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14 Responses to “Free To Be...You and Me -- a retrospective”

  1. Boundegar says:

    God this music is horrible.  I feel dirty.

  2. Shibi_SF says:

    Thanks for this trip back to the old days!  I didn’t know any of this backstory.  I just grew up idolizing Margo Thomas. I had the Free to Be album and I remember reading the liner notes and wondering what the words all really meant.  I liked the music, too!

  3. Tavie says:

    My sister and I were raised on Free to Be…, too. Great memories there, and it was my first exposure to performers like Alan Alda, Carol Channing, Roberta Flack, Diana Ross…

    This is still my favorite segment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz7As8XejW0

  4. lorq says:

    Thanks for this post.  I too was inspired as a kid by F2BY&M.

  5. knoxblox says:

    Yeah, I was completely entranced by F2B when I was growing up (I’m now 45). To this day, you could tell me one of the song titles from the TV show, and I could hum the melody, and maybe even get some of the lyrics right.

    I remember enjoying this so much mainly because I was a big fan of Marlo Thomas as a very young boy, and my parents were fans of Alan Alda. I remember my dad receiving a handwritten letter from Alan Alda in response to his fan mail (at the height of M*A*S*H), and it struck me – what a great guy, who would personally answer a piece of fan mail (I sure hope it wasn’t written by an assistant).

    One of the topics I would have added in the discussion about a new Free to Be would have been tolerance, particularly religious tolerance. Then we could ship a few million copies of the new Free to Be to both the American ultra-conservative-mega-cult-churches and the Taliban. I wonder if that would help things (lol)?

  6. Steve White says:

    I raised my twins on the DVD re-release.  I have some favorite moments from the TV Special and Rosey Greer singing It’s All Right to Cry has to be on of the tops.  And Mel Brooks as a baby puppet. 

  7. lysdexia says:

    “A doll! A doll! Corey wants a Doll!”

  8. Jonathan Badger says:

    I’m in my early 40s and remember that there were two movies that seemed to be shown in grade school (mid 1970s) every year — F2B and the one about the carved Indian in a kayak making its way to the sea.

  9. Christopher says:

    I saw the television special several times–at least three times at school that I remember (on an old projector), and at least once at church.

    Sadly I feel like the message of some parts of it, particularly “William Wants A Doll” would be considered too controversial now, even in the relatively liberal Presbyterian church where I was brought up. Then again I haven’t been back there in twenty years, so it may not be “relatively liberal” anymore. And I wonder what kind of ruckus would be raised if it were shown in school.

    I’d rather live in a world where the story of “William Wants A Doll” wouldn’t be controversial but also wouldn’t make sense because there would be nothing odd about a boy wanting a doll.

  10. OtherMichael says:

    “And so she was. And mighty tasty, too!”

    The was my sister and I’s [?] favorite line.