- - Monday, January 11, 2016

Kathy Coleman and Wesley Eure ruled the TV airwaves for three seasons in the mid 1970s as the stars of your favorite Saturday morning kid’s show, the trippy, creature-packed Sid and Marty Krofft sci-fi masterpiece, “Land of the Lost.”

The pair, now all grown up, spoke about the classic show, that terrible bi- screen remake and what they’re up to today.

You remember the song? If not, don’t worry, they’ll sing it for you.

(Warning, there will be Sleestaks.)

Question: Do you ever get sick of singing that theme song?

Kathy Coleman: He never does.

Q: Do you?

KC: Yes. [laughs] [Wesley] can sing it over and over again because he gets to say, “I was the one who sang that song in the opening credits.”

Wesley Eure: I did.

Q: How long have you guys been doing autograph shows together?

WE: A couple years.

KC: We’ve just started getting together. Phil Paley, who was Chaka, does them with us too. They are fun when we do them altogether. It gives the fan a treat to see us all.

WE: When we do these shows, we don’t like to just sit behind the table. We bring our yellow raft to take pictures with people. We have a friend who is dressed like a sleestak to scare people. We sing. We want it to be fun.

Q: What is the strangest thing you’ve ever signed?

KC: A baseball for me. I kept telling the guy, “You know I don’t play baseball.”

WE: I’ve singed a very perky breast in my day. A lovely perky breast or two.

Q: How old were you guys when you made “Land of the Lost”?

KC: I was 12.

WE: I was actually 20, but I looked younger.

Q: Was the show your big break?

WE: I had been on “Days of our Lives” before “Land of the Lost.” I played “Doctor Mike” for nine years.

KC: For me it was.

Q: Did you have any idea at the time you were creating something that generation after generation of kids would love?

KC: No. I was 12 years old. I actually was just there for the fun of it. I don’t think anybody knew. We have a fan base that has been so loyal for 40 years. People still say that is was their favorite show.

Q: What do you think the appeal of the show is that makes it so popular even today?

WE: First of all, it was written by the “Star Trek” writers. So the writing was really good sci-fi. It never talked down to kids. And it was about a family. We lost our mom. It was just my dad, sister and me lost in this world. It was a real family drama. I think that people related.

Q: Did you guys continue acting after “Land of the Lost”?

WE: I was on “Days of Our Lives” for another seven years after “Land of the Lost.” I did a lot of TV. I hosted game shows for Nickelodeon [like] “Finders Keepers.”

KC: It was a difficult time when you are 15 in the business because they can get an 18-year-old to play a 15-year-old. The jobs started getting fewer and far between. I did some commercial work. Then I ended up getting married, having kids and starting a family. I moved out of California for a while and went in a different direction.

Q: Kathy, what did you do after you left acting?

KC: I went on a lot of adventures. Being on “Land of the Lost” probably got me addicted to them. I just went on adventure after adventure in my life. I was a pig farmer. A dairy farmer for five years.

Q: What did you guys think of the big screen remake of “Land of the Lost”?

WE: It wasn’t “Land of the Lost.” In the film, Holly was his assistant, not his daughter. All these amazing sci-fi writers who wrote our show — that was missing from the movie.

KC: And there was unnecessary groping with Chaka.

Q: What are you guys up to now?

WE: I just did a movie with Ally Sheedy called “Sins of Our Youth.” I played the police chief in it. I’m also producing. I just had a musical open in Seattle — a new Stephen Schwartz musical. He wrote “Wicked.” It’s a show called “Snapshot,” and we will be touring in the fall.

KC: I just released my book in April. It’s a memoir called “Lost Girl: The Truth and Noting But the Truth So Help Me Kathleen.” It’s available on Amazon and doing really well. I’m really proud of it.

“Lost Girl: The Truth and Noting But the Truth So Help Me Kathleen” is available at Amazon.com/Lost-Girl-Truth-Nothing-Kathleen/dp/1508688141.


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