No.71 Coffee or Tea or me?

Exact quote is ” Oh…and to top it all you’ve given me coffee not tea! ” The quote is from the movie series: LoveJoy. Series 6.  “Holding the Baby”

So I knew  when I saw the book cover, Coffee Tea or me?  that I  had probably read it in high school. I had a group of friends that exchanged romances . We would read them voraciously. Titles like… ” A Lesson in Love….The Kilted Stranger…Sweet Santuary…Escape to Happiness…The Garden of Dreams…. When I was in college after I took a Women Studies class, as an experiment I  reread a bunch of them and Boy!! was I shocked on how bad they were. The romances were filled to the brim with sexism, and rapes that were supposedly romantic! When you are young you sure are clueless!!  So out of curiosity I ordered through our library system two of the books written with the title Coffee Tea or Me in it by the same author Donald Bain.There’s a story about these books…Someone came up with the idea and elected Donald Bain to write the book at the time he was working for the American Airlines in the public relations branch of the company.  He then hired two airline stewardesses Trudy Baker and Rachel Jones… to help write their memoirs but their stories fell flat. So he rewrote  a “lusty” version on their escapades-himself…under the pretense that the two women had written the memoir. In the beginning it was sold to the publishers as being factual but it was really fictitious. Trudy Baker and Rachel Jones were the two stewardesses that gave interviews and were hired to be  the visual front to the book. The book was an instant hit…remember this in 1967…Donald Bain ended up adding three more books to the title and five million books were sold. I researched further and found that in the  1997 Disney film called ” George of the Jungle” there’s a mention of the book as a” good source of courtship behavior.”  I found  Coffee Tea or Me?  on YouTube, created in 1973. The stewardess is portrayed as  a cute, innocent-looking stewardess  that carries around a teddy bear on flights. She has an unsuspecting husband on each continent. One in the U.S. and the other in London. And the song in the background kept using the words…”Fooling with love…” I couldn’t even finish the movie …it left a bad taste in my mouth. Think about it from another angle this is the period that women were fighting to get better jobs and equal pay as well as rights to having property even their own checking accounts. The conservative religious right thought the world was  going to blow up if women got any additional rights. I’d be curious if I ever read this book again if I would  revert to a bad habit of mine …read the first chapter and then the last couple of sentences of the last chapter… Voila! I’m finished. It’s like when we were little kids counting to 100…we would say 1,2,3, skip a few…99 and one hundred!

Everyone needs a BIG TEDDY BEAR for bumpy rides …to give us courage!

A good book for parents to read IF their kid says” Hey mom I decided I want to become a stewardess….”

Cut out the extra fees with a travel tote..overnight genuine leather…keep things simple .

Drink St. John’s Coffee Roasters  FLYING SQUIRREL coffee decaf….

 

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  1. glad I found you! Yes, from Disney to today, its amazing this still goes on in the background. Which is why I never read my daughter Fairy Tale books. Unfortunately Music videos send the same message, if not worse.

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    1. Hi I think it’s everywhere. I have a 23 year old and she would tell my stories from work experiences and we would exchange stories when I was her age and I’m still shocked that nothing has changed. Though after reading an article in the New York Times on how female students are treated in Australia with the machismo male attitudes..-it makes me glad I live in the U.S. I don’t know the age of your daughter but there’s alot of info on how Disney and their writers still fit this weirdness into their stories. Girls are bedazzled by the princess stuff but there is a lot of subtle and not so subtle innuendos written in that aren’t very healthy for females. Have a great July 4th ! Therese

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