Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Ever since he’d graduated from college, Kevin had spent most of his time lying on the couch, playing video games, and drinking. One day, as he reached for another can of beer, he fell off the sofa and landed on his head. He was rushed to the hospital, and after they’d taken an X-ray, the doctor came to his bedside with a diagnosis.
“I’m sorry, Kevin, but I have some bad news,” he said. “Your X-rays reveal that you’ve broken your neck. I’m afraid you’ll never be able to work again.”
“Thanks, Doctor,” Kevin said calmly. “Now what’s the bad news?”
At what depth are oceans in total darkness, with absolutely no sunlight penetrating from above?
Below 3,280 feet.
A SHOW IS BORN
The Beverly Hillbillies (1962–71)
In 1959, TV writer Paul Henning (The Real McCoys, The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show) visited some Civil War historical sites in the South, which gave him a show idea: What if someone from the rural South was placed in a sophisticated, wealthy neighborhood? He worked that into a series about a Missouri mountain family who discovers oil and moves to New York City. CBS changed the locale to Beverly Hills, because it would be cheaper to film there, and because it lent itself to a title: The Beverly Hillbillies. Almost immediately, it was the #1 show on TV. In fact, a handful of 1963 shows still rank among the 30 most-watched scripted TV episodes of all time.
(One of my favorites when I was a kid - and I still enjoy the reruns now!)
Granny Clampett’s (The Beverly Hillbillies) real first name was Daisy.