Wednesday, May 2, 2007

It's finally coming out on DVD!!!

Start the line outside Best Buy. Set up your tent. Get ready to camp out...

Lo these many years of waiting — exactly two decades after it last aired — "Silver Spoons" is finally coming out on DVD on June 19!!! Seriously, you have NO IDEA how big a deal this is! There's been an Internet groundswell to bring this classic NBC sit-com, which ran from 1982-1987, to DVD for years. I'm not naming any names, but I even know at least one person who's signed an online petition to try to urge the studios to release this gem onto disc.

Admittedly, I several personal connections to the show:

√ First, I have an aunt from Queens who thought I looked just like Ricky Schroder at the time. (I mean, seriously, look at the photo in the Sean's Space icon ... you can see it, right?) Of course, she also used to say we lived in "the country" here in Poughkeepsie, so take it for what it's worth.

√ Second, my parents and I actually saw Ricky Schroder in person at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade one year when we went down there. (BTW, you've got to go to the parade at least once in your life. It's a total thrill ... as long as it doesn't rain!)

√ Third, my family and I even waited, like, six hours at the grand opening of Macy's at the Jefferson Valley Mall when I was a little kid during the height of the show's popularity. Finally reaching (near) the head of the line, Macy's officials announced Ricky was leaving. Alas, all that waiting was for naught. I was crestfallen.

But it's OK now, 'cause 20 years later, I'll be able to watch Mr. Stratton ride that cool train through the living room, right past such hip, new (at the time) video games as "Asteroids" and "Defender."

Now, there's just 47 days til the first season (22 episodes in all) comes out on DVD. See ya at the mall!

1 comment:

Orange' said...

I was one of a few contest winners that day at the JV mall. I got to have lunch with Ricky as well as interview him on the radio!!