Post by cinlovelis on Sept 16, 2010 0:07:22 GMT -5
Yesterday, September 15th, 2010, was the beginning of the 45th anniversary of "Lost in Space", or as we here upon this forum call it, LIS. Me, my dad and my brother began what will be our weekly viewing of the magnificent show by watching the first of my three seasons of video tapes which I purchased from Columbia House in the late 90's. The first two episodes on the first tape are:
"No Place to Hide", which is know as the 'lost pilot', the one not containing Smith or the Robot. The second ep, titled, "The Reluctant Stowaway" introduced the world to Mr. Johnathan Harris as the sneakly, dastardly, lazy and cowardly Dr. Zachary Smith, and to our friend, the enviromentally controlled robot, which was voiced by Dick Tufeld, who was also the annoucer and commentator for the show, and made to move about by Bob Mays, whom we lost last year when he perished in a fire in his L.A. apartment. Suffice it to say that those videos still play JUST as well as they ever did. Well, since I wish to do some reading before hitting that old sack, must go for now, but will be back here later, gator.
Post by irishpeter on Sept 16, 2010 7:05:36 GMT -5
Information on the fire might be found on one of the 'big two' LIS groups on Yahoo. Maybe the confusion stems from the fact that another famous personage from around that era, singer Jack Cassidy (father of David), died in an apartment house blaze.
Post by 4footjupiter2 on Sept 16, 2010 9:56:07 GMT -5
WOW ! It is hard to believe it has been 45 years that Lost In Space aired. I was 11 years old back then, but it really seems like yesterday. I remember that Wednesday in School talking to my friends in the school yard about this NEW space show that would be on that night. You kinow..if I could go back to those days, back to the mid 1960`s, I would in the blink of an eye ! As for the loss of Bob May, that is such a shame to have lost his home and to have later lost his life at such an early age. One can only hope that he is in a much better place now.
May's home in an upscale mobile home park in the San Fernando Valley was destroyed in the November 2008 California wildfires that hit the Los Angeles area, though he and his wife were able to escape without injury.
The fire took place on November 20th of that year. I frimly, yes I strongly believe, that incident was what caused his death, for it was just a little too much for one to take. Bob, you're missed, and will always be.
Post by cinlovelis on Sept 16, 2010 13:53:55 GMT -5
Irishpeter, no, I didn't have him confused with Mr. Cassidy, I just had it firmly stuck in my head for some strange reason that he'd perished in that horrible fire. Jack Cassidy's demise happened on Sunday, December 12, 1976, that's been so long ago that, til you mentioned it, this lady had forgotten about it. The below is from the www.wikipedia.com article on him:
In 1976, Cassidy was living alone in an apartment in West Hollywood, California. Some time in the early morning hours of December 12, 1976, he lit a cigarette and fell asleep or passed out on a couch, which then caught fire and the flames spread throughout the apartment. His body was found on the floor, as if he had been trying to crawl to the sliding glass doors but was overcome by smoke inhalation. He was officially identified by the pinky ring he wore, bearing the Cassidy family crest. He had had six of these rings made (one each for his four sons, one for his brother, and one for himself) while researching his family history. Coincidentally, he had starred in a 1971 episode of the TV series Night Gallery, called "The Last Laurel", in which he played a character who accidentally killed himself while sleeping.