I'm not quite sure what the purpose of a Mini Skirt Marker is. The pronouncements on the box sure make it intriguing: "Up! Up! and Away!", "High-Low, Any Way They Go!"
Every few years you hear someone bring up the theory about rising and falling hemlines predicting the ups and downs of the economy. If the hemlines are up on the runways, we're in for a bull market. Hemlines start to fall with the onset of a bad economy.
If this theory is true, skirts will start brushing the floor any day now.
Perhaps no one besides Twiggy, Nancy Sinatra and Mary Quant are more closely associated with the miniskirt than Jeanie C. Riley, whose skirt was as much her trademark as Elton's glasses and MJ's sequined glove.
What's really a shame is that most of her discography is kaput. I looked high and low for images of her old album covers, and could only find a pathetic few. She had some incredible ones, and you can only get a tease of them over at her official site -thumbnails only. I'm sure they're out there somewhere.
Here's a few lines from her hit "Harper Valley P.T.A.":
Well, it happened that the P.T.A. was gonna meet that very afternoon.
They were sure surprised when Mrs. Johnson wore her mini-skirt into the room.
And as she walked up to the blackboard, I still recall the words she had to say.
She said, "I'd like to address this meeting of the Harper Valley P.T.A."
Recognize this next lady? It's a pre-Xanadu Olivia Newton-John. Add the 1970 film Toomorrow, starring ONJ, to the growing list of movies that are still M.I.A. on DVD at Moon in the Gutter
And, finally, nothing sells crackers like a miniskirt.