Chapter 12: Young Headlines (1982)
YOUNG HEADLINING EVENTS*HENRY THOMAS: Starred in the popular movie, "ET: The Extra Terrestrial" portraying Elliott, who befriends the alien. Also in the movie is Drew Barrymore.
*HEATHER SODERBERG: Sculptor from Arizona, who did her first work doing sculpting a group of five tiny women in wax when she was two years old. With assistance from her father, who cast the work in bronze and entered it in a sculpting competition, it took first place beating out other sculptors from the sixth grade. Heather also did more sculpting, which were displayed at Phoenix art gallery. By 1982 when she was six years old, Heather sold 76 sculptures at prices ranging up to $150.00.
*ANGELA COLEMAN: Soprano gospel singer from Los Angeles, California who has cut albums and appeared in concerts with stars like Andy Gibb and Sarah Vaughn. Coleman has a very busy concert schedule im her own right and also sings in her church choir.
*JAY LUO: Made history becoming the youngest college graduate with honors from Boise State University in 1982 at the age of 12. Luo then furthered his education attending Stanford University in the Graduate Mathematics Program.
*MOLLY DIEVENEY: The 12-year-old native of Denver, Colorado won the 55th National Spelling Bee after spelling "Psoriasis".
*PHILIP AND NANCY MCKEON: Two of television's youngest stars. In 1982, Philip, 17, appeared as Tommy on the comedy show "Alice" while Nancy, 15, portrayed tough, street-wise Jo on NBC's "The Facts of Life". In order to keeping up their A school averages, the McKeon siblings are tutored three hours per day on set. Down the road, Philip hopes to pursue a career in directing films and maybe cutting musical albums while Nancy would make feature films.