One of Utica's shining stars of the 1950s and 60s was the late Annette Funicello. We remember Annette's career starring in all those beach movies, a singer with hit records, and one of the original "Mouseketeers." On this day in 1955, "The Mickey Mouse Club" featuring 12-year old Annette debuted on TV.

Watch that very first episode, and take a look at a young and talented Annette Funicello singing and dancing with the Mouseketeers:


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