When I was in junior high and high school, this was one of the most recognizable faces in America: Richard Thomas, who played Depression-era teenager John-Boy on The Waltons (1971-77).
I never saw a single episode, just snippets as I walked through the living room on my way upstairs to watch hip sitcoms like Welcome Back Kotter, Barney Miller or What's Happening!!! Who wanted to watch a boring drama set a thousand years ago, when my parents were kids?
But I saw the parodies on Saturday Night Live and in Mad Magazine, I heard all the jokes, and I had a big crush on Richard Thomas.
Ok, not much of a physique, but that hair, those eyes, those lips! Tell me you can look at that face without wanting to kiss him.
But I didn't know he was married, and nine years older was the perfect age for me. And the pictures in TV Guide, Parade, and other general-interest magazines were enough to spark my romantic interest.
In an interview, Richard stated that he was studying Mandarin Chinese for fun. I was into languages! Maybe we would meet and study Arabic together.
I like your smile.
Ana uhibu aibtisamatak
May I kiss you?
Hal li 'an 'aqbalak?
The first erotic dream I remember, around 1975 (ninth or tenth grade), involves kissing Richard Thomas. I replayed that dream in my head a thousand times.
I hadn't even figured "it" out yet, and I was fantasizing about kissing Richard Thomas!
1. Roots: The Next Generation (1979). He played a boy involved in an interracial romance.
2. No Other Love (1979). He played a mentally handicapped boy who wants to get married.
Both roles about forbidden love. Could Richard be gay, and trying to "come out" in a roundabout fashion?
3. The 1980 Star Wars rip-off Battle Beyond the Stars (he played Luke Skywalker to George Peppard's Han Solo and Sybill Danning's Princess Leia).
For some reason I missed his role as a gay wheelchair-bound Vietnam vet in Fifth of July. It aired on March 9, 1982, during my senior year in college. Most likely I just didn't know about it.
Besides, he has not aged well. His eyes have narrowed, his lips have shrunken, his face has panned out. Kissing him would not be out of the question, but it's certainly not the first thing you think of when you see this photograph.
And his photograph was what I fell in love with.
See also: The Waltons: The Gay Connection
Dec 17, 2017
Dec 16, 2017
I find it derivative of 1980s high school nerd movies, complete with sneering bullies, sadistic teachers, and The Girl walking across the room in slow motion while every guy in the class stares at her in rapture. Hetero-horniness is endemic; gay people do not exist.
And I have a lot of nit-picks:
1. It's Michigan, but always warm and sunny, even in winter.
2. Characters are introduced, then vanish, never to be seen or mentioned again.
3. The fundamentalist Christian girl crosses herself -- only Catholics do that.
4. And her church holds a dance -- fundamentalist Christians do not dance.
5. The time frames make no sense. They go trick-or-treating for hours in broad daylight. Lindsay goes to dinner at the Mean Girl's house, hours of plot time pass, and she goes home -- where her family is just sitting down to dinner. Do they eat at 9:00 pm?
Still, the characters have an endearing quality, the 1980s references give me a nostalgic glow, and there is ample beefcake.
Here are the top 12 beefcake highlights:
1. Teddy bear Ken (Seth Rogen)
3. Aspiring musician Nick (Jason Segel).
If these three sound familiar, it's because they've been starring in each others' movies for 17 years.
Plus Mean Girl Kim (Busy Phillips) and focus character Lindsay Weir (Linda Cardellini)
The Geeks: a group of underdeveloped, non-athletic Star Wars fans:
4. Tall, thin, laconic Bill (Martin Starr). He's still tall, thin, and laconic.
6. Prepubescent focus character Sam (John Francis Daley) was 18 at the time, although he could easily pass for 14. He's grown up a lot since.
More after the break.
Dec 15, 2017
I wanted to see how Archie and the gang have changed over the years, becoming more and more buffed, more defined to meet the changing expectations of masculine beauty.
Archie is thin, even underdeveloped, with little attention to realism in his arms and shoulders. He looks like a cartoon character.
Archie and Jughead appear in the Dan Montana house style, with some indication of pecs and maybe a line down the stomach to indicate abs.
When I was reading Archie comics as a kid, there was a lot more attention to the detail of pecs, shoulders, and biceps, particularly in the "muscle bound" Big Moose.
The guy's got a chest and abs, but no biceps.
A rather realistic Archie, with chest, abs and biceps.
Whoa, Reggie's got a 6-pack, plus shoulders, pecs, and biceps. Of course, he's parodying the tv show Jersey Shore, but still, he's come a long way in 70 years.