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1) The Love Boat ran from 1977 to 1987. It was in the Top 10 for seven of those 10 seasons. Are you familiar with the show? Were you a fan? I’m familiar with it, but I’ve never watched it.
2) Every week, viewers followed The Pacific Princess as she set sail to a glamorous destination. Have you ever taken a cruise? If so, where did you go? I haven’t.
3) Gavin MacLeod played Captain Steubing. Born Allan See, he came up with the stage name by combining the first name of a fictional character he admired, and the last name of a teacher who influenced him. Using his formula, give yourself a stage name. For example, Sam would be Hermione Hart (Hermione from Harry Potter; Hart for her Kindergarten teacher). Man, I can’t think of a good one!
4) After the series ended, Fred Grandy (aka “Gopher”) went on to become a Congressman from Iowa and then CEO of Goodwill Industries. If you had a bag of gently-used items to donate, where would you take them? Goodwill.
5) Ted Lange is best known for his role as the ship’s bartender, Isaac. But he began his career performing the classics and appeared at Colorado Shakespearean Festival and London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Let’s class up this joint. Give us a little Shakespeare. I’d like to start by saying my favorite Shakespeare play is Much Ado About Nothing. I had to memorize Shakespeare a couple times in school and give you as much of the opening of Romeo and Juliet as I can remember: Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona where we lay our scene…something something where civil blood makes civil hands unclean…something something a pair of star-crossed lovers take their life…
6) Bernie Kopell played the ship’s doctor, Adam Bricker. Kopell first appeared on TV in 1961 and was a regular on Get Smart and That Girl, and he’s still acting today. But Love Boat was, by far, his favorite role. Working on the show was “absolute heaven” because he was paid to travel the world and meet his acting idols, like Oscar winners Greer Garson, Joan Fontaine and Eva Marie Saint, who appeared on the show. When you think of the best job you have ever had, what made it so good: the pay, the location, the people you met, or the work itself? I’d say my freelance work writing about music was my favorite, definitely because of the work itself.
7) Lauren Tewes played Cruise Director Julie McCoy. Today she lives in Seattle, appearing in local theater and — between acting assignments — working as a chef for a catering service. Have you hosted dinner for more than 8 people? If yes, do you remember what you served? Not dinner, but we’ve had parties for groups of that size or larger. I think once, my husband made pulled pork for sandwiches, and I forget what my own contribution was.
8) For the first nine seasons, the theme was sung by Jack Jones. The Grammy-winning singer says one of his career highlights playing Sky Masterson onstage in Guys and Dolls. In his late 50s at the time, had had to go outside his comfort zone, dancing and acting as well as singing before a live audience. Tell us about something new you tried recently. Does childbirth count?
9) Random question — Which would you rather receive as a gift: one $500 wristwatch, or five $100 wristwatches? One. I’d never wear it anyway, so I’d probably return it and get that money.