My Intimate Childhood Pix

Magazine: 16 Magazine
Author: Micky Dolenz
Published:
Volume: 9
Issue: 4
Publisher: 16 Magazine, Inc.
Page: 58–59

Psst! The barrel of Mickys shown here was sketched by—but of course!—our own “infant terrible,” Frenchy Blanch!

WHEN I LEFT YOU last month, I showed you the crew-cut, brown-haired picture of me that got me my role in Circus Boy. Funny thing about TV people—the first thing they did was to change me! They let my hair grow out, dyed it blond and switched my last name to Braddock. Here I am with “Chimp”, who was on the show with me for two years.

This was taken by my dad in 1955, when we lived on Magnolia Street in North Hollywood. Yep—I used to wear my Circus Boy outfit at home. Yep—I did know how to play the guitar, but not very well. Little did I dream that one day I would be a recording artist!

Here’s a picture of me—“Micky Braddock” of Circus Boy—when we were on location. This location happened to be around a swimming pool in Las Vegas. (Doesn’t that seem a rather strange place for a circus to pitch tent?)

In 1957, I finished shooting Circus Boy and started going to public high school in Hollywood. Here’s a candid of CoCo and me that my mom snapped. Don’t know whether you can tell it or not, but my hair was growing in brown again.

Whew—I made it! At 16, I was graduated from Grant High School in North Hollywood. There were practically no pictures of me taken after this until the time I became a Monkee. However, there were plenty taken of my mom, step-dad and sisters, and I’m going to introduce you to them next month. See you in the October issue of 16, which goes on sale August 22!