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Memories of a Prince Fan

In the late summer of 1984, I saw Purple Rain for the first time. I was 14. Adolescence had arrived, and was about to be taken for quite a spin with Prince Rogers Nelson at the wheel. Every long time admirer of Prince has their memories.

These are some of mine... 
Summer of 1984 (14 years old), driving home from baseball practice with my mom. Passenger side of her Buick Park Avenue. "When Doves Cry" on the radio. Ears perk. "Hmmm," I think, "here's something different."
Late September 1984, my first viewing of Purple Rain. The experience was so vivid, yet I'm embarrassed to say I can't remember who was with me. Likely my friends Matt W. and/or Chris G. The reason I can't recall is that I returned to the theater several times in the ensuing weeks to see it again. And again. And again. Watching the movie Purple Rain didn't just spark my interest in Prince. It ignited several very potent megatons of TNT. It upturned my teenaged midweste…

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