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…
Barry’s recent cameo on the NBC game show “1 vs. 100” reminded me of his previous appearance on another game show 36 years ago. He appeared as a guest bachelor on the daytime version of ABC’s “The Dating Game” back in 1972. He had the task of selecting a date with one of the three mystery bachelorettes.
Here were Barry’s choices as described by announcer Johnny Jacobs and host Jim Lange:
Bachelorette #1 (Patrice) is a charming young English Miss who works in a flower show. She likes to travel and ski. She also likes snakes.
Bachelorette #2 (Monica) is a pretty young lady who plays the piano and wants to play in a band.
Bachelorette #3 (Wendy) is an artistic young Miss who wants to be an interior decorator. She likes to water ski and sail. She is also a flag twirler and prom queen.
Barry’s inquisitive questions included:
Status for folks my age may be measured by how big your house is or how flashy your car is. But, there used to be a more innocent time when status was measured by a much smaller standard. On the first day of grade school, hundreds of hungry boys and girls marched into the cafeteria with shiny new lunch boxes. Lunch boxes were a big thing back in the 60’s and 70’s. Really big.
Earlier this week, a friend of mine sent me an email that is floating around on the internet talking about the youth today having it so easy. For instance, when I was in college, I spent endless hours in front of a typewriter completing assignments. Today, we have laptop computers that students can take to class or even the library. Did I just say library? How many students spend that much time in the library like I did? Believe it or not, there was a time when the internet did not exist!
Remember “The Brady Bunch” episode when Greg was taking sideline pictures of his football team? Afterwards, he developed the pictures on his own in a dark room that he set up in the family bathroom. Nowadays, cameras are digital. The pictures are uploaded from the camera on a computer and then printed out. Do they even sell film any more? Remember the flash cube?
On the subject of photography, Greg completed a school project filming his family depicting the trials and tribulations of the early pilgrims settling into their new homeland. Greg used a movie camera. For sound, he used a tape recorder. Nowadays, video cameras come with sound. Most video cameras are designed with small TV screens so you can view what you are actually recording. You no longer have to break an eye lash straining to see through the camera lenses.