Remember ‘Eddie The Bully’ From “Good Times?” Found Him & Fans Are Pleasantly Surprised
The ‘Lunch Money Rip-Off ‘episode on “Good Times” was one of the most memorable episodes ever. After “Micheal Evans” was picked on by the school bully, he decides to take a different approach and invite him over for the weekend. The bully’s name was “Eddie,” and he spent a weekend with the “Evans” family only to learn a lesson of respect and love. The lesson came in the form of a spanking or like Old Schoolers say, a “whoopin!”
Well, Eddie’s character was played by Robert Douglas Grant, and he also appeared on “The Electric Company” in 1973, and What’s “Happening.” His most recent TV appearance was on a British TV drama, “Footballers’ Wives,” where he played a TV sports presenter. But check him out now…
“He Got Down On His Knee And…”
Per the NY Daily News, Robert is 52 years old and married to Eileen Grant, a painter. Robert is also a painter, musician and educator.
“I had an art show, and Robert was going to be having a show at the same venue, so the staff suggested that he should attend, to see what the place was like, so we met at my show,” said Eileen. “I thought he was pretty fetching, so we exchanged numbers. The next week, we went out for coffee and it wound up being a whole day and evening out, it was just magical.”
“He totally surprised me,” said Eileen. “He got down on his knee and gave me his grandmother’s wedding band. It was very romantic.” During the ceremony, Eileen was escorted by two of her uncles as well as her father. “They’re all very special in my life, so when I came through the chapel doors, my Dad met me and took me down part of the way to one uncle, and then he took me to the second one, who gave me away.” Eileen carried a bouquet of roses and lilies.”
Eileen Grant is a Visual Artist who’s work can be seen here on Facebook.
Do Spankings Still Work?
Not to get too far off the topic, but what happened to kids being spanked if they disobeyed their parents or guardian? Back in the day, that element came with the ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ principle, which kept so many of us on the straight and narrow. Lots of Old Schoolers still believe that the absence of spanking (when deemed necessary and as a last resort) in many of today’s families, can also be interpreted as a lack of discipline in the household. ILOSM family, let us know which one you agree with: spanking, or no spanking?