Sunday, August 13, 2023

Stripped Down Matches

Began a glorious, sunny morning with breakfast and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. "Minnie's Pajama Party" will be one for the ages, if she can find something for her guests to sleep on, then actually get them to sleep. And what are those strange, huge noises the group keeps hearing?

Headed off to work after that. One of the managers asked me to come in early yesterday to do an online computer course. That "course" consisted mainly of slides and one little test. It took me all of 20 minutes to do. (On the other hand, I did discover I've had a raise since the last time I checked what I'm making.)

We were off-and-on steady the rest of the day. As I pointed out to a customer, it was just too nice of a day for shopping. Not to mention, it's the middle of the only month of the year with no holidays. There's nothing going on right now besides baseball and exhibition football, and won't be until Labor Day weekend. The only real problem was a customer who had trouble with the card the health companies give them to buy food. Otherwise, things went very quickly. I was able to dash out right on time.

Took the long way home down Nicholson Road. It was too nice not to! The weather couldn't be more perfect. It was mid-80's and sunny, a touch humid, but nothing like last week. It's just so green out there right now. The roses and black-eyed Susans couldn't be more colorful, the trees more emerald green. There was a little traffic on Nicholson, but as usual, all was peaceful once I went up the hill to Oaklyn. Even the White Horse Pike wasn't that bad.

Had a quick dinner, then went upstairs, changed, and finished at YouTube with tonight's Match Game marathon. Host Gene Rayburn was known for wearing some pretty spiffy suits during the run of the show in the 70's and early 80's...and some that weren't so wonderful. The early 70's were not kind to fashion in general, but his infamous green and red plaid suit and gray checked suit with the pink shirt and bow tie from 1973 were definitely fashion no-nos, even then. The panelists wouldn't even look at Gene when he came out in the former. 

Gene did better once Rubin Brothers International took over dressing him in 1975. He was especially proud of a shiny pair of two-tone wing-tip shoes that he showed off in several episodes. The only time he went without a tie was in 1975, when he sported a turtleneck and a pair of argyle socks. After Betty White rolled up his pants legs to expose the socks, a lady in the audience somehow ended up with them. There was also the PM episode where he sported a pair of red suede shoes that came in for ribbing from several panelists. (The Audience Match for that episode was absolutely bonkers. When one of the answers to "The Eyes of __" was "Texas," Brett, Charles, and Richard Paul sang "Deep In the Heart of Texas" while the contestant ended up in Jamie Lee Curtis' lap.) 

Gene wasn't the only one who showed up in some pretty strange outfits. McLean Stevenson got hit with this twice in the later syndicated series. He modeled various suit jackets in one episode in an attempt to find a classier look than his usual sweaters. (As Brett kept saying, he really had no fashion sense.) Ted Lange showed up with him in one of Gene's white suits, wearing a cowboy hat and looking more like he'd just come from filming Dallas. Speaking of Ted, he came on-set in an earlier episode and demanded that his Love Boat buddy Fred Grandy give him his suit back. Fred it did it, all right, stripping in full view of the audience. (Sadly, we didn't get to see him take his pants off.) 

Check out some really wild fashion from the 70's and early 80's in this nutty marathon!

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