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Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 06/07/2011

Taking a break from Sarah Palin to praise Andrew Gold


I was going to write yet another piece showing how yet another poll, in this case the new Post-ABC News poll, reveals that Sarah Palin is a star with no support for the presidential aspirations she wants people to think she’s harboring. But I changed my mind to focus my attention on Andrew Gold. You know who he is. You just don’t know you know who he is.

Gold, who died at his home in California on June 3, brought smiles to many faces by penning what later became one of the most cheerful theme songs in television. Within four notes, your were singing the lyrics to the old hit NBC sitcom “The Golden Girls.”

Thank you for being a friend
Traveled down the road and back again
Your heart is true you’re a pal and a confidant.

And if you threw a party
Invited everyone you ever knew
You would see the biggest gift would be from me
And the card attached would say, ‘Thank you for being a friend.’

“The Golden Girls” was must-see television from 1985 to 1992. I
remember staying home on Saturday nights to watch the merry band of four tight-knit friends in Miami sass-talk each other as the careened from one zany situation to the next. Keep in mind that “Girls” was racy for network television fare back then. But nowhere near as racy and bawdy as the show it served as a precursor for — “Sex and the City.”
Back in 2003, the New York Times ran a piece that tied “Sex” and “Girls” together in a neat, compelling bow.

Yes, “Sex and the City”' is eerily reminiscent — or perhaps the word is prescient — of “The Golden Girls.” Fast forward 25 years or so and you’ll find that the fabulous foursome have all had children; one has been divorced, others widowed. They’ve sold their co-ops, moved in together in a spacious Miami Beach ranch house, traded Barney’s for Burdine’s and kicked off those exquisite but painful stilettos for comfy Easy Spirits. But they’re just as sex-obsessed, lovelorn, fearful of growing old alone, and dependent on one another as they were in their mid-30’s.

All of the “Golden Girls” girls are gone, except for the delightful Betty White. But they all live on in hilarious splendor on my DVR. No matter the episode, I’m guaranteed to smile thanks to Andrew Gold’s simple yet affecting song.  

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