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Staff Crush: Kelly Kapowski of 'Saved By the Bell'

by Alex Moaba, posted Feb 9th 2010 5:00PM
Kelly Kapowski, Tiffani Amber ThiessenIn honor of Valentine's Day, AOL TV's staff will be revealing their crushes all week.

Like a generation of kids who came of age in the mid 1990s, 'Saved by the Bell's' Kelly Kapowski was the first girl -- fictional or otherwise -- that I ever had a crush on. This was not because she was the captain of the cheerleading team, a waitress at The Max or one of the three females at Bayside High graced with a speaking role.

No. It was because Tiffani Amber Thiessen was smokin' hot. Even at an age where I remained mystified by the vagaries of long division and writing in cursive, this much I knew for sure.Kelly Kapowski, Tiffani Amber ThiessenIn honor of Valentine's Day, AOL TV's staff will be revealing their crushes all week.

Like a generation of kids who came of age in the mid 1990s, 'Saved by the Bell's' Kelly Kapowski was the first girl -- fictional or otherwise -- that I ever had a crush on. This was not because she was the captain of the cheerleading team, a waitress at The Max or one of the three females at Bayside High graced with a speaking role.

No. It was because Tiffani Amber Thiessen was smokin' hot. Even at an age where I remained mystified by the vagaries of long division and writing in cursive, this much I knew for sure.

In fact, I'd like to submit that Kelly Kapowski was my gateway drug to women; I remember being attracted to her before I really knew being attracted to a girl was all about. I mean, yes, I had chased a few girls from my second grade class around the playground, but I was really much more concerned with touch football, Pogs and trying to convince my mom to buy Sunny Delight.



This would change during the famous senior prom episode. Kelly couldn't afford a ticket, so Zack hung out with her outside. Eventually they slow-danced under the stars. And as I watched at that moment, I couldn't help but thinking ... that I wanted to touch her butt. This was something of a revelation, since I was still a solid four years away from puberty. But it stuck with me, and I think there's a powerful message in that.

The message is this -- parents of the elementary school children of the world, don't let your kids watch 'Saved by the Bell' reruns every night before dinner. They will all fall in love with Kelly Kapowski, spend a lifetime trying to chase her fictional memory and become perverts. Though personally I wouldn't have it any other way.

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