Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Sleeping With Buck Rogers

One advantage of having parents who only redecorate when the old wallpaper physically falls off the walls is that 27 years later you can still find Gil Gerard (the producers couldn't afford Harrison Ford) and Erin Gray on your bedroom wall as 'Buck Rogers in the 25th Century' and his sidekick Wilma Deering.

How I remember the excitement at the age of 11 when I was allowed to choose my very own wallpaper for ONE wall! And the little shop along a side street which sold this surprise in amongst all the swirls, Anaglypta and woodchip. It might even have been around the time when I called upon my not inconsiderable powers of imagination - fired up by Michael Jackson's Thriller video no doubt - to fantasise that my one-horse Northern Irish home town was actually in America - a suburb of LA - for one entire Saturday. After watching Multi-Coloured Swap Shop on TV of course. What a magical day that was, tho' I still can't imagine how I did it, even though my town has now increased to at least two horses with its own M&S, Starbucks AND Caffe Nero!

Former Olympic swimming champion Larry 'Buster' Crabbe played the original screen Buck Rogers in 1939 (and also the sexier Flash Gordon with his hair dyed blonde in 1936). Not to be confused though (as I used to) with missing Brit frogman war hero
Lionel 'Buster' Crabbe

Both of whom would have made equally splendid wallpaper with all their adventures (fictional and real) I'm sure! And who could forget the alarming array of sparks emanating from the back of Flash's rocketship in the 1930's series? (perhaps I should mention the televisual powers-that-be were kind enough to repeat all these magical mini-serials on BBC2 in the 1970s/80s as an alternative to Blue Peter for the benefit of those of us who didn't catch them first time round!)


Anonymous said...

LOL - that wallpaper brings back memories. ONe time when we moved when I was younger, I quickly picked my bedroom as the second oldest because I didn't want to get stuck with the Spider Man wallpaper that I knew my parents wouldn't get around to taking down. So my poor little sister ended up in that bedroom for a few years. She didn't seem to mind it but I was pure girly girl and couldn't have Spidey on my walls!

Anonymous said...

Welcome back!

Awww that is rather lovely. I always think though that it feels very very weird to go back and sleep in a childhood bedroom.

I don't think I have ever watched Buck Rogers.

Steve said...

Not that I didn't respect you anyway, Laura, but my respect has now increased tenfold with that wallpaper. I loved Buck Rogers as a kid and nursed secret desires for Col. Wilma Deering that only a sci-fi geek boy could nurse. They were repeated on one of the cable channels last year and, sad to say, I still enjoyed them. Biddi biddi biddi...!

Rol said...

Welcome back - I'm quite jealous of that wallpaper, though obviously I would have prepared Teeni's sister's Spidey paper.

Oh, and I won a bet I had with myself about what Steve's comment would be...

But I did hate Twikki.

The Sagittarian said...

welcome back!! Being a girly girl myself (well, back then I was) I had all pink walls on the first room I was allowed to decorate. Candy floss pink if I recall correctly! Yuk. Got jugular red now.

Old Fogey said...

Flash Gordon was a staple of Saturday kids cinema in the 1950s. Much loved by little boys. You could see the wires holding up the spaceships as they cranked slowly across the screen with, no doubt, someone secreted inside holding the firecracker that provided the sparks.

moi said...

Oooo, that wallpaper is way retro cool. Too bad you can't peel it off and frame it!

Steve said...

I find myself disappointingly predictable.

The Poet Laura-eate said...

So did you get some Wonderwoman paper in your room Teeni?

Thanks RB - it is a bit surreal to go back, I must admit. Particularly when I look in the mirror and expect an 11 year old to look back at me, since nothing else has much changed!

Steve, you are too kind. I've always has a secret geek side. And sad to say I still love that wallpaper!

Rol I did look under the stairs to see if there was a spare roll, but alas not. I now see from all the comments I could have sold such on e-bay for a fortune!

Sagittarius, you didn't get your current colour scheme by taking your (H&S inspector in slaughterhouseses) work home with you I trust?

Old Fogey, you bring it all back! Despite my not being around in the 1950's.

Moi, thank you. It is lovely that it has had such a good reception here. When it finally falls off, I will certainly frame it!

The Sagittarian said...

haha, No I didn't but was reluctant to put "bordello red" in such a public forum!! :-)

Lucy Fishwife said...

When Mr Fishwife and I go to stay with his mother, his bedroom has still got the Mr Men wallpaper from when he was 7... Not that she's kept it as a shrine or anything, I think she can't really be bothered to redecorate... who can blame her when Mr Bump is so pathetically adorable?