Anyway, I know 'tis not the season to be talking Christmas, but I had to get this off my chest. Like now.
|Adam Rich from Eight is Enough|
It must have been Christmas of 1979. I was 7. We were celebrating Christmas Eve at Great Aunt Cee's house way up in Mountainside, New Jersey--a long, cold ride for a little kid from Long Island. She had a big, fancy, suburban home with an awesome basement bar and possibly even a disco ball. I would run around wild, downing ShopRite orange soda and stuffing my face with antipasto. It was great fun.
Aside from the glorious food, my second favorite perk of the holiday festivities were the gifts. The tree was surrounded by beautifully wrapped presents and a handful of them were for me. I counted the minutes to receive my two or three items. Seriously, I waited all night for them.
What did I unveil that Christmas, 1979? A damn Andy Gibb doll! There sat plastic Andy, staring at me from his shiny blue box, donning pink and white and his trademark winged 'do. What the what? I wasn't into Andy Gibb! I remember crying to my mom, "A BOY DOLL! WHAT THE HECK AM I GONNA DO WITH A BOY DOLL?!"
I loved Barbies, Baby Alive and Monchhichi. None of those items were under the tree with my name attached to it. Nope, I went home sulking in the backseat of our '77 Cutlass toting a horrible Andy Gibb doll. Too bad I didn't hold on to that crappy doll. It fetches a pretty penny on eBay today.
I thought Andy was kinda cute. The doll was just creepy!
I've never heard of this guy but doll = creepo :]
hahahahaha, oh ebay. what a heartless bitch.
side note: as only someone made in the 80s (who married a man from the 70s) can point out: andy gibb is chest hair-a-licious! so i love the inadvertent pun you made by pointing out that you needed to get this off your chest. ;)
my sister LOVED Andy Gibb, but she is 12 years older than I am and age appropriate for her. She'd probably flip over that doll! lol
Maybe it's better you don't have that doll anymore. His pants/hair/shirt/smile are creepy as hell.
I can picture him starring in a slasher spin-off from Toy Story. Clips on YouTube would show him lurking behind the toy box waiting for Barbie to let her guard down. I'm putting too much thought into it...
That doll is so, uh... yeah.
But he kinda looked like a girl doll, didn't he?
This post scares the BeeGees out of me.
That chest hair is freaking me out
Wow! Great story! I would've cried too...with tears of joy. I know, I'm a nerd.
the most massively bell bottomed doll in history, me things...
Hahahaha The things they make into toys. It's incredible really.
Andy Gibb Doll = not necessary
Dexter Bobble Head = Not only necessary, but a must have.
Better than a lump of coal.
Andy Gibb doll? hmmm Victoria Principle had the real thing..lol...omg, I feel old in 1973 i was 18... lol
I would have loved an Andy doll in 1979. Of course I was a college student and my dorm room was full of pictures of the current eye candy. He would have fitted in nicely ;o)
*ick* did the doll come with it's own chest rug too? Har!
These are my favorite kind of posts of yours. Your storytelling is beautiful and then...WHAMMO! Bee Gees in a box! LOL
I thought all little girls love men with a thick nest of chest hair. Based on my theory you should of REALLY wanted a Tom Selleck doll.
Andy was totally cute...the doll, not so much. I remember being disappointed like that. I wanted a Cabbage Patch doll and instead my Granny gave me a "homemade" Cabbage Patch doll, she was U-G-L-Y. LOL Actually, I think I still have her somewhere around here!
It pains me to think of the crap that I let go of over the years. I'd be so rich.
But...I would have been pissed too if I got that doll.
I liked Andy Gibb but wasn't crushing on him in '79. (I was 9 yrs old.) I'm trying to remember who I was into but I'm coming up blank.
Andy was a hottie...I remember thinking he was cute, I saw him on Punky Brewster a couple times when he guest starred.
My first doll I got of a childhood crush was my LJN Michael Jackson doll...which I still have, fully clothed with accessories and on his stand.
Second, was my New kids on the block dolls! I had them all!
I remember they debuted in October of 90...and my grandma had seen them at the mall and was gonna save it til christmas, but for some reason or other gave it to me early! I freak freak freaked out!!!!!!!
I would gaze at him and twirl his little pony tail thing...I got the rest of the gang for christmas.
Oh my GOD. Does he have a button on the back that plays "I Just Want To Be Your Everything" or was that technology still being developed? :P
Was not a disco girl at all. In fact, dolls in general are creepy. Eek.
That chest hair is terrifying!!!! Did the doll come with that also?
Sorry I haven't been around so much, honey. Working on the novel. As an oldster, I remember Andy Gibb quite vividly. He was a cutie, but still, giving a kid an Andy Gibb doll? Totally random and weird. Boy dolls were never anything to get excited over. One was all that was required to be a husband for Barbie. And honestly, my sisters and I hated the Ken dolls. We used my brother's GI Joes for the men.
Andy Gibb doll, so weird.
Haha! I saw him last night on AI.
Hey, at least the doll didn't have that chest hair from HELL!
Is it wrong that I really want to have the Andy Gibb doll marry my Barbie...screw you Ken!
Do you think he's worth less since you took him out of the package? Regardless, I want one now.
What a crappy Christmas. I would have been bummed, too.
I also thought Andy was a bit dreamy, but that doll gives me the creeps a little bit!!
Oh this is so sad. Even worse is that the name Andy Gibb doesn't even sound familiar to me.
I can't believe you didn't have the foresight to save that for the fortune you could get on EBay.
Why oh why did I destroy the Star Wars action figures I got one year.
Ooooh assaulted by chest hair! Ha when I was little I was always desperate for a new boy doll. I had too many girls and they were all lonely. :)
Okay that is just too funny! I had no idea they even made one :)
I didn't even realise they'd made a doll of Andy Gibb...didn't he kill himself not long after?
Ew! I do agree with the others about his grotesquely hairy chest. Never had a thing for him, but I did crush on the hot oldest bro on Eight is Enough, played by Grant Goodeve (or something like that. I was so in love, I kept his name in my memory bank all these, uh, decades.) Little Adam was cute too, but too young for me.
I hear it's not worth anything unless you have the Barry and Robin dolls to accompany the Andy doll....
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