Episode 21: This isn’t the Orange Bowl, is it?
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When planning this season out, this episode on stadiums felt like it would be one of the easier ones to research and write. Turns out, as usual, I was wrong.
All of these places - the Miami Orange Bowl, the Astrodome, Caesar's Palace and Shea Stadium - have decades and decades of history behind them, even when you skip actual games being played there. Just getting them built are long stories in and of themselves, so I hope I covered the basics enough to give each venue its proper respect. As I say at the end, I can relate to everyone who was sad to see them go.
I also got a chance to talk about some of the show's bigger guest stars. I just saw actor/stuntman Carl Ciarfalio on something the other day, but I can't remember what it was. Terry Kiser should be pretty well-known by now and, if you're an old TV watcher like me, Inga Swenson will always be Miss Kraus. Paula Kelly's sorta fallen off the radar by now, which is a shame because I've always found her such a welcome presence in anything. I had no idea she was nominated for an Emmy for her work in Night Court (or that she had appeared in Playboy, which I found out after I did the recording). Wherever she is these days, I hope she's enjoying life.
One more episode to go before the end of Season Three.
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To be like a chased rabbit by Alpha Hydrae
Champ de tournesol by Komiku
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Coexistenz by Loyalty Freak Music
Monarch of the street by Loyalty Freak Music
We are all lepers here by Psalters
IX. La Cabane sur des pattes de poule Allegro con brio feroce An by Skidmore College Orchestra
Night train by TRG Banks