Sunday, March 04, 2007

Blame Krankor

For reminding us of the glory of the 1980s. Knight Rider was just too good not to rip off!

Courteney Cox must not have a middle name.

Greatest American Hair.


Krankor said...

From the IMDB entry on The Greatest American Hero:

"Ralph's surname was changed near the end of the first season from Hinkley to Hanley because of the name's negative connection with John Hinckley (the man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan on March 30, 1981). Ralph's last name was changed back to Hinkley in the first episode of Season 2 ('The Two Hundred Mile an Hour Fastball'), after the furor over his name subsided. Interestingly enough, the unaired 1986 "Greatest American Heroine" pilot includes a scene in which Ralph Hinkley meets the President of the United States (who was still Ronald Reagan in real-life 1986)."

I was 10 years old, but I remember it slightly differently: before they changed his name, they simply stopped using it. All of his students started calling him "Mr. H" instead of "Mr. Hinkley."

Looking back on it, what a ridiculous thing to become sensitive about. Were people really so stupid that they associated a would-be assassin with a silly TV character because they both had a not-uncommon surname? Laughable.

sporkless said...

"That curly-haired guy in the cape shot the president! Let's get him!"

El Cerdo Ignatius said...

Holy crow, Connie Sellecca was gorgeous in that show.