Our phone rang a few minutes ago. As I sat next to a receiver I answered. A young woman came on to inform me that my wife has a medical appointment with a “Doctor Smith” tomorrow at ten.
My initial thought, “Yeah, Doctor Smith, that’s your real name,” nearly came out of my mouth but this is the kinder, softer and gentler BC who still startles himself when he withholds a perfectly obnoxious comment.
I called Susan, my lovely wife, to the phone and then thought, “Hmm… Doctor Smith, ‘Warning, Warning, Will Robinson, Warning, Warning…” and thought of asking if he might have gotten himself lost in space at some point in his lifetime. Then, based upon the sound of the receptionist’s voice, it occurred to me that our ages probably differ by about 25 years and that her birth may have happened after “Lost in Space” stopped running in reruns.
How many cultural cornerstones did I grow up with that people who have grown to adulthood have missed altogether?
Recently, on cable channels, Time/Life has been pushing the complete first season, including the rare color pilot of “Man From UNCLE” for a mere $29.95 if I act now. Do younger adults have a clue as to how wonderful this show was back in its day? What of the Avengers and its S&M overtones, did those reruns last long enough to inform and pervert this new group of adults?
Do these younger adults realize that Morticia Addams was, without a question, the sexiest woman in the history of television? Do they understand that Eartha Kitt as Catwoman and Natasha Nogoodnik, a cartoon character, tied for second place?
Maybe Jeanie and the still beautiful Barbara Eden on “Love Boat” reruns may have sunk in as they seemed to be replayed for years. Did Dawn Wells do anything in her post Gilligan years? Her Mary Ann beat Daisy Duke hands down for the hottest butt in cut-offs. Julie Newmar and Lee Merriweather the other Catwomen deserve a solid mention and Bat Girl, even though she appears in only a few episodes, taught us eight year olds the true meaning of serious leather.
Sure, Tuesday Weld tantalized as a good girl but it was the bad girls that caused that inexplicable feeling of warmth in our shorts. I’m sure I’m missing quite a few from that era so please send in comments on your favorite hotties in television history.
To be fair, I’m a heterosexual male so my list is made up entirely of women. The gay men and female readers should add male hotties as I never found Earnest Bourgnine nor Gomer Pyle terribly attractive.