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Big-City Building, Small-Town Living

Judy Gold

I always dreamed of living in NYC. My mother grew up there and often spoke about how difficult it was for her to sleep in our quiescent home on a humdrum suburban street in central New Jersey. My parents picked the town because it was a midpoint between Manhattan and Trenton, where my father worked. My mother needed to know she could get to the Big Apple fast.

An Appraisal: Sherwood Schwartz’s Modern Families

Judy Gold

Sherwood Schwartz passed away Tuesday at the ripe old age of 94. Sherwood Schwartz might be one of those names that you recognize, but you can’t remember from where. He created two of the most beloved sitcoms of the 1960s and 70s – “Gilligan’s Island” and “The Brady Bunch.” You may write these off as shlock, just like the critics did, but I’m sure you can recite the theme songs – both written by Schwartz, himself. He always said, “Tell them everything they need to know in the theme song.”

The Question You Should Never Ask a Lesbian Mom

Judy Gold

A few weeks ago I took my 11-year-old son Ben to the doctor. He had been snoring so loudly that his brother refused to sleep in the same room, so we made an appointment with the best pediatric E.N.T. in the entire world. (Yes, that’s what it’s like living in NYC.)

Joan Rivers gave misfit girls permission to dream

Judy Gold

When I was a little girl, I watched a lot of TV. I loved sitcoms and had a special love for talk and variety shows. I loved it whenTotie Fields, Moms Mabley and Phyllis Diller came on, but there was no one who affected me like Joan Rivers. Like every other misfit Jewish girl growing up in the suburbs of New Jersey, I may have adored Barbra, but I could relate to Joan.