Saturday, November 28, 2009

I'm Old

There are times in your life, as you get older, that the outside world sneaks up on you and lets you know that you are not as young as you think. In my world this usually happens when I least expect it.

I was having a completely enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend with my family. I was thrilled to have the "big" kids home. We were laughing and talking when someone brought up the subject of old TV programs. The boys were arguing which police/detective show was the best ever and my husband and I were telling them that most of the classics happened before they were born. The subject of "The Man From Uncle" came up. I mentioned that as a young kid (I was 10 when the show went off the air) I had a horrible crush on Illya Kuryakin.

I know that I am not alone here, after all, he was young, handsome, was an exotic Russian, and when you spent the day in a classroom of boys with crew cuts, you couldn't help but love that gorgeous blond hair. Napoleon Solo may have been smart, but Illya Kuryakin always got the girl.

My husband laughed at my childhood crush and asked me if I had any idea what my long lost love was doing now.

I hadn't a clue.

He told me that I see him at least once a week.


I'm terrible at remembering actors real names (I was informed that Illya's real name is David McCallum). I rarely remember what they have played in. After much taunting, they finally informed me that Illya is now a member of the N.C.I.S team. Really? Hmm. Not Gibs. Couldn't be one of the younger officers......


The "hunk" from my childhood is DUCKY???

Say it ain't so!

This is the same man that couldn't walk down the street in New York without being mobbed by teenage girls? This is the guy that always got the girl. This is the guy that at the age of 8 I wanted to grow up and marry?

To quote Dick and Jane "Change, change change".


Anonymous said...

Karen -
Did you know that there is actually an older NCIS show where Kate says to Gibbs - I wonder what Ducky looked like when he was younger? and Gibbs says - Illya Kuryakin! Not many of us got that one!

bmayer said...

I do remember the NCIS reference to Illya Kuryakin , and wondered how many people "got it"
The first time I saw the show I thought gee how did he get so old, and I havent. I live in the state of denial...

PG Wagner said...

Geez.....I recognized Ducky as Illya the first time I saw him. I always wondered what happened to him and when he showed up on NCIS I had a hard time with the Ducky character 'cause he just doesn't have Illya's COOL!!!! David McCallum will always be Illya to me. Sigh....

Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

I just picked myself up off the floor. I CAN'T BELIEVE IT.

dang I'm old too!

Becky W. said...

I recognized him right away, too, when I first saw him a couple seasons ago. I still love the program even though Ilya IS older.

Becky W.

Nancy said...

Amazing too, how a Scotsman could do that Russian accent so well! Yes, I too recognized Ducky the first time I saw him, and realized that we are aging, some more gracefully than others... lol!

Anonymous said...

Your post is 'bout an update.

Anonymous said...

I didnt realize till I read your blog who Ducky was, even though my husband had told me several times. Dang Im old Beverly

Anonymous said...

I too loved the man from UNCLE BUT I love Napoleon solo because my sister liked Illya. I think Ducky is still cool. I guess that proves I"m old