"This was before Harvard, before Barack," she explained. "I was an impressionable black youth growing up on Chicago's South Side. We all watched "Starsky and Hutch", and we were all in love with Huggy Bear. I had his poster, his action figure, and his autograph. That was not enough."
The young Michelle hitchhiked to Hollywood, lied her way onto the set and met her idol.
"I was even more in love when I looked at him. Best believe I hugged me some Huggy Bear."
Michelle's parents caught up with the runaway and brought her home.
"I cried every one of those 1,750 miles," she remembered. "My first and worst broken heart. I've settled for men ever since. Huggy still in my heart."
Mr. Fargas had no comment. "A gentleman never tells," he said.