My absolute favorite show when I was little was, hands down, “The Brady Bunch”. I don’t remember when I started watching it (the five seasons originally aired from 1969–when I was one year old–until 1974 and then syndication began immediately, making the shows available almost every day for years and years), but I watched it all the time. I watched “The Brady Kids” (the animated show), “The Brady Bunch Variety Hour” (singing and dancing in kooky outfits? yes please!), “The Brady Girls Get Married” (reunion tv movie!), “The Brady Brides” (so wacky!), “A Very Brady Christmas” (classic!), and even “The Bradys”, the hour-long drama that aired in 1990, depicting Marcia as an alcoholic. (That was very disturbing to me.) I have followed the cast in their later endeavors, watched their reality shows, read their books. Not surprisingly, I still watch the original now and then, especially on the weekends.
So when we found out that Susan Olsen (Cindy) and Mike Lookinland (Bobby) would be making an appearance at our theater? I was pumped UP.
My sister and I headed over to the theater last night, and as much as I would consider myself a Brady Superfan, even on the way I was torn about whether I was just going to take pictures from afar, or pay the money for an autograph and a picture with one or both of them. I wondered what I would say to them: the same thing that everyone says? “I’m a big fan: I grew up with you!” Something original? “Your Fluffart is really cool, and I love the story behind it.” I couldn’t figure it out.
As it turns out, the “to meet or not to meet” decision was made for me: it was cash-only and I had two bucks on me (I rarely carry cash: I use my debit card all the time!). It would have to do, to take pictures from fifteen feet away.
Mike Lookinland is still adorable. (Did you know that he had to dye his hair for the show, to match his tv brothers?)
Susan Olsen is adorable too. Here she is, posing with someone who brought cash.
Being the resourceful person she is, my sister realized that we could get pictures of me with Mike and Susan after all! Hello, holiday cards!
Of course, on the way out we had to capture Susan’s hair of gold since we had such a great view.
All in all, considering I couldn’t pay to play I think this was still a winning evening with the Bradys. What do you think?