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One TV show changed my life.

When I was a wee bit lad of 11 or so, I started tuning in to what was exceptionally poor reception on Channel 24 in Baltimore. There was this awesome show called Emergency! It was all about firefighters and paramedics. Basically, it rocked (for an 11-year-old). I can’t even remember what other TV Shows I watched around that time, probably the cool hip shows of the era like the A-Team and Knight Rider.

I think I wanted to be Fireman/Paramedic Johnny Gage, but probably over the course of watching those reruns I imagined myself as Chet Kelly, the prankster, or the hard ass but honest Dr. Kelly Brackett. I wanted to go jump in Squad 51 and head off into the sunset. I’d get my chance.

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Comment by Andy Marsh on September 20, 2008 at 5:49am
Boy! Them were the days! I too watched Emergency in black and white as a youngin. I always looked forward to Capt. Stanley running the "big one" at the end of each show. "Station 51 KMG 365".
Comment by FETC on September 19, 2008 at 10:55am

Great Blog... I watched the show on Prime Time, rabbit ears and black and white tv as a young lad. I own the series and all of my children have watched them. They to this day, are still good pr for the fire service, positive attitudes for the most part...and no blood, guts or strong violence as in all of today's media. My children enjoy them as much as I did... I still love the show! LMAO when they tow in that old engine they bought, that needed a "little work" and see old school comradiere...
Comment by Art "ChiefReason" Goodrich on September 19, 2008 at 10:41am
Great blog!
Your's should serve as a model.
I am at that age where I DID watch it on TV in the seventies-real time! But, I'm not sure if THAT or the movie "Towering Inferno" was the bug that bit me.
But I DO know that Jim Page most definitely impacted my life as an EMT in training. I still have his books and not part with them...I will not even LOAN them out.
Your memories of the van ride home reminds me of my meeting with Pete Rose. I took my son to see him and to get his autograph, because, as I told my son, this guy was a Hall of Fame lock. Well, within 6 months of that autograph session where Pete treated every kid like he was one of them-so very cool-and Pete and I had quite a discussion about snake skin shoes. The athletic shoes that he had on that day were SNAKESKIN. I have a ton of pictures of the day, ball cards that are autographed and a baseball autographed as well. They will never be sold. I digress.
When the news came out that Pete was being banned from baseball for betting, my son and I were crushed, because this was not the ending be-fitting of a guy who played the game like Pete did.
But, that would explain the little TV that he had at his feet the day we saw him. He was watching the horse races, while signing autographs!
My point is that we get so wrapped up in our heroes that we fail to see the flaws that exist in all of us, but we for one reason or another struggle with those flaws in our heroes. My personal opinion is because we want our heroes to embody the strengths that we lack, that they accomplish goals that we cannot reach and to win everytime while we are barely .500.
You know; you have a way of making me chatty.
Comment by The God and Goddess on September 19, 2008 at 12:59am
For all of you who enjoyed the show "EMERGENCY", now there is a website for fans...just go to this web address:

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