Alex: "Aside from Irish McCalla, who was your favorite movie starlet?"
Robert: "A movie star? They didn’t attract me as much as the girls in my high school class. I wasn’t impressed with women in movies as I was with the big legged girl who sat next to me in my homeroom class, Joanne Plunk. I was much more dazzled by her than any girl in the movies. Because Joann Plunk, omigod, she was built from the ground up! She lived down from the street from me so I would follow her home from school every day. I’d keep a safe distance so she didn’t know I was back there. I always stayed like 20 feet behind her, just watching her walk home! This is like 1961. She wore dresses that were knee length, white socks and tennis shoes, so her legs were out there. Omigod, just watching her walk, with her bouncy step, and her butt bouncing. Omigod. She was a sweet, shy girl, wasn’t very popular or anything. Boys didn’t particularly like her, she was too big. Too big in the bottom. You know, the boys in those days, they liked the ones who looked the most like the girls in the movies, or the girls on American Bandstand. That’s what the boys liked, that’s what you were supposed to like, and that’s what most of them liked. God knows what they liked secretly. I remember telling some kids that I was really attracted to this other big girl, Brigitte Coscarelli. And they just looked at me like I was crazy. So I shut up about that. I never talked about that again. But Irish McCalla, she was something, in Sheena anyway. She really turned me on when I was 12 years old. That was my first sexual fixation of post-puberty. Irish McCalla! I used to go to bed and fantasize about her. Of course, I drew a comic about her, so everybody knows that."
Alex: "How do you spell Joanne’s last name, Plunk?"
Robert: "P-L-U-N-K, Plunk. The closest I ever got to her was playing footsy with her in study hall. That’s the closest I ever came. And for a while she had a boyfriend, and then the guy seemed to drop her and so most of the time she didn’t have a boyfriend. She came from sort of a lower class background. She lived in this modest yellow, wooden house down the street from our house."
Alex: "What was the name of the other girl you played footsy with, the girl who sat behind you?"
Robert: "That was Jeanette Betts. Yeah, she was something too. But I liked Joanne Plunk better. I liked Joanne Plunk and Dolly Hensley. Dolly Hensley was really something!"
Alex: "Where are Joanne and Dolly now?"
Robert: "Yeah, where are they now? But you know, they’re my age, they’re like old ladies now. It’s sad! They’re old grandmas. [laughs]"
Alex: "Probably best if they remain in your mind as they were."
Robert: "That’s right, keep ‘em like that in my memory, right. I’m never going to a class reunion, are you kiddin'? I get invited to class reunions, but I don’t go. In fact, just a month ago I was invited to the class reunion by Nancy Knicely. When I was in 9th and 10th grade, she was just like the sexiest thing walkin’. She was unbelievable. She was this tall, athletic, beautiful girl. Nancy Knicely! And I just got a letter from her inviting me to the class reunion. But I want to remember her that way. I don’t really want to see what she looks like now."