Author Topic: Wow I Had a Crush on an Academy Award Winner at PS 69 Who I Knew!  (Read 2077 times)

Offline Hifi

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I had one of my earliest crushes on a girl at 6 years old around 1958 with an older girl (by around 3 years) named Mercedes who occasionally helped her mother, my first grade teacher (as I remember). I thought Mercedes was beautiful and she was so nice to me. The next year Mercedes was not so nice and she threatened to beat me up a few times for something I did. That ended that crush and the last time I saw Mercedes was a few years later in 1964 or 65 or maybe it was 1966 when I went to play basketball at the PS 69 indoor ground floor court and some pretty girl who I didn't recognize came over to me with a smile and started talking. I said "who are you". She smiled and said "don't you recognize me?" I took a long look and said unsurely "Mercedes"? She smiled and said "yes" and we had a nice long talk and she mentioned she was going to some performing arts school in Long Island. I never saw her again unfortunately but I never forgot that moment as that was really the first time I ever talked/flirted with a good looking teenage girl. Somehow like an idiot I never put two and two together until recently when I realized that she was Mercedes Rheul. I had seen her in many movies including The Fisher King and TV Shows and somehow never connected that she was Mercedes who I "knew" as a kid. Duh!
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Re: Wow I Had a Crush on an Academy Award Winner at PS 69 Who I Knew!
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2015, 07:48:43 PM »
I had one of my earliest crushes on a girl at 6 years old around 1958 with an older girl (by around 3 years) named Mercedes who occasionally helped her mother, my first grade teacher (as I remember). I thought Mercedes was beautiful and she was so nice to me. The next year Mercedes was not so nice and she threatened to beat me up a few times for something I did. That ended that crush and the last time I saw Mercedes was a few years later in 1964 or 65 or maybe it was 1966 when I went to play basketball at the PS 69 indoor ground floor court and some pretty girl who I didn't recognize came over to me with a smile and started talking. I said "who are you". She smiled and said "don't you recognize me?" I took a long look and said unsurely "Mercedes"? She smiled and said "yes" and we had a nice long talk and she mentioned she was going to some performing arts school in Long Island. I never saw her again unfortunately but I never forgot that moment as that was really the first time I ever talked/flirted with a good looking teenage girl. Somehow like an idiot I never put two and two together until recently when I realized that she was Mercedes Rheul. I had seen her in many movies including The Fisher King and TV Shows and somehow never connected that she was Mercedes who I "knew" as a kid. Duh!

Great story!

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Re: Wow I Had a Crush on an Academy Award Winner at PS 69 Who I Knew!
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2019, 05:20:53 PM »
I fell in love with her when I saw her on Broadway in Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers." She was, and still is a marvelous actress. I saw her recently in "Torch Song Trilogy." She was hilarious.

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