My husband is off to the Father's Day car shows, which is tradition for us. We'll be celebrating with our sons, this evening, over dinner and a movie.
I'm sitting here watching the pilot of Dallas. JR is back! Yes, I was a huge fan of the show back in the day. I still remember where I was when I watched the episode, "Who Done It?" revealing the question millions had been waiting to see the answer to... "Who Shot JR?" It was being shown on a big screen TV, in the upstairs room of a local pub. I was with a group of friends, and it was definitely the big deal of the day.
According to Wikipedia, The "Who Done It?" episode received the highest domestic ratings at that point, with over 90 million American viewers tuning in for the answer. That record was broken only by the last episode of M*A*S*H in 1983. Wikipedia states that internationally, Dallas still holds the record for the most-watched episode, with nearly 360 million viewers tuning in to see who shot J.R.
I'm enjoying this new episode so far, but I don't know if it can pull me in like the original series did. That was a different time for me. I was totally wrapped up in Country Music, cowboys, and the fantasy of striking it rich. Youthful fantasies. It is fun looking back and remembering who I was, or at least who I thought I was. I always got a kick out of Larry Hagman, from the time he was Captain/Major Anthony "Tony" Nelson on I Dream of Jeannie, until the iconic roll of J. R. Ewing on Dallas. Larry's definitely looking his age. In fact, a lot of my favorite stars and musicians are either older, very elderly, or have passed on. I guess that means I'm not as young as I think I am. I still have "young" thoughts, and then I catch a glimpse of an older, greying woman and realize that's my reflection looking back at me. I'm not complaining, it just still surprises me a little bit.
I hope you're all having a wonderful Father's Day weekend, I certainly am!