I cannot explain it, but in the last month the theme song from “Welcome Back, Kotter” has been humming around my brain. It makes me think of my dad (who passed away about 16 months ago). I have no idea why it makes me think of him… but it wouldn’t leave, so finally I got a DVD of best of episodes from Netflix. Over a few nights, we watched the six episodes. I do remember seeing a few episodes at some point in my life, but seeing as how I was only three when it was on-air, I’m not sure exactly when I saw them!
Now that we’ve watched them:
*I’m impressed by how skinny and tall Julie is! Since these were selected episodes, in one she was pregnant, in another suddenly they had twins and she was her skinny self again!
*John Travolta was the most familiar face to me. It was a bit strange to see him discuss his Roman Catholic faith and trying to talk Arnold out of being in a cult – and think of Travolta now in real life, being so involved in Scientology.
*I was not/am not that familiar with Gabe Kaplan, but at the end of the episodes, he always tells Julie or the principal a joke. Our favorite was: Q:what did the one fly say to the other fly while they were hanging on the wall?
A: Your man is open!
All in all, I’m glad to get the song out of my mind – I listened to the full song at the opening of each episode and at the end. I almost have it memorized, here are the lyrics in case you don’t remember them:
Your dreams were your ticket out.
To that same old place that you laughed about.
Well the names have all changed since you hung around,
But those dreams have remained and they’re turned around.
Who’d have thought they’d lead ya (Who’d have thought they’d lead ya)
Back here where we need ya (Here where we need ya)
Yeah we tease him a lot cause we’ve got him on the spot, welcome back,
Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back.
(Btw, this song was by John Sebastian, and was a hit in 1976. Sebastian was the lead singer for the “Lovin’ Spoonfuls” and, according to an article I read online, Sebastian was writing music for animated films like Strawberry Shortcake and the Care Bears, in the late ’80s.)