Children of the ’60s should be able to remember the game-and probably even sing part of the jingle, “.. There was the Dream, dressed in a white dinner jacket, and the Dud, in his unmatched plaids, horned-rim glasses, and white crew socks.
In between episodes of “I Dream of Jeannie” and “Bewitched,” which taught us that magic and trickery were required to get a man to marry, we learned through commercials for “Mystery Date” that dating was a game of chance.
But when you’re 40, and you’re not living happily ever after with Major Nelson or Darin Stevens, the game can get old.
Using his own anecdotal evidence, Albright maintains that the growing number of never-marrieds is a Yuppie phenomenon and a sign of the times.
Like the characters on “Seinfeld,” he and his single friends have been busy at work and at play.
At the first sight of white crew socks and short shorts, Stephanie knew she was in for a pretty bad evening.
Her date told her to knock herself out and order anything on the menu.
” Relationships are a journey without a destination.
If you are focused on an end point, whether that’s marriage or a commitment or children, that becomes all-consuming.
Veteran singles like Crosskno and Albright found themselves looking for a different kind of dating life, one that fit their more settled lifestyle.
For them and for many other .55-plus singles, having a date every Saturday night was no longer the be-all and end-all of existence. ” I had been to enough openings of bars, restaurants, and galleries.
But by the mid-’80s, dating attitudes began to change.