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…

30 Dec
Eric Greenberg

I’m not one for kissing up to a new boss, but I’m laying it on thick for my first ever Brady blog. Some of you may have seen TV Land/Entertainment Weekly’s recent list of the “50 Greatest TV Icons”. If not, let me break the cold hard facts to you. There’s not a Brady kid in the bunch. This, in the very same week that Barry was edged out by Matt Damon for People’s “Sexiest Man Alive”. With the launch of The Greg Brady Project, the timing could not be worse for morale. Bottom line, this stinks worse than the Dittmayer’s grill.

Let me soften my tone a bit by saying that TV Land/EW did a reasonably good job with the top 50 names they included. While you can certainly debate the order (#11 Roseanne), most of your legends (Johnny, Lucy, Mary, Gleason) are accounted for. This is a tough playing field and there’s no way to make everyone happy. After all, we’re talking about a list where Henry Winkler, one of the faces of pop culture, can’t crack the top 30. (I’ll pick that fight in The Arthur Fonzarelli Project.)

Here’s where they went off the tracks.

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28 Dec
Bob Hunt

May, 1992. The seventies were more than a decade removed, yet life was still quaint in many ways. Cell phones were uncommon, CD’s were read-only, and I was still limping along with a Commodore 64 computer. The prospect of owning a complete set of unedited Brady Bunch episodes in any format was but a dream. Into this bleak existence burst the stunning news that Barry Williams was scheduled to appear in my town.

Barry was starring in a touring production of City of Angels, and that was not all – he was also to autograph copies of his new autobiography, Growing Up Brady, at a local independent bookstore. I bought a pair of tickets to the show at once and lined up a vacation day so that I wouldn’t miss the signing.

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27 Dec
Mary Jo and John Tenuto

Don’t Play Ball in the House

written by Mary Jo and John Tenuto in Blog | No comments

There is no more popular culture. Rather, we have customizable culture. If the world was Philosophy, it would be niche. We have more choice now, yet that doesn’t mean things are necessarily better.

Popular culture refers to widely shared traditions or entertainment. We certainly don’t have this now, at least not like previous eras of American history. In fact, it could be argued that the 1970s, the era of Greg Brady and his Bunch, was the last great era of real popular culture. When Happy Days was the number one show in 1976 to 1977, it was watched by over 30 million people per week. Now, shows like American Idol garner about 12 million to earn that same accolade with modern TV. It might frighten American Idol fans to know that The Brady Bunch Variety Hour of 1976 to 1977 earned better viewer numbers, 15 million, than their affectation. In the 1970s, American Idol might not have been on the 20 most watched show list.

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26 Dec
Mike Dudas

Nowadays

written by Mike Dudas in Blog | No comments

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.

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26 Dec
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