V is for Vinnie Barbarino #AtoZChallenge

“Up your nose with a rubber hose.”

Airing from 1975-1979, Welcome Back, Kotter is a sitcom that screams 70’s to me. Gabe Kotter comes back to teach a remedial class of under-performers known as the Sweathogs at the high school where he once was a Sweathog himself. The Sweathogs are comprised of Vinnie Barbarino, Freddie Washington, Juan Epstein, and Arnold Horshack. They make up a diverse group with very unique personalities.

I was always sweet on Barbarino. What with those beautiful locks, the dimple and smile…. sigh. John Travolta oozed charm, didn’t he?

What I found interesting was not that the actors playing the Sweathogs were slightly older than high school age in real life(from 21-26), but that Mr. and Mrs. Kotter were in fact portrayed by actors who were 27 and 30 in real life. Although it was evident that those Sweathogs were not teenagers, I didn’t realize how close the cast was in age. You know how distorted your idea of age is when you are growing up.

Some popular catch phrases to come from the series were:

  • “I’m so confused!” -Vinnie
  • “Hi there!”- Freddie, in that oh so deep voice
  • “Hellooohhhh. How are ya? I am Arnold HorshAAAAAck.”- Arnold, in true Arnold fashion
  • “Did I ever tell you about my Uncle Max?” -Mr. Kotter, always the jokester

It might not have been a realistic depiction of high school in the 70’s but it was no more off base than any other high school sitcom!

This post is part of Blogging from A-Z Challenge- V.

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