Paul Fix is an actor you should know. With well over 300 movie and television credits, he may be best-known for his role as Marshal Micah Torrance on the “Rifleman” 1958-1963 television series. However, he was much more. A quality actor that was never overstated and adapted to the roles as they changed over time. Fix was born in New York to German immigrants. His father was a brew-mister but he as well as Fix’s mother died before World War II. At the age of 17, he was sent to live with him married sisters.
At the age of 17 he joined the US Navy and was active in World War I. Fix was an able-bodied seaman (untrained but could be used for any job on the ship) on the troopship U.S.S. Mount Vernon. His ship was torpedoed by a German U-boat off the French coast. Fortunately, the ship ran aground and did not sink. Following the war, Fix married his girlfriend who was known as Taddy. The couple moved to … Continue reading
Since it is the holidays I am spending more time at home than at work. Given the many important things I have to do at home, I found myself watching an episode of Gunsmoke (1955-1975). The show reminded me of something I have thought about for a while: Gunsmoke and Star Trek are the Same Show. Star Trek ran from 1966-1969 so there is some overlap. Since we live in such a wondrous time I consulted the Google to see if anyone else believed as I do that Gunsmoke and Star Trek are the Same Show. The first reference that popped up was from the Toledo Blade from December 16, 1971 where this idea was put forth in an interview with Leonard Nimoy who portrayed the emotionless, pointy eared Vulcan Mr. Spock. Since this article was published almost 43 years ago to the date I am not claiming the invention of this idea, only its’ most recent manifestation.
I have been interested in the structural analysis of myth since I was … Continue reading