MAJOR NELSON TAKES FINAL BLAST OFF @ 24 November 2012 10:39 AM
USA Today and TV Week never mention it. To the New York Times it's was his "breakthrough," yet not even part of the article text.
To millions of us who grew up enjoying reruns of I Dream of Jeannie, five times a week or more, Larry Hagman was Major Nelson, who went on a space mission. The missile went up, but something went wrong and they had to bring it down. He landed on an island in the South Pacific, where he found a bottle. Or at least it looked like a bottle, but it didn't act like a bottle. Because in it was a Jeannie, who could grant any wish...
My point is that, though there's no denying the impact of Dallas on Larry Hagman's career and pop culture, I Dream of Jeannie is likely to endure longer in our hearts.
And memories. I have spent most of my life saying "Yeees" the way Major Nelson did to Dr Bellows. When my wife asks me a question that I can't answer, my reply is "It's an experiment, uh, that Major Healey and I are working on."
Add to that the occasional exclamation of "JEAANNAAAAY!" when riding thrill rides or when things in life go awry, and you get my point.
Yes, Dallas is current, Dallas is and was big. But remembering Larry Hagman is more than mentioning J.R. over and over. It's also like the Shuttle being shipped off to L.A., the last vestige of the space program. So much more than mere trivia.
"Master, are you not pleased?"
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