Okay, you youngsters are not going to know who I’m talking about, but those of you my age who were raised on Laverne and Shirley are going to know and those of you who were teens in the 60s are going to know.
That is Fabian Forte, a teen idol in the late 50s and 60s. I met him yesterday at a charity event at Bossa Nova put on by Gladys Magazine, a quarterly national magazine that is being produced right here in Pittsburgh by Fabian’s beautiful and lovely wife Andrea.
I attended the event to support their cover girl, Elena LaQuatra. We’ll get to her in a minute, but first let’s talk about Fabian.
When Andrea introduced me to him, she said to Fabian, “This girl is only thirty mumble mumble years old and she knows who you are!”
And Fabian looked shocked and said, “HOW?!”
I said, “Laverne and Shirley!”
Laverne and Shirley were NUTS for Fabian and dressed as maids to break into his hotel room to meet him:
I am nuts for Fabian. He’s a nice guy! Unaffected, genuine, unpretentious. And he lives in Pittsburgh. Has for ten years.
His wife is a former Miss Pennsylvania who moved to LA and met him. They moved here when her mother, Gladys, got sick, so they could care for her. Gladys died four years ago and Andrea started Gladys Magazine in 2009 in tribute to her.
Here I am with Andrea, Fabian, and Elena:
Look at me. Look at Elena. Me. Elena. Now back to me. LOL.
I AM SUCH A MOM.
Elena, lives in Pittsburgh, is the former Miss Teen Pennsylvania USA, and is 19-years-old. She is the sweetheart who along with Sally Wiggin presented me with the Women and Girls Foundation award I won last fall. She, like her good friend and mentor Gina Cerilli, defies the stereotype that smoking hot girls are either airheads or mean girls.
Elena is like Gina. Genuinely nice and caring. Down to earth.
Girls, I can see fakeness in other girls like it’s a lighthouse beacon shining in the night. It’s my superpower. Elena doesn’t have any of it in her. I adore her, which is why I promised her I’d come to support her at the event.
Elena’s family is Greek, from Ithica, and Elena recently took part in Greece’s Next Top Model. While in Greece, she did a photoshoot for Glady’s Magazine.
Check her out:
Clearly, now that she’s 19 and I feel comfortable naming her it, she’s the next official Smokin’ Hot Burgher.
You can check Gladys Magazine out here. Trust me, you want to see the entire Greece spread as it is FULL of amazing pictures of Elena in Greece. The magazine often has articles about Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh people in it. I’m told the next edition, that comes out in April is going to feature Michelle Wright’s love story and that the story is “amazing.”
Now I’m intrigued.
And going to work on a signature photograph pose other than my current one, which I like to call Awkward.