True story--

One day during 5th grade, my teacher Mr. Donaldson told our class that instead of doing our normal work for the day, we were going to use the time to talk about sex and reproduction.  This didn't come as too big a surprise, as a few weeks prior, we had our parents fill out permission slips that said they were okay with us participating. 

Mr. Donaldson rolled out the TV/VCR stand - if you went to school in the 90s, you know exactly what I'm talking about -- and put in a VHS tape called "Growing Up On Broadway." What then appeared on the screen was a 17 minute film wherein the Broadway cast of Annie talked about periods. I've always been kind of squeamish, but for some reason these teenage girls talking about menstruation for 17 minutes straight made me faint. Really. Luckily I was already sitting down, so nobody else noticed -- I think. But from the moment I came to, and on, I've had an aversion to the musical Annie.


Cut to last night when I was at dinner with a few people involved with the new Annie remake movie and I told them this story. When I got home, I wanted to see if I could find any mention of that movie that I hadn't really thought about in forever. Not only did I find it, I also found other people who grew up in my school district (Baltimore County, MD) who were also weirded out by the same bizarre educational film.

But more importantly, I found the video's IMDB page, which is pretty much the best thing ever.


And that's how that happened.