Manic Monday! Pinky’s Got Different Strokes To Move The World When She Meets Todd Bridges and Gary Coleman!

I’ve heard and correct me if I’m wrong… But I’ve heard that the world don’t move to the beat of just one drum… and… wait for it, what might be right for you, might not be right for some.

These are just some things I’ve heard.

Ms. Pinky has also heard this and for this weeks Manic Monday has decided to talk about one of her favorite shows, Different Strokes. Now, I know what you’re thinking, Different Strokes is the show that gave us The Facts of Life and for that I love it as well. lol…

Oh, if only I wasn’t serious…

Anyway, check out Pinky’s ode to Different Strokes as she talks about meeting Todd Bridges and Gary Coleman after the jump!


Hello, my lovelies. Pinky Lovejoy here to talk about one of my favorite childhood shows, Different Strokes. You see, there were very few shows growing up that I loved more than Different Strokes. I remember looking forward to watching the Friday night episode all week long and would often watch it during sleepovers and slumber parties. Who didn’t love to see Gary Coleman say, “What’chu talkin’ about, Willis?” or see their weekly antics? I loved it so much I even watched it when they added the bratty redhead step-brother. See, that’s devotion.
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A few years ago I had the chance to meet Gary Coleman at Sundance shortly before he passed away. Now, I don’t want to speak ill of those that have gone before, but suffice it to say that he wasn’t a burst of sunshine. Granted, he did it, he took the picture, but not without major attitude. In fact, at the end of our group of people getting pictures, I was the very last one and I said, “Please, Gary, just one more, I’m such a big fan.” He said, “It’s NEVER just one more!” Regardless, I was able to get my picture and I was happy.
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On the flip side, I was able to meet Todd Bridges at the most recent Hollywood Show and he was really nice. We had a great conversation and I found him to be very down to earth and humble. I really enjoyed our conversation and loved that the autographed photo he signed was from their very first day of shooting the show.

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When I tweeted him our picture and thanked him, he even tweeted me back! How cool is that? Of course, I was most excited about my ability to resist saying, “What’chu talkin’ about, Willis?” TO the person who played Willis on the show. There were several times he said something that I wanted to interject that saying, but you know he’s probably heard it his whole life. I was going to be strong and not say it.
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Unfortunately, there aren’t too many other cast members of the show who are still alive, so I treasure the two experiences I’ve had, even if the one with Gary wasn’t ideal. I love my autographed picture from Todd and will find a way to frame it with my pictures of Todd and Gary.
mike the fanboy's pinky with different strokes star todd bridges posing for a fan photo at the hollywood show

For additional pink fodder, please visit or follow me on twitter – @pinkylovejoy. As always, have a pink day!

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