People say it was terrible but I watched it in the original run on TV, when I was eleven. It was the best show in the universe then!!! Now, maybe not, but I adored it. Can I tell a story about something that happened while I was watching?
On June 8, 1966 I was watching. It started at 6:30 PM local time. There had been severe weather warnings and I was upset because there were breakins to to show, for weather updates. Then, about 6:55, the tornado sirens went off. A monster tornado that would have been classified as F-5 went right through the middle of town. I sstill remember the fear. Our house was not in the path, but it was less than a mile from the point the tornado entered the city.
There was only one TV station at the time, and the temp anchor did such a good job on air, being calm and giving directions and updates, that network execs noticed him. That was Bill Kurtis, who made it big on television announcing. And he’d never planned on it, he was a law student then.