If you think the world hasn’t changed much in the last 50 years, watch a few episodes of the retro show Route 66. I’ve been watching an episode now and then when I have lunch and it’s totally amazing how television stories have evolved. Watching Route 66 is like visiting an alien planet and watching a completely different civilization.
Yesterday I watched an episode called “And The Cat Jumped Over The Moon” about teenage gangs that starred James Caan and Martin Sheen. I had no idea these actors were in it until the credits rolled. Switchblades and girls with tight sweaters…it was a hoot. No automatic weapons in this one.
It’s the plot lines and story arcs that are so unbelievable in today’s world. Almost unimaginable that the general public watched this show every week and could identify with what they were seeing.
And then, when my lunch is over, I look up all the stars who were in that days episode to see what happened to them. Some faded away to obscurity while others were just getting started and continued with wonderful careers….ie. James Caan and Martin Sheen.