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My Advice to My Teenage Self: Newsweek Revisits Houston Teen Profiled in 1966

Few of us would want to answer for something we said as a teenager – whether that was in the recent past or decades ago. But that’s exactly what happened to Laura Degan. Back in 1966, Newsweek profiled teenagers from around the country for a cover story examining the lives of American youth. Degan was […]

Images Courtesy Shel Hershorn and Eric Kayne for NewsweekFew of us would want to answer for something we said as a teenager – whether that was in the recent past or decades ago. But that's exactly what happened to Laura Degan.

Back in 1966, Newsweek profiled teenagers from around the country for a cover story examining the lives of American youth. Degan was one of them. At the time she was a 14-year-old Houston middle school student.

Recently, Newsweek followed up with some of the teens to learn about their lives today – 50 years later – and so did our own Michael Hagerty.

He talked with Laura Degan, who still lives in Houston, and got her reflections on her teenage self all these years later. But first, he asked her about the experience of being profiled in 1966.

(Above: Laura Jo Degan — then Laura Jo Davis — as shown in the 1966 Newsweek profile and today. Images Courtesy Shel Hershorn and Eric Kayne for Newsweek)

MORE: Then and Now: 14-Year-Old Laura Jo Davis Just Wanted to Be Happy (Newsweek, May 12, 2016)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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