I was thinking (which I try not to do too strenuously) that we don’t care about our astronauts the way we used to, when I noticed that character actor Frank Aletter died.
I know what you’re thinking…what does one have to do with the other? And who was Frank Aletter? Hey, thanks for asking.
While we have astronauts doing wondrous things in space right now, Aletter played one on a 1966 sitcom called “It’s About Time.” Aletter and Jack Mullaney headed an all-star cast of no-stars, a group of character actors whose faces everyone knew and whose names few knew. (Except, perhaps, for Imogene Coca, a great performer with an even greater name.)
It was a time when astronauts were heroes, and we knew all their names. And they made movies and TV shows about them. Don’t forget, Larry Hagman was Major Nelson before he was J.R. Ewing.
And as we recently discussed, it was a time of fabulous TV themes. “It’s About Time” had one of the best. After all, it was from Sherwood Schwartz, the man who gave us “Gilligan’s Island” and its theme. Give a listen.