Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Fun Finds: TV Radio Mirror, July 1970

I try to avoid doing two Fun Finds in a row, but it was actually the easiest type of post for me to do at this particular moment and, after all, I haven't been able to do any of these for quite some time, so here we go! This is one of seven such magazines I picked up for $5.00 total at a large Ohio antique show. Needless to say, with both Chad Everett and James Brolin on the cover, it caught my eye. Hopes of truly great photos of them inside were dashed, but the rag still included a few interesting tidbits, which I will now share with you. The staples in this (thicker than some) publication were in a spot that made scanning more difficult, but I tried to get the best version I could of each page.

After a barely two-year union with Burt Reynolds, Judy Carne entered into this second ill-advised union. They were divorced the year after this following drug issues and a serious car accident that left her with a broken neck! The blurb about Burgess Meredith's movie was quite surprising to me.

Tom Poston certainly didn't abandon acting. He continued on a long career, a notable stint occurring on Newhart. The eventual musical rendition of Gone with the Wind was profiled here years ago. An incredible thing... Don Matheson and Deanna Lund, former costars on Land of the Giants, had a daughter together, but were divorced by 1980.

The blurb at the top-right of this page made me smile. Fill out the attached ballot and the first 400 entries receive a cookbook called "Casseroles and More Casseroles!" By the way, Bill Medley wound up wed for a second time this same year and was married twice more after that. The fourth wife, wed in 1986, is still with him today.

The twin sons mentioned in the top-story, Wil and Kin... They grew up to be humorous TV host Wil Shriner and soap opera actor Kin Shriner! Seems a little odd, though, that Herb Shriner one so much more space over Gypsy Rose Lee and Anita Louise! Louise died of a stroke, which was not mentioned here.

Jo Ann Castle, who'd wed this second husband in 1968 was divorced again by 1971 after these two babies...! A third union lasted from 1978 to 1986. Most of Tinseltown expected Dean Martin to reconcile with Jeanne, but it didn't come to pass. The Patty Duke/Desi Arnaz Jr saga went on and on for years. She became pregnant and the father of said child was rumored to be his (among a few options!) Lucy was apoplectic. Sean Astin was later determined to be the child of music promoter Michael Tell.

The ad on the left! LOL How many gals have been asked that by a close friend who disapproves of their current boyfriend.

Peter MacLean's show did run for 342 performances and included Fritz Weaver, Pat Hingle and Ken Howard in its cast. It concerned rivalry and disruption at a Catholic boy's school. I was really surprised to find out that Fatty Arbuckle played the title role in "The Mikado" in Japan! (And that anyone DID "The Mikado" in Japan at all...!)

I have no idea why Natalie Nevins was fired from The Lawrence Welk Show. Rafer Johnson married a gal named Elizabeth in 1971, so Pat Morrow was soon out of the picture. She later married the son of Rosalind Russell.

The lovely Inger Stevens was constantly becoming involved with the wrong men. They were either of a different faith or failed to take the relationship seriously or were already married. Or, in one case, of a race that could damage her reputation at that time. This article points to a married film star and a charming TV star, but does NOT tell who "killed" her. It only suggests that she died because she, once again, loved the wrong man. She had already survived a suicide attempt back in 1959.

There are pictures out there from this happy moment (which I have seen now that I specifically looked), but I hadn't ever come across any before. And this one seems unique.

The stories that correspond with these pics are on the next page.

The way Sean Flynn (Errol's son) met his end was sad. His mother, Lily Damita, struggled for years to get answers and mourned his fate for many years. I had no clue Liza Minnelli had ever been in a motorcycle crash (much less with Tony Bill!) Unless the photo of A-M was taken seconds after her famous fall from a platform while onstage (it wasn't), I'm not a big fan of her "Spirit of '76-ish" headband. Carol Lynley never did remarry after her first divorce in 1964.

Man... I feel like I never miss knowing of a drama series that ran in the early-'70s, but I have never heard of Storefront Lawyers! It ran for 23 episodes and starred Robert Foxworth. The name was changed midway to Men at Law, but I hadn't heard of that either! One interesting thing about another obscure series mention here, The Silent Force, is that the undercover drama costarred Lynda Day George and when it was cancelled after 15 episodes, she landed on Mission: Impossible in a similar role. So it served as sort of an audition for the venerable spy series.

Are you ever like me and look back at the release dates of movies and think, "That was released the same time as this one?!" Somehow I just didn't connect Women in Love as having come out the same time as Beneath the Planet of the Apes (or even Woodstock.) I also have no recollection whatsoever of there having been a Peter O'Toole movie called Brotherly Love.

From what I could gather (and I often have trouble discerning the meat of most of these stories thanks to the writing style which often devolves into veiled gobbledygook), Jackie's sacrifice was allowing the world to think she was a neglectful mother to her two young children by leaving them for an extended honeymoon trip all over Europe when, in fact, she was doing it for their own good in order to prevent suddenly shoehorning them into an all-new lifestyle, locale and family without giving it time to sink in...

Now you didn't really fall for this, did you? Actually believing that squeaky-clean DD would truly mean that movies should contain a bunch of sex and nudity? In a classic "bait & switch" headline, she is saying that if it happened full bore for a while, it might become so commonplace that the novelty would wear off. Then we could return to the prior, more upright type of movie-making & stage plays.

Not sure what her ol' pal Rock would have felt about her description of homosexuality as a "social problem," but I'm sure it was a common opinion of the time (and now, for some!)

Like millions before me, I adore Doris, but I don't agree with her statement that Homosexuals are "made" and not born. Hopefully at some point she got her ideas straightened out, so to speak.

Wow. First Natalie Nevins is canned and now there's a story about Lawrence Welk falling out with The Lennon Sisters! He discovered them and fostered their career, but once they gained popularity, he still held almost iron-clad control over them, preventing them from accepting things that would lead them to greater success while continuing to pay them the paltry wages he meted out to his cast. Notice Janet adjusting her wig in the shot above!

This was a terrible time for the gals. They had just begun their own chiffon & sparkle variety series with Jimmy Durante when their beloved father and guidepost was murdered! Their hearts barely in it, they continued to plow on like the troopers they were, but the show wasn't picked up for a second season. Fortunately, time heals all wounds and the ladies have long been part of the extended Welk "family" again for many years now.

Now the feature piece on the sexy TV docs. First is James Brolin (of Marcus Welby, M.D.), who was married then to wife Jane. They met when she was working as a casting director for the Batman series and used the then-unknown Brolin in some bit roles.

Do you recognize the now-famous Josh Brolin, born in 1968?! A sister arrived in 1972.

The other doc was Chad Everett of Medical Center. He was married in 1966 to young actress Shelby Grant who he was with for 45 years until her death of an aneurysm.

Apart from the later George Clooney of E/R, there was never a sexier doctor for me than Everett. Steadfast, forthright (if a little preachy and crusading at times), he looked good in anything, including (perhaps even especially!) his scrubs. 

I got a kick out of this poll... sort of along the lines of those notes kids passed in school that read, "Do you like me?" with a yes or no box! Everett, despite a misunderstanding with Lily Tomlin over a flip remark he made on The Dick Cavett Show, was devoted to Shelby and wrote her poetry while renewing their vows every seven years. Brolin shocked the world by marrying Barbra Streisand of all people in 1998, but it's lasted for close to a quarter-century, so something is very right about it!

Giirrrlll....! This article seems to be sniffing around for something, and it's not those carnations in the picture.

He had pretty good taste in dates of the female persuasion. I loved Mary Ann Mobley and Bobbie Gentry. Don't know much about Mary Costa. The article is a lot of smoke, mirrors, skirting and hooey, as one might expect, but I had to chuckle when he stated twice that the gals he's dated haven't been "physically beautiful!" (16 year-old Julie Budd was on the receiving end of one instance of that.)

This crisis was ultimately averted. All three young stars of The Mod Squad continued on with the show until its 1973 demise.

One amusing wrinkle is that principle holdout Peggy Lipton was then involved with music producer (and notorious man about town) Lou Adler. Squad producer Aaron Spelling announced that he was going to replace Lipton with Shelley Fabares - who happened to be the estranged wife of Adler! (If you're wondering, Fabares was about 1-1/2 years older than Lipton.)

Lots of typical mumbo-jumbo in this profile of Room 222's Lloyd Haynes. His character was apparently involved with Denise Nicholas, though it was only implied, if that, on the show. In real life, he was squiring a blonde gal around.

The reason he couldn't marry (anyone) is that his divorce from his first wife wasn't going to be final until later in the year. The kicker is that when he wed, that same year, it was to an entirely different woman! Saundra Burge. They divorced in 1973. A third wife 8 years later survived him when he passed away of lung cancer at age 52.

My OCD wouldn't allow me to post these pages sideways as they appeared in the magazine! I turned them onto their sides for you.

If you didn't know, Stephen Oliver did not win an Oscar by the time he was 30 or at any point thereafter! His career eventually segued into mostly low-budget exploitative fare though his pal Steve McQueen used him for a role in Tom Horn (1980.)

Rough and tumble Oliver made a career out of playing strong characters, often villainous, and was wed three times briefly. One, to Lana Wood, only lasted six weeks! This was his observation of that episode, which amusingly ties in with this photo spread: "I wasn't ready for marriage. I'm mature in other ways, but not when it comes to getting along with women. The thing that led to the big blowup was my going away for a weekend of skydiving. Well, what's so terribly wrong about that? If a man can't go out on a weekend with male friends and take a couple of jumps, what kind of a marriage has he got? So I left one evening and came home the following afternoon - and, of course, she was gone."

Soaps are notorious for utilizing "rapid aging syndrome" in order to propel characters and storylines forward (and do away with annoying babies, toddlers and children as fast as possible! LOL) Once such case is outlined here from As the World Turns.

The two performers depicted on this page played mother and son, but were the same age!

At least Patricia Bruder's character Ellen had given birth to her child while very young (the soap world's first illegitimate baby from a major character- circa 1958.) Still, she was made to look more and more matronly in order to keep the illusion going and eventually became a sidekick to Helen Wagner's Nancy Hughes, who'd been a friend of her parents on the show!

As you can see, the topic of "representation" was explored in publications like this as long as fifty+ years ago!

The article is generally positive-slanted and, clearly, some inroads had been made in the short time since Bill Cosby landed on I Spy.

...but as you can see there were some differences in opinion. It went on to discuss some of the backlash Diahann Carroll had faced for "selling out" as a Black actress playing "white" on Julia and how the many Black performers on TV weren't portraying "realistic" characters. This was countered, for better or worse, a few years later with shows like Good Times, Sanford & Son, What's Happening? and others, which had varying degrees of acceptance/disapproval from both Black and white viewers.

Good Lord... Dr. Marcus Welby and his wife and "a little liquor" mixed up in it.

Young had a long (61-year!) marriage, but he did suffer along the way from depression and alcoholism when the success he'd enjoyed in movies and two hit TV series dwindled. In the wake of this, he turned his eye (sorry!) to establishing help for people with such issues, ultimately having a mental health center named after him.

Maybe I don't hang out in too many hospitals, but nurses have really changed, I think. At first glance I thought Johnny and June were in a middle school cafeteria!

Today, John Carter Cash is 51, has four children of his own (three from his first marriage) and works as a music producer and songwriter.

As a Cincinnati kid, I either never got the chance or somehow otherwise missed the entire Romper Room experience... I'd certainly heard of it, though.

What I didn't know until today is that there were many different versions of the show, with a different "Miss" So and So hosting each one! It was franchised out so that each market could have its own participants and staff. The concept went on for more than 40 years.

We'll finish off the magazine with a few colorful ads. I couldn't resist the eye shadow and lashes on this one. Don't leave home without your "Glamour-Fluffs!"

If they're asking me to believe that these sheets stayed white after she slathered herself with this self-tanning lotion I may beg to differ... Sea & Ski must have come out with this in order to rival another more famous rendition of this product.

Here we go...! People used to always make mention of QT tanner. I can recall fellow middle school students who used this coming in with hideously stained hands from not rinsing them off thoroughly after application. The directions here have you applying it three times a day!

In my day, the only sunscreen we knew of was thick, white zinc oxide, which most life guards had on their noses at one point or another, but which most people avoided unless left with no choice. Otherwise, you just burned and scorched yourself until relenting and wearing a T-shirt! LOL That was the way we handled the sun. Then that night, you'd have someone hose you down with Solarcaine as blisters formed......

It was all part of achieving that deep, glamorous tan. This ad features Coppertone Shade, which did have SPF 6 (!) in it, but in my neck of the woods, it was basically unheard of. And who could afford Coppertone anyway?! My sister used baby oil, sometimes with a little iodine in it. The scan is wonky, but the two items on the far right are Tanning BUTTER! 

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That concludes our presentation of the magazine. But we do need to revisit a blurb from the very first page we looked at inside... If you think for one minute that I was about to let this pass without further investigation, you must be quite new here! Ha ha!

I HAD to know what movie Burgess Meredith directed and just what in the world was seen within it in the way of straitlaced Peter Lind Hayes portraying a homo....

Get a load of this dirt cheap poster for the (was it even?) release of The Yin the Yang of Mr. Go (1970!) There are so many things wrong with it that I can't even... LOL

The gray-haired gentleman in the foreground is Mr. Hayes (an actor, announcer, songwriter and host - ever see him in The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T, 1953?) who is being tormented by the title character, a Mexican-Asian villain played by famed Brit James Mason! Mason shows him filmed proof of an indiscretion he's been set up for.

Hayes is seen in a bar lighting the cigarette of a young gent and flirting with him. Wait till you get a load of this....

Recognize him??

It's JEFF BRIDGES in his first film role (and one of the few early acting gigs that didn't come about out of his association with his famous father Lloyd Bridges!)

The pair trade a few pithy remarks with one another, with Bridges affecting a bit of a limp wrist.

Then it's off to an upstairs room for some fun. I included an inset of the drag queen pianist because, well, I knew some of you would want to see her better (and I promise it's not Ruta Lee! Ha ha!)

Here, we switch to black & white film, meant to be the blackmail clip shown to Hayes and Bridges starts knocking him around a bit, stripping off his shirt and enticing him. When the person taking Hayes' role (indiscernable in the horrible copy of this I watched) comes over for a kiss, the image changes to negative and it's even more difficult to see exactly what is happening. It's more of a suggested kiss between the men than a full-on visible one. 

Still, it's unlikely that Bridges hosts viewing parties of this one at the old homestead! He later declared that he didn't even realize that the much-troubled movie was ever even completed and released. Don't hold your breath for a digitally-restored Blu-ray any time soon! Ha ha! Till next time....


David M said...

Hello. Just wanted to say I really enjoy your posts. Thanks!

joel65913 said...

Another fun post on this article of archaeological fascination! So much to digest it's hard to know where to start!

I agree it seems odd that Herb Shriner, to be honest a performer whom I know very little about, should rate such a quantity of space vs. the infamous Gypsy or even Anita Louise, who might not have been a top flight star but at this point in time was still well remembered (and working, albeit infrequently-I think her final appearance as Pete's mother on The Mod Squad was shown posthumously). Perhaps the tragic circumstances of his death is what rated his prominence.

Poor Inger Stevens! I loved her so much when I was a kid in The Farmer's Daughter and remember her so shocking passing. I read the bio of her, "The Farmer's Daughter Remembered" and ate up every word. I know she had her issues and her death was ruled a suicide but there are some very strange and irregular facts connected with her case. Sad no matter how you look at it.

I've had that feeling too when I find out that films that seems so disparate and from different times were actually released very near each other. I just saw the O'Toole film "Brotherly Love" within the last year. Susannah York is in it as well plus personal fave Michael Craig but despite the presence of all three it was a strange frustrating film.

I also recall the father of the Lennon Sisters being murdered, just days after Sharon Tate and the rest of the unfortunate Manson victims and how it was assumed the events were all interrelated. Scary times.

Oh the infamous Chad Everett/Lily Tomlin incident! I've seen the clip and I'm firmly in Lily's camp. Everett said he owned this group of animals including his wife!! And he mentioned her last! To be fair he did say that his wife owned him too but the very idea is appalling and Lily handled it the best way, had she stayed I'm sure it would have gotten ugly.

Sorry to say I saw The Ying and Yang of Mr. Go on purpose! I saw James Mason, Jeff Bridges and Broderick Crawford names attached (I also saw Peter Lind Hayes's name-a performer whose appeal completely escapes me! I've seen him when he was younger in some things and he seemed devoid of both personality and talent-but ignored that flashing red light unfortunately!) and thought "How bad can it be?" Well I found out! Very, very, very bad indeed. You really can't blame Jeff for pleading ignorance of the film's existence, believe me if you'd seen it you'd want no part of it either!

Glad you've been able to resume posting a bit more regularly. I might not always comment but I love reading your collections.

SonofaBuck said...

Lloyd Haynes was my first crush as a child. I absolutely loved Room 222 and thought he was the perfect man. In later years, I would wonder why he wasn’t on the cover of every entertainment magazine. He and the rest of the cast of 222 hold a special place in my heart. It was a breath of fresh air and diversity in a very monochromatic television landscape back then.

John said...

'Blacks on TV'. Wow.

Gingerguy said...

This was chock full of jaw droppers, let a lone Mr Go. I am not going to reassess Doris, we all evolve and I know she was a good friend to Rock when it mattered, but I do get fired up reading that ancient stuff sometimes. I loved some of the hair in this, on the ladies mostly. Lol on the douche commment, how many times have I said that?
I was watching some dvr'ed Welk this week so the timing is perfect. I was watching Natalie Nevins yesterday! and thinking she had the strangest nose, could it have been natural? Poor thing did seem to suffer after she left the show though, she had a pretty voice. I have deep admiration for the Lennons in getting through that awful period and doing it in public. The show with Jimmy Durante is a little boring but never Cathys' hair. I love them and great to see proof the Janet wore wigs (that aged her 20 years). Fun find for me today.

A said...

I'll second the Lloyd Haynes love. Huge crush on him. I didn't know he died so young.

I remember the magazine pictures of Judy Carne in the halo neck stabilizer contraption. I thought so strange for her to be interviewed and photographed so much with it.

Those poor Lennon Sisters. The write-up reads like a promo for a movie of the week: America's beloved band leader secretly carries a grudge and stops at nothing to get his favorite stars back on his show.

Loved the post (as usual)!

Shawny said...

Cool post Poseidon! That Jeff Bridges did a gay scene that early is very eye opening. But the best for me was the Jim Nabors pages. I looooove him. I have a playlist I call The Closet. A couple of his tunes are in it: My Woman, My Woman, My Wife, and All of This for Sally. They are so funny to listen to. I've got Barry Manilow, The Village People, Elton John, all singing songs to or about women the "love".

Does anyone know any songs by old (at the time) closeted artists where they are gushing over women? I would love to build this playlist.

Poseidon3 said...

David M, thank you so much! I'm happy that you are visiting the site (and liking it!)

joel65913, I recall watching the first few seasons of "The Mod Squad" several years back and being stunned when Anita Louise turned up! Hard to believe she passed away soon after that. I would looove to read that Inger Stevens book. I'll have to look it up. I have never seen a frame of "The Farmer's Daughter" but I have enjoyed her in many other things. (BTW, I too like Michael Craig when I see him in something.) Soon after my post (and pics from "Mr. Go") I discovered that a much clearer, better (if that's the right word!) of the movie is on youtube. But I don't think I'll take the time to replace the blurry caps I have here. Anyone interested can check it out. (In the better quality version, you can see that it's not a kiss, but a close embrace/neck, between Jeff and the other man.) Thanks!

SonofaBuck, I only saw my very, very first episodes of "Room 222" about a year or so ago! I used to hear about it all the time. A channel (which I no longer get) was running them one day along with "Julia," which I had also never laid eyes on. "Julia" was presented beautifully, but "Room 222" was a little blurrier/second generation, so I watched less of it. But he seemed great in the parts that I saw.

John, I know, right? I don't even pretend to be any sort of educator with my focus on the joys of the male form and other shallow endeavors, but at least an accidental bit of history sometimes comes to light which reminds us of how things once were for this group of people or that...

Gingerguy, I totally agree with you and I apologize if the way I worded things made it seem as if DD should be judged for her comments 50+ years ago. Not at all... things are ever-changing. And after all, it was *1973* when the American Psyciatric Association stopped classifying Homosexuality as a disease!! It was 1987 before it was removed as a "disorder"... So I never mean to hold anyone accountable for following the "experts" of their time - just thought it was interesting since she knew and worked with so many gay men and women. And it just happens to be a "thing" of mine about whether people are born that way versus somehow morphed after birth. ;-) I had special hopes that you'd find the douche thing amusing. Ha! And, yes, I have studied Nat's nose and can't quite figure that out. LOLOL I presume it was "bobbed." Maybe twice! No matter when I see The Lennons, I nearly always rank Kathy's hair first of the four...! Thanks.

A, I was also very surprised to find that Haynes died so young. Certainly explains why he ceased turning up in things...! OMG, you made me remember Judy Carne's brace contraption!!! I think she was just in such dire straits and needed any income at that point. Thank you!

Shawny, I would take a look at some of the releases of Tab Hunter to see if he ever got specific in his songs. (I think Dick Chamberlain is off the hook unless "Hi Lili Hi Lo" counts!)

joel65913 said...


The Inger book is wonderful but nearly impossible to find! Don't even think about buying it. That was my first attempt when I found it existed and the only copy I could find for sale (in paperback no less) since it was long out of print was over $900!!! Of course things are republished all the time so perhaps it's not the same now. However after I picked myself up off the floor from sticker shock I tried my fabulous library and they were able to find it for me (it took months) in one of the giant libraries in the Midwest. I could only keep it for two weeks and renewal wasn't an option, nor a problem really since I tore right through it! But I was delighted they were able to locate it.

I'll join in the love for Room 222! Again I watched faithfully when it was first broadcast and then again last year when it was rerun on one of the nostalgia stations (happily in good condition). I liked Lloyd Haynes but was really a much bigger fan of both Denise Nicholas who played guidance counselor and Pete's girlfriend Liz, the very fetching Karen Valentine as kooky new teacher Alice and Michael Constantine as principal Mr. Kaufman. To this day when I see any of those three in anything I immediately think of them on Room 222. It's was quite progressive for its time dealing with social issues with a blend of humor and seriousness. It even dealt with one of the teachers (the wonderful Ruth McDevitt) falling victim to Alzheimer's though it was referred to it by name at the time. If you have a chance again to catch it I hardily recommend it. All sort of familiar faces (Teri Garr, Rob Reiner, Cindy Williams, I think even Jeff Bridges) passed through as students.

BrianB said...

I was always kind of reminded of Natalie Nevins looking like Barbie's best friend Midge only with dark hair. I had no idea she had been fired but I remember his falling out with JoAnne Castle but that seemed to have been repaired. I decided to Google a couple of his entertainers after reading this post and was surprised (or maybe not) that Tom Netherton never married. But he made his career with gospel/Christian music.

I never missed Room 222 and thought Lloyd Haynes was so cute. And just once couldn't that bus driver let Karen Valentine off the bus without shutting the door on her!

As for Jim Nabors, when I was a teen sometimes Mom and Dad would go out for the evening leaving my brother 2 years older in charge. One night he and my teenaged sister got in to a fight because she wanted him to play Jim Nabors records and he wanted to play Eddy Arnold! And I'm standing there thinking "Have you people never heard of The Supremes!" lol

That Miss Karen from Romper Room is giving me scary eyes, like she's trying to hypnotize me with that puppet!


Ericka said...

I'm sure Doris Day didn't write or say those ridiculous comments about gayness. Back in the day, those magazines often printed articles purporting to be in the words of this star or that one, but they were totally fabricated.

Thanks for scanning all that stuff in; they were fun reads!