Someone once told me that the celebrity who recieves the most mail from prison inmates was Tina Yothers, the actress who played Jennifer, the youngest daughter on the television show Family Ties. Even long after the show was off the air, she received hundreds of fan letters from prisoners every day. Apparently it was one of the only sitcoms approved to play on closed-circuit incarseration cable networks, and Tina Yothers was as close as these men were going to get to blonde ambition. Tina Yothers grew up to have black hair and appear on reality TV weight loss shows, but what can you do? The heart wants what the heart wants.
If you haven’t seen Family Ties in a while, here are the four things you need to know: 1. It’s tremendous. 2. It’s about a family in Columbus Ohio headed up by former hippies with their 1980’s neoconservative teenage children. 3. Michael J Fox was the breakout star, and ever since, when a child is less cool than their parent, it is affectionately referred to as “Alex P. Keaton syndrome.” 4. Apparently, in addition to America’s prison population, former president Ronald Reagan was also a huge fan. Know who else is a fan?
…dun dun dun dun…ME.
A few weeks ago I wrote a post about reliving my love of 80’s television through copper pudding molds and highlighted every show BUT Family Ties. I didn’t even remember until my friend Tracy mentioned it in the comments, which, is kinda shocking, because now that I am watching it again (fist bump to you, Netflix), I realize how many of my adult fixations root back to this show. I can’t go into these things in detail outside Family Ties cyber fan forums, and even I am not that hard core, so let’s just say it’s deep y’all. Deep.
I meant to take pictures sooner but I feel like it’s not done. It’s only the beginning. I have about a dozen more already — not enough to cover another wall, but enough to get a different party started (but more on that later!)
To be honest, I’m stunned how quickly and cheaply I amassed this menagerie. Not even four months, maybe? Nearly every thrift store I have visited has had at least 2 copper molds, usually priced less than $2. The most I have paid for one so far is $6.99 for an eagle. And that still seemed like a good deal, because I might need to bust out a patriotic eagle jello mold one of these days (that’s my Alex P. Keaton syndrome showing). My personal favorites are the pineapples and the cat. I’m desperate to find a flamingo. One day. One day…
The dream continues!