Sunday, May 22, 2016

Litte Orphan Raquel

The country's reigning sex symbol, Raquel Welch, spoofed comic strip characters including Brenda Starr and Little Orphan Annie (seen here with Archie Bunker himself, Carroll O'Conner, as Daddy Warbucks) in an early 1970s CBS TV special called THE FUNNY PAPERS. 

Monday, May 9, 2016

William Schallert R.I.P.

The very definition of "that guy," when I was growing up, my parents could never remember William Schallert's name. It was always, "Hey, it's Patty Duke's daddy." That's pretty much what so many obits are calling him today, too, but he was also Nancy Drew's father, Dobie Gillis's teacher, and if he missed appearing at least once on any classic sixties series, I don't know what it would have been. STAR TREK, THAT GIRL, BEWITCHED, MARCUS WELBY, MD. While his output slowed down as he approached the age of 90, he never stopped working, appearing memorably in TRUE BLOOD in the past decade and a classic, surprisingly blue, performance on STU'S SHOW!

Monday, April 18, 2016

R.I.P. Doris Roberts

Her later role in EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND seems to have eclipsed much of Doris Roberts' long earlier career but to me she'll always be Mildred. The first season of REMINGTON STEELE was fun but it wasn't yet a great series until the arrival of Doris in Season Two.


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Laugh-In Signs

Picket signs were big in the sixties. Here's some of the LAUGH-IN cast with some comical ones in a vintage photoshoot. 

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Battle of the Network Stars

One show I could never get enough of in the late 1970s was BATTLE OF THE NETWORK STARS, a series in which each of the three major TV networks supplied stars as a team to compete in various Olympic style (or more like Field Day, actually) events. I was never into sports but it was so much fun watching the stars of all teb other shows out of character and having fun themselves...even though some such as Robert Conrad seemed to take it all TO seriously. Host Howard Cosell (seen above with team captain Telly Savalas), a polarizing figure in sports announcing, was the closest thing to a star of the series but just about anyone who was anyone in show biz at that time appeared at one time or another.Not sure what channel it's on but I accidentally came across episodes on TV recently so they're still out there even though most folks today wouldn't recognize half the folks who appeared!

Penny Marshall and Bruce (Caitlyn) Jenner.

Ron Howard, Penny Marshall, Telly, and Robert Conrad. (How was Ronny's hairpiece staying on?)

Lynda Carter and Gabe Kaplan

Billy Crystal and Bob Conrad

Farrah Fawcett-Majors and Penny 

Jaclyn Smith

Sonny Bono and Suzie Coehlo

Dan Haggerty

Loretta Swit

Suzanne Somers

Jamie Farr

Gabe Kaplan and Robin Williams

Levar Burton

Mackenzie Phillips and Lance Kerwin

Tom Selleck

William Shatner

Mr. T

Trump supporter Scott Baio with TJ Jooker co-stars Adrian Zmed and Heather Locklear

My wife, Morgan Fairchild. (That's the ticket.)

Captain Kirk as you've never seen him!

Ben Murphy, Heather Thomas and Jill Whelan

Captain Daryl Dragon

Michael J. Fox and Kim Fields