Continuing with our review of this special season and the 'Space/Sci-Fi/Fantasy segment of the schedule, today we look at one of television's all-time outstanding producers, Irwin Allen, and his first big hit on television - Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.
This clip is from the outstanding 1995 TV documentary special: 'The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen', and features host June Lockhart (more on her big hit series Lost In Space this coming week!) and interview with one of my all time heroes, David Hedison.
Hedison played Seaview Commander Lee Crane, and co-starred with Richard Basehart, who played Admiral Harriman Nelson. Also shown in this clip are scenes from the pilot episode, which also guest starred one of the television's best and favorites - Eddie Albert (more on Mr. Albert later this month!)
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea ran four seasons on ABC, from September 14, 1964 to March 31, 1968. Like so many other television series honored here at Television Vanguard, 'Voyage' is also available on DVD box sets - outstanding series and DVD collection. Like so many other series during this 1960's era, 'Voyage' was filmed in black and white during the 1964 and 1965 seasons, and in color during the final two+ seasons from 1965-1968.
We'll be paying tribute to the great Irwin Allen all this coming week, but it is important to learn just how much he and Gene Rodenberry in particular advanced the technology behind special efforts on television series. Both men had amazing minds and imaginations, and television is all the better for it.
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It made its debut exactly 54 years ago today September 14, 2018. Incredible how quickly time has passed. The Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea cast became part of our family as we sat around a black & white television set to watch this great program. Unforgettable days for me as an 8-year old boy when the series began.
I absolutely loved this show as a child and always saw David Hedison and Richard Basehart as my big heroes. Half a century later and nothing has changed - they will always be magnificent actors in my eyes. Thank heavens that David accepted the role of Captain Crane because nobody else could have pulled it off quite like Mr. Hedison did. David, I salute you, Sir - thank you for Voyage and for my many happy memories of this wonderfully iconic show. Bless you.
Me too Turrican60 (what´s your name?), I feel the same, I´ll be watching it till the day I die. I watch it almost every night and I always enjoy it so much, like a child!, I´m 50 years old. My favourite TV shows from that time are: first of all: "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea", then "The Invaders", "The Time Tunnel", and "Bonanza" and "The Ingalls family".
Well, I will be watching it till the day I die, Nancy, so you will never be alone, even if you are thousands of miles away in Argentina! The show gave me many happy times as a child, and I've never forgotten the wonderful characters that were created by the excellent cast. Just wondering how old you are, Nancy, if that's okay?
It's the same for me, Nancy - watching it makes me feel younger than 57! Yes, they were great actors indeed...and a perfect match as Nelson and Crane. It was very popular here in England, and is still great to watch even after all these years.
Why celebrate LGBT Pride? The history of oppression for LGBT persons has centered around notions of appropriateness/normality and invisibility. LGBT persons have often lost their families, their friends, their employment and their lives because others have deemed the way they love to be inappropriate or abnormal. Our society has a strong sense of gendered normality: Men do x and women do Y. Indeed, who we are allowed to love has historically been linked to that which is deemed appropriate for our gender. When an individual chooses to live with integrity, as an authenticate person, despite the societal dangers of doing so, they exemplify Pride; that is worthy of celebration. The freedom possessed by todays lgbt students was made possible by the courage and strength of individuals who refused to feel shame for who they were and Who lived authentically and openly, winning straight allies along the way. Instead of lamenting the paucity of role models living authentically when we, as educators, were in school, perhaps we are called to be the role model we wished we had had! Now, and every day, is the time for Pride!
Professor of LGBTQ Studies.
May 22nd is Education Support Professionals Day!!
As educators, we know the crucial role played by the thousands of paraprofessionals, office workers, bus drivers, custodians and maintenance staff in our schools and/or Community Colleges. In fact, it would be difficult to imagine a school going for one day without ESPs.
When we talk about strengthening our schools, we need to strengthen everyone who works within them. Along with recruiting and retaining quality teachers, we must recruit and retain quality education support professionals. To do that, it certainly means providing decent wages and benefits to the people who spend their days making sure our students are safe, well fed and learning.