The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Sex Education #149


Barbara Eden

19 comments :

Brooks said...

Wow. That's an amazing shot.

Trader said...

Mamma mia.

Every teenager kept watching this tv serie, hoping one day Ms Eden would show it all...

Ah, dear Jeannie... Being Major Nelson I would not have been that scrupulous...

Tod Brody said...

I had it so bad for her. I think I still do.

twister said...

Mouth watering pose.

Christopher said...

always wanted to hide out in that bottle

Brooks said...

Major Nelson had to be written that way. According to Wikipedia even the animated opening sequence was chosen to "assure viewers that the show's premise was strictly a fantasy and explain WHY Jeannie and Captain Nelson were living under the same roof without benefit of marriage".

The networks just copied each other back in the day with each one upping the ante. Bewitched, with its advertisers and married witch, was pretty fantastical on its own. With Jeannie they upped it to astronauts and a subservient female Genie who only responds to her master's rub.. and just happens to be incredibly hot.

Ah well - it didn't do as well with adults. But once in syndication the teenage boys sure dug it.

xtoph3r said...

...and of course there is this one (NSFW)

http://www.kippage.com/2008/07/television-favourites/barbara-eden-nude-4/

Stu said...

either Miss Eden has lost the end of her thumb or that's an appaling piece of photoshop I'm afraid

Greg said...

This is a scan so any airbrushing would have had to take place in the photographer's studio. Plus, I can see both thumbs intact perfectly. And Stu, you're not supposed to be looking at the thumbs anyway. :)

Tom Sutpen said...

Greg:

I think Stu was referring to the NSFW link . . . which does, in fact, look like a clumsy bit of photoshopping.

Stu said...

hahaha yeah Greg, I think she has a great set of "thumbs" ;)

Tom's right, I was referring to the NSFW link above

Greg said...

Oops, sorry, I didn't actually visit that link. I'm afraid I am in full ownership of that bad. It's all mine.

mister muleboy said...

You know, I can remember the first time that I had sex with Ms. Eden.

It would have been even better if she'd been there . . . .

Timmy said...

Where's my baseball handbook? I think I hear mom opening the door...

VP81955 said...

Barbara Eden was a wonderful comedic actress -- remember, several years before "Jeannie," she was on a sitcom called "How To Marry A Millionaire" (an adaptation of the movie). Unfortunately, the decline of the studio system prevented her from gaining the success on the big screen she'd likely have had some 30 years earlier. Fortunately, TV was there to fall back on.

Chris Rywalt said...

Craig Ferguson does a great little bit on watching "I Dream of Jeannie" as a kid. I can't find a recording of it now, but it's something like, "Doesn't Major Nelson know there's a young boy in Scotland who wants to see Jeannie's boobies?"

I guess I was too young when I watched the show myself. It never occurred to me that Barbara Eden could even be naked under her outfit.

Bellotoot said...

MIster Muleboy notwithstanding, she'll always be "Mrs. Michael Ansara" to me.

swac said...

And yet, we still can't see her navel.

Greg said...

swac, Ha! Exactly. Nothing like ridiculous tv censorship. One of my favorites remains Fonzie having to wear a windbreaker for the first season of Happy Days unless he was near or on his motorcycle. Then he could wear the leather jacket but only then.