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September 17th, 2001

Gone Bananas!

Rummaging through my basement, I came across this:

Willie Aames on the cover of Bananas

Raise your hand if you remember Bananas.

Raise your hand if you noticed (and understood) the “8” on Willie Aames necklace (Pinger Corey gets bonus points for noticing this before me).

A pair of other amusing scans:

  • Oh, Ponch…: Erik didn’t let his injured wrist stop him from signing dozens of autographs. Fans will be happy to know that he is now fully recovered from his accident.
  • Who the hell was Rex Smith and why did I want a copy of his album?: Despite the fact the contest ended a full 4-5 years before I filled it out, I wasn’t deterred from this contest entry form. I would make jokes here, but my two favorite music groups pretty much say it all.

Posted in Childhood Memories

FROM: Matt
DATE: Monday September 17, 2001 -- 1:42:16AM
Twisted Sister and Chicago both rock. I think Dee Snider and Peter Cetera should team up to sing a duet.
CHiPs is one of my alltime fav. shows, so it's great to see that Ponch will be able to film more episodes.

FROM: Robert
DATE: Monday September 17, 2001 -- 8:57:56AM
I can't tell if this amuses me or if it scares me shitless.

DATE: Monday September 17, 2001 -- 9:08:08AM
There are things hidden in the depths of Ryan's psyche that no one should bear witness to. This is one of those things.

As for the "8" on his necklace, don't even TELL me he wore that for Eight is Enough. I remember reading an issue or two of Bananas, though.

Rex Smith rules. I remember him fondly from the wonderful Knight-Rider-on-a-motorcycle show Street Hawk, the movie version of The Pirates of Penzance, and the incredibly cheesy movie Headin' For Broadway.

FROM: Scott
DATE: Monday September 17, 2001 -- 9:32:13AM
I recognized Willie Aames immediately. "Eight is Enough" was/is a great show however I must admit that Adam Rich was my favorite cast member. Incidently I once saw Dick Van Patten when I was on vacation with my family in 1986. He was learning how to scuba dive in the hotel swimming pool (in full scuba gear of course-when he took of his mask I recognized him). I had never heard of "Bananas" nor did I know who Rex Smith was until I read Rob's post, apparently I have been missing out. However, I think you are stretching the truth and this magazine was not located in your basement but rather on your nightstand. Honestly this frightens me considering I know about your Willie Aames obsession. Didn't you guys have lunch last week?

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday September 17, 2001 -- 10:28:54AM
Here's my weird Eight is Enough connection:

There was a girl a year ahead of me in high school named Shana Hiatt. She went on to be a Hawaiian Tropic girl and appeared in Playboy during my freshman year in college. She went on to be in the Playboy video The Girls of Hawaiian Tropic. She then married Dick Van Patten's son and is now Shana Hiatt-Van Patten.

Scott -- It's all about Willie Aames. As far as I'm concerned, if he ran for president, I'd vote for him. As long as he wore the "8" on his necklace during his debates.

FROM: Scott
DATE: Monday September 17, 2001 -- 11:01:31AM
That is a way more interesting Dick Van Patten story. I did not realize that being a Van Patten enabled you to come in contact with Hawaiian Tropic Models. I bet Dick Van Patten still gets all the ladies.

Ryan, In the 2000 election I actually wrote in Willie Aames as my candidate. I requested that should he win Adam Rich be named Vice President and Dick Van Patten Secretary of State. All other "Eight Is Enough" cast members would be eligible for other cabinet positions.

DATE: Monday September 17, 2001 -- 11:30:34AM
How come girls I knew in high school never ended up in Playboy? Not that I'd know if they did, of course...

FROM: corey
DATE: Monday September 17, 2001 -- 12:00:33PM
i still maintain that the '8' on his necklace is a reminder of his advances in the field of quantum science and specifically, how willie aames discovered infinity.

"With this kind of track record, one might be inclined to ask some kind of snide question, like "was he smoking crack?" Well, the sad truth is that, yes, Buddy Lembeck was taking hits from the rock. It never got as bad as crack, but he did start snorting cocaine after the cancellation of Eight Is Enough in 1981, and was probably sniffin' the snuff all through his tenure in the Powell household."

FROM: Scott
DATE: Monday September 17, 2001 -- 12:04:33PM
Once again I am in error. I mistakingly thought the "8" was in reference to his stellar television career. Thanks to Corey I have been able to recognize the error of my ways and now recognize Mr, Aames to be a genius. Thank you Willie for discovering infinity.

FROM: Robert
DATE: Monday September 17, 2001 -- 12:30:54PM
I think his necklace signifies that he is 8", probably cut.

FROM: Scott
DATE: Monday September 17, 2001 -- 2:53:38PM
Thank you Robert for that beautiful image. I am "happy" now (if you know what I mean);)

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Tuesday March 2, 2004 -- 1:18:58 pm
The that character, in that position, is clearly an eight, and not infinity. The eight probably stands for "eight ball," as in the street name for an eighth ounce of cocaine (learned that one from rich kids in the know at fancy private University). Freakin' blow head. Who knew? His acting was so great--the drugs didn't affect it at all!

Bill May 10, 2007, 5:22 pm

OMG I have a siting of this “Bloke”. I gotta tell ya how I found this blog. I was watching the outdoor channel and on come this long haired skinny guy. I scrached my head and said “I know that guy, but he was a kid when I knew him !!!”I went right to Google Images and look what I found … well he’s alive and doing well and shooting animals for a living. Thanx for the memories

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