Greetings, Friends and Fiends.
Sad news has reached Ye Olde Dragon on this night, and I’m passing it along to all of you. If you were a kid in the 70s and 80s (like myself), and a fan of sci-fi and action shows of the day, you no doubt encountered the words “A Glen Larson Production” on your TV screen. Glen Larson, the creative genius behind classic sci-fi series THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (of which he also composed the theme and score), BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY, KNIGHT RIDER has passed away at the age of 77 after a battle with esophageal cancer.
Larson was also executive producer and/or co-creator of classic action shows like IT TAKES A THIEF, GET CHRISTIE LOVE!, SWITCH, THE HARDY BOYS/NANCY DREW MYSTERIES, MAGNUM P.I. and THE FALL GUY (for which he wrote the theme song, “The Unknown Stuntman” sung by series star Lee Majors). He also served as a “consulting producer” for the BATTLESTAR GALACTICA reboot.
Unfortunately, not everything he touched turned to gold as is evident from the single season flops MANIMAL and AUTOMAN, and I was advised by my doctors to forget the existence of TEAM KNIGHT RIDER and GALACTICA 1980.
One of the most unfortunate parts of getting older is losing those responsible for bringing so much enjoyment and entertainment to your life growing up. The last few years, this has really been happening to me at a seemingly accelerated rate, but such is life. We endure, we go on.
Thank you, Mr. Larson. We will enjoy your creations for many years to come, thanks to digital preservation.
“By your command.”