When the Green Bay Packers were on “Love Boat”


Sorry that headline is click bait.

I wouldn’t be surprised if a stroll through the archives of “The Love Boat” turned up a few actual players from the Green Bay Packers. Sports celebrities regularly turned up on the cheesy Aaron Spelling romantic comedy anthology.

An episode with Joe Namath aired last week on MeTV. The New York Jets quarterback appeared on two episodes in 1980 and 1981 in one as a “playboy with a scheme for his best friend” played by Fred Willard.

But what I’m referring to happened Sunday when the Packer name appeared in an unclear context

The show, which aired from 1977 to 1987, featured fading Hollywood actors as guest stars.

During that period Connie Stevens, now 76, appeared on seven episodes, one of which incorporated the Packer reference below. The image was captured by an eagle-eyed viewer whose love of the mindless shows she grew up with knows no bounds.

She said Stevens is reading the book “because she wanted a specific kind of man.”

One such man, played by Kent McCord, notices that she requests his favorite song, orders his favorite drink and notices she is reading the Packers book. “She wants him to make her pregnant with a perfect baby,” she said. “And then I lost the thread, but they wound up together.”


Stevens was a regular on 1960s TV shows. I remember first seeing the pixiesh blond  on “77 Sunset Strip” and as Cricket on “Hawaiian Eye (1959-1963).

Listen to the”Hawaiian Eye” theme  below; starts about 28 seconds after Polident commercial.

The finger-snapping theme from “77 Sunset Strip” is below that.

Both were written by the TV theme team of Mack David and Jerry Livingstone. They also co-wrote “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” for Disney’s Cinderella” and “The Ballad of Cat Ballou.”

“Hawaiian Eye”

“77 Sunset Strip” (“You meet the highbrow and the hispster/ the phony starlet and the tipster / You find most every kind of gal and guy / including a private eye.”)

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