Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! (1989) (part 11 of 12)

Then it’s the next day, and Sal is on the beach with his family, and he’s wearing the most unflattering windbreaker on the planet. It’s rainy, it’s winter, but Sal and his family seem to be out there with a dogged determination: We will play in the sand, whether we like it our not, because this is the Jersey shore, darn it!

What comes next is really funny, because Eddie seems to have planned his appearance to have the greatest possible impact on Sal. Eddie comes up from a distance along the edge of the surf, partly obscured at first in the mist, so that Sal might think he’s seeing things. And just look at him. Not only did he shave off his mustache and sideburns, but he also put on the Eddie Wilson costume of a black sleeveless tee and a leather jacket. (And now we know why we just got that clip from Eddie I—so we could see that Eddie was wearing this outfit back then.) So Eddie didn’t just come visit his friend for a heart to heart, which he could have done in Joe West digs. No, he had to make an entrance as Eddie Wilson, back from the dead. Because as always, it’s all about him.

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Mark "Scooter" Wilson

Mark is a history guy, a graphics guy, a guy for whom wryly cynical assessments of popular culture are the scallion cream cheese on the toasted everything bagel of life. He spends his time teaching modern history at Brooklyn College, pondering the ancient Romans at the CUNY Graduate Center, and conjuring maps and illustrations for ungrateful bankers at various Manhattan monoliths. Readers are welcome to guess at reasons why he's nicknamed Scooter, with the proviso that all such submissions are guaranteed to be rather more interesting than the truth. Mark lives in the Midwood section of Brooklyn with a happy-go-lucky, flop-eared dog named Chiyo who is probably, at this very moment, waiting patiently for her walkies.

Multi-Part Article: Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! (1989)

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