Monday, June 26, 2017

WELCOME BACK KOTTER





Please excuse this post from having any sense of taste today.  Signed, Epstein's Mother.

1947--IT HAPPENED IN BROOKLYN--The earliest appearance of James Buchanan High School.  (Not named such, but the same building is used, and both are set in Brooklyn, even though the school used is really Gabe Kaplan's real childhood school, New Utrecht High School.)

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1972--SUPER FLY--Apparently the car from this film later is purchased by teen Vinnie Barbarino.

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1975--THE GREAT TV SITCOM BOOK--The Sweathogs are locked up by Barney Miller.   Additionally, in the DVD extras for Welcome Back Kotter, Vinnie Barbarino is at the 12th Precinct (in John Travolta's screen test).

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1975 to 1979--WELCOME BACK, KOTTER--Former gang member Gabe Kotter returns to his old high school as a teacher.



1976--FONZIE FAVORITES--The Fonzerelli Slide"--Fonzie shows up at the Annual Sweathogs School Dance and meets Horshack.  You can find the evidence here.  

1976 to 1978--WELCOME BACK, KOTTER (DC COMICS)--The show's popularity spawned a licensed comic book, which had one crossover linking it to the DC Universe (well, Earth-1 at least) in Superman versus Muhammad Ali, where the DC Comics version of the characters appeared on the cover.

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Fall 1976--MR. T AND TINA--This was a spin-off of Welcome Back Kotter featuring Pat Morita as brilliant Japanese inventor Taro Takahashi, or Mr. T for short.  Takashashi had previously appeared in an episode of Welcome Back, Kotter to set up the premise of the spin-off.  Other spin-offs that failed to launch were RICH MAN, POOR MAN; HORSHACK!, which started with an episode of Welcome Back, Kotter that focused on the Horshack family, and a planned show that would have featured the grown up Sweathogs (minus Travolta).


Just before February 1978--SUPERMAN VS. MUHAMMAD ALI--The cover art for Superman vs Muhammed Ali shows cameos of several real and fictional characters, including the teacher and students from WELCOME BACK KOTTER, Columbo, and Lucy!  And Donny & Marie Osmond, Sonny & Cher, the Jackson 5, etc.

December 1982--FUNNY OR DIE--"Tron Holiday Special"--Mr. Kotter ends up in the video game land of Tron.

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1989--HONEY I SHRUNK THE KIDS--Another stretch, but it could be that Julie had a twin sister, Diane Szalinski.  

1996 to 1997--MR. RHODES--The Sweathogs and Mr. Kotter appear.  They reveal that Vinnie Barbarino is now an actor.  This happened in a dream sequence but since it was a guardian angel related dream sequence, it can't be sure if it really was a dream or not.  It's unclear, especially since we can't seem to find the episode anywhere and are going off of some TVCU Crewsies' memories, if Welcome Back Kotter is a fictional show that he is dreaming about or not, but since Mr. Rhodes doesn't seem to have other crossovers that I'm aware of, even if it is a visit to a fictional show, perhaps Mr. Rhodes takes place in an alternate universe and is being brought to the TVCU via the dreamlands (which is often used to travel the multiverse).

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March 2001--THE DREW CAREY SHOW--"What's Wrong with This Episode IV"--Vinnie Barbarino (role reprised by John Travolta) has a walk-on cameo in this episode.  

2003--FILLMORE--A bit of a stretch, but there is a Winston Kotter who is the son of the Canadian ambassador and is attending X Middle School.  Could be a relative.

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2005--THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE--Theoretical crossover from Toobworld places Arnold Horshack on the doomed Poseidon passenger list.  Toby O'Brien also links THE QUEEN AND I, THE GALE STORM SHOW, OH SUSANNAH, THE FAMOUS TEDDY Z, WEBSTER, THREE'S COMPANY, MY BIG FAT GREEK LIFE, CHEERS, FRASIER, FULL HOUSE, and PERFECT STRANGERS.  Read more about it here.  

ALTERNATE REALITIES:

Rule 34--The universe where WELCOME BACK, KOTTER XXX:  A DREAMZONE PARODY exists.  

SKITLANDIA:  SNL does a sketch conflating Reservoir Dogs/Pulp Fiction with Welcome Back Kotter and Laverne & Shirley. 

TVCU-2--As it's been trending lately to bring back old shows as movies, WELCOME BACK, KOTTER is in development as a movie.  

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Greatest: Floating like a Butterfly, Stinging like a Bee!

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I was never really into boxing.  But when I was a kid, there was one iconic figure who stood out in boxing, even after he was no longer the heavyweight champion.  And that was MUHAMMAD ALI.

1860s--Abe Grady immigrates to the Unites States from Ireland. He was the great grandfather of Cassius Clay.

1912--Birth of Cassius Marcellus Clay, Sr., father of Cassius Clay.

1917--Birth of Odessa O'Grady Clay, mother of Cassius Clay.

January 17, 1942--Birth of Cassius Clay.

1954--Cassius Clay begins training as a boxer.

1955--The death of Emmett Till leads Cassius Clay to vandalize a local railyard.

1958--Cassius Clay graduates from high school.



Summer 1960--Cassius Clay wins a gold medal in the Olympics.

October 29, 1960--Cassius Clay makes his professional debut.

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1964--DC: THE NEW FRONTIER--Ted Grant defends his heavyweight title against a young Cassius Clay. In the comic, this is set eight years earlier in 1956. Of course in the real world, it was not Ted Grant who he took the title from. DC: The New Frontier features a world where the golden age heroes existed in the same world as the silver age heroes, but they debuted in their original time periods without using "comic book time" sliding timeline. That works for the TVCU.

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1964 to ?--FOES OF ALI--Ali has appeared in numerous video boxing games, some of which feature him as the title character. Examples include Foes of AliMuhammad Ali Heavyweight Boxing and the Knockout Kings series and its follow-up, the Fight Night series.

1964--Cassius Clay marries Sonji Roi.

1964--Cassius Clay becomes Muhammad Ali.



1964--MUHAMMAD ALI'S GREATEST FIGHT--World champion boxer Muhammad Ali requested exemption from the military draft based on his religious beliefs. His request was denied and when he refused induction into the army, he was convicted and sentenced to 5 years imprisonment. His case eventually works itself up the Supreme Court. In their first conference after the case is presented, the justices decide by majority vote to uphold the conviction and Justice John Harlan is tasked with preparing the majority opinion. He assigns one of his clerks, Kevin Connolly, to prepare a first draft but try as he might he believes that decision his wrong. His draft argues for overturning the conviction and Harlan agrees with him. The justice must now find a way to convince his colleagues. 

1966--Muhammad Ali divorces Sonji Roi.  



1967--Muhammad Ali marries Belinda Boyd.  



1968--Birth of Maryum "May May", daughter of Muhammad Ali and Belinda Boyd.



1970--Births of twins Jamillah and Rasheda, daughters of Muhammad Ali and Belinda Boyd.

1971--After a four year legal battle for refusing to go to Vietnam, Muhammad Ali is released from prison and has his championship status reinstated.

1972--Birth of Muhammad Ali Jr., son of Muhammad Ali and Belinda Boyd.

1974--Muhammad Ali wins the heavyweight title back.



1974--Birth of Khaliah, daughter of Muhammad Ali and Wanda Bolton.



1975--Muhammad Ali publishes his autobiography.

June 1, 1976--Muhammad Ali takes on professional wrestler Gorilla Monsoon.



1977--Muhammad Ali divorces Belinda Boyd.

Early 1977--Birth of Hana, daughter of Muhammad Ali and Veronica Porche.



Circa 1977?--EPIC RAP BATTLES OF HISTORY--"Michael Jordan vs. Muhammad Ali"--Using the Rap Battle time travel, Jordan takes on Ali. (Jordan of course has crossovers with fictional characters too, which I'll cover another time.)

1977--Muhammad Ali marries Veronica Porche Ali.

Fall 1977--I AM THE GREATEST: THE ADVENTURES OF MUHAMMAD ALI--Animated series in which Muhammad Ali provides the voice for his animated counterpart.

December 1977--Birth of Laila Ali, daughter of Muhammad Ali and Veronica Porche. [Note that there are several other people who claim to be the children of Muhammad Ali but those claims have not been proven.]

1978--Muhammad Ali wins the heavyweight title a third time!

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Just before February 1978--SUPERMAN VS. MUHAMMAD ALI--The cover art for Superman vs Muhammed Ali shows cameos of several real and fictional characters, including the teacher and students from WELCOME BACK KOTTER, Columbo, and Lucy!  And Donny & Marie Osmond, Sonny & Cher, the Jackson 5, etc.



January 1979--VEGAS--"The Eleventh Event"--A benefit telethon is planned for Leon Hazlett, a five-time Olympic gold medalist who was crippled in a car crash. But emcee Paul Baker is kidnapped and a $200,000 ransom is demanded. -- IMDb Plot: "The Eleventh Event".  Also from DVDTalk:  Tanna's good friend, Olympic Medalist Leon Hazlett, returns home after losing the use of his legs in an accident. He quickly finds himself involved in an elaborate kidnapping for ransom scheme that involves a singer, his wife and his manager. Robert Loggia, Clifton Davis, Jill Haworth, Michael Conrad, Squire Fridell, Vernee Watson-Johnson, and Muhammad Ali guest star. 



October 1979--DIFF'RENT STROKES--"Arnold's Hero"--Arnold wants to meet his hero, world champion boxer Muhammad Ali. Willis and Kimberly meet Ali and say that their little brother is dying and that his last wish is to meet him. -- IMDb Plot: "Arnold's Hero"

January 19, 1981--Muhammad Ali talks a suicidal man off a ledge!  [This really happened.]

1981--Muhammad Ali retires from boxing.  



1984--Muhammad Ali is diagnosed with Parkinson's Syndrome.  

1986--Muhammad Ali divorces Veronica Porche Ali.

1986--Muhammad Ali marries Yolanda Williams.  

1990--Death of Cassius Marcellus Clay, Sr.

1994--Death of Odessa O'Grady Clay.  

1998--Birth of Biaggio Ali, son of Rasheda and Robert Walsh.

May 1999--TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL--"Fighting the Good Fight"--Muhammad Ali appears, playing himself.  

1999--Laila becomes a professional boxer.





2007--Laila retires from boxing.  

2009 to 2014--WAREHOUSE 13--Muhammad Ali's boxing gloves are in the warehouse.  They cause people to see stars just by being in the presence of the gloves without ever actually being hit.  Claudia uses them as a Christmas decoration to make the warehouse more festive.

May 2015--CHINA, IL--"Displays of Manhood"--Frank takes on Muhammad Ali.  Mr. Six, the mascot of Six Flags, is amongst the spectators.  



June 3, 2016--Death of Muhammad Ali.

ALTERNATE REALITIES



A WORLD WITHOUT SUPERMAN--Captain Kentucky fights Muhammad Ali.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Marcus Welby, M.D.




1923--MARCUS WELBY, M.D.--"A Passing of Torches"--Professor Timothy Bayliss publishes a book, THE GLORY OF SELF, centered on the concept of "Enlightened Selfishness."



1931--TOOBWORLD CENTRAL--"Chiefly O'Haras"--Not canon until Toby publishes it in book form, but his Chiefly O'Haras series has all sorts of crossovers.  Episode Twelve:  Double Trouble features:
  • 'The Addams Family'
  • 'Adventures Of Superman'
  • 'Batman'
  • 'Bearcats!'
  • 'Centennial'
  • 'Dr. Hudson's Secret Journal'
  • 'Harry O'
  • 'The Lone Wolf'
  • 'Marcus Welby, M.D.'
  • 'My Mother The Car'
  • 'Rachel Gunn, R.N.'
  • 'T.J. Hooker'

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1968 to 1975--ADAM 12--According to Toby O'Brien, there is a theoretical crossover with Marcus Welby based on architecture.



1969 to 1976--MARCUS WELBY, M.D.--Marcus Welby is a family practitioner with a kind bedside manner, who was on a first name basis with many of his patients (and who also made house-calls).

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1970 to 1974--THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY--Another theoretical link to Marcus Welby can be found here. 

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1971--Marcus Welby, M.D.--From Toby O'Brien: Point of O'Bservation - Any time a fictional character is mentioned in a TV show without reference to the source of origin, I accept that as tacit acceptance the character is real in Toobworld. Latest example - from a 1971 episode of 'Marcus Welby, M.D.' "You're not Superman, you know; you're a doctor." - Roger Nastili (Apache descendent of Hannibal Heyes). I won't be using that in Inner Toob until my August TV Western theme, but thought I'd share it with my crossover compadres now.....

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October 1971--OWEN MARSHALL, COUNSELOR AT LAW--"Men Who Care"--Marshall defends a congressman accused of murdering his daughter's boyfriend, the daughter being a patient of Marcus Welby's.



December 1971--MARCUS WELBY, M.D.--"Magic Shadow Shapes"--Purely fun Toobworld conjecture from Toby, but check out this theory that connects:  
  • 'Downton Abbey'
  • 'DaVinci's Inquest'
  • 'Laverne & Shirley'
  • 'The Rockford Files'
  • 'Green Acres'
  • 'Bewitched'
  • 'Get Smart'
  • 'EastEnders'
  • 'Monty Python's Flying Circus'
  • 'Banacek'
  • 'The Saint'
  • 'Gilligan's Island'
  • 'Drake & Josh'
  • 'Frasier'
  • 'Last Of The Summer Wine'
  • 'The A-Team'
  • 'The Kenny Everett Television Show'
  • 'iCarly'
  • 'The Dick Van Dyke Show'
  • 'New Tricks'
  • 'Home Improvement'



1972--MARCUS WELBY, M.D.--"A Passing of Torches"--Professor Timothy Bayliss passes away.  Bayliss was Welby's mentor in his youth.  

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December 1973--IRONSIDE--"Double-Edged Corner"--Nancy says she wrote to Marcus Welby for medical advice.

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March 1974--OWEN MARSHALL, COUNSELOR AT LAW--"I've Promised You a Father"--Marshall defends Marcus Welby's colleague Dr. Steve Kiley, whose ex-girlfriend's sister has filed a paternity suit against him.

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A few years after 1972--THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW--A few years after the death of Professor Bayliss in 1972, a new book comes out called HOW TO SAY NO which borrows Bayliss' concept of "Enlightened Selfishness".

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September 1975--STARSKY AND HUTCH--"Death Ride"--Starsky and Hutch are assigned to escort the daughter of a crime boss from San Francisco to Los Angeles, but a security leak has unleashed hordes of hit men that they must evade en route.  Starsky mentions doctor by name.

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October 1978--WONDER WOMAN--"The Fine Art of Crime"--"The only way to get an 'A' is to find out exactly how you guys are put together.  And since nobody will tell me, I'll have to do my own little analysis.  I wonder what kind of surgery Marcus Welby would call this?"--Harold Farnum

1984--THE RETURN OF MARCUS WELBY, M.D.--Because they all return.

December 1988--MARCUS WELBY, M.D.:  A HOLIDAY AFFAIR--Because they all eventually get a holiday special.



THE EARTH DAY SPECIAL (LIVE ACTION TELEVISION SPECIAL)
Release Date: April 22, 1990 (Contemporary Setting)
Horror Crosses: Ghostbusters
Non-Horror Crosses: Muppet Show; Murphy Brown; Looney Tunes; Doogie Howser M.D.; Back to the Future; Nathan Thurm; Cheers; Cosby Show; Golden Girls; E.T. the Extraterrestrial; Married with Children; Marcus Welby M.D.; China Beach
The Story: The pollution caused by humans is literally killing Mother Nature.

Notes: This is a mega television crossover event. And despite the silly premise, all the crossed series remain true to the shows and films they come from. There is an appearance of Elong Spengler, president of Waste Busters. He is said to be the brother of Egon Spengler of Ghostbusters and is played by the same actor. And yes, the Muppets are in this. To explain the existence of Muppets in the Horror Universe, I reference the Angel episode in which puppets are brought to life possessed by demons. Or the Buffy episode with a human turned into a dummy. Or Chucky from Child’s Play. Murphy Brown, Doogie Howser, Cheers, the Cosby Show, the Golden Girls, and Married with Children are all standard sitcoms and are brought into the Horror Universe by this cross. Looney Tunes characters are animated drawings brought to life by the Necronomicon ex Mortis based on the film Evil Toons. Back to the Future is already well established as part of the Horror Universe, but this appearance of Doc Brown and his Delorean is a greater confirmation. Nathan Thurm is a character from Saturday Night Live, but just as with the appearance of Father Guido Sarducci in Casper, this cross does not bring in the entire cast of characters from SNL. Finally, this cross brings in the loveable alien E.T.





1993 to 1999--HOMICIDE:  LIFE ON THE STREET--Another Tim Bayliss is a detective in Baltimore.  He may be related to the Tim Bayliss who mentored Marcus Welby.

November 2006--STAND-OFF--Another Tim Bayliss is a captain in the LAPD.



November 2007--NCIS--Designated Target"--A Chuck Bayliss may be related to the Tim Bayliss who mentored Marcus Welby.

ALTERNATE REALITIES--

Not Another Spoof Movie Universe--YOUNG DOCTORS IN LOVE is a parody of Marcus Welby, M.D.

Not Another TVCU-34 Porn Spoof Movie Universe Amalgamation?--YOUNG NURSES IN LUST is a porn parody of Young Doctors in Love.

TVCU-34--I can't believe it, but it's true.  CANDY STRIPERS is a porn parody of Marcus Welby, M.D.