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           Monday, April 28 2003 

Jon Kennedy, webmasterHarry and Ozziette

I was surprised to learn recently that as of the end of May the Simpsons will tie Ozzie and Harriet as the longest-running series in television history. Ozzie and Harriet ended 14 seasons on ABC in 1966. And the acceptance of a new contract with Fox Television Network guarantees that the Simpsons will be able to pass Ozzie and Harriet's record by a comfortable margin. What surprised me, however, was that Ozzie and Harriet was the show of its time that had the most longevity; I hadn't expected it to be longer running than Father Knows Best, or especially longer-running than I Love Lucy.

In our household, even though my dad was far from as amiable and easy-going as Ozzie Nelson, we identified closely with the series, with a happily married husband and wife with two boys who were always teasing each other. There was a black and white photo of the four of us (Mom, Dad, Gary and me) dressed in our Sunday best and standing in front of a new family car, taken in the early '50's. We always referred to that snapshot as the Ozzie and Harriet picture (our older brothers had long since moved out of the family home so we were a four-member family then).

A couple of weeks ago I happened to channel-surf onto a biography of the Nelsons on A&E, having earlier seen teaser commercials for it and happy to have caught it. Though they were a happy and highly successful family, after their TV series ended things turned toward the tragic. Ozzie died years before Harriet, of a painful terminal disease. "Ricky," as he had been known for most of the years of the Ozzie and Harriet series, became a mega rock star, as everyone of my generation remembers. But he had fallen onto relatively bad times by the time of his untimely death in 1985 in the crash of his band's plane. Like most rock and rollers of his time, he was reported to have gotten deeply involved in drug use.

The third generation, Rick's offspring, twin boys Gunnar and Matthew, have had some fame as recording artists, The Nelsons, and his daughter, Tracy, has had a successful TV acting career, most notably as the sidekick of Father Dowling in the Father Dowling Mysteries series.

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—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

 New virus

Don't take this to heart but if the shoe fits, wear it.
New Virus! Or, is it really an old one...I can't remember!
Just got this in from a reliable source. It seems there is a virus called the "Senile Virus" that even the most advanced programs of Norton and McAfee cannot take care of it... so be warned. The virus appears to affect those of us who were born before 1960! Symptoms of the Senile Virus: 1. Causes you to send the same e-mail twice. 2. Causes you to send blank e-mail. 3. Causes you to send e-mail to the wrong person. 4. Causes you to send e-mail back to the person who sent it to you. 5. Causes you to forget to attach attachments. 6. Causes you to hit "SEND" before you've finished the e-mail.

Remember? I don't remember if I sent this one out...I don't think I did...or did you send it to me?

— Sent by Mary Ann Losiewcz

Thought for today

Motor cars have destroyed the habit of walking, the radio has killed the art of conversation, preparations in tins and bottles have almost obviated the necessity of cooking. Read the account of Christmas in Pickwick [by Charles Dickens, published in 1837], and you will be amazed by the number of amusements people invented for themselves. Mordern people expect their amusements to be provided for them by others.

— Bertrand Russell, writing in 1932

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