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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…

23 Oct
Bob Hunt

And Now…The Rest of the Story

written by Bob Hunt in Blog, Marcia | 7 comments

I always suspected that Jerry Houser was a good guy.  Jerry Who?  Oh, ye of little Brady knowledge!  Jerry Houser, the actor who portrayed Wally Logan, aka The Man Who Married Marcia Brady.  I’ve always thought that he is probably a very nice person.  Now, I know that the image an actor projects as a fictional character is often unrelated to the true nature of the human being who is speaking the lines.  Take Margaret Hamilton, for example, whom we remember as the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz.  Turns out she wasn’t evil (who knew?).  So just because Wally Logan always seemed like the best brother-in-law a family could have, it doesn’t mean that Jerry Houser must therefore be similar.  It’s just that his performances seemed endearingly genuine to me.  Thanks to Maureen McCormick’s new autobiography, Here’s the Story, I now know that my hunch was on the money.

Oh, you won’t hear much about Houser in the barrage of promotion and press coverage concerning this book.  No doubt you’ve heard a salacious detail or two (or three or four) by now, and whether it’s the nature of modern media or the provocation of a publisher that knows sleaze sells, most all of the publicity has taken a decidedly negative slant.  There’s little point in elaborating upon those details here.  But what’s struck me the most about what I’ve read and heard in all of the recent press is that the positive and redeeming part of Maureen’s story is being largely ignored.

I’ll be the first to admit that Here’s the Story isn’t likely to win any literary prizes, but there’s more here than the tabloid headlines would suggest.  Some of it is difficult to read, not because of the accounts of very un-Brady-like behavior but rather due to the pathos of an addict repeating the same mistake again, and again, and yet again.  Just when it seems like our autobiographer has pulled herself together, she descends into another self-indulgent relapse of destructive behavior.  By the time she began working on The Brady Brides, she was a total mess.  That’s when Jerry Houser came along.

At first he was smitten with her and sought a romantic relationship.  She soon decided they weren’t right for each other.  That was far from the end of things, however, as a sincere friendship evolved between the two.  He was concerned for her health.  He visited her regularly.  They took long walks and talked about their lives.  One night, he took her into a church, and…(hold your ears, Hollywood)…he prayed for her.  Out loud, even.  And soon he brought her to his home church, where she met the man she would marry in real life.  Nothing changed overnight, but it was the beginning of the end of an addict giving in to her addiction.  I would call Jerry Houser a genuinely good guy, wouldn’t you?

So rest assured, folks, it’s not just the story of a lovely lady who was binging, coking up, and sometimes hurled.  Like a prodigal daughter, this is also a tale of redemption.  You won’t hear about it from most every other media outlet, but take it from The Greg Brady Project:  Here’s the Story is ultimately an inspiring testimonial of how faith and commitment can overcome our darkest days.



    on Oct. 23rd, 2008

    As an addict (in recovery) myself, I really appreciate the positive tone of this blog entry, as well as the gracious entry from Barry the other day. You all are running a classy place over here. :-)

    on Oct. 23rd, 2008

    Thanks for the insight, Barry.
    You and I are the same age, and I used to watch the show with dreams of marrying Greg Brady! Myself and a gazillion other young ladies! Anyway, I think the “real” Greg Brady (YOU!!!) grew up to be a classy, intelligent fellow. Just wanted to say that. I don’t think that Mo would have done to badly for herself if life had been different and you and her DID hook up.
    Thanks for the kindness you show.

    on Oct. 23rd, 2008

    That’s very interesting! I look forward to reading Maureen’s book (hmm….I will have to re-watch “The Brady Brides”. Who knew the true dynamics therein!). Acting oft includes obscuring one’s own being except wherein it furthers the intended character. In this case, Houser’s niceness was the real thing.
    Now let’s analyze Barry William vs. Johnny Bravo! 8^)

    Maureen W
    on Oct. 23rd, 2008

    That part also struck me – I’m so glad you wrote about it here. I found that much of the press exaggerated some of the items in the book, but I was very touched that “Wally” was so good to her.

    on Oct. 24th, 2008

    I just finished reading Maureen’s book and i am left with a big question: She thanks every “Brady” in the acknowledgement section but not Eve Plumb. I re-read all of the Brady parts to see if a fight is mentioned between them but nothing is ever mentioned. So why leave only Eve out of the thank you’s? It felt like something between them had gone wrong when they were together during Weakest Link and then the Jenny McCarthy hosted Brady reunion. Maybe Barry has the answer and will share??

    Mary Ann
    on Oct. 27th, 2008

    I definately have to read this book. I’m glad to hear you’re in sight on Maueen’s book.

    I’ve been a huge fan of yours for years, Barry. We even met back in 1978 when I was 9 and you were one of the hosts of our branch of Cerebral Palsy Telethon in Milwaukee, WI and I was their theme child that year.

    on Oct. 30th, 2008

    Nice post Bob!

    It’s nice to hear some of the positive aspects of the book.

    I always liked the fact that the two husbands from the Brady Brides series — Jerry Houser and Ron Kuhlman — were included in the later Brady incarnations.

    There’s nearly a 10 year span between Brides and The Bradys. It would have been very easy to recast the roles with other actors but they weren’t.

    I, like you, suspected that Houser was a good guy and am glad to hear we were correct.

    He still does quite a bit of voiceover work. Whenever I hear his distinctive and energetic voice I think, “That’s Marcia’s husband, Wally Logan!”

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