Friday, December 15, 2017

Show Notes: Season 3, Episode 9: Voyagers!

*"Cleo and the Babe" premiered at 7:00 P.M. November 14, 1982, on the NBC television network.

*Voyagers! only lasted 20 episodes.

*Meeno Peluce was born February 26, 1970, and is now a photographer, but he really was in tons of shows in the 1970s and 1980s.

*Jon-Erik Hexum was only 26 when he accidentally took his own life on the set of the short-lived series Cover Up.

*The episode mike mentions with the trial is episode 13, "The Trial of Phineas Bogg."

*We found no evidence of the Voyagers interacting with dinosaurs during the show's run.

*60 Minutes' (which was the #1 show on TV this season) cast/approximate ages at the time of this episode:
Ed Bradley (41)
Morley Safer (51)
Harry Reasoner (59)
Mike Wallace (64)
Diane Sawyer (36)
Andy Rooney (63)

*Lucky Luciano allegedly started modern organized crime in the USA and was likely responsible for countless murders. He's a lot of fun in this episode, though! Oddly enough, despite dozens of arrests, Lucky never served actual jail time.

*Yankee Stadium, "The House That Ruth Built," debuted in 1923.

*The 1927 Yankees went 110-44, destroying the American League, and swept the Pittsburgh Pirates in the World Series. 5 other players besides Babe Ruth are in the Hall of Fame, and so is the manager and then-exec Ed Barrow (who we see in a different role in this episode).

*The makers of Baby Ruth candy bars always claimed they named it after Grover Cleveland's daughter, but they launched it in 1921, and as Wikipedia notes, the manufacturer was on the same street as Chicago's legendary Wrigley Field.

*Isaac Newton's theory of gravitation may or may not have been directly inspired from an apple actually falling and plunking him on the head, but isn't it a better story that way?

*Mike was spot on in referencing the Babe's piano. Legend has it that an intoxicated Ruth heaved a full upright piano into Willis Pond in 1918. The New England Historical Society reports the other version of the story is that Ruth and a bunch of his drunk friends just pushed it in together and left it because it was too heavy to pull out when they sobered up.

*Speedy with Harold Lloyd and an extended cameo by Babe Ruth is a 1928 silent film.

*Shannen Doherty appeared in "Agents of Satan," which took the Voyagers to colonial Massachusetts for the witch trials and to Harry Houdini.

*We give a special shout-out to the comprehensive website and recommend if you want to learn more about the show, visit your local library...but then visit this website.

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