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alice
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PostSubject: The Big Valley   The Big Valley EmptyFri Oct 21, 2011 10:41 am

I love this western, The people are so perfect. Victoria can do most everything. She looks beautiful in her full length gowns and can remove bullets, play the organ and shoot to kill in defense of her children who are grown up.

I wish it was still going. Anyone else ever see it?
The names of her kids are funny too. Jarrod, Nick, Heath and Audra. All different, but well-intentioned in their own ways.


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PostSubject: Re: The Big Valley   The Big Valley EmptyFri Oct 21, 2011 11:25 am

The perfect, all-American family:

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PostSubject: Re: The Big Valley   The Big Valley EmptyFri Oct 21, 2011 12:45 pm

Thank you, Shelagh,

Have you ever watched them?
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PostSubject: Re: The Big Valley   The Big Valley EmptyFri Oct 21, 2011 1:29 pm

Never missed an episode - Heath was my favorite
You can see them all on YouTube


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PostSubject: Re: The Big Valley   The Big Valley EmptyFri Oct 21, 2011 1:37 pm

ANN,

Thanks You are a kindred spirit. lol!
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PostSubject: Re: The Big Valley   The Big Valley EmptyFri Oct 21, 2011 2:15 pm

And Audra Barkley grew up to become Krystle Carrington on Dynasty. I didn't care for it, but it was the girls' favorite.

Different generations Rolling Eyes



Audra was much sweeter.

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PostSubject: Re: The Big Valley   The Big Valley EmptyFri Oct 21, 2011 2:25 pm

Once again, I agree.
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PostSubject: Re: The Big Valley   The Big Valley EmptyFri Oct 21, 2011 3:31 pm

Bonanza.

What clean, upstanding, well dressed, beautiful, good people!

Rich, too.



Love,

Betty
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PostSubject: Re: The Big Valley   The Big Valley EmptyFri Oct 21, 2011 3:47 pm

I liked Dallas, too.

JR looked just like the first boyfriend I ever had.

Mostly, I loved Walt Disney. From Steamboat Willie to present day.

I guess it all started with those comic books I found in the city dump one day. A box of all kinds of comic books. Mary Worth....Dick Tracy...B.O. Plenty and Sparkle Plenty. Little Abner and Daisy Mae. I wish I still had those wonderful things. I hid them in the loft of the barn because my mother thought the romance of Mary Worth was smut. I always loved her flowing tears and her blue hair.

For old tv, you cannot beat MASH. Still current. Genius writing and great actors.

Love,

Betty
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PostSubject: Re: The Big Valley   The Big Valley EmptyFri Oct 21, 2011 3:58 pm

Dallas is coming back.


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PostSubject: Re: The Big Valley   The Big Valley EmptyFri Oct 21, 2011 4:11 pm

A lady I know was one of the regulars on Dynasty. I met her when she was a teenager and already established in movies by then. I knew her father, Tom. We played music and flew airplanes together. Her name is Pamela Sue Martin. I first met her at her Dad's wedding. Then last saw her at a jazz festival in Sun Valley in the mid 1990s. She was living near there. We lost touch after her father died.

She did a Playboy spread once. Her father had a copy of the magazine, but he wouldn't open it. I opened it.
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PostSubject: Re: The Big Valley   The Big Valley EmptyFri Oct 21, 2011 4:13 pm

The old shows are the best shows.
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PostSubject: Re: The Big Valley   The Big Valley EmptyFri Oct 21, 2011 4:23 pm

Al,

Do you still fly airplanes?
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PostSubject: Re: The Big Valley   The Big Valley EmptyFri Oct 21, 2011 4:34 pm

Wasn't Pamela Sue Martin Nancy Drew? This is my kid's TV generation; I don't remember it all that well.

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PostSubject: Re: The Big Valley   The Big Valley EmptyFri Oct 21, 2011 5:31 pm

Back to MASH. Before I lived in S. Korea, I had no interest in MASH at all. Then, in S. Korea, I worked at Camp Red Cloud, the model for the MASH show. Our television received Armed Forces Radio and Television shows for a couple hours in the evening and a couple hours on Saturday morning. In the evening - we had MASH. Suddenly and still, MASH became very relevant and enjoyable.

Dallas. My mother loved Dallas - for the clothes. The clothes on that show set the style for the U.S. The show also led those receiving it in foreign countries to believe that all U.S. people lived like that.
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PostSubject: Re: The Big Valley   The Big Valley EmptyFri Oct 21, 2011 6:04 pm

alice wrote:
Al,

Do you still fly airplanes?

No. The FAA thinks that insulin-dependent diabetics who can't see very well shouldn't be flying. I don't know why, but that's what they said.


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PostSubject: Re: The Big Valley   The Big Valley EmptyFri Oct 21, 2011 6:10 pm

alj wrote:
Wasn't Pamela Sue Martin Nancy Drew? This is my kid's TV generation; I don't remember it all that well.

Ann

Yes. Dynasty came after that. She's still active in theatre. Her autobiography is due out soon. A very nice woman.
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PostSubject: Re: The Big Valley   The Big Valley EmptyFri Oct 21, 2011 7:39 pm

Al Stevens wrote:
alice wrote:
Al,

Do you still fly airplanes?

No. The FAA thinks that insulin-dependent diabetics who can't see very well shouldn't be flying. I don't know why, but that's what they said.

I am sorry, but glad you are compliant with their wishes.
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PostSubject: Re: The Big Valley   The Big Valley EmptySat Oct 22, 2011 6:36 am

My spouse decided on his own that he should not fly any more. It was difficult at first for him. He had flown small planes since he was a young man. At the time of the decision, though, we owned a twin-engine Cessna with two other partners. He never felt as safe with that plane as with those he owned outright. In fact, we had two incidents with that plane, one no electrical power and another he had with our son where he lost engine power and landed with one fully functioning engine. Not long after that, he decided to sell his share of the plane.

The selling was a story in itself. It was common at that time for drug runners to buy small planes and simply ditch them off shore or in the Everglades once the drugs met their destination. He refused to sell his share to one person who just gave him a bad feeling. The partners watched out for each other in selling their shares.

Not long after that the same person was picked up at sea after ditching in a small plane.
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PostSubject: Re: The Big Valley   The Big Valley EmptySat Oct 22, 2011 6:40 am

I grew up with this "Great" American family:

The Big Valley Brady_bunch
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PostSubject: Re: The Big Valley   The Big Valley EmptySat Oct 22, 2011 6:51 am

Betty Fasig wrote:
I liked Dallas, too.

JR looked just like the first boyfriend I ever had.

Mostly, I loved Walt Disney. From Steamboat Willie to present day.

I guess it all started with those comic books I found in the city dump one day. A box of all kinds of comic books. Mary Worth....Dick Tracy...B.O. Plenty and Sparkle Plenty. Little Abner and Daisy Mae. I wish I still had those wonderful things. I hid them in the loft of the barn because my mother thought the romance of Mary Worth was smut. I always loved her flowing tears and her blue hair.

For old tv, you cannot beat MASH. Still current. Genius writing and great actors.

Love,

Betty

It is funny how Major Nelson became JR. Larry Hagman did an amazing job of making JR a villian you just love to hate.

I remember the summer I began watching M*A*S*H. My brother was home from college and would come home every day from his summer job and make a snack and watch the show. I was curious about this program he was so crazy about and became a fan too.
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PostSubject: Re: The Big Valley   The Big Valley EmptySat Oct 22, 2011 7:28 am

Talking of Pamela Sue Martin reminds me how much I loved reading the Nancy Drew books. There was another similar series featuring a girl detective name Judy Bolton.

It was not easy to find series with positive role models for girls at that time.

Who were some of your literary heroes - male or female - when you were first beginning to read novels?

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PostSubject: Re: The Big Valley   The Big Valley EmptySat Oct 22, 2011 8:38 am

I watched and LOVED all the above TV shows! Big Valley! Bonanza! Dallas! Dynasty! Mash! Even Brady Bunch! I was hooked! Ah . . . those were the days.
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PostSubject: Re: The Big Valley   The Big Valley EmptySat Oct 22, 2011 8:56 am

The Nancy Drew, Hardy Brothers, Bobsey Twins and similar series of books for young people were written by freelance writers. The series were published each under its own ficticious author's name, all by the same publisher.

As a boy, I always said that Franklin W. Dixon was my favorite author. That was the name used for the Hardy Boys books and it represented many different syndicate writers.
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PostSubject: Re: The Big Valley   The Big Valley EmptySat Oct 22, 2011 10:10 am

That's news to me, Al, but it makes sense. Maybe it contributes to the individual books have a fresh quality to them, even after reading so many.

Kind of like generic, formulaic writing today. Just follow the pre-established concept.

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