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. (NOTE: Updated to give the URL of the new and improved version of the site!)


  1. Hi Guys, I'm the creator of the Voyagers Guidebook website and i just found this Podcast while browsing, it was very well done with lots of funny discussion! I'm so happy the website had all the resources/info you needed for it.

    You cracked me up with all the jokes about 60 minutes and the scenes in the episode. Cleo and the Babe is one of my favorites. Would've been great to have the Voyagers find Babe Ruth on Vaudeville performing Who's on first? LOL – Maybe hanging off the clock with Harold Lloyd. And the Baby Ruth candy bar. I still believe it's named after The Great Bambino. If you watched later episodes the Voyagers do go to the WWII era twice - Pearl Harbor, and to Germany in "Pursuit." But they don't mention killing Hitler - I think Hitler had just committed suicide off screen by the end of the episode.

    My website URL is now only found at –

    In the past year I moved to another web host and completely redesigned it! It was definitely time for a full make-over after 12 years. If you can please update the link here I'd appreciate it.

    Cool blog and podcasts. I don't get a chance to listen to many and sometimes they go on and on and bore me. But this was just right.

  2. Hey there! Thanks so much for the compliments! We're happy to update the post with the new link.
    Thanks again for putting so much effort into your site and for maintaining it. You just might find a *little* more Voyagers discussion in our season 3 Batty Awards show!

  3. Thanks for replying and for the website compliments! I've read online how the era of fansites online are over, probably fizzled sometime around 2010. But I never stopped with mine, and have a blog and a Voyagers Guidebook Facebook group as well. I think it's great to find places online that have as much info as possible in one place.

    I'll check it out the Batty awards - lol. :D Thanks!