(Television History and Trivia)




Victor Edward Swanson,


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- - - T.H.A.T., Edition No. 6 - - -

    Welcome to this Internet Village!  I hope your arrival was uneventful.  Your stay must begin by getting answers to questions that were posed to you in the fifth edition of T.H.A.T.
    One of the answers that I must give you is the answer to: Who played Jennifer Farrell in the series entitled Jennifer Slept Here?  The answer is Ann Jillian.  Remember: She was a blonde gal.
    Another answer you get in this report is the answer to: What was the name the series in which Louis Gossett, Jr., was seen during the 1979-80 season?  The answer is The Lazarus Syndrome.  Some of the other regular performers in the series were Ronald Hunter, Sheila Frazier, and Peggy McKay.
    Through the previous edition of T.H.A.T., I also wondered if you knew what was the series focusing on the exploits of Ryan and Micki and what actors played Ryan and Micki.  The television series was entitled Friday the 13: The Series.  John D. Le May played Ryan.  Robey played Micki.  You might remember Robey had long wavy brown hair.  Another regular performer in the series was Chris Wiggins, who played Jack Marshak.
    You were also given a challenge in the previous edition of T.H.A.T.  I talked about a TV-movie that focused on the explosion of a space shuttle on January 28, 1986, and I wondered if you remembered the name of the movie.  The question should have been easy for you to answer, even if you never saw the movie.  The movie was entitled Challenger.  Of course, The Challenger was the name of the space shuttle.
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    You have just been hijacked!

    The idea of being hijacked is appropriate at this moment, since this edition of T.H.A.T. is the sixth edition of T.H.A.T., or this is "Number 6."

    A man is a spy.  His real name is unclear.  He meets with a man in a small room and makes it known he resigns.  He pounds his fist on the table, and that causes the cup of a cup-and-saucer set to crack the saucer.  The man heads off for home and starts packing.  While packing, he begins to feel something is wrong, and then he passes out.  When he wakes, he discovers he is not where he is supposed to be.  He is in "The Village."

    The previous paragraph is a simple description of the opening to most of the episodes of a television series that was first shown to television viewers in the United States of America in the summer of 1968, beginning with the episode entitled "Arrival."  The setting for The Village was really the grounds of Hotel Porteirion, Penrhyndevdraith, North Wales.  However, some outdoor scenes for the series were filmed in England.  The series was also filmed at Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer Studios in Borehamwood, England.  The production entities involved were ITC Productions and Everyman Films Limited.

    What was the name of the main character of this series?

    What actor played the main character?

    Who played the butler?

    What animated series did a spoof of this series, doing that through an episode that was shown on December 3, 2000?

    What was the series?   (Maybe, that should have been the first question for you, to reduce your burden.)

    The five questions that I have already posed are easy questions to answer.  You probably will need no supervisor to help you.  Now, though, I give you a couple hard questions.

    The hero of the series had to find Professor Seltzman in one episode, "Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling."  Maybe, you remember the hero also called himself by such other names in the episode as Duvall and ZM73.  In what European town did the hero find Professor Seltzman?

    In the episode entitled "The General," the hero was exposed to "Speed Learn."  Through Speed Learn, all that an individual had to do to acquire the knowledge of three years of college was to watch a television set for a short period of time.  How quickly could a person attain three years of knowledge through Speed Learn?

    And now I have one quotation for you to finish.  The quotation comes from, for instance, the episode entitled "Dance of the Dead."   The quotation is: "Questions are a burden to others....."

    Let us "Fall Out" from that series and move on, but while on the subject of hijacking, I have some other questions that focus on hijacking to ask you.

    David Janssen and Keenan Wynn were two of the performers in a television movie about hijacking and truckers.  The movie was presented as a Wednesday Movie of the Week on ABC-TV in 1973.  What was the name of the movie?
    Perry King, Anthony Michael Hall, Michael Gross, James Brolin, and Earle Hyman were some of the performers seen in a TV-movie on ABC-TV on February 4, 1996.  The movie was about a hijacking and a commercial jet.  What was the name of this movie?
    Robert Collins wrote and directed a made-for-TV movie about a hijacking, and it was shown on NBC-TV on February 13, 1989.  Some of the performers in this movie were Karl Malden (who had been in The Streets of San Francisco as a regular performer), Lee Grant, E.G. Marshall (who had been in The Defenders), Vera Miles, Mohab Boctor, Neva Small, Susan Lyons, and Christina Pickles.  What was the name of this movie?

    And now I return to regularly scheduled programming.

    Through the previous edition of T.H.A.T., I posed a very hard question to you.  I talked about a syndicated program that featured such performers as Sammy Davis, Jr., Gloria Gaynor, Adrienne Barbeau, Peaches & Herb, and Brooke Shields.  I gave you almost no more information about the show, which was a "one-shot."  ("One-shot" refers to a show that is offered as one program, as opposed to being one of a series of shows.)   This "one-shot" did happen to be, as I can determine through my files, a one-time thing (at least for national distribution).  The show was The 1979  Disco Music Awards.  It is the only awards show listed in my files that focused on disco music.  What is interesting to me is, by 1979, the heyday of disco music was past (the heyday had begun about five years earlier), and, maybe, that is why no other awards show focusing on disco music was ever distributed nationally again.  The big winning song for this 1979 awards show was "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy," made famous by Rod Stewart.

Stay well!


Date: September 10, 2004

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