You youngin’s bear with me for a minute.
On my jog today, what does my iPod decide to play me? (I always have it on “shuffle”). “Maybe”, by Thom Pace.
Who the heck is that, you ask? Why should we know that song? Folks as old as me might know.
It was the theme song to The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams . Now, that was some fine TV. Or, at least it was to my 11 year old John Denver-loving, Grape Nuts eating earth child soul. I absolutely adored that show.
How could you not love a show that had a plot roughly mirroring “The Fugitive”, with beautiful mountain scenery, a humongous bear, and Denver Pyle? Not to mention the beautiful theme song, in which Pace seems to be channeling David Gates. Add in a stubborn mule (Number 7) and a Native American to add to the back-to-nature mood of the time, and you have a great recipe for quality entertainment.
How could that show have only lasted for two seasons? Granted, Dan Haggerty was not an overly handsome leading man, and women rarely appeared on the show. But to most kids I knew, the show was right up there with “Happy Days” as must-watch TV.
Next time I get nostalgic, I’ll tell you all about the Saturday Night Fever knockoff, Makin’ It . (Great song, by the way)