As kids, we wouldn’t miss an episode of Bonanza on Sunday nights. In its day, it was one of the most popular shows on the air. Looking back on it, the scenery was bad and every now and again you could see the microphone boom; yet the show captured a nation.

Bonanza was an NBC television western series, that aired from September 12, 1959 to January 16, 1973. The time period for the television series was somewhere between 1861 to 1867, during and shortly after the American Civil War. Lasting 14 seasons and 430 episodes and set on the fictitious Ponderosa Ranch, it ranks as the second longest running western series (behind Gunsmoke). The show chronicled the weekly adventures of the Cartwright family, headed by the three-time widowed patriarch Ben Cartwright (Lorne Greene). He had three sons, each by a different wife: the eldest was Adam (Pernell Roberts); the second was the lovable giant  “Hoss” (Dan Blocker); and the youngest was “Little Joe” (Michael Landon). David Canary joined the cast after Pernell Roberts left.The family’s cook was Chinese immigrant Hop Sing (Victor Sen Young). Greene, Roberts, Blocker, and Landon were billed equally and the opening credits would alternate the order among the four stars.  Bonanza is still in syndication.

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THOUGHT OF THE DAY: Am I getting older or is the supermarket playing great music?

HAPPY MAY 22 BIRTHDAY TO: Victoria Wyndham (Rachel Cory on Another World) 68, Ann Cusak 52, Richard Benjamin 75, Dustin Moskovitz 29, Anna Belknap 41, Sir Lawrence Olivier (1907-1989), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), Harvey Milk (1930-1978), Apollo Ohno 31, and Naomi Campbell 43.

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