Friday, July 12, 2019

Barney Miller, Mom, and Anne Arundel County Weekend Time

Opening title card to Barney Miller showing New York's Lower Manhattan as it existed circa 1975.


I'm in Glen Burnie this weekend at my mom's apartment, which has become more cozy in the two years that she has lived here. Lamps and fans and pillows. We're watching a sort of de facto marathon of Barney Miller episodes on Antenna TV.

Barney Miller was a rather funny and insightful show.

The episodes tonight are from season 2 and include the late, great Abe Vigoda -- who, alas, has been, in fact, dead since late Jan 2016.

In looking at Vigoda's age at the time (1976), he was 54 -- but was playing an older character (Phil Fish). Of course, it was easy for him to do that as he just looked like he was born at age 65.

One of the episodes -- "Discovery" -- featured two flamboyantly gay characters including Jack DeLeon (who appeared in a number of Barney Miller episodes).

The program really plays up what a mess was New York City in the mid-1970s.

The Chesapeake Bay as seen on a windy day from Downs Park, Pasadena, Md., Sept 3, 2016.


I took a MARC train earlier today to Odenton and we had lunch at Mamma Roma. I like that place. For tomorrow, we're going to Mike's Crab House -- probably the one in Pasadena but maybe the one in Annapolis.

Anyway, that's all I wanted to write right now. I may write an entry tomorrow night.


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