know all the words to Beauty School Drop Out and There Are Worse Things I Could Do. However, now I only sing after sufficient alcohol has eliminated my inhibitions and dulled everyone's auditory senses.
Here's me with my friends, not the Pink Lady crew, unfortunately, but it will give you an idea of what I looked like and you can picture me with pink hair. It's a bit blurry, and I apologize, but this is a Polaroid from 1979 and I don't have Photoshop. I'm the one on the right, rockin' the mom jeans. LOL