Two interesting topics came up, and I couldn’t decide which to explore. Should I choose timeliness or timelessness? 1. Two TV legends linked to '50s nostalgia died within the past week: Barbara Billingsley and Tom Bosley. 2. A new world record was set for the longest house cat.
Two interesting topics came up, and I couldn’t decide which to explore. Should I choose timeliness or timelessness?
1. Two TV legends linked to '50s nostalgia died within the past week: Barbara Billingsley and Tom Bosley.
2. A new world record was set for the longest house cat.
I decided to write about the TV legends. What more can I?say about a 4-foot-long cat?
On the other hand, I could go on at length about Billingsley and Bosley.
When a celebrity dies, writers often use the opportunity to reflect on the star’s contribution to entertainment.
Billingsley and Bosley had extensive acting resumes, but each is best known for a signature role, Billingsley as June Cleaver on “Leave It To Beaver” and Bosley as Howard Cunningham on “Happy?Days.”
While Bosley and Billingsley have passed on, June and Mr. C. will remain with us forever (or at least until the physical materials we use to document artistic works decay or become technologically inaccessible in the event mankind ceases to exist. Source:?“Life After People”).
That aspect of television fascinates me. Viewers feel like they know people who don’t really exist, even if they have never met the actual people responsible for bringing the non-living people to life.
Billingsley and Bosley were integral to the success of these sitcoms. They were catalysts but underappreciated. They usually had dialog that set up someone else’s punchline.
You can’t deny the impact of “Leave It To Beaver”?and “Happy?Days.” They were similar in many ways.
Both featured a prominent character with two nicknames. Theodore Cleaver and Arthur Fonzarelli each had a primary nickname (Theodore was “Beaver”; Arthur was “Fonzie”) and also a secondary nickname containing the word “The”:?“The Beaver” and “The Fonz.”
Both shows center on life in the late '50s/early '60s.
“Happy?Days” seems slightly more realistic, in retrospect — expect for the shark-jumping and Mork-from-Orking. That stuff is as believable as a 48-inch-long feline.
“Happy Days” was set in Milwaukee; “Beaver” took place in the fictional Mayfield. Mayfield was pure television-land. Neighborhoods were peaceful, streets were clean and colors were glorious hues of gray.
Real communities named Mayfield do exist, in Kentucky,?Maryland, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Utah, South Dakota, Washington and, oddly enough, Wisconsin, the location of the real Milwaukee used as a setting for the fake “Happy Days”?Milwaukee.
Hey, did you hear about that world-record 4-foot-long cat?
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