Greg Brady Is Old & So Am I - 09/30/13

   Greg Brady turns 59 today.  His real name is Barry Williams, but we know him best as the older brother on The Brady Bunch.   I can't believe he's nearly 60.  In our minds, he's the perpetual teenager, zits and all.

   Gosh, how I looooooved that show.  Like so many other things, 'They just don't make 'em like they used to.'  Shows... that is.  With the exception of Gilligan's Island, The Brady Bunch is still my all time favorite.  I would watch episode after episode and secretly pray that we would get an Alice at our house too.

   Unlike shows nowadays that are here today and gone tomorrow, The Brady Bunch had staying power or at least I thought it did.  Imagine my surprise when I googled it and found out it only had a five season run, 1969 - 1974.  Everything seems to last forever when you're young and The Brady Bunch seemed no different.

    It was a staple of my childhood.  A show that even managed to tackle the touchy subject of blended families back then, without any profanity, sex or inuendo.  What a feat. Whatever happened to TV shows the whole family could sit down and watch?  Shows that took you somewhere mentally instead of straight to the bedroom.  When you get right down to it, there's really no family programming on anymore.

   Throughout its five year run, we never actually saw Greg kiss anyone, though we saw him go out on many dates.   I know, I sound so old fashioned.  That's because I am.  I just read where many scenes were shot in the bathroom, yet we never saw a toilet.  That's because network censors at the time wouldn't allow a toilet to be seen on television.  No Joke!

    Some things ARE better today.  I'll take computers over typewriters any day.  I like push button phones better than the old rotary ones.  But, I've got to tell ya, when it comes to TV--- those old fashioned people knew what they were doing back then.  We could learn a thing or two from them and so could today's children.

 

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