Sunday, December 13, 2009

HOGAN'S HEROES IS, OFFICIALLY, ANCIENT TELEVISION

While I could clutter up this blog with my further thoughts (like everyone else) about the ongoing marital troubles of Tiger Woods with his eleven-or-so mistresses, I finally said to heck with that. Instead, I am basically rerunning here an identical post that I put up over at the News-Optimist site here at THE CAIRNS BLOG, mainly because I wanted to fill space here on a Sunday night.

I scoured YouTube for this video you are about to see. It’s the opening to the classic sitcom Hogan’s Heroes, and it’s in response to the  issue that popped up last week at the newspaper about the need to inform our younger generations of the importance of classic sitcoms and classic pop culture. There was some editorial which used a reference from Hogan's Heroes which ran in the paper, and it went right over the head of our resident sports guy, who isn't that old and has no idea what the heck Hogan's Heroes is. For all we know, maybe he thinks the show had something to do with Hulk Hogan. Uh, no.

Bottom line is the sports guy has no idea what Hogan's Heroes was or who Bob Crane was. Heck, our younger generations probably have no idea who Jackie Gleason or Ed Sullivan were, let alone classic TV. They think of Get Smart and Star Trek as movies, not TV shows.  Not only are our younger people missing out on the significance of the two Darrens on Bewitched (both of whom were played by two guys with the name Dick, by the way), but they are losing touch with the difference between the William Frawley and William Demarest eras on My Three Sons, not to mention the Vivian Vance and Gale Gordon eras of The Lucy Show. Or, not to be outdone, the Suzanne Somers and Priscilla Barnes eras on Three’s Company. (What, you forgot about Priscilla Barnes?!)

Seriously, Three’s Company is rapidly becoming ancient history, too. The Eighties may not seem like such a long time ago, but to the young people it sure is — especially when you consider how many cast members on Three’s Company have, ahem, passed away (John Ritter, Don Knotts, both Ropers). Depressing.

Anyway, the bottom line is we definitely need to preserve our history. Especially our pop-culture history.(Expect a post from me about how TV was better in the old days, soon. Not so much “reality TV” on the tube back then. )

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