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What Glen A. Larson Means to Me...

Post by Victor Kros » Wed Apr 22, 2009 4:51 am

Glen A. Larson...

My mentor, friend, and legendary creator.

If I were to describe Glen in one word...it would be visionary. Glen has been a visionary in every profession he has explored from his musical talent in The Four Preps, to his legendary television career, and now his venture into motion pictures.

Glen reaches into his creative mind and puts words to paper in order to share his inspirational worlds with us. He has given the world of entertainment heroes to believe in, family values, and of course his signature brand of humor.

Glen has crafted epic adventures that take place across our world and reach far into the depths of space. From Michael Knight and Colt Seavers to Lt. Starbuck and Buck Rogers his characters display heart, humor, and action all to champion the innocent...to be the lone crusaders who choose to make a difference.

Glen inspires countless people across the globe he's never met and gives hope to many he's never seen. People who know who he is by the gifts he's given through his talent, his dedication, and his creative passion.

I believe that when it comes to today, the question should not be:

"What has Glen Larson has done lately?"

but...

"What will he think of next?"

I know he still has stories left to tell and I can tell you first hand, the best is yet to come.

Thank you so much Glen for being there and sharing your vision with us, your fans.

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Re: What Glen A. Larson Means to Me...

Post by scottab21 » Thu Apr 23, 2009 8:39 am

Well said Nick... Many, many, many thanx, to the living legend that brought us some true classics, and here's to whats to come! :wink: 8)

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Post by Bishop37 » Thu Apr 23, 2009 1:12 pm

I think Glen in America gets a bad wrap. but I think over here in the UK and the rest of Europe, his shows are looked on more fondly.

With Glen, you knew you were getting a good looking show show that had all it's budget up on the screen. There'd be action and adventure and laughs, memorable leads and hummable theme tunes.

God bless you Glen.

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Re: What Glen A. Larson Means to Me...

Post by rwmu » Thu Apr 23, 2009 3:20 pm

Glen made some good wholesome family entertainment and his name appears on many shows I enjoyed in my childhood Alias Smith and Jones, Knight Rider, Battlestar and on of my personal Saturday evening favourites Sword of Justice. As the 70s/80s equivlent of Irwin Allen he kept us entertained of a Friday and Saturday Night and a Sunday Afternoon.

I just hope he can make something good for the modern world, things are not what they used to be.
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Re: What Glen A. Larson Means to Me...

Post by knightprobe89 » Fri Apr 24, 2009 1:59 am

glen larson is the best, i cant wait to see his knight rider motion picture go into production!
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Re: What Glen A. Larson Means to Me...

Post by PunkMaister » Tue May 05, 2009 10:33 pm

Well let's be honest here Mr Larson true great hit was TOS K.R when it comes to TOS BSG and Buck Rogers they were Star Wars Ripoffs... As much as I enjoyed TOS galactica I think the current incarnation is superior. RDM managed to turn a campy soap space opera into one of the wildest Scifi rides I've taken even though the road was quite bumpy and made me loathe him more often than not (RDM not Larson)

Anyhow despite how campy Buck Rogers also was I loved the show. So for all fans here's a clip from the Pilot movie intro is so cheesy I like to call it 70's Disco Porn! it showcases the actresses in tho show's assets such as the one that played Princess Ardala and off course the unforgetable Erin Gray enjoy.... :good:

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Re: What Glen A. Larson Means to Me...

Post by rwmu » Wed May 06, 2009 12:59 am

Ah another penny in the "Star Wars got ripped off by BSG:TOS" pot.

I should save this paragraph so I don't have to keep typing it out :

Star Wars and BSG:TOS look similar because the design team was the same for both, other than that they a completely diffrent. BSG:TOS was actually written in concept first but took alot longer to get to the screen. :D

As for Buck Rogers that was a remake of an old pulp serieal based on an older comic strip. Star Wars made to honour those all time serials such as Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, Undersea Kingdom etc etc.

I wish people would get there facts straight. :P
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Re: What Glen A. Larson Means to Me...

Post by PunkMaister » Wed May 06, 2009 1:55 am

rwmu wrote:Ah another penny in the "Star Wars got ripped off by BSG:TOS" pot.

I should save this paragraph so I don't have to keep typing it out :

Star Wars and BSG:TOS look similar because the design team was the same for both, other than that they a completely diffrent. BSG:TOS was actually written in concept first but took alot longer to get to the screen. :D

As for Buck Rogers that was a remake of an old pulp serieal based on an older comic strip. Star Wars made to honour those all time serials such as Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, Undersea Kingdom etc etc.

I wish people would get there facts straight. :P


Actually Buck Rogers the comic strip was never set in space or even had aliens or spaceships this is from Wiki
The character first appeared as Anthony Rogers, the central character of Philip Francis Nowlan's novella Armageddon 2419 A.D., in the August 1928 issue of the pulp magazine Amazing Stories. While surveying an abandoned mine, Rogers, a former United States Army Air Corps officer, falls into a coma after exposure to a leaking gas and awakens in the 25th Century. Together with his new comrades, the beautiful Wilma Deering and the intrepid Dr. Huer, he struggles to rid the world of evil warlords and "Mongol" hordes.

Armageddon 2419 A.D.'s sequel, The Airlords of Han, appeared in the March 1929 issue of Amazing Stories. The story's enemy force, the Han, were later renamed Mongols.

In 1933, Nowlan and Dick Calkins co-wrote Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, a novella that retold the origin of Buck Rogers and also summarized some of his adventures. A reprint of this work was included with the first edition of the 1995 novel Buck Rogers: A Life in the Future by Martin Caidin.

In the 1960s, Nowlan's two novellas were combined by editor Donald A. Wollheim into one paperback novel, Armageddon 2419 A.D.[4] The original 40-cent edition featured a cover by Ed Emshwiller.
Link here And Flash Gordon is even older...

Still as I said as campy as BR was I loved it specially Wilma Dearing performed by the unforgettable Erin Gray.

By the way last I heard Frank Miller wants to helm the remake of BR which is horrible in my opinion. I'd much prefer somebody like JJ Abrams who seemingly has done a wonderful job with Trek to do the honors...

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Re: What Glen A. Larson Means to Me...

Post by JimmyPSHayes » Mon May 18, 2009 12:04 am

Glen Larson is truly a pioneer in the world of television. And the creative media in general. He's one of only 2 people in Hollywood that I admired growing up as a kid, and is the inspiration for what I do creatively. The legacy that he's created SO FAR, is one that will be something that people strive for in years to come.
-I've loved everything he's done. I grew up on the Six Million Dollar Man, Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers was my all time favorite show...until Knight Rider came along! With a big screen KR and BSG in the works, I can't wait to see what he puts up on the silver screen. Thank you, Mr. Larson for all the childhood(and adulthood) hours that passed so enjoyably because of your creative mind!

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Re: What Glen A. Larson Means to Me...

Post by rwmu » Mon May 18, 2009 12:55 am

No offence but Glen Larson didn't actually have that much to do with The Six Million Dollar then names you should check are Martin Cadin, Harve Bennett and Kenneth Johnson. Glen was involved as Exec Producer on two of the four TV Movies made before the weekly show, and for the record he had nothing to do with The Bionic Woman.

However your right about him been one of the high points of entertainment.
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Re: What Glen A. Larson Means to Me...

Post by Victor Kros » Mon May 18, 2009 1:05 pm

rwmu wrote:No offence but Glen Larson didn't actually have that much to do with The Six Million Dollar then names you should check are Martin Cadin, Harve Bennett and Kenneth Johnson. Glen was involved as Exec Producer on two of the four TV Movies made before the weekly show, and for the record he had nothing to do with The Bionic Woman.

However your right about him been one of the high points of entertainment.


- Actually Glen co-created The Six Million Dollar Man but he was not given creator credit for it by Universal. You can ask Lee Majors and Richard Anderson (both managed by his rep) yourself about his behind the scenes involvement. I am not entirely sure why he wasn't given credit but I can inquire about it and get an answer to that question later.

Glen's only on screen writing credit from the property that I know of was The Six Million Dollar Man : Wine, Women, and War (1973) - he also brought in composer Stu Phillips to do the music for it.

He also received "soundtrack" credit on The Six Million Dollar Man: Solid Gold Kidnapping.

Glen had more credits with the property than simply "Executive Producer".

I don't know enough about The Bionic Woman to comment on it.

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Post by rwmu » Mon May 18, 2009 1:39 pm

Going to have to disagree on this one VK and go back to first principles, Martin Cadin created Steve Austin all Bennett, Johnson and possibly Larson did was adapt his work to TV, they didn't create anything. (Yes is a slight change in stance from my initial post, but i've sat and checked the episode credits now)

Glen Larson is not mentioned in the Credits for The original pilot, come to that neither is Richard Anderson, the only constant for the show from start to finish is Lee Majors.

Sorry but if Glen had been part of the process he'd have been in the credits on all the shows instead of two of the TV movies, unless he's under a pen-name for some reason.
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Post by Victor Kros » Mon May 18, 2009 3:01 pm

rwmu wrote:Going to have to disagree on this one VK and go back to first principles, Martin Cadin created Steve Austin all Bennett, Johnson and possibly Larson did was adapt his work to TV, they didn't create anything. (Yes is a slight change in stance from my initial post, but i've sat and checked the episode credits now)

Glen Larson is not mentioned in the Credits for The original pilot, come to that neither is Richard Anderson, the only constant for the show from start to finish is Lee Majors.

Sorry but if Glen had been part of the process he'd have been in the credits on all the shows instead of two of the TV movies, unless he's under a pen-name for some reason.


- You made an inaccurate statement (about Glen's credits) and I clarified it.

To further clarify, Martin Caidin did invent Steve Austin but he received credit only for his novel "Cyborg" - not for creating the television series itself - although the concept was inspired by his work. Kenneth Johnson who also created the sci-fi series "V" and Alien Nation received credit for creating The Bionic Woman.

According to IMDB - Terrence McDonnell received the "written by" credit on the '73 tv movie.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070700/fullcredits#writers

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Six_Million_Dollar_Man

I am not sure if wiki is accurate in claiming that Kenneth also invented The Six Million Dollar Man - I believe that no one officially received a "created by" credit for it - see the end credits still below and you'll see what I mean - at no point in the credits is a "created by" credit given only the nod to Caidin at the end.

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http://www.kennethjohnson.us/ - lists his "created by" credits.

Martin Caidin did not invent The Bionic Woman, although he received "based on Cyborg by Martin Caidin" credit (like in The Six Million Dollar Man) - given the connection to Steve Austin and bionics.

Read here for more info - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyborg_(novel)

And to get this back on Knight Rider for a moment...

Tom Greene, Steven E. de Souza, and Alan J. Levi were all involved with The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman.

I think it's very possible that Glen had a hand in creating The Six Million Dollar Man and did not receive credit for it - as several people were involved with the creation of the movies (yet given no specific "created by" credit) that inspired the series which came after them.

Note that Glen's take on the story departed in many ways from the first Six Million Dollar Man movie and parts of the novel, "Cyborg" with the sequel to it - The Six Million Dollar Man: Wine, Women and War

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0211121/

I will ask Glen what his thoughts are next time I see him. He has brought this up on more than one occassion.

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Re: What Glen A. Larson Means to Me...

Post by rwmu » Tue May 19, 2009 3:47 am

Guess we're going to have to agree to disagree on this one. :good:

But let us know what Glen has to say next time you speak him.
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