I represent the first generation who, when we were born, the television was now a permanent fixture in our homes. When I was born people had breakfast with Barbara Walters, dinner with Walter Cronkite, and slept with Johnny Carson.
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Saturday, December 12, 2015
Your HOLIDAY SOR-BAY: Magnum, P.I. - Operation: Silent Night
According to the Nielsen ratings, Magnum,
P.I. consistently ranked in the top twenty U.S. television programs
during the first five years that the series was originally broadcast in the
United States. It
has had a lasting impact and is currently aired in syndication on Cozi TV.
Private Investigator Thomas Sullivan Magnum resides in
the guest house of a posh, 200-acre (81 ha) beachfront estate, known as
Robin's Nest, in Hawaii, at the invitation of its owner, Robin Masters, the
celebrated-but-never-seen author of several dozen lurid novels. Ostensibly this
is quid pro quo for Magnum's services based upon
Magnum's expertise in security; the pilot and several early episodes suggest
Magnum also did Masters a favor of some kind, possibly when Masters hired him
for a case. The voice of Robin Masters, heard only a few times per season, was
provided by Orson Welles (one last "appearance" was
provided by a different actor, Reid Crandell).
The series was one of the first to deal with Vietnam
veterans as "human beings" and not as shell-shocked killers, and was
praised by many ex-servicemen groups for doing so.
At the end of the seventh season, Magnum was to be killed
off, which was intended to end the series. The final episode of the season,
"Limbo", after seeing Magnum wander around as a ghost for nearly the
entire run-time, closes with him appearing to walk off into heaven. However,
following outcry from fans, who demanded a more satisfactory conclusion, an
eighth, final season was produced to bring Magnum "back to life" and
to round the series off.