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TV GUIDE: OCT. 6-12, 1973

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Diane Rigg TV guide

 

October 1973: The Yom Kippur War was starting, VP Spiro Agnew resigns in disgrace, and John Lennon was getting his phone tapped by the FBI. A lot bad stuff going on in the world; it was nice to have the boob tube for escape. Here’s a look at what was on from the 6th through the 12th of October 1973.

 

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Nice, but I’ll take the Starsky & Hutch 1975 Ford Gran Torino.

 

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Put away those “dusty reference works”, the future is now. Technology in the classroom has arrived in 1973 – I wonder what classrooms of 2015 will look like? The mind can’t even comprehend how different it will be.

 

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Saturday Morning Cartoons. Several sitcom cartoon adaptations rear their ugly head: Jeannie, My Favorite Martian, Lassie, and The Brady Bunch.

 

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I loved the flamboyant, yet uber cool, Jason King – especially in his solo spinoff. Peter Wyngarde was quite a character – and his debut LP is a disturbing novelty record without equal. (Listen here.)

Don’t remember Roll Out at all (from the creators of MASH no less). The description is on the next page, and maybe we can begin to understand why it didn’t last…

 

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The Alpha Caper looks awesome – with Hagman, Nimoy and Vic Tayback!

 

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Thrillseekers: “Houdini-like underwater escapes, motorcycle stunts, and flying with the aid of a jet belt.” Count me in!

 

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Thus begins McLean Stevenson’s long string of failures after leaving M*A*S*H*. It was painful to behold.

 

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Guess who’s got his own TV show? That bad mother f- Shut yo mouth!

 

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Ancient memories come flooding back when I see the early weekday morning schedule: the shows I’d watch when home from school. Dina Shore, Romper Room, Match Game, Mister Rogers, and mom’s soaps. (sigh)

 

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Tired of the Watergate hearings? Turn to ABC and catch a show about wife swapping or a movie about demonic urchins terrorizing a woman.

 

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I remember Jack Palance’s Jeckyl & Hyde TV special, but haven’t seen his Dracula.

 

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Mary Alsager, the original Veronica Corningstone.

 

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Tonight on Midnight Special: The Bee Gees, King Crimson, and Monty Python. Damn, that was an amazing show – and tragic that I was too young to stay up late and watch it for most of its run.

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This may be my favorite shag carpet ad I’ve come across: a rare treat to see all the 70s colors listed. Toasted Wheat, Copper Glow, Circus Red, Golden Fig….

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    Okay, this is how ingrained old TV is in my head. While reading through the week’s programs, I found myself skipping over any show or movie where the channel colors were inverted. Look up Diana’s opening credits on YouTube. Talk about shameless ripoff of MTM.