by Peggy Lathan
Special to the Mid-Atlantic Gateway
As I'm sure everyone remembers, back in 1985, Baby Doll "The Perfect 10" was introduced to the Mid-Atlantic area. I remember well the introductory video of her getting out of that Lear Jet. Well, let me tell you how I first met Baby Doll.
I got to Charlotte mid-afternoon on Saturday and went to the apartment and was just putting the key in the front door and all of a sudden the door opens and there stands Baby Doll glaring at me saying "What are you doing here? How did you get this key?" I was speechless and I'm sure you can imagine the looks on my face. I started stammering and stuttering, trying to explain that I had permission to stay there after the concert, etc., thinking, "Oh Lord! She's going to beat me up!"
After a few seconds (and what seemed like a few hours from my point of view), Baby Doll started laughing and invited me in. She and my wrestling friend had pulled one over on me and everyone had a good laugh about it. I have to say, that was a priceless experience.
I went on to the concert and the next day, Nickla (who, by the way, is a GREAT cook) baked Cornish Hens and also made some kind of Tex/Mex hot & spicy food that could make your eyes water and open up your sinuses! Gosh - that was good - Yummy!
And to top off a great weekend, it snowed that Saturday night, and you all know that made me happy!
And thus began a friendship that has lasted over 25 years and I'm very honored and proud to call Nickla my friend.