As much as people like to celebrate Earth Day, now in its 35th year today, it is hard to imagine that it was put into motion by none other than Dick Nixon himself, who also signed the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act. Just think of all the good he could have done if he wasn’t so paranoid about spying on the Democrats. Yeah, that’s it.
Anyway, Earth Day has now been taken over by hippies. Hey, I’ll recycle and conserve water, and even compost if I had a back yard, but I am not going to switch to soy milk(although I must admit Rice Dream ain’t half bad) or feel guilty for eating apples that didn’t come from an organic farm. I am also sick of getting cut off by assholes driving their Prius hybrids like they own the road. Bastards.
Luckily, April 22nd gives us another occasion worth mentioning – the birth of Aaron Spelling. Spelling was born in 1923, and my parents were barely 10 years old before he started producing his first work for television in 1955. Over the next 50 years, Mr. Spelling has given us many, many, many TV series, television specials, and even feature films.
Listing all of my favorite works produced by Mr. Spelling would go on even longer than a B-side recap for an Amazing Race four hour special. But I have to name a few including Charlie’s Angels, Hart to Hart (and all of those wonderfully bad TV movie follow ups), T.J. Hooker Starsky and Hutch, and the Mod Squad. Unlike most of my generation, I never got into Melrose Place or Beverly Hills 90210, but those series were equally as entertaining without a doubt. And B-side would never let me talk about Aaron Spelling without mentioning Soapdish.
Let’s hope Mr. Spelling has another 50 years of making humorous, overdramatic, semi-scandalous, and derivative television and features that our children and our children’s children will learn to love.
[And if you are still looking for something to do on Earth Day, Adopt a Puffin]