February is moving by quickly and it seems like I'm further behind in a few things than I want to be. It's hard to shake that "winter" feeling of slowing down- especially when I think of Indiana covered in snow. At least the days are getting longer, and I try to get out into the sun. That sleepy feeling prevails when the daylight hours are shorter. There was a project I wanted to get done and post up, but time got away from me and suddenly it's 2 years later. But there's always a chance that a theme is going to come along that will fit in with my long-awaited plan, and it finally happened.
I've made several posts where I talked about our own family living the firefighter's lifestyle, and I was hooked on it at a young age when a television show called "EMERGENCY!" debuted in January 1972. If you missed a show- and you only had one chance to see a show back in those days- the only other chance to see it, if it came up again at all as a "rerun" in the summer months. So, there were some in there that I ended up missing over the years 1972 to 1979, during the show's run. I remember when it was cancelled- being a top show didn't make a difference to the Studio powers that were in charge. But then, this thing called VHS was invented, and DVD after that. Now, when you want to watch, if it's not already playing on several channels, all you need to do is pop in a DVD and you're all set to watch as long as you have the time to! What made the biggest impact (even more so than wanting to marry Johnny Gage), was how REAL the show turned out to be. Trust me, firefighters can't make these stories up on their own. Real accidents and all-too-real dangerous fires have made their way from actual FD logbooks onto the television screen with the original Station 51 (aka real-life Station 127 in Carson, California). There's a lot more to the story of the show than I can type here. While the fan base is alive and well, sadly, only a few of the actors who portrayed these beloved characters are still alive. I've only gotten to meet one of them- 10 years ago, already! Although only one was actually a real-life Fighter (Mike Stoker- who used his real name as his character) each, though, will always be remembered for the show that really DID change the way Emergency Medical Services are quickly available today. The show really did change lives, literally!