I was sixteen when Grease was released in movie theaters. If that wasn’t the perfect age for this movie, I’m not sure what was! From the first viewing, I fell in love with all of it. The fifties vibes. The clothes. The music. The characters AND the actors. The story. Who couldn’t fall for the love story of Danny and Sandy?
Torn apart by their differences, “You’re the One That I Want” is the perfect showcase for their open display of how far they are willing to go to be what the other one wants them to be and realizing they didn’t have to change at all. Watching this video now, it doesn’t seem quite as risque as I remembered as a teenager.
I had the record album, which I played to death. I burned off endless calories performing along with all of the songs- sometimes with my siblings in tow. This always wound up with bickering over who could play each part. (And my baby sister in tears because she was always too young and small to play Sandy or Rizzo, the ultimate bad girl with the heart of gold.)
We all became 1950’s greasers when it was time to sing “Greased Lightning” and dreamy swoony girls over “Beauty School Drop Out.”
And to this day, my absolute favorite quote of the movie is-
“You can’t just walk out of a drive-in!” -Danny Zuko
Writing this post makes me want to watch it again. I’ve sat here with a smile on my face the entire time. What a happy memory!
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!