To some, it may just be the sad passing of an actor.
To people who lived through the 1990s, it’s a little more.
Perry played Dylan McKay on “Beverly Hills, 90210.” To put it in Baby Boomer terms, he was kind of the Fonz on “Happy Days” of the 1990s. To put it in millennial terms, he was kind of the Jughead Jones on “Riverdale” of his day.
Actually, maybe millennials get it without the translation–Perry also appeared on “Riverdale” as Fred Andrews, Archie’s dad.
“Beverly Hills, 90210″ was a big part of the TV culture of the 1990s. It spanned the decade, running from from October 4, 1990 to May 17, 2000. There were just reports of a possible reboot of the show.
The 1990s are back because the 90s never left. We still watch 90s movies and TV shows and we still listen to 90s music.
The new movie “Captain Marvel” is set in the 1990s and the advertising campaign is pushing the music and pop culture of the period. I have a new novel coming out called “Around Harvard Square” that’s set in the 1990s and I named every chapter with a song from decade, like “Ex-Factor” and “Kick in the Door” and “Come As You Are.” There was a lot of great music made in the 1990s, from alternative rock to gangsta rap to the Fugees and Lauryn Hill.
Now that the 52-year-old Perry has passed on, everyone who is around his age–like me–is thinking just a little bit more about the 1990s, the pop culture of the period and their own mortality.
“Around Harvard Square” is available for preorder and will also be released on Audible.