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My friends call me Barry. From time to time I also hear the name Greg. Yeah, as in Greg Brady. The Brady Bunch represents a fun time in my life. But it’s only part of the story. There’s more to say and that’s what The Greg Brady Project is all about – a place to say it. So, I’ve invited some friends to join me and share their perspectives on the Brady’s, the 70′s and just about everything else. Now, I’m inviting you…

17 Oct
Barry Williams

Here’s The Story…

written by Barry Williams in Blog, barry | 59 comments

‘Mo & I in our hormonally charged days…’
‘Mo & I in our hormonally charged days…’

Just in case you haven’t been watching the news, talk shows, reading the papers or magazines, listening to the radio or had a chance to go online, Maureen McCormick just released a no holds barred tell all book called Here’s the Story – Surviving Marcia Brady.  I have been asked by CBS’ Early Show, Inside Edition, AP, Entertainment Tonight, The Enquirer, Star Magazine, People.com and a variety of radio programs what my thoughts are about her book dealing with her inner sanctum.

First, I must confess that I have not yet read it in its entirety.  I have read plenty about it and even had parts of it read to me in addition to having an enduring friendship throughout the stages she writes about.  This is not a Brady book per se but I did manage to get a fair amount of ink in it.  This is really a book about Maureen and her struggle to balance a wholly unrealistic image as America’s perfect teenager with the rather troubled person she was.  She speaks very highly of me and our hormonally charged relationship as teenagers.  She accurately describes the condition our condition was in and just how far it went (which wasn’t quite far enough for my young passion).  Still, thanks to the way it was written I come off as romantic and a gentleman (instead of a cad) and we did share genuine affection.

That said it is clear to me no matter how well you think you know someone, you can’t well you know… you can’t judge a book by its cover.  I mean there are some shockers in there.  For instance, I was aware of her depressions, paranoia, heard about her bulimia and her affinity for cocaine. I am surprised however to learn she traded sex at times to purchase the powdery substance.  I was also unaware that she has had a couple of abortions, had to make emergency trips to the hospital for her indulgences and dated Michael Jackson, Steve Martin and Don Henley among others.  Man, and I thought I was active in the seventies and eighties.  Through all of this we have maintained a friendship in part because of our professional worlds coordinating due to Brady related reunions and personal appearances and partly ’cause we just plain ole get along and like each other.
‘Maureen’s Book’
I am happy and a bit sad for Maureen.  Happy because she appears to have gotten the bear off of her back.  She opens herself up and this book is clearly cathartic for her.  It could not have been easy to write.  That indicates to me she has truly confronted the darker places where she has been and is ready to move on.  What I am sad about is that she found it necessary to take such a challenging life path to get to where she is today.  It demonstrates to me that trying to hide who you are in life, trying to pretend or not being yourself can have some very harsh side effects.

Maureen and I literally grew up together and I consider myself a life long friend.   She was one of my first true crushes.  I do not judge her and am proud that she has arrived at a place where she can enjoy and share who she is.  And I have to admit a part of me still has a bit of a crush on her.

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59 Comments

    Trevor
    on Oct. 17th, 2008

    I don’t think I’m the only one who’s been waiting to read your reaction to Maureen’s book.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Your post is eloquent and obviously heartfelt.

    Ginger
    on Oct. 17th, 2008

    Barry, you have exhibited true class in the way you have responded to Maureen’s book here.

    Obviously, you have a deep affection for her and wish her only life’s best, as do so many of us who grew up watching you on TV.

    Peace.

    Jim
    on Oct. 17th, 2008

    Hey Barry.

    I was fortunate to meet Maureen last night at the Border’s in Chicago. She was great…super nice and even humored me by personalizing my book and writing “I promise to sing at your prom if I’m ever in town” after the Davy Jones episode…I know, weird. It was wild getting to see my old heartthrob in person…..I’m never washing this cheek again!

    Love the website. It would be awesome if the brady kids (adults) would do some sort of group tour…write a coffee table book…perform some Silver Platter songs?
    I think it would be a hit with the 40+ crowd (me) and might kick off some new tv reality show? You take the lead on this one, being the oldest sibling….they’ll listen to you!

    Cheers!

    Jimmy Bravo

    Barry Williams
    on Oct. 18th, 2008

    Thanks to Trevor and Ginger for posting and your kind words. Hey Jim, isn’t it cool when someone you admire turns out to be just like you had hoped? I am glad you had such a great experience meeting Mo. Keep an eye out. Susan Olsen has a coffee table book coming out next year which focuses on our Variety Show. Also I took my Brady Vegas cabaret show to King’s Island this past Memorial Day for a return visit. I invited Susan Olsen and Michael Lookinland to join me for a Q&A following the show. We did four shows in one day and broke their attendance records with overflow crowds for each show. So, there may be more performances to come in parks around the country. Stay tuned and thanks for your comments.

    Darrell S
    on Oct. 19th, 2008

    I think it would be very difficult for young kids to deal with adult pressures. Being in a major TV production and known by millions across the world is a huge responsibility as it involves enormous pressure on a young child to live up to everyone’s expectations. I believe this is why so many child stars have turned to drugs and have committed crimes against society and themselves. There are always teasing problems too. That can really lower a person’s self-worth. The media and the public can be very VERY cruel. Unless you’ve experienced stardom for yourself, you would never know the harsh impact it has on young people. What seems like all fame and glory is almost always not the way things really are.

    In my heart, I know that all of the actors/actresses on the Brady Bunch were decent human beings. It would be impossible to act so sincere and so convincing if it were not so. The reason most of you were picked was because the producers saw something special in all of you, and you all still have it today. It’s unfortunately that after so many years, problems of yesterday are still around. It would be nice to just focus on the great achievements, and realize that we love you guys very much and will never forget you.

    Kimberly B-R
    on Oct. 20th, 2008

    Barry, as Ginger said… you have shown just what a unbelievably classy person you are in your response to Maureen’s book. Even though it didn’t seem to say anything negative about you (you were all teenagers working in very close proximity to each other, of course everyone was hormonally charged!), I can only imagine the deluge of media inquiry you received.

    Yes, it is a bit sad the path she had to take to get to the healthy place she is today… but most of us have had to take some rocky roads/do it the hard way in order to finally get it right (myself included). For you to stand up and reaffirm you’re a life-long friend, and even that you still have a bit of a crush on her… wow… I am unbelievably impressed.

    Thanks for your honesty and candor… something so absent in the entertainment industry today. Thank you for your blog, so we can hear your true words, and not the spin applied by the media wanting to sensationalize your response.

    Darrin
    on Oct. 20th, 2008

    Barry,

    All I can say is you are a class act. I don’t think nicer things could have been said by a good friend about what another has gone through.

    These days it seems you have to sling mud around for the tabloids, and it is wonderful to see something genuine.

    Love the Brady Bunch. Always have, always will. I’m sorry that something I love so much, caused so much trouble for someone else. I’m glad she has come to terms.

    Best Regards always – Darrin

    Kim
    on Oct. 20th, 2008

    Maureen has a good friend in you. I agree that hiding who you are can get you into some tough spots. You guys were all under such a microscope, that must’ve been challenging!

    All the best,
    Kim

    faith
    on Oct. 20th, 2008

    Barry,
    What a gentleman. Besides respecting what you said about maureen’s book I grew up in the 70′s and to this day I can remember watching the brady bunch weekly.

    I wish some of the shows from today would take a cue from the values of the brady bunch, time for a reunion :)

    I wish you the best barry, thanks for bringing smiles to us in the 70′s and still brings a smile to us now thinking of all those wonderful shows.
    Sincerely,

    Dina
    on Oct. 20th, 2008

    Dear Barry,
    I was about 10 years young, when I first saw The Brady Bunch on our black & white television in Switzerland during the early 70s. From the start, I was mesmerized by this very unique family and I remember telling my mom, that I wanted to live in a family like that (today I wonder, how that made her feel – I eventually was blessed with a younger brother… :)
    Then life happened and I somehow never got a chance to watch the show again, but remarkably, the title song always stuck with me. However, whenever I mentioned the show or “sing” the song, nobody (in Switzerland) knew, what I was talking about, which was very frustrating. Only when I began traveling to the U.S. more regularly in the late 80s did I catch some episodes during my stays at hotels. And when I eventually moved to Hollywood in the mid 90s, one of the first things I did, was catch up on ALL the re-runs, night after night :)
    Meanwhile I’ve learned more about the “behind the scenes” of The Brady Bunch and other shows and despite having a reality check, I still think, you guys did a remarkable job. I’ve read many autobiographies since then and learned to distinguish between reality and fiction (and living in Hollywood, helped too!). Today, I am simply happy for Maureen, that she finally got the courage to “get it out of her system” and share her side of the story with us. We all have our share of struggles in life, but most of us have the privilege to fight and deal with them in privacy. Kudos to all of you, who grow up in front of the world, under the constant scrutiny of society and the media, and yet manage to keep your sanity and be decent and caring human-beings.

    Becky Phares
    on Oct. 21st, 2008

    Well Barry/Greg you were my first real crush and I was so jealous of all the Brady girls. But never would I wish such turmoil on them as Maureen has been through. I am sure you all have been through personal issues I just wish there was a way we could return the years of entertainment and enjoyment you all gave us. P.S. Thanks Again for everything, I still watch everytime I see a rerun and I still have a crush on you. My husband doesn’t mind too much. lol

    Jerry
    on Oct. 21st, 2008

    I just loved watching the Brady Bunch when I was growing up. I am so glad to see Maureen doing better. Is there ever any talk of a reunion?

    isabella
    on Oct. 21st, 2008

    Wow, you seem like a really nice guy :)

    Sam Melvin
    on Oct. 21st, 2008

    Barry – Eloquent interview you gave to Brooke Anderson. You are a true gentleman and a supportive friend to Maureen.

    Robin
    on Oct. 21st, 2008

    Being a huge fan of the Brady Bunch,and also being in your age group…I was so touched by the way you handled the questions posed to you about Maureen and what she meant to you, and what she has been going through.
    The Brady Kids grew up well and those of us that grew up with you, are very proud!

    Greg M
    on Oct. 21st, 2008

    Hey Greg , or Berry , I grew up with you and I loved your show and in my child hood I dreamed about being a Brady! You are my fav because my name is Greg too! Thanks for helping me deal with like in the 70′s! GoD Bless you!

    Chris
    on Oct. 21st, 2008

    Barry,

    When I watched on television (actually on the net) your reaction to the book, I felt nothing but admiration and respect for you. The professionalism and eloquence of your words was inspiring. As others have mentioned, it is appearant you respect Maureen and hold her close to your heart.

    I can tell you, I did watch the Brady Bunch growing up, but didn’t have the respect which I now hold for you and Maureen. I can, well, I’d like to think, I am a good judge of character and I am now a true fan of you and “Mo”.

    I wish you nothing but success and hope to hear more from you.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

    Chris in DFW Texas

    Eileen
    on Oct. 21st, 2008

    You know, what I know now I am surprised that any children in Hollywood survived their years. I am amazed sometimes.

    The Brady Bunch was very much a part of my life growing up, but I think I always related Jan. Maureen is my sister’s age ( 6 years older) and my sister was “the perfect” one and I think the show is where that became ingrained so to speak.

    I was shocked to learn some of the things I learned over the years that of course I had no clue about. Being older now I try understand the world in a different way.

    You were all a part of my life – a life I only dreamed about yet lived in some ways.

    I will read Maureen’s book not for the “secrets”, but for her triumphs. I think its incredibly awesome how much you support her. I saw your interview and will bookmark your blog!! THANKS

    God Bless

    If you have a chance my son has a little radio show online we do it together with the hope other kids will join up soon. It used to be Kids with Autism Speak, but we changed the name to The Lost and Found”. Its on blogtalkradio.com – Sats at 10AM CST

    Susan
    on Oct. 21st, 2008

    Your reply to Maureen’s book is well stated and I am pleased to see enduring mutual respect between you and Maureen. I loved watching the Brady Bunch when growing up and it still leaves a happy feeling to see a clip from that show. It is true there is a quasi perfect element to the Brady Bunch and even their quandaries all were successfully resolved within the allotted half hour. This is difficult to find in real life and am glad that Maureen is now being real (must feel a lot more healthy to not be hiding her real self), as we still all love her and all of you of the Bunch frankly!

    Tom
    on Oct. 21st, 2008

    I was 15 in 1970 and didn’t miss too many episodes of the Brady Bunch growing up in Connecticut. My aunt and uncle had 7 kids (2 boys, 5 girls) of their own so visiting their house had much the same love and energy I saw on your show. I’m also a high school history teacher and find the Brady Bunch a great teaching tool to describe the challenges of teens growing up in the 1970s. The goodness and good humor of the show has a lot to teach students today. I’m very proud of Maureen her story and I hope it provides a measure of closure for her. Thanks for putting this blog together and providing a forum for all of us who have such lasting memories of the show and who have followed the whole Bunch through the years.

    Nancy Pahr
    on Oct. 21st, 2008

    I have been a fan since the beginning and still am. I think you are a gentleman, Barry. You have had your own demons to battle and you have come thru them just fine. Yes I had a crush on you too as well as Christopher (he was more my age) but I always like the older men. My own husband is 3 years older than me.

    You know, forget Vegas! Chicago has lots of stages to perfom on too you know! You have fans here too that would love to see all of you. We grew up with you. You are like the kids next door. You know?

    Kiersten
    on Oct. 21st, 2008

    Hello,

    I just finished watching a brief interview where you discuss some of this. I echo what others have written about the classiness of your responses to Maureen’s experiences. What you have chosen to do is ESPECIALLY refreshing (actually, a shocker!) in an otherwise self-centered and cruel industry.

    You present very articulate, kind, and again, full of class. I am glad I can associate you (and Maureen) to a very happy time in my youth, when we watched The Brady Bunch as kids. And, I must say, in that recent interview, your class, and genuineness only adds to your attractiveness (I do believe that you are even more attractive now!).

    Thank you for choosing the high road,
    Kiersten

    Chris Jarrell
    on Oct. 21st, 2008

    Barry,
    I think its great that Maureen wrote this book and all the fans of the show get a peek into the lives of her life and behind the scenes stories. Im glad you and Maureen are still close friends and I hope the rest of the cast remains close friends as well.
    Im proud of everyone who made this show and Im sure it was alot of hard work but also alot of fun. I know The Brady Bunch helped me grow up to be a good person and I thank everyone for being such a positive influence on my life.
    I wish they would make some spin off shows of the family. Its kinda sad that there isnt any good wholesome family shows on tv anymore that teaches kids respect and how to live right. The Brady Bunch, The Waltons, Little House on the Prairie and The Andy Griffith Show were my favorite shows growing up.

    Hope to see another Brady Bunch Reunion soon.
    A big fan…..Chris Jarrell – North Carolina

    Dan
    on Oct. 21st, 2008

    Barry, I watched an interview with you last night and thought it was really fascinating. I wish the interviewer had mentioned your own book, which I still pick up every now and then…especially to read your remembrances of certain episodes.

    I’m always interested in what the Brady kids have to say. I was born the year “The Brady Bunch” premiered and you guys and gals have always been a positive part of my life. There is a healing, relaxing quality to watching the show in these rough and tumble times. Thank goodness for DVDs – I can watch all the classic shows without cuts, interruptions or irritating graphics and channel logos taking up screen time.

    Thanks for having a place where fans can see what you’re up to and keep up the good work with this site!

    James
    on Oct. 21st, 2008

    Like all the others here, grew up in 70′s with the whole Brady clan. I thought from then to now, every time I hear Barry interviewed he is a class act. Just watched recent on CNN and he just keeps on proving what a class act he is. Keep on being GROVY Barry and to Maureen keep it up and best of luck.

    Mark
    on Oct. 21st, 2008

    Maureen was and is a beautiful girl/woman. Most of young America’s male populous was in love with her. I envy you having had the chance to experience an intimate and loving, if not short lived, relationship with her. I am in touch with reality and don’t look at you as brother and sister. So I am not weirded out by any of these revelations.

    At the same time, my heart goes out to you for your unrequited love that you still obviously feel strongly for her, and probably always will. Who wouldn’t. Still, as they say.. It is better to have loved and lost, blah blah.. I know, not helpful but oh so true.

    Great blog site, I am a big fan and will be hanging around! :)

    –Mark

    John Feuling
    on Oct. 21st, 2008

    Barry,
    I saw your interview on CNN, and I can’t tell you how impressed with your comments I was. Tell-all books can be so shocking, and Maureen’s is no exception. I applaud your class, your empathy, and your commitment to your friend through all the years.
    You are truly a “good guy” like the character you played, and it’s refreshing that it’s obviously genuine. You make it easier for the rest of the good guys in the world. And there can never be too many of those.
    Thanks again from another good guy, and fan!
    John Feuling

    PS – iWeb and the Mac rules!

    Alura Kramer
    on Oct. 21st, 2008

    Hello Barry

    I watched your CNN interview and found it to be so amazing. You are a sweetheart! It was such a nice interview to watch and I feel that you’re a very kind and warm person.

    I grew up watching “The Brady Bunch”, Marcia’s character was my fashion plate. Now after reading Maureen’s book I can only say that Maureen is my inspiration.

    Thank you for sharing! Blessings!
    Alura

    Allison
    on Oct. 21st, 2008

    Mr. Williams: She is so lucky to have a friend like you. Even good friends tend to judge and while I’m sure you’ve told her your feelings in public, I’m sure that putting it “out there” for the world (and fans like me) to read, give her that little boost that says the world will be ok and I can bury my demons.

    We all should have a at least one friend like you.

    Allison

    Helene G
    on Oct. 21st, 2008

    Hi Barry:

    I just want to say that your are a true gentleman. The way you handled the questions about Maureen made me realize that you really still care about her and her feelings. You vindicated my crush on you all those years. There are alot of people out here that want to see the Bradys again. Do you think there will ever be a reunion? Thanks for all the laughs you have given me.

    Elizabeth
    on Oct. 21st, 2008

    I was born in the early 80′s, but I watched Brady re-runs every chance I got (in fact, I was terribly upset when I found out what a “rerun” was because I had a HUGE crush on you).

    Truly full of grace, that is what you are. I know everyone is gushing about you, but you should be aware that your reaction and show of support is much-needed in our world today and you are absolutely worth the praise.

    Thank you for being a kind person and a good friend in this (lately) rather unpleasant world.

    Bob English
    on Oct. 21st, 2008

    Barry:

    I saw your interview on CNN, and have to say you handled everything with such great class. Maureen is lucky to have a friend like you.

    The secrets that lie in someone’s life are meant to be lessons not only to the person that is going through them, but also to people who can learn from them without going through them.

    When you look at all the pain in the world, people like Maureen, Britney Spears and so many others have gone through. It shows how hard life can really be.

    The best thing to do is never judge someone until you have walked in his or her shoes!

    Best to everyone
    Bob

    Monique Manna
    on Oct. 21st, 2008

    Wow! How cool is this! I loved the Brady Bunch and I always looked forward to the specials you had! Barry – you are still as handsome as ever – I loved show when you took home that goat!

    I remember watching The Brady Bunch and then after that it was The Partridge Family (If my mom let me stay up)

    I had my two daughters hooked on the show when it was on Nick at Nite.

    Well, I am going to bookmark this site – keep up the good work on your blog!

    Monique Manna
    Southbridge, MA

    Tammy
    on Oct. 21st, 2008

    Barry (Greg)…hey it has been many years, but I was the one who would serve you hamburgers etc while you swimmed at the pool at Wachesaw Plantation when you and Debbie Boone stayed there while perfoming at the Palace Theater….wow…I hauled you around in a golf cart to one day and we talked for awhile. Always thinking of you and wishing you the best. Its always fun to see you appear on TV and wish you all the best…check out me on myspace under the email name or just email me and let me know how things are in your world…still here in MB and if you ever get this way again, I will feed you and we can go to Scottys and have a cold brew….Best regards always….Tammy

    Beverly
    on Oct. 21st, 2008

    Barry,

    Great web design here. Saw/heard you on CNN Video and it was a terrific interview. You were a gentleman.

    Best to you,
    Beverly

    Paula in RI
    on Oct. 21st, 2008

    Barry, it’s been said here many times but it’s clear you’re a true gentleman who stands by and behind his friend – a rarity these days, even moreso in Hollywood, I would guess. As someone who remembers those wonderful Friday nights (Brady Bunch, Partridge Family, Room 222, Odd Couple and Love American Style) I have been interested in your career and those of your co stars since I was 10, and it’s really been lovely how you’ve all stayed connected, all these years. Whenever I hear Florence speak she has nothing but warm, lovely things to say about Robert Reed and you six, clearly this was a wonderful time in her life. Even now you’ve pulled together for Chris Knight, as you’ve done for each other through the years. It has been my great joy to grow old-ER with you, and I wish all of you continued success and happiness.

    Dina
    on Oct. 21st, 2008

    UPDATE
    Dear Barry,
    After posting on your wonderful Blog the other day, I went and ordered a special collector’s edition of your book “Growing Up Brady”. You are one classy guy!
    I’m also very excited to meet Maureen this coming Monday at her book signing event here in Hollywood, which will give me a chance to personally wish her well.
    Thank you so much for keeping in touch with your fans and admirers.

    Tom
    on Oct. 21st, 2008

    Barry,

    As a kid in the 70s I grew up with 2 brothers and 3 sisters (I was Bobby, not Greg). I got so much grief from friends who called us the Brady Bunch – I know today that they were just jealous.

    It’s inspiring to see that you and your on-screen “siblings” have come through the inevitable ups and downs with class and humor.

    I remember Friday nights on ABC fondly, all those years ago…

    - Tom

    TaraRenee
    on Oct. 21st, 2008

    Hi Barry,
    I saw your CNN interview and it was there I learned of your site. I wanted to commend you on being such a kind and understanding gentlemen regarding Maureen’s new book. We would all be fortunate to have a true friend like you in our lives. While I look forward to reading her book, not for the juicy stuff, but for how she overcame such tragedy in her life.

    I (like so many others) grew up watching the show (mostly re-runs) but it was refreshing to think some families might be as “happy” as the Brady’s. I had the world’s biggest crush on you (Greg) and (Peter) too… and I dreamed of being like “Marcia”! Your musical shows taught me how to dance! :-)

    So thank you for all your dedication to so many people. I look forward to a reunion someday, but will settle for being a regular visitor to your site.
    Thanks again and Have a Sunshine Day!
    -TaraRenee

    Julie
    on Oct. 21st, 2008

    Love your show on Sirius, and you I must echo with all stated above, are first class and a big brother anyone would love to have! Rock on Greg Brady!

    Dan Williams
    on Oct. 21st, 2008

    Barry,

    Very well done on the interview. You are a true gentleman. The whole cast of the Brady Bunch has become such a integral part of the childhood of us baby boomers. And from the interviews I have seen, Maureen seems to be handling the introduction of her new book like a real lady. I have a tremendous amount of respect for both of you.

    Take care,
    Dan

    Eugene Knox
    on Oct. 22nd, 2008

    Barry:

    You stated, “What I am sad about is that she found it necessary to take such a challenging life path to get to where she is today. It demonstrates to me that trying to hide who you are in life, trying to pretend or not being yourself can have some very harsh side effects”.

    Barry, I’m not sure if we, as human beings, ever truly realize who we are, or what life is about. That’s both scary, and depressing, but I believe it is true.

    I know many people may speak up, and profess their faith, or knowledge in response to such a statement, but I personally have always had doubts about meaning, and purpose – even in the best of times.

    Yet, one thing seems clear for me, and that is no matter how we made it to this point in our lives the fact that we made it this far is both a miracle, and in some part due to our tenacity – our desire to see the next sunrise.

    Maureen is a survivor, and that’s a pretty damned good thing to be.

    Peace and Love.

    Geno

    Jim
    on Oct. 22nd, 2008

    Barry, it appears that Maureen and yourself share a special love and compassion for each other. In every sense of the word you are brother and sister. Maureen has shown what true class and dignity she has but also the respect the she conveyed for her relationships with you and The B. Bunch. BBarry, you have return wonderful compliments to Maureen in the review of her book in interviews. You have shown support and non judgemental attitude with love, that many could have otherwise done differently. I applaude you both! Not only for the enjoyment you have given people over the years in entertaining but also for the examples of what love, understanding and compassion are all about. In day when people look for malicious ways to hurt each other, you both have treated each other with respect and love that comes from long life friends. You both are tops in my book! I am proud to admit, I love you both more than ever because of the truly kind hearts you have…

    Lily
    on Oct. 22nd, 2008

    You are an amazing man. Maureen and all your other TV siblings are very lucky that they have been able to sustain friendships with you.

    Jim Calderone
    on Oct. 22nd, 2008

    Hey there, just heard about the site. You know I think I like the Brady’s more now than I did when I was a kid. Barry I read you’re book and loved it, and can’t wait to read Maureen’s.

    I was a kid watching the show in the 70s, and its nice to hear you are doing well.

    Cheers from Norway!

    Barry Williams
    on Oct. 22nd, 2008

    I want to thank each of you who has left a comment regarding my blog about Maureen. You overwhelmingly “got” the sentiment behind my words reaffirming that this forum is a great way for us to communicate and share.

    Ashli
    on Oct. 23rd, 2008

    I wonder how/if the experiences with abortion affected Mrs. McCormick’s addictions and what her thoughts are, emotionally and intellectually, re: her own experiences (and perhaps abortion in general) today. I also wonder if others noticed any sort of change in her around the time of the events.

    Abortion is controversial yes, but when someone drops the A bomb I’m always curious about the long-term personal perspective. Not for the sake of voyeurism but for valuable social discourse on an important social issue. Forgive me for being stereotypical, but I’m under the impression that abortion is widely accepted in Hollywood. I wonder how being immersed in that culture affects the experience. Is it comforting/normalizing or alienating? Etc.

    Do you know if she goes into these things in her book?

    Albert
    on Oct. 23rd, 2008

    Hey Barry!
    Met up with you in Louisville, KY about 1995. Although I did not see your show that night, I did take off work to see you and buy your book.
    You were a gentleman in staying to speak to me and my wife as you were just leaving when we arrived at the mall.
    Wow, you made it back to King’s Island! Of course I recall that episode!
    It is strange to relize that no one lives a “perfect” life. Mo was so cool on the show. She still is cool and hey, you are not the only one with a little bit of a crush on her still !

    Rick Y
    on Oct. 23rd, 2008

    Like many boys at the time…I grew up watching the Brady Bunch and wanting to be like Greg.

    But Barry, after reading your kind and caring words here about Maureen, I was struck by the thought that maybe we could all aspire to be a little more like YOU.

    Thanks for all the memories….

    Sharon
    on Nov. 2nd, 2008

    Hi Barry,

    You are truly one of a kind. Your words to Maureen were very heartfelt and genuine. It is no wonder that she had such affection for you in those teenage years that you both shared together.
    I have fond memories of watching the Brady Bunch with my younger sister. Now, everynight, my two kids and I watch at least one Brady Bunch episode before we go to sleep. I love the lessons in each episode.
    In the chaotic and stressful world we live in, a little Brady Bunch goes a long way!
    Thank you for opening yourself up through this Blog.
    You’re awesome!
    Best Wishes,

    Sharon

    Lynne from New England
    on Nov. 3rd, 2008

    Hello Barry,
    I finished Maureen’s book. All I can say Maureen is a true survivor. I did shed a tear or two reading what she went through with her addiction and family issues.
    Like many I grew up with you and the Brady clan and always respected all of you as actors/actresses, and of course loved every episode.
    I wish Maureen the best. She knows she is very well loved by her fans.

    Suzie
    on Nov. 6th, 2008

    Maureen was born one year and one day after me. How about that? A fellow Leo! Very cool! :-)

    Carlos Hernandez
    on Nov. 26th, 2008

    My aunt told me about this book and I was equally shocked to read about the history that you guys had, I watched the Brady Bunch when I was still a little kid on Nick at Nite, for some reason I never really thought any of the cast members had any real life problems and the public probably agrees.

    jp
    on Dec. 2nd, 2008

    I just finished the book. For those of us to whom the Brady Bunch meant so much, it’s another piece of the puzzle, albiet a very painful one. One thing that surprises me is how much Maureen was raised to worry about what other people think and certainly her success and stardom worsened that. The irony is I think most normal people think more of her now, seeing how she has fought through her problems and continues to face them.

    So, I liked the book though it hurt to read it, it was never boring.

    Barb
    on Dec. 9th, 2008

    Like JP I too read Maureen’s book. It was very enlightening. She had it hard, for someone who should have had it easy. I admire her, and Barry as well for standing behind her. I hope to get Maureen to sign my book as Barry did back in 2001 in Philadelphia when he was doing Tony and Tina’s wedding!

    Megan W
    on Dec. 31st, 2008

    Barry,
    When my mom told me about the Brady Bunch I just had to see it, so I did. I loved it! You and Marcia were my favorite characters. Cindy looked a lot like a barbie doll! I think you are a real groovy guy! Thanks for making me laugh when I felt down!
    Love,
    Megan W.

    Megan W
    on Dec. 31st, 2008

    P.S.
    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

    Kristine
    on Jan. 15th, 2009

    I found this site due to reading Maureen’s book, I still am reading. I think it’s very good. Now i’ll have to look for your book! You seem like a great friend, she’s very lucky I think.
    Kristine

    Rick Barton
    on Jul. 4th, 2010

    You watched “Fury”? How ’bout “My Friend Flicka”, Roy & dale and my favorite; “Sky King”.
    Sky King made such a big impact on me that I spent my professional life in the aerospace quality assurance industry.
    I’m also an airman mechanic with A&P. Congrats on your VFR solo and your 172!…She’s sweet!

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