RIP: Barbara Billingsley

“Barbara Billingsley died,” Admin says.

“Who was she?” says Spence.

“Come on. Leave It To Beaver? She played the mom.”

“Must’ve been before my time,” Spence says.

Hey! Spence must be younger than Admin. They actually look sort of the same age, although Spence behaves younger, if that makes any sense.

“What I’m wondering,” Admin says, “is how she made the real moms of that era feel.”

“Sometimes entertainment is just entertainment, no?” says Spence.

“You don’t believe that.”

“Guess not.”

“Here’s another thing,” says Admin. “Compare Beaver to Ingrid, for example.”

“Can’t, since I never saw the show.”

Admin gives Spence a look, then leaves the room. Spence gives me a pat. He’s an okay patter, nothing like Tulip or Autumn, those very nice young ladies from To Fetch A Thief. “What’s with him?” he says.

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144 Responses to “RIP: Barbara Billingsley”

  1. Barb & Maggie
    4:21 am on October 17th, 2010

    Good morning, everyone. No Astrid and no Ingrid, today.

  2. B.Stover
    4:22 am on October 17th, 2010

    I just saw that on the news. Possibly another interesting question is how the next generation of women feel. (In the clip she's wearing a shirtwaist dress, pearls and, one guesses, pumps.) Does anyone remember the show well enough to compare Ingrid and Beaver? (Chet: I don't think I believe Spence.)

    Entertainment not just being entertainment. Interesting. What does that say about baseball? Have to ponder this.

  3. Staff
    4:23 am on October 17th, 2010

    Urfff! (((Yawn)))

    Our house is being re-roofed. The pounding started right over our heads at 8 a.m.

    Alice and Abbie are in deep hiding. We couldn't find them at all yesterday. They were not happy when the roofers finally left. I doubt there will be any posting from them today. For some reason they do not think it smart to come out of hiding when people are pounding.

    I guess I better not complain. I have been telling him for two years we needed to get this done.

  4. Melanie
    4:31 am on October 17th, 2010

    Compare Ingrid to Beaver. . . Hmmm . . .

    From what I remember from the show (I must be Admin's age, snicker) Beaver was always in "trouble" would finally go to his mom or dad and the "trouble" would get handled.

    The trouble was a fantasy trouble that people, nowadays, make into what was really happening in the 1950's. A fantasy. I mean, dress and pumps? Tell me that woman didn't really want to slip on some jeans, leave the makeup off and get down on the floor and play, instead of washing it or vaccuming it. And forget the double beds.

    Ingrid, on the other manicured hand (not mine, snicker), has real trouble. It is fictional, but the fiction echos, in a safe way, what a child might have going on in his/her life.

    INGID RULES!

  5. Melanie
    4:32 am on October 17th, 2010

    Boy, I must have doubled the caffeine today. snicker

    GO RANGERS!

  6. B.Stover
    4:47 am on October 17th, 2010

    Hi B&M and Melanie.

    Interesting comments Melanie. The show is a reflection of that time–the decade or so after WWII ended and America was taking over as world power. The contrast between the public reaction after WWI and WWII is interesting but what does it indicate? To get an idea, just look at the difference in female "costumes": Twenties Flapper and Fifties angel of the house.

  7. Staff
    4:49 am on October 17th, 2010

    I agree Melanie,

    Beaver is such an innocent creation. If he had to face the things that Ingrid faced he would be a 'goner'. Now Eddie Haskell might have had a chance.

    And as far as I know Beaver's Mom cooked dinner in those clothes without even an apron. Like I believe that!

    I don't think anyone wore jeans back then except boys, beatniks and workmen. Jeans became a stable wardrobe costume for everyone in the late 50's and 60's. (Unless my memory is faulty and that could be true)

  8. Barb & Maggie
    5:14 am on October 17th, 2010

    The Beave always got into some sort of trouble, but problem would be solved by the end of the show, with parent's help, of course. Ingrid is smarter and more savy for sure.

    Back in the late 50's woman usually wore dresses around the house, with an apron when they were in the kitchen. They had what the called "house dresses" for everyday wear.

    Barb remembers in the late 50's girl in jr. high and high school started wearing rolled up jeans, saddle shoes with rolled down bobby socks, and long white shirts that they borrowed from their dads. Anyone else old enough to remember that?

  9. Staff
    5:20 am on October 17th, 2010

    I was in high school in the 60's. We lived in Minnesota and were not allowed to wear slacks in school. We could wear them under our coats on the way to school but they had to be taken off before home room. Also skirts had to be 2 inches from the center of our knees or we were sent home with a note. This must have changed as I got older because I know I wore skirts shorter than that but I was never sent home.

    I graduated on 6/6/66

    I wore blue jeans all through college.

    My mom remembers being sent home for wearing bobby sox instead of the long leggings back in the 1930's. She graduated in 1936.

  10. Melanie
    5:22 am on October 17th, 2010

    I wasn't allowed to wear pants in until 2nd year in high school. Though I could wear them TO elementary and middle school because it was in IL. Off the pants would come in the middle of the foyer. It gets COLD up there in the winter when you HAVE to wear SKIRTS.

    I think the first year we could wear them, we had to wear pantsuits. Remember those?

    We were living in the South by then. When you kneeled your skirt had to reach the floor. We had moved from the north and no way did any of my skirts reach the floor. The other preacher's daughter was the same. Maybe that's why they went to pant suits.

    Could wear jeans Junior year.

  11. Melanie
    5:24 am on October 17th, 2010

    Does any one remember having to wear hats to church? Sometimes we couldn't find our hats and mom would but a lace thingy in our heads. Reminded me of napkins.

  12. A. Catty Librarian
    5:27 am on October 17th, 2010

    I have two "collectible" paperbacks of Leave it to Beaver written by Beverly Cleary. So I equate the Beav with Henry

    I'm going on a trip today – a librarians' retreat. We're going to have book club in a hot tub tonight. We are so wild!

    Hey – doesn't Dan come home today? Forgive if I've missed something – I didn't read the whole blog yesterday.

    BBM (Be Back Monday)

  13. A. Catty Librarian
    5:27 am on October 17th, 2010

    Henry Huggins, that is :)

  14. Barb & Maggie
    5:30 am on October 17th, 2010

    Barb couldn't wear slacks to school either. The cool jeans look was for after school or weekends only. And everyone dressed up for church, funerals, showers and parties. Barb recently went to a baby christening where the godmother was dressed up and the godfather was wearing a t-shirt, bermuda shorts and flip flops.

    Some things were better in the old days, in our opinion.

  15. B.Stover
    5:33 am on October 17th, 2010

    I remember wearing my dad's white shirt. (I really am Admin's age!) I also remember Father Knows Best, Ozzie and Harriet and The Donna Reed Show. All of those shirtwaist dresses…..

  16. Barb & Maggie
    5:34 am on October 17th, 2010

    Hey, A. Cat, you are a WILD THING! Have fun and try to behave yourself.

  17. B.Stover
    5:40 am on October 17th, 2010

    Hats in church! Yes. I loved going to stores and trying on hats. (Do they still make hats?) And only skirts to school. And pantsuits…office apparel. Did the mini-skirt come after the pantsuits? And hot pants. (Oh dear…) Definitely breaking away from the shirtwaist.

  18. Melanie
    6:16 am on October 17th, 2010

    Remember for relaxing there were muu muus?

  19. Barb & Maggie
    6:24 am on October 17th, 2010

    Min-skirts were late 60's. Does anyone remember those 1-piece body suit things? Can't remember what those were called, but they may have been early 70's.

    Barb's mother worked in a millinery shop when she was a young woman. Because everyone wore hats they had stores that just sold hats.

  20. dawson
    6:34 am on October 17th, 2010

    I remember muu muus, wearing dad's shirts, not wearing pants to school (they changed that rule after I graduated) and panty girdles with nylons that you fastened to them.

    Barb and Maggie: You mean those things like leotard only with snaps at the bottom of crotch area? Do not like those things.

  21. dawson
    6:38 am on October 17th, 2010

    A Catty Librarian: Glad you explained what BBM means because I was thinking big bowel movement. Apologies.

  22. Riö - The Evil
    6:45 am on October 17th, 2010

    Wha!?…. I was born after the year 2000 that’s all I know….grunt!… You guys are ancient – especially in dog-years…heh! …. I always just wear a one-piece dog suit… snort!…It fits me everyday no matter what…heh! …It’s wash and wear … snorkel!

    Dan!… Oh boy oh boy! Dan is coming home today….sniffle!… I just adjore that guy. I wish I could be there to greet him and give him big sloppy pug kisses all over his face…slurp!snort!slurp!

  23. dawson
    6:53 am on October 17th, 2010

    A huge welcome home for Dan, many Newfs licking and kissing, happiness, relief and family surrounding with love. Kind of like a Leave it to Beaver day.

  24. Barb & Maggie
    6:58 am on October 17th, 2010

    Dawson, This one piece thing that Barb wore in the early 70's was outer wear. Had full lenght pants and a zipper that ran from neck to croutch. She said she thought it was very stylish at the time. Sort of like a cat-lady outfit, maybe. It might have been called a jump-suit.

    She remembers the girdle and attached nylons. They wore those in high school and college when they had firm little butts and didn't need them.

  25. Barb & Maggie
    6:59 am on October 17th, 2010

    In honor of Dan coming home we are going to finish reading his book. Glad you are back, Dan. Can't keep a good man down!

  26. dawson
    7:00 am on October 17th, 2010

    Oh yeah. Jump suits. I do remember.

  27. Riö - The Evil
    7:04 am on October 17th, 2010

    Billingsley!…The only Billingsley I know about is Peter Billingsley….snort!…Every year we watch that show called, “Christmas Story”….heh!… We love little Peter Billingsley. My friend says he has grown up into a gorgeous man with big blue eyes who produces movies or some such nonsense… grunt! … I wonder if he is related to Barbara?… sniff!sniff!

  28. B.Stover
    7:12 am on October 17th, 2010

    B&M: You're cracking me up. I don't remember jumpsuits but it sounds like something Mrs. Peel wore in The Avenger.

    Good morning Rio. You're such a youngster.

  29. Riö - The Evil
    7:15 am on October 17th, 2010

    Jump!….Why on earth were they called Jump Suits??….grunt!….Did you guys jump into them like Wallace and Spencer do their trousers?…heh!heh!… Two legs at a time…snort!…Or did you just jump around in them all day long?….chorkel!

  30. Melanie
    7:21 am on October 17th, 2010

    Lordy, I had completely forgotten the nylons . . . I do remember the jumpsuits. Have you noticed that all of these things made it very difficult to go to the bathroom?

    And guys wondered why it took us so long. .

  31. B.Stover
    7:22 am on October 17th, 2010

    Weren't they similar to parachute jumpsuits? Mrs. Peel could do tremendous karate kicks in hers. I wanted to be Mrs. Peel.

  32. Melanie
    7:22 am on October 17th, 2010

    DAN is HOME! He sat with us in the living room for awhile. He's upstairs where the flat screen TV is and going to watch the Patriots!

    He thanks everyone for hugs and kisses. Especially the slobbery pug kisses.

  33. B.Stover
    7:23 am on October 17th, 2010

    Now Melanie is cracking me up.

  34. B.Stover
    7:24 am on October 17th, 2010

    I'm so glad that Dan is home. Melanie, please tell him that I'm enjoying his book.

  35. dawson
    7:31 am on October 17th, 2010

    Rio: You could jump around in these suits without fear of anyone seeing your panties.

    Quite a difference from today when I've seen young ladies of all sizes bending over showing off half of their bums and the thin straps of thongs. No fear at all. Does that mean the girls today have a better body image? Or no shame? In those days, thongs were flip-flops.

  36. B.Stover
    7:31 am on October 17th, 2010

    Here is an article on the "catsuit." I don't know if it's what you guys are referring to or not.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catsuit

  37. dawson
    7:32 am on October 17th, 2010

    Hip hip hooray for Dan! Go Patriots!

  38. B.Stover
    7:33 am on October 17th, 2010

    Now Dawson is cracking me up. Those are good questions: better body image or no shame?

  39. B.Stover
    7:35 am on October 17th, 2010

    Here's an article on "jumpsuit."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jumpsuits

  40. Siber-H
    7:36 am on October 17th, 2010

    Dan is home!! Husky Hugs to Dan to go along with the sloppy pug kisses. I'm sure he will be getting a lot of Newf kisses. Melanie, be sure and tell Dan how much we love and appreciate his book. He is one of the good guys in this world.

  41. Siber-H
    7:45 am on October 17th, 2010

    Staff, please give my sympathies to Alice and Abbie. We had our roof done this summer. I know what the cats are going through. I couldn't even get a decent nap.

    Do you guys mean that there was a time when women wore clothes other than jeans and baseball caps? Mom doesn't even own a dress anymore, and she will be in a fix if something comes up and she has to absolutely wear a dress someplace. She'll find a way around it, I know mom.

  42. Siber-H
    7:53 am on October 17th, 2010

    Rio, your worst fears have probably been confirmed; In the state of Washington a mountain goat is the suspected killer of a 63 year old hiker. Details are so far sketchy, but Park Rangers have tracked down the goat and killed it.

  43. Barb & Maggie
    8:01 am on October 17th, 2010

    Bee, Barb says the one she wore was fitted, but not like the cat-suit, wnich looks very tight. She said it was blue and white striped and had bell bottoms. Probably not one of the better looks. It might have been late 60's rather than early 70's. Mrs. Peel probably did wear them. Nor sure how they got the name, Either of those answers have merit.

    Barb's too fluffy to wear one now – she would probably look better in a mu-mu. Just kidding, Barb!

  44. Melanie
    8:20 am on October 17th, 2010

    Mine was dark blue, and a big zipper down the front and bellbottoms!

    Worn with thongs (on the feet).

  45. Barb & Maggie
    8:27 am on October 17th, 2010

    That's the only place thongs should be!

  46. dawson
    8:40 am on October 17th, 2010

    Barb and Maggie: Every one of us who remembers the one-piece pant suit would look better wearing a muu-muu! No exceptions.

    Ditto on thongs being worn on the feet as opposed to some other part of the anatomy.

  47. B.Stover
    8:42 am on October 17th, 2010

    My stomach hurts from laughing so much. Do you think that today's thongs (not for the feet) are worn for the same reason that mini-skirts, hot pants and jumpsuits (or do I mean catsuits?) were worn? (To attract boys.)

  48. B.Stover
    8:44 am on October 17th, 2010

    Bellbottoms!! Why do they remind me of the Beatles?

  49. Barb & Maggie
    8:45 am on October 17th, 2010

    Dawson, ditti, ditto.

    Melanie, How did your mom get to college at such a youg age? In the book Dan says at 17 she was half way school, and then graduated at 19. Wow, that's impressive.

  50. dawson
    8:45 am on October 17th, 2010

    B.Stover: Did jumpsuits attract boys?

  51. Riö - The Evil
    8:49 am on October 17th, 2010

    Stover!…I don’t think they want to attract bees down there!…heh!.snort!

    Admin!…You sure got all these hens a squawking today with your Fifties-Something post!…snort! ….I’m with Spence and we are too young to remember all this crazy stuff!…cough!

  52. Barb & Maggie
    8:49 am on October 17th, 2010

    Bee, Barb's daughter and daughter-in-law both say they are comfortable and show no panty lines. Granddaughter said "MiMi, you have big underwear", since she DOES NOT wear thongs.

    And that was supposed to say half way through school.

  53. Barb & Maggie
    8:52 am on October 17th, 2010

    Rio, You might be too young, but your friend likes to watch all those old movies, so you are probably familiar with the dresses and pearls that all the housewives wore.

  54. Riö - The Evil
    8:52 am on October 17th, 2010

    Chicken!….Speaking of chickens, we are going over to her mothers house for fried chicken!….snort!… My friend is a tad put out, but remembers she had promised to go shopping with her mom after lunch today….grunt!…. Seeing as she just got home from the grocery store with all this (gag!) healthy food, I am way excited about the fried chicken!….Woooooo!

  55. Barb & Maggie
    8:53 am on October 17th, 2010

    And who are you calling hens! At least you didn't say old biddies!

  56. Riö - The Evil
    8:55 am on October 17th, 2010

    Girls!….Now remember, don’t go past 100 posts till I come back!….slurp!smooch!…heh!

  57. Staff
    9:01 am on October 17th, 2010

    I remember when you had to wear a dress to a 'good' restaurant. They wouldn't let you in if you wore a 'pantsuit'. I used to sew my own clothes and I had the most gorgeous pantsuit made of double knit fabric. Anyone remember that? It was a lovely turguoise blue printed with white poodles. Absolutely delish! This was in the early 1970's,

  58. Staff
    9:02 am on October 17th, 2010

    turquoise. That darn 'g' just sneaked in.

  59. Staff
    9:03 am on October 17th, 2010

    If we go over 100 before he gets here are we exempt from the slobber? Er, I mean kisses?

  60. B.Stover
    9:09 am on October 17th, 2010

    I remember double knit pantsuits. They were comfortable as I recall. (I really don't see how a thong could be comfortable.) Mini-skirts were not comfortable (were they why panty hose were invented?) but hot pants were.

    Dawson: I don't know if jumpsuits attacted boys but catsuits certainly did.

  61. B.Stover
    9:11 am on October 17th, 2010

    Hey, perhaps Bernie should have all of those Hawaiian pants recut into muu-muus. (Is that really the way it's spelled?)

  62. dawson
    9:16 am on October 17th, 2010

    Looks better than moo-moos for some reason related to cows.

  63. dawson
    9:22 am on October 17th, 2010

    Another beautiful fall day…must go enjoy, wearing jeans, never you mind what's underneath. :-)

  64. B.Stover
    9:23 am on October 17th, 2010

    At least it's not related to moose.

  65. Barb & Maggie
    9:34 am on October 17th, 2010

    Isn't the word Hawaiian?

  66. dawson
    10:12 am on October 17th, 2010

    B.Stover: You're making me laugh – not related to moose!

    The Patriots are not winning. Whoever heard of the Baltimore Ravens anyway? Orioles, yes. Ravens, no.

  67. B.Stover
    10:15 am on October 17th, 2010

    B&M: Yes and it's muumuu.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muumuu

  68. Melanie
    10:39 am on October 17th, 2010

    Dan is in heaven. He and Zoë are on the bed with three dogs, watching the Patriots. The only way it could get better is if the Patriots get their act together.

    Zoë's high school closed early and they had a choice of early acceptance to college or continuing high school.

    I THOUGHT when I was much younger that it was because she was brilliant and had made all A's in college. . .

    When I didn't (did rather well though) and told her that I was disappointed in myself, she laughed and told me how she did in college. It was good, but it wasn't straight A's!

    We now have a motto: If all else fails lower your standards!

  69. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:50 am on October 17th, 2010

    The Ravens ate the Orioles. Bad Ravens, bad.

    Macy's mom here. My major memory of stockings with garter belt was the constant fear of tops of stockings showing. At church, we would go to the front for communion and I was always terrified that my tops were showing when I knelt. I think today's young ladies could use a bit more fear of showing the inappropriate.

    I loved my bodysuit. It was a shirt that tucked into hiphuggers. The snap crotch was the only way to keep the shirt in place. It was the only "stylish" outfit I had and wore it to pieces. It seems that most of us are past the mid-century mark, hee hee hee

  70. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:52 am on October 17th, 2010

    What do you do to get a web post imbedded into this one?

  71. Mollie (a black pood
    10:58 am on October 17th, 2010

    From hats, gloves, dresses and high heels to T-shirts, jeans, and flip-flops. How things change. I did read that some employers are going to ask the employees to dress better.

    I had a lovely jumpsuit.

    Welcome home Dan!!!

  72. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:59 am on October 17th, 2010

    Mom again: oh, yes the double knit pantsuit. Made in home-ec class. Height of fashion! Did your schools make the girls kneel down to check the length of their dresses? And boys got detention for having their shirts untucked. And certainly no facial hair. Lord I AM old.

  73. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    11:01 am on October 17th, 2010

    Hey everyone. Just checking in again, although unfortunately not from Vermont. For various reasons we had to cut our vacation short, and drove back yesterday, which meant, among other things, we were not able to go to Spence's book signing at Books by the Sea in Osterville. MA, which I had really hoped we would be able to do, but I know there will be other opportunities. At least when we got home, we had waiting for us our signed copy of Dan's book, which looks absolutely wonderful. And great that he is now home. Hip, Hip Hooray for that!

    I'm still trying to get completely caught up on the blog, so much has happened while we were gone. Definitely put me down as rooting for the Rangers and the Giants. Sorry I missed the play-by-play yesterday and Friday, although yesterday was clearly a better day than Friday on that score.

    I'm a little bit out of my element in terms of the ongoing discussion regarding pantsuits, muumuus, miniskirts, etc., although the thought of Stover in hot pants is certainly intriguing! Hmmmm.

    However, in terms of Barbara Billingsley and Leave It to Beaver, I may have a slightly different take, both in terms of quality of television programming and social significance. LITB was a quintessential 50's television program, with each episode essentially a mini-morality play, and generally with lessons learned and good prevailing over bad in almost every episode (Eddie Haskell notwithstanding). Others of the genre that captured that quite well were shows like Have Gun, Will Travel and in a sense Star Trek in the 1960s. (Interesting link there in that Gene Roddenberry, who created Star Trek, was one of the principal writers on Have Gun, Will Travel). I may be a bit old fashioned, but that type of programming, compared to what we have today, is sadly missed. And the magnificent Barbara Billngsley was just that –magnificent. The pearls in fact were less social commentary than the fact that she had a cleft in her neck, which apparently created problems (a shadow or something) while filming and the pearls were actually intended to help mask that. In real life, she was actually kind of a surrogate mother to Jerry Mathers (the Beaver) and I know that they stayed close after the show ended. And later on, of course, Barbara Billingsley speaking jive in Airplane was one of the funniest moments in a very funny movie.

    As to Beaver and Ingrid, I actually do think there are some similarities (although I have read only the first of the three Echo Falls books so far). Both are basically good kids, with a penchant for stumbling into trouble, albeit generally with the best of intentions, and then trying to resolve it on their own, with mixed success at best. Obviously, the danger element confronting Ingrid is different than for Beaver, and Wally is not quite the same as Grampy in terms of sage elder advice, but I do definitely see similarities.

    Wookie

  74. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:06 am on October 17th, 2010

    mom…. I wish jeans and t-shirts were what some girls wear to school, short shorts, belly shirts, and my personal favorite, pajamas!

  75. B.Stover
    11:13 am on October 17th, 2010

    Now Wookie has me cracking up (about the hot pants). I loved the original Star Trek and often use examples from it in class where I refer to it as "the real Star Trek."

  76. Melanie
    11:20 am on October 17th, 2010

    "The Trouble With Tribbles" snicker

  77. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    11:31 am on October 17th, 2010

    Wolfers here. Mom is home! And so is Dan! Fabulous Sunday, this. Wookie, I hope that everything is okay. I'm sorry you had to cut your trip short.

    Go Giants!!!!! Go Rangers!!!!

    Macy is right; it is shocking what girls wear to hs these days.

    Makes me blush!

  78. Mollie (a black pood
    11:37 am on October 17th, 2010

    I loved the "Tribbles" episode. Also liked Mary Tyler Moore. Carol Burnett was great, but those came later than the Beaver.

  79. Siber-H
    11:37 am on October 17th, 2010

    Hey! Welcome back Wookie!

  80. B.Stover
    11:44 am on October 17th, 2010

    The Trouble with Tribbles is one of my favorite episodes. A student gave me a fuzzy little "tribble" and when you squeeze it it makes the same sound as these did while gobbling all the food.

  81. Melanie
    12:10 pm on October 17th, 2010

    The Patriots won in over time!

    Dan is happy!

    The dogs want to eat his dinner. .

  82. dawson
    12:24 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Dan: Home relaxing, surrounded by loving Newfs and women, having your team come from behind to win in overtime. It just doesn't get any better than this. Welcome home Dan. :-)

  83. Riö - The Evil
    12:44 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Wookie!….hmmm…Sorry to hear about your vacation ending a week too soon…crap!… The good news is you can watch the next play-off team with us tonight if you are interested….snort!…The Giants vs The Phillies start at 8:00 EST….cough!….The Rangers vs Yankees is on tomorrow night at the Yankees stadium….shudder!

    Dan!…His book is wonderful but now my friend wants to raise puppies…gulp! …I just shake my head No….yeesh!

  84. B.Stover
    1:33 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Rio: I've watched the latest episodes of The Event. You had a question about their eyes opening but I can't remember exactly what it was.

  85. Barb & Maggie
    2:00 pm on October 17th, 2010

    We almost are finished with Dan's book. We feel as though we know the entire family now. Glad Dan is home and that his team won.

  86. Riö - The Evil
    2:06 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Stover!…When the first little girl woke up her eyes did a “thing”…snuff!…Maybe it was the music or something, but I had a strange feeling all that waking up stuff is not really what’s happening…grunt!

  87. B.Stover
    2:30 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Rio: The doctor who had examined them said that all of their vitals were gone but something else was keeping them alive??? It's somehow connected with the aliens. My question is why do they want…Shawn? The main guy. Perhaps he's actually one of them but he doesn't know it.

  88. Riö - The Evil
    2:36 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Stover!…It’s not my favorite show, so I don’t ponder these things as much as you might expect…heh!… I do however wonder if you’ve had any revelations about Rubicon?….snort!

  89. Mollypop
    2:54 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Hi All. How trying these last few days have been. I thought everything would settle down if we returned to Ellicottville, but then we had lots of company. A dog can't even get a decent nap around here.

    So — Dan is home (we're loving his book) and staff has fabric with Poodles on it (Macy, not Min-Pins). That's good!

  90. B.Stover
    3:13 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Rio: Rubicon–tonight is the season finale. I think that Spangler and his group ordered the bombing of the oil tanker so that their companies can profit when the oil prices rise. I also think that the dvd that Katherine got (Meet Me In St. Louis) has a recording of Tom telling her about everything.

  91. Mollie (a black pood
    3:14 pm on October 17th, 2010

    I'm ready for a win for the Giants. I think the game is starting.

  92. Riö - The Evil
    3:19 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Hey!…Molly doesn’t seem so Poodled Up tonight!…snort!…Good deal. No need to rile yourself until after tomorrow night Molly!…heh!

    Stover!…At first I thought maybe St. Louis was were the terror attack was going to happen, but you are probably right!…snort!…There are some clues in that DVD…sniff!sniff!

  93. Mollypop
    3:36 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Rio – We are just too tired to get riled up. We will be going to bed soon.

    We need our strength for tomorrow night!

  94. Riö - The Evil
    3:42 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Molly!…Get some rest my dear…sniff!…And bring all you got tomorrow night!….Woooo!…heh!

    Giants!….The bases are loaded against them right now and there are 2 Outs!…ahhhh!…Come on Giants – leave them all at base…heh!

  95. Siber-H
    3:45 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Mollie (ABP) We're with you.

  96. Mollie (a black pood
    3:51 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Thank you Siber-H, Not a good start. I was not expecting that.

  97. Riö - The Evil
    3:53 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Gah!….I can’t believe Victorino caught that hit by Buster Posey!….golly!…It’s only 1- 0 Phillies, not need to manic yet!….snort!

  98. Mollie (a black pood
    3:58 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Oh, scary, thought that ball would hit Cody. Wonder if he tried to hit him on purpose.

  99. Riö - The Evil
    4:00 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Mollie!….Heh! For some reason I hear your voice as that of Georgia Engle….snuffle!…She played (among a lot of others) Robert Barone’s mother-in-law on Everybody Loves Raymond…heh!…She had a very distinct voice, one I hear every time I read your posts…chorkel!

  100. Riö - The Evil
    4:01 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Oops!… Georgia Engel…My mistake!…grunt!

  101. Riö - The Evil
    4:02 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Ohhh!…Crap!…snafu!

  102. Mollie (a black pood
    4:03 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Thanks a lot Rio. Couldn't you picture me as Marilyn Monroe singing Happy Birthday to Kennedy instead?

  103. Melanie
    4:09 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Uh, Riö . . .

    YOU were number 100!!!

  104. Melanie
    4:10 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Molly, you are NOT a Georgia Engel . .

  105. Mollie (a black pood
    4:14 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Now I'm afraid to post. I don't know if I like Georgia or not.

  106. Mollie (a black pood
    4:16 pm on October 17th, 2010

    And I bet Rio is hearing Georgia's voice saying that.

  107. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:19 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Does this mean that Rio has to kiss himself in the mirror? lol

  108. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:20 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Hey everybody! Still catching up — Mom had some church thing today — spent half the day cooking for it, and the other half going to it. Needless to say, no computer for me — and she didn't even bring me home any leftovers!!!

    Anyway, Mom says she remembers "Leave It to Beaver," but only in reruns! And although Barbara Billingsley was the consummate housewife on the show, Mom prefers to think of her in the aftermath, where she poked fun at her role — especially on the Airplane movie!

    And Mom's another one of those who came late to wearing pants to school. When she lived in California she couldn't wear pants at all to elementary school, then when she got to junior high pants were allowed on rainy days, but they had to be dress pants. (I guess rain was the closest they got to inclement weather there!) When she moved to Iowa they could wear pants anytime, but Mom didn't have too many pants, so she wore dresses most of the time. And her classmates made fun of her for it! She never even owned a pair of blue jeans until she was in high school!

  109. Siber-H
    4:22 pm on October 17th, 2010

    NO, Mollie, you are not a Georgia Engel.

  110. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:22 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Score is 1-1, Giants up. C'mon big people!

  111. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:26 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Crap. Mom just put her glasses on. Score is 1-0 Phillies.

  112. Riö - The Evil
    4:32 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Georgia!….Engel is the most warm enduring person I have ever seen on TV…snort!…Are you kidding me?…grump!… I thought that would have been a compliment….geeze!…Yes, Mollie, every time you post I hear dear sweet Georgia in my head…snuff!

  113. wookie of chevy chas
    4:39 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Wasn't Georgia Engel also Georgette on the Mary Tyler Moore show in the 1970s (or is some age showing here). She was a sweet girl on the show, but definitely not the Marilyn Monroe type. But a very distinctive voice, even then. Wookie

  114. Siber-H
    4:41 pm on October 17th, 2010

    How about that last inning…the Giants squeaked through.

  115. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:41 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Yep, Mom says Georgia was Georgette. Not only was she sweet, she seemed somewhat naive until you really listened to what she had to say. Often, she was the voice of reason!

  116. Mollie (a black pood
    4:42 pm on October 17th, 2010

    I will have to take that as a compliment as you seem to have Georgia on Your Mind…as the song says…

  117. Mollie (a black pood
    4:45 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Kirby: I think I remember a Georgette on Mary Tyler Moore. Kind of a whispery voice.

  118. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:45 pm on October 17th, 2010

    How many Giants does it take to catch up a pop up fly ball right in front of the pitchers mound?

    Answer: Apparently it takes five. Four to stand and stare and it and a fifth to catch it.

    Geeze!

    Go Cody Ross!!

  119. Siber-H
    4:45 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Georgia Engle was on the Mary Tyler Show ( I looked it up)

    I don't hear voices when I read the posts. hee hee

  120. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:49 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Mollie: Yes, Georgette was the one with the high-pitched, whispery voice. She was married to Ted Baxter, the arrogant anchorman. She was the only one who could tame Ted. He thought he was the boss of her, but she was really making him do what she wanted without him realizing it.

  121. Siber-H
    4:52 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Cody homered again!!

  122. Riö - The Evil
    4:56 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Genius!….Georgia Engel is a comedic genius!…heh!….We here just love her…sniffle!

    Victorino!….That guy is really ticking me off tonight!… grump!…Now he is at 3rd base!…crap!

  123. Riö - The Evil
    5:05 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Pitchers!…. I wonder what their hands look like….sneeze!… I mean all those blisters and stuff…gah!… Lincecum was seen trying to file and chew his blister down just a minute ago… snort! ….Ooooer! Buster Posey is up to bat!…gruff!

  124. Mollie (a black pood
    5:16 pm on October 17th, 2010

    We are glad Cody Ross decided not to be a circus clown. We still can win. Come on Giants…

  125. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    5:19 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Victorino. Crap.

  126. Riö - The Evil
    5:27 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Mollie!… That Steer Wrangling story SiberH is true!…heh!… Not that I didn’t believe a word of it, but he left out the part about Ross wanting to be a Rodeo Clown…snort!… We actually know someone who used to do that and recently tried it again…grunt!… We think he will finally give it up now that he has turned a certain age…heh!

  127. Gus & BooBear
    5:39 pm on October 17th, 2010

    We're very late today. Mom spent most of the day working around the house and the evening reading the rest of Dan's book. Melanie, tell Dan how much we enjoyed the book. It is as much a love story between Dan and Zoe as it is a story about the Newfs. And now we feel we know the pack so much better. Thank you again for sending it to us and we are so glad he is home–at last.

    Mom thinks its strange that so many of you are so close in age (according to what she remembers about clothes). She was not allowed to wear pants to school at all until her junior year in high school (69-70) and then it has to be the "pantsuit" previously mentioned. And most were doubleknit. But skirts got very short her senior year and on into college.

    She also remembers having to wear rollers in her hair when she slept…no such thing as a blow dryer!

  128. Mollie (a black pood
    5:43 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Rio: Cody said he wanted to be a rodeo clown because they have no fear and they put their life on the line to save the cowboys.

  129. Gus & BooBear
    5:43 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Sorry, Rio..didn't mean to cut into the game commentary. That was just a quick "aside". Back to the game, please.

  130. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:45 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Gus and BooBear: Mom got a SuperMax as a gift from some people she babysat for. It was orange and came with styling tools; she still has it — and it works! She was telling a woman who was doing her hair about it, and the woman said it's probably a collector's item by now!

  131. dawson
    5:49 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Ouch. That hurts. Finally out #3. Too late. The Giants need their bats.

    Gus and BooBear. Oh yeah – sleeping with rollers. Ouch again.

  132. Riö - The Evil
    5:53 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Puss N’ Boots!….This is not my game to narrate, but little Miss Mollie doesn’t want to take the lead – so I am filling in here and there…heh!… But I’ve been told we are off to bed soon because someone has had a very bizarre day and doesn’t want to think about it anymore…huff!… What about me?? What about baseball?…. grump! …She doesn’t care, she is all upset about something…sniff!…So I will watch till she turns everything off and then go to my warm soft bed…snuffle!

  133. Siber-H
    6:00 pm on October 17th, 2010

    We are going to bed early, also. I think the Giants will win the next game when they are at home and Matt Cain is pitching. I'm looking forward to the game on the West Coast.

  134. dawson
    6:11 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Last bats coming up. The Giants need 5 to tie, 6 runs to win. Hmmmm.

  135. Macy the Min-Pin
    6:14 pm on October 17th, 2010

    No comment on the game. Cowboys stink this year. Blahhhh.

    Macy out.

  136. Riö - The Evil
    6:19 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Min Pin!…She is always such a gracious southern lady….snort!…Good night all. I am being drug off to bed…yawn!…Maybe tomorrow will be another day…sniff!

  137. dawson
    6:23 pm on October 17th, 2010

    The fat lady is singing. Good night.

  138. Mollie (a black pood
    6:25 pm on October 17th, 2010

    Siber-H: I hope you are right and we will win the next one.

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