The Greg Brady Project

Welcome to the official Barry Williams' blog

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…

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12 Feb
Bob Hunt

Be it ever so humble…

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Have you ever wondered what you might do if you suddenly had an extraordinary amount of discretionary income? I’m not talking about just having a healthy bank balance after the bills are paid, or even a retirement plan that could see your family living comfortably through its next few generations. I mean ridiculously, couldn’t-even-begin-to-spend-it-all, top-of-the-Forbes-list, prince-of-a-land-brimming-with-fossil-fuels, stinkin’ rich. What might you be tempted to do with that kind of money? That is, once you’ve tithed and fed the world’s poor and all of the other benevolent things you swear you’d do if only you got the chance – after all that – how would you use up all the piles of cash left cluttering up the palace?

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05 Feb
Bob Hunt

Have I got a deal for you! Right here in Columbus, Ohio, just a stone’s throw and then some from the home of the Buckeyes, stands the retail space pictured above. Now, I know you’re thinking that it doesn’t look like anything special, but I ask you to acknowledge that appearances can be deceiving, and hear me out. By the time I’m done, you’ll be begging to sign the lease before someone else does. The property in question is situated within a modern strip mall at one of our fine city’s busier intersections. It rubs shoulders with a financial institution on one side and a haircut shop on the other, with plenty of respectable businesses filling out the corner, from a bakery to an excellent Chinese buffet. Even if you’re giving me the benefit of the doubt at this moment, you’re probably wondering about dull things like square footage and how many dollars per month. Trust me, those are petty concerns. After I’ve finished, you’ll realize that any amount of capital is a worthy investment for this gem of an opportunity.

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03 Feb
Bob Hunt

WWGD?

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‘Rusty is stripped of his campaign manager duties by an angry Greg’

In these turbulent political times, as accusations fly and mud is slung, may we remember the example of those upstanding citizens whose steadfast adherence to ethical campaign principles lit a path along the dim road to a truly democratic republic. In a society where winning so often seems to be everything, a few brave souls have been willing to sacrifice victory for the sake of doing the right thing. As usual, we need look no further than the admirable behavior of Greg Brady.

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29 Jan
Bob Hunt

Accept No Substitutes

written by Bob Hunt in Blog | 5 comments

‘No…Not Fake Jan’
‘No…Not Fake Jan’

The Brady Bunch has seen its share of stand-ins over the years. The recent passing of Allan Melvin recalls the disappointment that fans experienced during A Very Brady Christmas, in which a faux Sam the butcher is lamely concealed beneath a Santa costume. The same TV movie was notable for the absence of Susan Olsen as Cindy. When The Bradys came along for its brief run, it did so without the participation of Maureen McCormick as Marcia. But among all of the Brady substitutions, none seems so rooted in the firmament of pop culture as the non-presence of Eve Plumb in The Brady Bunch Variety Hour. You know what I’m talking about: Fake Jan.

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28 Jan
Bob Hunt

Barry Haiku

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‘Poetry in Motion’
‘Poetry in Motion’

It’s poetry day here at The Greg Brady Project. Time to sharpen our pencils and make the world a whole lot brighter by sharing some inspiring verse. The format? Why, haiku, of course. For the uninitiated, haiku is a Japanese poetic device in which three related images are described successively in three lines. In English, it is often expressed using exactly five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line, and five syllables in the last line. Here, then, are some Barry-inspired examples:

Barry is not Greg.

Some people think otherwise.

What a patient man.

Get the idea? Feel those creative juices flowing? Here’s another one:

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25 Jan
Bob Hunt

The Tenth Brady

written by Bob Hunt in Blog | 21 comments

‘The 10th Brady?’‘The 10th Brady?’‘The 10th Brady?’
When I say fifth Beatle, whose name pops into your mind? Chances are, it’s George Martin, the legendary producer whose talent shaped the arrangement and sound of the songs we know so well. But maybe not. Others argue that the accolade should go to Pete Best, the original drummer who was dumped early on in favor of Ringo Starr. Still others believe it’s Mal Evans, whose behind-the-scenes efforts as roadie and general gofer contributed to happily working Beatles as much as anyone. And then there’s Yoko Ono. The point is, there are a lot of cases to be made for the honorary title of Fifth Beatle.Which brings us to a question likely to spark scholastic debate for generations to come: after we account for the nine smiling faces that beam from the opening credits matrix, who was the Tenth Brady?

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21 Jan
Bob Hunt

Ruby meets Oswald? The Hunt brothers attempt The Music Man.

My brother and I are professional educators, not actors, but we’re also longtime fans of The Music Man. A couple summers ago we followed a whim to audition for a local production of our favorite musical. Armed with hastily chosen songs and dramatic readings, we arrived at the community house and were almost immediately recruited into a mass drill by the choreographer, during which it was obvious to everyone that my brother and I would not be dancing in this show, if we would even appear at all. Nevertheless, we soldiered on through our auditions, heeded the classic warning to not call the director, and within a few days (wonder of wonders) he called us. My brother would portray the bumbling Mayor Shinn, and I would take the role of anvil salesman Charlie Cowell.

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19 Jan
Bob Hunt

Eye of the Beholder

written by Bob Hunt in Blog | 4 comments

Take a good look at the above painting. That’s right: painting. If you thought you were looking at a photograph, then give kudos to the artist for achieving realism through oil on canvas. Now, ask yourself: is this a good piece of art? Is it something that clearly required a talented hand, an accomplishment that is not likely to be within reach of the average person? What if I told you that this painting greets visitors in the atrium of the Louvre in Paris and has an estimated value of 3.5 million euros? Has your estimation of its artistic strength increased? What if I then told you that I bought this painting for $20 in the clearance aisle at Sears? Might it suddenly seem less impressive as a creative statement?

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17 Jan
Bob Hunt

Where sitcom stars shine

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‘Married Alive’

When Barry treads the boards next month in Married Alive at the New Theatre Restaurant in Kansas City, he’ll be acting and singing in a venue that has hosted many TV celebrities since its initial season in 1992. Some of television’s most beloved sitcoms have seen their alumni grace the New Theater stage, from The Odd Couple‘s Jack Klugman (Aspirin and Elephants, 2002) to All in the Family‘s Sally Struthers (Club of Hearts, 2005). Even Charlotte Rae of Facts of Life fame has entertained the dining audiences of Kansas City (in The Solid Gold Cadillac, 1997).

Interestingly, some TV shows have sent multiple performers to the New Theatre. Love Boat, for example, may boast appearances by both Gavin MacLeod (Lend Me A Tenor, 1998) and Bernie Kopell (Leading Ladies, 2007). One Day at a Time has sent along not only Bonnie Franklin (Same Time Next Year, 2000; 2 Across, 2005) but also Pat Harrington (Father of the Bride, 2002). Tom Bosley (Beau Jest, 2002) and Marion Ross (Steel Magnolias, 1995; Over the River and Through the Woods, 2001 and 2006; Barefoot in the Park, 2004) have both acted there since leaving Happy Days. And though The Andy Griffith Show‘s Elinor Donahue only showed up at the New Theater once (Never Too Late, 1997), colleague Don Knotts returned for a total of four shows (Harvey, 1994; You Can’t Take It With You, 1996; On Golden Pond, 1999 and 2003; Norman, Is That You?, 2001).

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13 Jan
Bob Hunt


As we bask in the warm, lava lamp glow of 70′s nostalgia, let us observe a moment of silence in recognition of the decade’s departed candy, the late confections that are no longer as accessible as the nearest corner drug store. Yea, though our ears and eyes may still enjoy our favorite musical and sitcom highlights, our tongues yearn for the delightful sensations of bygone candy bars. For it was whilst consuming such tooth-rotting fare that we absorbed the sights and sounds of the era. May I put forth for special recognition the iconic bar of my youth, a once-coveted item among its chocolate-coated peers, the king of its ilk, the Marathon Bar.

Eight inches of braided caramel enveloped in milk chocolate like a macroscopic strand of chocoholic DNA. A bright red and yellow wrapper that screamed for attention amidst M&M’s and Milky Ways, its reverse side featuring the famous ruler to prove that you were indeed about to purchase as long a bar as you had been promised. Tantalizing wild west commercial duels between the villainous Quick Carl and the virtuous Marathon John, who knew that neither Carl nor anyone else could eat a Marathon Bar in a hurry. As the saying went, it lasts a good long time.

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