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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14 Feb
Eric Greenberg

The Paparazzi Predicament

written by Eric Greenberg in Blog | 3 comments

Celebrities and the paparazzi have a funny relationship. They both need each other, with the upper hand changing based on the brightness of the star. A guy like George Clooney is a movie star in the classic sense of the term. Like the big screen idols of the 40s and 50s, he’d be every bit as famous if there were no E!, People Magazine or TMZ. Move to the opposite end of the talent line and you’ll find plenty of professional celebrities who don’t really do all that much and need to be seen around town to stay relevant. Somewhere between those two points, you’ll find Britney Spears, whose recent paparazzi car chases and stakeouts have made people take another look at how all this works.

Here’s where I have a very little bit of sympathy for gossip photographers. They have a job to do like you and me and no matter what you think about it, it has to be stressful. There’s a lot of competition for the same photos and, in some cases, celebrities don’t respect their rights. The problem is, we as a society often forget that celebrities aren’t characters, they’re actual people. They get sad when they’re going through a divorce. Some of them have real drug problems. Their kids get scared in big crowds just like yours. Think about how you feel when someone you care about dies. Now imagine having to deal with that while a crowd of strangers is following you snapping photos of your misery, as they have with Michelle Williams. I don’t expect anyone to cry celebrities a river. Just think about it.

Unfortunately, none of this really matters because it’s not illegal to be rude and insensitive. But it is illegal to put people in physical danger and invade their personal space-and that’s what’s happening here. It’s only a matter of time before a high speed chase not only hurts a celebrity or their family, but innocent people caught in the middle. The question is: what do we do about it?

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08 Feb
Eric Greenberg

A ‘Stache From the Past

written by Eric Greenberg in Blog, barry | 5 comments

Is that Barry Williams or Phil Packer?

Just when I was thinking about how nobody grows moustaches anymore, “USA Today’s” great “Pop Candy” blog tipped me off to The American Moustache Institute, which has been lobbying the ‘stache agenda since 2006. Not only does the AMI fight for the rights of moustached Americans everywhere, they’re kicking off their quest to build a Moustache Hall of Fame by asking the public to choose four fuzzy faces to grace the soon to be unveiled Mt. ‘Stachemore. Call me crazy, but I think the Greg Brady Project has a horse in this race.

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06 Feb
Eric Greenberg

When I was young, I used to practice signing autographs in my notebook during school. To Steve: Best Wishes, Eric Greenberg. To Bill: Good Luck, Eric Greenberg. It seemed like such a cool thing to do and it probably never occurred to me that it might actually get old after a while. Who knows, maybe I’ll learn the hard way. It’s only a matter of time before I get cornered at the mall by a crazy band of Greg Brady Project fans that have been looking at my blog photo with a magnifying glass.
 
Back in the day, I wasn’t just into signing autographs for imaginary people. I was also into collecting them. I had one of those books of the stars’ addresses and used to send out letters in bulk. I pretty much sent everyone the same note telling them how big a fan I was of their work and then sat back and waited for the responses to roll in…and they did. “To Eric: Welcome to my neighborhood, Fred Rogers.” “John Ritter was here.” “With Love From Carol and all the Bradys, Florence Henderson.” My mailbox was the show biz center of Massachusetts.
 
Again, I was much younger then. Seven or eight years old. Sixteen tops. These days, it’s incredibly rare that I ask someone for an autograph. Maybe I’ve become a little more used to running into celebrities. Maybe I just don’t have a whole lot of room for this stuff in my apartment. Maybe I’m just trying to be a little more considerate. For every polite fan that waits for the right moment, there are plenty who are a little too pushy at inappropriate times, and I just don’t want to be “that guy”…usually.
 

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01 Feb
Eric Greenberg

Extreme Makeover: Sitcom Edition

written by Eric Greenberg in Blog | 12 comments

A while back, a friend told me about a store in New York that sells furniture used in TV shows. I started thinking how cool it would be to furnish my entire apartment with items seen on the small screen. OK, I wouldn’t actually do it. I probably wouldn’t do it. Alright, I might actually do it, but only if I could get my hands on top of the line goods.

So here’s the deal. You have a free pass to run wild through any sitcom set in TV history. At the end of the day, you can take home exactly five items, but no more than one per show. What would you take back to your place? Want to see how my killer pad is shaping up?
‘Bus Driver, Move that bus!…’
“Bus driver, move that bus!”…

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31 Jan
Eric Greenberg

Booted From the Bunch

written by Eric Greenberg in Blog | 2 comments

Sure, he has a gorgeous girlfriend, makes millions in endorsements alone, and according to The Greg Brady Project polling, will pick up his fourth Super Bowl ring this Sunday. Still, it makes you like Tom Brady a little more to know that it didn’t all come easy. Casual fans may not be aware that Tom started both his high school and college careers on the bench, and had to sit around for six rounds before the Patriots finally called his name in the NFL draft. Then there’s this dark corner of his Brady past, uncovered by ESPN:

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24 Jan
Eric Greenberg

iSurrender

written by Eric Greenberg in Blog | 6 comments

I just couldn’t hide anymore. Over the weekend, I officially turned myself in. They picked me up in the white van, taught me the secret handshake and issued me a pair of earbuds. Yes, I now officially own an iPod. OK, I’m still not cool enough to have an iPhone, but it looks similar enough that I can walk around New York holding it up to my ear just to fit in. Yes, I lost a little individuality, but it feels good to be one of you!

From what I’ve been reading around the web, a lot of you tech geeks are legitimately impressed by Barry’s web savvy. To be honest, with all that’s going on in your world, I’m surprised you found time to notice. Two weeks ago, the annual Consumer Electronics Show made your heads spin with everything from wireless nunchucks for your Nintendo Wii to GPS for your Golden Retriever. Then just last week, Steve Jobs pulled the world’s thinnest laptop out of a manila envelope at MacWorld. But while you were giddy with excitement, I was having an MP3 meltdown.

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15 Jan
Eric Greenberg

Surviving the Strike

written by Eric Greenberg in Blog | 2 comments

WGA Strike

OK. Nobody panic, but in case you didn’t notice, there were no previews for upcoming shows at the end of last Wednesday’s episode of “Gossip Girl.” This leads to two questions. 1.) Are we finally at the point where the WGA strike has turned from a news headline into something that actually affects us as viewers? 2) Do I really want to admit in writing that I’m hooked on the aforementioned CW series like a teenage girl?

We all hoped there’d be a resolution before the well ran dry, but here we are at the end of the line. “30 Rock”: Done. “The Office”: Done. “How I Met Your Mother”: Done. Now I’m clinging to the last few episodes of “Friday Night Lights” for dear life. You can check out this TV Guide Link to determine the severity of your personal viewing situation, but there’s no doubt the outlook is bleak. At this point, the only thing left to do is figure out how to pass the time until next season.

Let me remind you friends, that before television, there was another medium called literature. The original art of storytelling. The medium that requires a little effort and your endless imagination. Why not take this opportunity to go to your local library and re-discover the wonders of reading a good book? OK. Enough horsing around. Here’s the real plan…

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10 Jan
Eric Greenberg

Let’s raise the bar here at The Greg Brady Project by presenting a little piece of maritime history. After 40 years at sea, the famed cruise ship Queen Elizabeth II set out on its final voyage this week. Vacationers and historians will mark this as the end of an era for the vessel that hosted the likes of Margaret Thatcher, Sir Paul McCartney, and the Queen herself. Now let’s bring the bar right back down as Brady gossip hounds honor the great ship, not for its seaworthiness, but as the site of Barry’s last documented attempt at a little Brady family funny business.

It was Barry’s 18th birthday, and thanks to Robert Reed, the cast was aboard the QE2 for a cultural journey to London. All the kids were there, but Barry only had one Brady on the brain. Here’s his account in “Growing Up Brady” (available for purchase in The Greg Brady Project store): “I was positive, absolutely positive, that the warm sea breezes and lack of parents would combine to finally allow my relationship with Maureen [McCormick] to…uh…expand to its fullest potential.  So Barry took his A game and headed over to the room Maureen was sharing with Eve Plumb. How’d it work out?

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08 Jan
Eric Greenberg

A Mike and a Hard Place

written by Eric Greenberg in Blog | No comments

I don’t envy late night talk show hosts lately. OK. That’s a lie. They make a ton of cash, hang out with cool people, and I go to bed every night wishing I could have their job, if only for a few hours. I just envy them a little less than usual. There are a lot of people hurt by the current writers strike, but no matter which camp you fall in, Leno and company have been put in a pretty tough position.

With Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert making the late night schedule complete with their return to TV last night, the issue has now shifted from whether they should return to what they should do to fill the time. Ironically, David Letterman, one of two hosts able to return with writers, is probably the guy who shines the most in awkward situations like this. As happy as I am that Letterman’s production company was able to come to an interim agreement with the WGA, I’d like to have seen what he’d have done with this. Now what about the others?

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01 Jan
Eric Greenberg

Growing Up 70s

Brady mania was alive and well in 2007. On a high note, the whole gang was honored with the TV Land Pop Culture Award at the 5th annual TV Land Awards. We also saw the box set release of the entire “Brady Bunch” series along with “A Very Brady Christmas” and lots more wrapped up in a nice fuzzy green package.

Your favorite Brady cast members were on the go this year. Florence Henderson gave us a sneak peak of her upcoming Retirement Living TV talk show, while Maureen McCormick destroyed everyone in her path by dropping 38 pounds on “Celebrity Fit Club” (and oh yeah…you may have heard, she’s been writing a book). As for our leader, he spent the year tearing it up on Sirius Satellite Radio, starring in “Growing Up 70s” in the heart of Times Square, and just under the wire…launching The Greg Brady Project. He also became an honorary member of the Air Force, got his own Upper Deck baseball card and appeared with Maureen on “The Singing Bee.”

In sports…

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