I Wasn’t Crazy After AllWoman in the Middle | September 17, 2012
For years, I mean YEARS, I have remembered a TV show from my childhood that no else remembers. Well, Hubby remembers it, too, which is one of the many reasons I married him. But no one else does. It was about a man who was buried in ice and when found many years later, was revived. He went to live with, I thought, his grandson. Needless to say the plot revolved around this fellow adapting to a world that was very different from the one he was living in when he was frozen.
I have mentioned this show to people on and off for years and they all look at me like I am a little crazy. Yesterday I was reading a post from Emily at The Waiting about a movie she and her husband have been trying to identify for a very long time. You can find it here http://notthehardestpart.wordpress.com/2012/09/16/witness-me-as-i-lose-my-mind/ It motivated me to find my long-lost television show. The Internet being the crazy amazing wonderful thing that it is I found it in just a few clicks. I don’t know why I haven’t done this before!
The TV show that has been driving me crazy (and making me look crazy) for so many decades was called “The Second Hundred Years.” It starred Monte Markham. The plot was almost as I remembered it. Luke Carpenter, after being buried in ice and snow for 67 years, is found and returned to his son, who is about to enter a senior citizen’s complex. There was also a grandson who, in a twist, looks just like his grandfather and was also played by Monte Markham.
The show premiered on September 6th, 1967 and was cancelled in March 1968. The weird thing is I was only 6 years old when this show came on, turning seven by the time it was cancelled. I barely remember anything from my childhood, so why do I remember some obscure TV show that was only on for 6 months when I was 6? Oh, the mysteries of the human brain!
Hubby was quite interested in my findings, as probably the only other human being in American (besides Monte Markham himself) that remembers this show. He was only 7/8 himself when the show was on. Apparently the idea of being frozen and resurrected decades later was a profound concept to two little kids growing up in Southern California in the 60s!
So, Whew, got that mystery solved! Now maybe I can move on and do something else with the extra brain capacity I have now, like creating world peace, instead of obsessing over obscure old TV shows!!!!
Monte Markham himself, in a publicity photograph from “The Second Hundred Years.”