Do you Remember the “Original Wreck-it-Ralph?” His name was Ralph Hinkley, Hanley, uh..Mr. “H”. He wasn’t always happy about it either.
March 1981, My my dad, and our old Sanyo TV, you know the one with the Dial. I was the remote. Well this particular night was special. Not only was I staying up past my bed time, but I was getting to watch a very special premiere with my parents, for a show I had seen commercials for and begged and egged to watch, all about the guy with super powers, this guy called “The Greatest American Hero“.
So for those of you that are unfamiliar let me introduce you to “The Greatest American Hero”
So here is the premise. Ralph Hinkley is a teacher. Honest altruistic, and believes in the good of all man. He teaches Special Education at Whitney High School in California, and is a single father to Kevin (Season 1, and 2, then Kevin mysteriously dissapears). As a side note after the attempted assassination of president Reagan during season one Ralph’s last name of Hinkley is changed to Hanley, and in many episodes merely dubbed over to “Mr. H”. It returns to Hinkley at the end of the 2nd season.
Bill Maxwell is a 30 year veteran of the FBI. Crass, edgy and sarcastic he hides a caring heart and deep sense of right and wrong under his gruff exterior.
One night in the desert Bill and Ralph are forced together by mysterious circumstances and approached by a spaceship. The “Little Green Guys” give them a “suit” with “unearthly powers” that will only work on Ralph. They are tasks to use the suit for good, and save the world for humanity.
Sounds easy right? It would have been, but Ralph looses the instructions, making the series not only about saving the world, but also about learning to use the “little red jammies”. The unfortunate side effect was he tended to wreck as many things as he fixed. Bill often asked Ralph “not to wreck the place”.
And the best part of all? It was my time with my dad, every week. It was our thing.
Time seemed simpler then, less busy, more time to enjoy these small things. So take some time today, and watch a show, build a model, play a game. Have some “you time”.
With that I’ll leave you with the running gag from the show, Ralph and his effort to master flying.