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I grew up in Boulder City, NV and in 1975 I worked as a cable puller
for the "Almost Anything Goes" production. It was a wonderful
experience for a high school kid in a small town! I had a great time
and still have fond memories of those few days in show business.
I thought the show itself was a lot of fun to watch, and having gotten some experience behind the scenes I gained a lot of respect for just how much work goes into putting something like that together. I hoped that there would be other episodes and that they might even make a return trip to Boulder City but that never happened.
Compared to the "reality" game shows so popular today this one was pretty light hearted. That's not to say that the competition wasn't just as fierce, the contestants played hard; but it was all about having some fun and entertaining the audience, rather than about exploiting personal drama.
Sometimes you want to watch something that educates and enlightens and other times you just want to be entertained for a few minutes. For those times, this show is a good choice. There are no demands placed on the viewer and the only expectation is that you'll be grinning when it's all over.
I'm glad to see that someone besides me remembers this hilarious show!
I used to watch it when it ran on Saturday nights back in 1976 (I was
19 at the time) and I wouldn't have missed it for the world! Too bad
this show went off the air before the invention of the VCR. After all
of the vulgarity and filth that is so prevalent in television today,
Almost Anything Goes would be like a breath of fresh air for audiences
of all ages; clean enough for children to enjoy and competitive and
funny enough to entertain adult audiences. It would be great if a
channel like ABC Family picked up this ball again and ran with it.
Each game had a funny name. One of my favorites was "Hop-Along Kong." Each contestant had to dress in a full gorilla suit, crash through a giant gate, stomp into the sand all of the action figure "natives" in the village, swing on a vine across an above-ground swimming pool (representing the ocean between Skull Island and America, and if they fell into the pool, had to climb out of the water and try it again until they made it across on the vine), jump from the stage in a model of the Radio City Music Hall, grab the Fay Wray doll, climb the model of the Empire State Building and set the Fay Wray doll down on the top level, then knock down all of the fighter planes revolving on a mobile attached to the top of the building model. Each contestant had to try to beat the previous contestant's time.
I hope someone somewhere will get the idea to revive this show. Good clean fun is always welcome on my television screen!
Irene F. Mazur Chicago, Illinois
My mother, Barbara Nowak, was in this series when I was 8. I remember
her at practice but can only remember 3 team members. One owned a fine
dining place, Joe. One was an Interior Designer, Clifford and Jean
worked for the Chambersburg paper, "The Public Opinion". I wish I could
remember more of the team and trainers.
They used to practice at the YMCA and everyone wore Gold sweat suits and I was glued to the TV whenever it was on.
I remember when the Chambersburg won in 1976 and my brother and I got to walk in a parade with the team.
A good memory from my childhood.
I was 7 years old in 1975 and i do remember this show really well.
i was excited to see this show, but didn't it run on Tuesday nights on ABC in 1975?? For some reason i felt like it was on during a school night.
This show along with a couple other shows that were on ABC in the year 1975 were favorites of mine too, such as "Starsky & Hutch" , "Baretta" , "The Six Million Dollar Man" and "The Night Stalker".
There was a couple other shows i remember that were short lived , such as "Hotl Baltimore" & "Kodiak" , both also on ABC.
Gee , it seems like ABC had all the big shows at that time.
But i wont forget my classics in 1975 such as "Sanford & Son" , "All In the Family" & "The Jeffersons".
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