PopWatch is 1: Girlfriend in a coma

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Can you believe it? It’s been a year since Entertainment Weekly enteredthe blogosphere. Let’s look back on some of our finest moments, shallwe?

The story: A pop culture primer for Ms. Rip Van Winkle (Aug. 2, 2005)

The backstory: Since we’re in this misty-colored-water-memory kind of mood, it brought to mind this very serious story we did last summer. Sarah Scantlin was hit by a drunk driver in 1984 when she was 18 and didn’t awaken from a coma until early last year. Can you imagine? Think of everything she missed. Never mind the world events, family birthdays, falling in love — she thinks "Paris Hilton" is a French hotel! It was up to Gary Susman to administer a little pop-culture therapy. He sketched the broad strokes — Madonna, Michael Jackson, Ahnuld (pictured) — and let the PopWatchers handle the more advanced learning (DVDs, Richard Marx, Spicoli). We don’t know if Scantlin’s pop-Q has caught up yet, but we do know that this is as close to public service as PopWatch is going to get, so we will shout it from the rooftops until the Nobel committee comes knockin’. We are givers. Give, give, give. It’s, like, our motto.

(We’ll post a new fond memory every day until June 13, PopWatch’s official birthday. If you have a favorite, post it below.)

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