Did You Know?… Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown was the first Christmas special to air first in Antarctica before being broadcast in the US. This was not intentional, but due to an accidental entry of routing codes which sent the broadcast to the Amundsen-Scott Research Station instead of a much-needed weather broadcast. Despite three deaths and five severe frostbite cases, the special was given rave reviews.
Did You Know?… While it’s well established that Torchwood is a spin-off of Doctor Who, few realize that there is also a connection between that show and the 70s show Barney Miller. Take careful notice of the backgrounds, in particular, the sign-out board behind Yanto’s desk which lists the names Yemana, Harris, Wojciehowicz, and Fish.
Did You Know?… When first broadcast, The Jetsons was set in the future year of 2010. We are now officially in the Jetsons era. Disappointing, ain’t it? Current broadcasts and DVD releases have been edited to push The Jetsons‘ in-show year as being 2025.
Did You Know?… The soap operas The Days of Our Lives and As the World Turns were actually the same show. No one really noticed.
Did You Know?… Happy Days was thought to be Fidel Castro’s favorite show. Through intermediaries, he offered several times to perform a guest role and, at one point, was scheduled to portray Fonzie’s long-lost father. Diplomacy fell through at a crucial stage of negotiations.
Did You Know?… Gilligan’s Island is the only multi-season television show to have been recorded in both English and Esperanto. Due to copyright agreements with the United Nations, the Esperanto editions will not be made available to the general public for another 25 years.
Did You Know?… During the 1950s, the FCC did not allow any television characters to wear the color red. This was to avoid any associations with communism. That most televisions only broadcast in black and white did not seem to make a difference.
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And it’s back to work. Turned in a couple of revisions yesterday. Today I’m hoping to finish a photobook/bio layout and a poetry book layout. Then for the weekend, it’s editing articles for the medical journal.
No rest for the wicked.
Actually, we’ll see if’n we can’t take a little bit of time for oneself. I have a couple of painting projects I want to keep working on. I’ve been working on the preliminary warm-up pieces. Experimenting with some processes that will go into larger works. A couple of trial-and-error lessons that can only be taught by doing it.
Now I’ve done did it, and so far, so good.