“I need to get into character here,” he said. We could help, he said, by singing the “Growing Pains” theme song while he disappeared behind a curtain. When he re-appeared to the whole crowd belting it, his jeans were rolled up, and he was absolutely in character. He recited Mike Seaver lines and acted out scenes from the show.
It was amazing. People loved it. “Remember this?” he said, as he unrolled his pant legs. “I know you do. All right guys, do me a favor. Reach over to your wife’s forehead … that fever is gone.”
He couldn’t totally think “Growing Pains” was evil or else he wouldn’t be doing this, I thought. And who could blame him? He was the star of one of the most successful sitcoms of the late ’80s and early ’90s. He used to appear on the cover of Tiger Beat. What would you do?
I personally disagree with Cameron on a whole host of issues — human sexuality and evolutionary biology, for starters — but I thought the event stayed on point. My wife, Ash, was also in attendance. We found several pieces of relationship advice to be solid.
Attendee Lynelle Mellady said she appreciated both the spiritual and humorous aspects. “I found it to be a good, Christian perspective on how to have a good marriage,” she said. “It was scripturally sound and I learned a lot about what the Bible says about marriage. It was also fun to relive some of the ’80s with ‘Seaver Fever!’”
I give Cameron credit for being a former child star who isn’t incarcerated or deceased. He has six children, a decades-long marriage and a steady job making movies and giving “Fireproof”-related marriage advice.
And he and many others will always have a terminal case of “Seaver Fever.”
Rob Burgess, Tribune night editor, may be reached by calling 765-454-8577, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at twitter.com/robaburg.