The Greg Brady Project

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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…

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21 Feb
Eric Greenberg

Registry of Pop Culture Landmarks

written by Eric Greenberg in Blog | 2 comments

Save Woodland Park. Save Harper’s Woods. Save the Peach Pit. They’re always trying to save places on TV. Unfortunately, in real life, it doesn’t always work. Sure, we’ll throw a sign up in front of Paul Revere’s House and section off Plymouth rock so you can’t take a chunk home with you. But what about pop culture history? What about the places that might not qualify for landmark status, but ought to be saved? 

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18 Feb
Bob Hunt

Wacky Packages Redux

written by Bob Hunt in Blog | 18 comments

Ajerx Cleanser. Gadzooka Bubble Gum. Crust Toothpaste. Land O’ Quakes Butter. Ring a bell? If so, you probably bought a few packs of Wacky Packages stickers once upon a time. Though introduced to the juvenile public in 1967, the subversive marketing parodies didn’t really catch on until 1973, when the legendary “1st Series” hit groceries, gas stations, and carry-outs everywhere. For a mere nickel, a kid could open the bright red wrapper to find a pair of stickers, a checklist, and a stick of bubble gum. Ironically, I recall these satirical jabs at consumerism as the first collectible items I desired owning.

Words alone cannot do justice to the allure of Wacky Packages. A big part of their appeal was the wonderful graphic artwork, which skillfully mimicked original packaging while adding absurd elements for a surreal send-up. Thus, Windex Window Cleaner became Windaxe Window Breaker, the familiar clear bottle bearing a label inscribed BREAK GLASS TO REMOVE AXE. And naturally, there was a large axe dominating the interior of the bottle. Though the humor was simplistic and mild, the artistic accomplishment could be mesmerizing.

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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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12 Feb
Bob Hunt

Be it ever so humble…

written by Bob Hunt in Blog | 3 comments

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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10 Feb
Mary Jo and John Tenuto

Love, Florence Henderson

written by Mary Jo and John Tenuto in Blog | 2 comments

When our son was younger, we were looking for a hobby that as husband and wife we could enjoy while attending to the needs our son. We enjoyed going to Star Trek and popular culture conventions, although we thought that travel and expense were prohibitive then. We thought of perhaps writing to the celebrities we would have otherwise seen on stage at conventions to ask for signed pictures. It started out with a few letters asking for signatures. Yet, the fun of getting an envelope in the mail, knowing it was a signature, yet not which signature, was kind of like Christmas for adults. It is much better than the bills that usually arrive in the mail.

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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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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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04 Feb
Barry Williams

A ‘Super’ Super Bowl Sunday

written by Barry Williams in Blog, barry | 6 comments

‘We haven’t seen the last of Tom’
‘We haven’t seen the last of Tom’

I love the Super Bowl.  The tradition, the pageantry, the competition.  Last night’s game between the Patriots and Giants is one for the memory banks.  For the first time in recent history the game was actually more competitive than the commercials.  And the commercials were laugh out loud good.  I will watch the game just for the commercials, but in my opinion last night’s contest was truly what watching professional sports is all about.  I am on record as being partial to the Patriots, after all their quarter back is a Brady, but the game last night was electric.  The score was close throughout, and at all times left both teams within one play of changing leaders.  The commitment and drive of the players is inspiring.  I chose not to attend a big Super Bowl bash this year and instead watched it with a new friend here in Kansas City where I am getting ready to open a new musical review.

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03 Feb
Bob Hunt


written by Bob Hunt in Blog, The Brady Bunch | No comments

‘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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