October 17, 2003

Vintage Television

Anyone remember Harry Broderick?

Here's a hint:

Once upon a time, a junkman had a dream...

Ringing any bells? The name of the show was Salvage 1, starring Andy Griffith. It ran for 20 episodes in 1979, and was among the worst crap ever broadcast or the most brilliant and inspirational programming - depending on who you talk to.

In it, Andy... uh, Harry rounded up a team of experts and built his own rocketship. He was a junkman, and the moon was full of stuff that NASA had abandoned. The whole tone of the show was that ordinary people could do extraordinary things and like the original Star Trek, the technology was only a background to the 'people' stories being told.

Wonderful pilot movie. The series was pure crap, and I never missed a single forgettable episode. Am I the only one who remembers this?

Y'all were probably watching Three's Company or Dukes of Hazzard.

Posted by Ted at October 17, 2003 01:34 PM
Category: Cult Flicks

Luke Duke...sigh...

Posted by: Jennifer at October 17, 2003 04:05 PM

I immediately began plans for my own rocket. But since they involved numerous parts of my father's car I didn't get off the ground.

Posted by: StMack at October 17, 2003 07:25 PM

Regrettably, I saw less of it than I wanted. I don't remember why.

Posted by: Tiger at October 17, 2003 07:36 PM

Holy crap, I DO remember Salvage 1!!! I don't remember anything visual nor any dialogue, but I remember being exciting and loving it yet knowing that it wouldn't last. The same way I remember "Delta House" and "Police Squad".

Posted by: Tuning Spork at October 17, 2003 08:55 PM

Police Squad! The only tv show I remember that my entire family would gather to watch. By the fourth week we were dragging the neighbors in to watch it with us. And then......(quiet sobbing)....
cancelled in the prime of its life. The trauma of that still haunts me...

Posted by: Susie at October 18, 2003 12:10 AM

I have no idea what you people are talking about.

You make me feel so young...you make me feel there are songs left unsung...

Posted by: Jennifer at October 18, 2003 05:05 AM

Jennifer, don't make me ground you. Kids these days... sheesh. :)

Posted by: Ted at October 18, 2003 07:59 AM

:-) Did I at least get the lyrics right? I wasn't sure, so I made a guess.

Posted by: Jennifer at October 18, 2003 09:59 AM

I was watching Dr. Who in '79 and most of early '80. Until they replaced Tom Baker and the show began to suck rocks...

*sigh* Almost 30 years later and I'm still a slobbering fan. Anyone who knows me for more than five minutes has to put up with me mentioning that... ;-)


Posted by: Denita TwoDragons at October 18, 2003 02:52 PM

Are you ready for the new remake of Dr. Who?

Posted by: Ted at October 18, 2003 05:09 PM

Actually, I am--though not without more than a little trepidation. Though I've heard that good ol' Tom Baker has expressed an interest in returning to the show--as The Master!
I just hope they don't drop the ball and lose the campy cheesiness in the interest of "modernizing" the good Doctor. It was the camp that attracted me. And heaven help me if they ditch my beloved blue police box, I'm gone.
Same goes for "adult situations". I don't want to know what the Time Lords do behind the bedroom door! Some things were just MEANT to be left to mystery...!

Oh--slightly OT, but for some reason, my name and URL and such don't save in your Comments screen, even though I've selected it to do so. Have you heard of this happening before...?


Posted by: Denita TwoDragons at October 19, 2003 06:23 PM

Denita, I've seen that happen too once in a while. The only thing I can think of is that it has something to do with how you access comments. If you just click on 'comments' it remembers you, if you get there via a link it doesn't. I'll ask Pixy, he's the MT guru.

Posted by: Ted at October 19, 2003 09:07 PM

Hmmm, that's odd. i'm just accessing the Comments by clicking the requisite button. I'm hitting your name in my Opera Bookmarks instead of hitting the link on my Blogroll.

I'll try opening the post archive and posting comments from there. Maybe that will work instead...?

Let me know what Pixy finds, OK? :-)


Posted by: Denita TwoDragons at October 20, 2003 01:24 AM
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