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…

27 Apr
Eric Greenberg

World Wide Web Surfing

written by Eric Greenberg in Blog | 1 comment

 

Just in time to goof off at work Monday morning, here’s your first set of Greg Brady Project links:

NBC announced the lineup for this summer’s ”Celebrity Circus” reality series. Check out which Brady is headed for the big top.

Despite the Oscar, there’s a lot more than Ray Charles coming out of Jamie Foxx’s piano.  I’m guessing you’ve never heard the “Brady Bunch” theme like this.

Someone’s unloading their Topps “Brady Bunch” trading cards one by one on eBay. If you don’t mind the $4.95 starting bid, here’s a cool one of Greg.  

Everybody has a MySpace page these days, even if you’re a nobody!

With the Indiana primary just over a week away, Jim Schellinger is in a tight race to become the democratic nominee for Governor. His opponent, Jill Long Thompson, is a former Congresswoman. He’s an architect. Guess why he got into that line of work?

Send your Brady/Pop Culture links to eric.greenberg@thegregbradyproject.com.

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23 Apr
Eric Greenberg

Hello Again, Hello

written by Eric Greenberg in Blog | 2 comments

It’s been way too long since my last post. Good to see you again. So I had one of those weird TV coincidences the other night. I was watching “The Hills” on DVR and tossing some blog ideas around, thinking I might write an entry about the unpredictable sustainability of Neil Diamond’s career. Pretty random considering Heidi and Spencer may not even know who he is, and most of you reading here probably don’t know who Heidi and Spencer are. How do I get myself hooked on these shows? Anyway, I finished watching and started scanning the channel guide and there was “The Jazz Singer.” It was either a sign that somebody’s mad at me for skipping Passover seder or that this post is meant to be. 

I had actually just seen “The Jazz Singer” for the first time on cable a few weeks ago and what was even more surprising to me is how much I liked it. Here’s some free advice: no matter how much you try to fight it, at some point in life, everyone becomes a Neil Diamond fan. The sooner you accept it, the better off you’ll be.

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21 Apr
Bob Hunt

Celebrity is a funny thing. We enjoy a famous person’s work and occasionally catch a glimpse of what is purported to be the star’s personal life. After consuming magazine interviews, chat show appearances, and the standard fare from an official website, we are left to fill in the holes by inferring what our favorite celebrities are really like. With no evidence to the contrary, we are likely to project our own preferences and values upon our heroes. The more we do this, the greater the disillusionment when we discover – horror of horrors!- that the personality we’ve admired for so long thinks very differently than we do. The naivete of a fan, if you will.

I used to be a big Woody Allen fan. The outrageous non-sequiturs of his short stories and the surreal silliness of early films like Take the Money and Run and Sleeper struck a major chord during my adolescence. His intellectual persona gave me hope on the bleakest high school days that there was intelligent life out there, if not in my study hall. Even his experimentation with the more serious themes of Interiors and Stardust Memories intrigued me, and I admired the integrity of a talented director who demanded and received creative control of his films.

By early adulthood, I was an entrenched Woodyphile.

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17 Apr
Bob Hunt

Card Tricks

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“Wonder what I could trade for a groovy Richard Nixon rookie card?”

With baseball season now underway and welcome signs of spring appearing each day, I recently indulged an old compulsion for the first time in nearly thirty years: I bought some baseball cards. I chose Topps, the brand of my youth and the name that adorned countless sports cards left behind by my older brothers. Noting the price of $2 for a pack of 10, I sighed at the fact that baseball cards are about as affordable a luxury for me now as they were when I scrambled for spare change as a child. Nevertheless, with the responsibilities of adulthood comes the freedom of frittering away our finances as we see fit, and so it was that I brought home a whopping 60 cards from the 2008 Series.

Among the stack were a couple coveted Cleveland Indians (Kenny Lofton – oh, he’s gone already – and Victor Martinez) and what I perceived to be a rather repugnant postseason card of Manny Ramirez “being Manny” (my apologies to Eric Greenberg). There were extraneous cards like checklists and promotions, and then…and then…What is this? Ron Paul?!

That’s right, Ron Paul, the U.S. Congressional Representative from Texas and candidate for Commander in Chief, one of a dozen presidential hopefuls to have their mugs grace the Campaign 2008 subset. I’m not kidding!

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11 Apr
Barry Williams

Royal Treatment in Kansas City

written by Barry Williams in Blog, barry | 1 comment

My run at the New Theatre in Kansas City, KS doing the musical comedy revue MARRIED ALIVE is coming to an end this Sunday, April 13th. I arrived on January 28th and opened our eight week run on February 13th. I have mixed feelings about it closing. Naturally I am anxious to get home. I have been away for a long time. But I have enjoyed this musical as much as any show I have ever done and I have appeared in more than 75 different productions.

The primary reasons I have enjoyed it so much is because I have never hung with more passionate fans and the wonderful people I have been working with. The New Theatre Restaurant is one of the most successful theaters in the country. The two producers, Richard Carrothers and Dennis Hennessy, run a tight ship and the sailing is smooth. The people they employ are loyal, thoughtful and helpful. Our show was totally sold out of its 637 seats nearly every performance, and I am not trying to take the credit. They have an enormous subscription. All I was responsible for were the few seats that remained available.

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07 Apr
Bob Hunt

Click Here

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Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down…

If I directed you to click here with the promise that doing so would bring you, say, compromising footage of an attractive celebrity, or maybe a hilarious clip of a monkey jockey winning a potbellied pig race, or even a music video featuring vintage footage of Gerald Ford tarmac missteps, would you follow the link? Go ahead, ponder your options. Take your time, I’ll wait right here. Feel free to click at any time.

Did you swallow the bait? Congratulations! You’ve been Rickrolled! Now that you are officially part of an Internet phenomenon that has been growing steadily over the past year, hurry up and Rickroll your uninitiated friends before the trend catches their ears and eyes. It’s easy to do: simply post a hyperlink with a tantalizing title, but use the URL for a YouTube clip of Rick Astley’s 1988 pop smash Never Gonna Give You Up. Then sit back and smile at the thought of your loved ones sitting entranced before Astley’s signature moves (or move, as the case may be).

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04 Apr
Bob Hunt

The Barry Williams Game

written by Bob Hunt in Blog | 3 comments


Kevin Bacon. He has a Barry Williams Number of 2.

If you haven’t yet heard of the established pop culture phenomenon known as The Kevin Bacon Game, chances are one of your friends (or one of their friends) has. In a silly twist to the sociological theory of “six degrees of separation,” participants attempt to link various actors to Kevin Bacon through a chain of no more than five movie collaborations. The closer the connection, the lower one’s Kevin Bacon Number. Thus, Barry Williams (who appeared in Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star with Tom Arnold, who in turn shared the screen with the Baconator himself in We Married Margo) has a Kevin Bacon Number of 2. Or shall we say that Kevin Bacon has a Barry Williams Number of 2?

Thanks to a rather addictive Internet Movie Database search engine at The Oracle of Bacon, one can input the names of any two actors and instantly discover the degree of their collaborative separation. It may not surprise you that within the insular world of movie acting, most thespians can be connected to Barry in fewer than five links. In fact, when it comes to playing the Barry Williams Game, the most challenging objective may be to find an actor who has a BW Number of 4 or higher.

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02 Apr
Eric Greenberg

Born in the U.K.

written by Eric Greenberg in Blog | 2 comments

He’s a young up and coming chef, who just happens to live with two girls. Don’t get too excited though. It’s all ”strictly platonic.” Of course, that leaves him plenty of time for checking out the ladies at the local pub with his buddy Larry…as long as he keeps it on the DL, seeing that his landlord thinks he’s gay. You know him. You love him. He’s Robin Tripp. Huh?

I caught a headline not too long ago that said U.S. television is borrowing more and more of its ideas from England. Maybe. Or maybe we’re just more aware of it. I think by now, lots of people know that half of the reality shows you’ve seen in recent years originally started overseas. Lots of you probably even know that the hit sitcom “The Office” is adapted from the unbelievably good BBC series of the same name. While British programming hasn’t exactly reached mainstream status here in the States, recent airplay on BBC America along with the TV show DVD phenomenon have made the original versions of adapted shows like “The Office,” “Coupling” and ”Kitchen Nightmares” (all of which I prefer) start to sneak their way into American homes. Whether you knew it or not though, you’ve been watching Americanized versions of British shows for years.

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31 Mar
Bob Hunt

Brady Book Review

written by Bob Hunt in Blog | 1 comment

 

Welcome to the glorious debut (and quite possibly the inauspicious finale) of Brady Book Review, in which the intrepid staff of the GBP flexes its intellectual muscle (say, where did we put that intellectual muscle?) in unbiased critique of Brady literature.  Today’s installment concerns William Johnston’s 1969 effort entitled The Brady Bunch, a Lancer Book publication available wherever musty, out-of-print books are sold.  It was the first of eight Brady novelizations (five of which would be penned by Johnston) that crowded the paperback racks during the original run of the TV series.

If a survey of the genre is any indication, William Johnston was a prolific author of TV tie-ins, having already written books based on series such as Get Smart and The Flying Nun before the Brady Era (or BBE) and moving on to create Happy Days and Welcome Back, Kotter novels afterward (or AFJ – After Fake Jan).  Biographical information on Johnston is elusive, however, leading me to suspect that he might have been the Alan Smithee of TV novelizations.  Or at least the Franklin W. Dixon.  In any case, real or not, William Johnston knew how to crank ‘em out.

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28 Mar
Eric Greenberg

Apparently when Bob Hunt speaks, people listen. The latest Brady revival, “A Very Brady Musical” is officialy set to open at Theatre West in Los Angeles this summer. Don’t expect a strict adaption though. The show will be geared towards adults and will have some very un-Brady like fun with your favorite characters.

If anyone thought Sherwood Schwartz would just coast on his new Hollywood Walk of Fame star, they’d be sorely mistaken. He’s executive producing the show with his son/”Brady Bunch” producer Lloyd Schwartz directing. With music and lyrics from Sherwood’s daughter Hope and son-in-law Laurence Juber, it’s truly a family operation. But before anyone starts crying nepotism, you should know that Juber spent a few years playing guitar for Paul McCartney in Wings.  

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