Opinions and Rants #5: Laverne and Shirley Are Elderly

Yesterday, I innocently turned on the TV and was subjected to a Zaxby's commercial featuring Laverne & Shirley looking quite aged and infirm... and it profoundly disturbed me. I guess I've grown accustomed to watching my childhood icons grow grey and wrinkled, so this sort of thing never really affects me. However, this time there was something especially awful about seeing these two ladies together after all these years, looking positively, unmistakably, undeniably.... old.

It just doesn't seem that long ago they were thin and young and singing "Schlemiel, schlimazel, hasenpfeffer incorporated!"

By the way, if you've ever wondered what the opening lines meant, here it is: according to a Yiddish dictionary, a "schlemiel" is a habitual bungler and "schlimazel" is an unlucky person. "Hasenpfeffer" is a peppery rabbit stew of German origin. I'll leave the interpretation up to you.


  1. They did get old. I guess you get old or kick the bucket. It is still weird to see all these stars I grew up with getting old. i guess it reminds me that I'm no kid anymore.

  2. Keith- I've seen many many of my childhood stars get withered, bald and fat... look no further than Billy Joel and Gil Gerard. However, seeing these two ladies together just was a reality check from hell. The commercial should've been playing "Dust in the Wind" in the background.

  3. It's not that they got old, it's just that their crazy hijinks took a lot out of them... oh, and the drugs. Can't forget about all the drugs...

  4. lol maybe because they still air retro shows.... lol i dunno maybe ppl are too sheltered from aging because of botox injections and lipo that they forget that aging ISN'T the end of the world it shows you weren't a lazy asshole and actually had a life to give u the wrinkles

    -get over it