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Welcome To Case's Column

Let me say a big welcome to all of you for joining me here. I'm going to call these blog meetings Case's Column. I wanted to use "Corner", but that was already taken. Since 2008, it's been a real privilege to come on here and share some of my life with you, and it's a big world where we live.

In these blogs, I'll just speak whatever is on my mind, but we will be playing within the rules here. I may pick a particular topic, point out an event, or shoot the breeze. I'm a little bit of an essayist at times, so I'll just speak what's on my mind, and I might tell a story or two. Or, I might spew out an opinion or three. There will be some serious moments, some tender, some poignant, but there will also be those moments that you'll just bust out laughing. But, hopefully, everything will be in good fun here. And, of course, there's a place below for your comments and thoughts as we go along here. So feel free to join me for the ride -- I sure as heck hope I'm doing this right and not making any mistakes.

Thanks for taking your time in reading Case's Column. Hopefully, you'll enjoy being entertained by it as much as I've enjoyed putting these writings together. And thanks for the time you spend in City-Data.com, where it's great to be alive!



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Fifty Years Since "Emergency!" Made Its Debut On NBC-TV

Posted 01-13-2022 at 07:15 PM by case44

Hard to believe already, but it's been quite a bit of time since paramedics became not only a household word, but they would become the new wave of saving lives. Jack Webb and company didn't just start a television show about firefighting, but one about revolutionizing it.

That show was "Emergency!", which began with a pilot episode on January 15, 1972, and then the regular season debut a week later on January 22. Fifty years since our Saturdays were greeted with this groundbreaking show. You remember the actors from that series: Randolph Mantooth, Kevin Tighe, Robert Fuller, Julie London, and Bobby Troup. NBC broadcast that show for six regular seasons and two sporadic years with occasional two-hour episodes. This writer religiously watched the show, but I didn't begin watching it intently until just before the fourth season. I would eventually catch the things I've missed when the show hit syndication, and long since, I've purchased the DVDs made by Universal.

In addition, this was an influential show, as the concept of paramedics has led many folks into careers as firefighters, paramedics, and even fire department dispatchers. In some indirect way, the dispatch aspect of this actually led your writer to a career in logistics, first as a courier driver, and then as a courier dispatcher before moving into Customs brokerage. What a journey!

Fifty years. Fifty years since "Adam-12", "Dragnet", and, of course, "Emergency!" . We have Bob Cinader to thank for really putting all the behind-the-scenes happenings together and making the show work, but the guy we really should thank is Jack Webb. After all, he laid the impetus for this groundbreaking series.

And .............how cool is this? Both the anniversaries of the pilot and the actual series are taking place.............on a Saturday!

How fitting.
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    If I'm ever in an accident, I sure hope they start an IV, D5W with ringers lactate and transport immediately.

    I remember watching it when I was a kid. I was born in '73, so it must have been in reruns by that time. One time my brother and I played Emergency with our bikes after we somehow got a hold of dad's garage door opener.

    It's on COZI network and I enjoy watching it.
    Posted 01-14-2022 at 06:58 PM by MoNative34 MoNative34 is offline
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    Syndication began for the show in 1976 under the temporary title "Emergency One!". By that time, the show on the network was heading into its final one-hour season.
    Posted 01-14-2022 at 07:38 PM by case44 case44 is online now

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