Gilligan’s Bunch

Today while taking a break from cleaning and organizing, I picked up a green Mead note book that’s been home to some of my most eclectic notes over the past 30 years, and started putting Post-it notes on the pages I wanted to blog. I stopped on one that had some notes about childhood because at the same time I was doing this, I was looking for a photo I shot in 1977, on Christmas day with the camera I had just received, my first 35mm, a Yashica Electro 35 GSN. Here are those notes:

  • The show we watched for years every day before school on channel 11: Slam Bang Theater (mostly The Three Stooges).
  • Shows after school: Gilligan’s Island, Brady Bunch, Star Trek.
  • Bear chair: furry, brown, bear-shaped, straight-backed rocking chair, which I had when I was about five.

Christmas: getting Dad to turn off the TV, my sister and I would put on compilation LPs of Christmas music (usually starting with Andy William’s It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year), and sit under the Christmas tree with our unopened presents. Mine were always on the left, since I was left-handed. One thing we liked the most was the cool distortion of our faces in the shiny ball ornaments handing from the bottom branches of the tree.

My sister Nicole plays with her new gazebo on Christmas morning; note olive-green shag carpet.
My sister Nicole plays with her new gazebo on Christmas morning; note olive-green shag carpet.
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2 Comments

  1. God, I was fat and greasy and wearing a denim jumpsuit. The gazebo, however, was the BOMB. I loved that thing.

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