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Then there's Facebook

If you check FACEBOOK for some of the Sweethearts of 60's TV, who were in my book of that title, you won't see them. Or much of them. Dawn Wells posts rarely, if there's a TV appearance or memorabilia show. Her "friends" list is private. Barbara Feldon barely bothers with Facebook at all, and years can go by without a post. Barbara Eden's official page doesn't have a "friends" list either, and posts happy pictures of what she's up to. This includes photos of herself with vintage celebrity friends like Jerry Mothers, or a photo of herself reading Tippi Hedren's book. No pix of ordinary people wanting her to promote their drawings, photos or products. Tina Louise likewise has no "friends" list and doesn't interact with fanboys who leave comments. Her page gives people recent photos of herself and her daughter Caprice but keeps a good distance between herself and goofballs.

But you CAN find Julie on Facebook, answering even the silliest of questions, promoting the likes of Dita Von Teese, or Facebook friends such as Sean Black and Gene Hamm. Like Cher, she's not afraid to embrace the "gay icon" tag. While there are so many diseases that one acquires simply by heredity (CMT, Down Syndrome etc.) or by quirks nobody understands (cancer, Alzheimer's) Julie's charity is AIDS, the one disease that these days can be avoided by using condoms or not sharing needles. It's rare to acquire it from blood transfusions, as was apparently the case with Amanda Blake and Arthur Ashe.

So, while Newmar News is still around for professional news, memorabilia dates and posts of interesting YouTube items and other tributes, fans most certainly should check out the fabulous, fabulous world of FACEBOOK.

Ebay Auctions from the Hetero Days

What a Christmas surprise for Julie's red-blooded and Catwoman fans. Hyee Auctions has once again found more rare Don Ornitz images, both color chromes and 35mm black and white. They regularly put a few on eBay and watch the prices go up and up.

While today Julie's name seems to forever be preceded by "gay icon" and there's some mention of drag queens and the the freaky world of "fashion," this was unknown in the 50's, 60's and 70's.

Julie was photographed by men who wouldn't think of putting cobwebs on her face or putting her in funeral clothes. She showed off her legs and the pictures were bought by the top men's magazines of the day, not Fashion Fop Weekly.

Don Ornitz, like Peter Basch, Peter Gowland and Bernard of Hollywood, didn't hate women, have a mother issue, or try to make over beautiful women into Joan Crawford clones. A bathing suit. Lingerie. A gown that didn't have tinges of S&M, this was enough.

These are the enduring images that not only made Julie a star, but kept her a star. These images can fetch hundreds of dollars because what's behind them is life, love and sensuality, free from psychological symbolism and affectation. This is honest stuff. Ornitz, Basch, Gowland and the other vintage photographers were true professionals and always in demand by commercial magazines that were popular, not pompous, aimed at everyone, not an exclusive clique.

An interesting fact is that even after all these years, when fans go to a memorabilia show and take photos of Julie, these honest pictures have a verve, a lightness, a sensuality and a sense of fun. They hark back to when pros like Ornitz brought a camera and not attitude. There was nothing campy going on, nothing subversive, no "high fashion," no darkness. It was just basic: a woman radiating joy, aimed at men, but with lessons for women on how it's done.

Funny isn't it, that this year's or last years fashion atrocities are always forgotten, but simple bathing suits are timeless. Elaborate and ridiculous sets with catered food and elaborate costuming don't make for a lasting impression no matter how many paragraphs of "credits" are attached to it. Put a beautiful woman out on a lush lawn on a sunny day, and you have a universal image of love and life.

The bright Blu-Ray of BATMAN 66

Fans have not been disappointed in the new animated version of Batman 66. The familiar voices of Adam, Burt and Julie made it a thrill, and the a few of the substitutes for "passed masters" did pretty well. The guys taking the place of Neil Hamilton and Cesar Romero were up to the task, and the Penguin's laugh was once again delightfully strident. Fans also got a chuckle out of the running gag on Robin, based on the immortal Catwoman line from 50 years ago: "We'll kill him!" Get your copy on Blu-Ray!

Julie, Adam, Lee & Burt draw Huge Crowds

Thanks to all who dropped by...and stood on LONG LINES to meet the "Batman 66" stars. While the Chiller Theatre convention was under a bit of a pall (due to the passing of John Zacherle, at 98), across the country, the Stan Lee (he's 93) Comic Con was much more upbeat. As the L.A. Daily News reported it, some people were ready to die happy as long as they had a chance to meet favorite stars.

ADAM & BURT and TWO CATWOMEN? HOLY OCT 29th!

Come see JULIE on Saturday, OCTOBER 29th (only!) at STAN LEE'S L.A. COMIC CON. Never say "Never again." Forget those reports of Adam West not doing any memorabilia signings after last year's Chiller show, old chum. Thanks to the tremendous response to the Batman '66 animated movie, the three stars, Adam West, Burt Ward and JULIE are taking a bow at the L.A. Convention Center. Go to stanleeslacomiccon.com for more details. Catwoman fans will enjoy double-vision: also appearing will be Lee Meriwether, the first woman to play Catwoman in a feature film (opposite Adam, of course). Also at the show on Saturday will be STAR TREK favorites Nichelle Nichols and Walter Koenig. And if you like to collect autographs of people with odd names, don't miss Lak Lim, Peach Momoko and Angus Oblong.

Julie joins the TV PARTY

Julie, Yvonne Craig and I were at the Chicago Museum of Broadcasting some years back, and I remember the curator, young Cary O'Dell telling me he was pretty nervous. He was moderating the panel, which featured a discussion on 60's TV in general, and the women of "Batman" in particular. I was the "expert" (author of "Sweethearts of 60's TV") but Julie and Yvonne were the attractions!

You can see that event if you're at the museum. It's preserved on tape. Cary's moved on to the Library of Congress, where he asked me to provide some articles, and he's been writing for TV Party. His most recent subject? Julie! Not just her work on "Batman," but her other great achievements on such a wide variety of TV shows.

Thanks, Cary, it's nice to know that Julie made such an indelible impression. Long after you got a chance to meet her in person, here she is, immortalized over at TV Party. Fads, fallacies, drag camp and arch "art" projects fade away almost instantly, but the quality work on "Twilight Zone," "Route 66," "Star Trek," "Batman," and so many other TV shows she's done, as well as films, continues to delight old fans and bring in new ones. It's remarkable that "7 Brides for 7 Brothers" which some might think an "old fashioned" musical, is still zipping along in the world of "streaming" Internet entertainment, while only a small cult ponder "serious" esoterica and exchange mutterings with effete critics and "outsider" journalists.

Honestly, most of us would rather PARTY...and TVPARTY is certainly a place to celebrate, and stay young at heart. Thanks, Cary, s scholar, and an unpretentious gentleman.

"Return of the Caped Crusaders" is HERE

The animated Batman '66 movie "Return of the Caped Crusaders" is now available via digital stream. It features the original TV voices of BATMAN, ROBIN and CATWOJAN: Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie.

The deluxe edition DVD arrives on November 1, 2016.

Reviews have been ecstatic, especially on how Julie sounds the same as ever...vital, alluring and seductive. She hasn't forgotten that what made her a star are the real men who bought her cheesecake photos, watched her stupefy Dogwatch USA and roar down "Route 66," and dazzle Broadway in a wicked (not camp) Tony-award winning show.

You're never too old to enjoy a good animated cartoon! And it looks like a second feature will be in production soon!

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