Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Dallas: A City, A Show, A Legacy! ( Where in the World Wednesday)

                              

One of my favorite cities in the US ( besides Orlando of course),  is Dallas Texas! I lived in Texas when I was younger and have been able to go back and visit several times since I’ve been married.  

The first time my husband and I visited we did the touristy things in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. We walked through the downtown, ate a Hard Rock CafĂ© Dallas, visited the stockyards and the Opry, ate at the Cattleman’s Club, and toured the Sixth Floor Museum in the Book Depository which chronicles the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  Since I enjoy history, I of course liked this. However, the highlight of the trip (for me anyway) didn’t start until after we left the book depository.
President Kennedy was shot from the 6th floor window of this building.
 

This was the street where president Kennedy was shot while riding with his motorcade.
 
While we were in the gift shop of the book depository, I was looking at brochures of other attractions to visit in Dallas. I came across a brochure for ‘South Fork Ranch”  Does that name ring a bell for anyone?  Southfork is the home of Dallas, the TV show.  I of course was not old enough to watch the program at the time it originally aired, but I vaguely remember my mother watching it and I remembered the opening scenes.  I was intrigued. I wanted to visit Southfork and see how this piece of TV history was made.

The property of Southfork is just as beautiful in real life as it is in person.  We toured the studio museum, the barns, and of course the iconic Ewing residence. I was surprised to find out that for several years while they filmed at this residence, a family still lived in the home.  The production company paid the family just so they could use the outside of their home.  All the inside scenes where actually shot in a studio in California!

As we toured the house, the guide was telling us bits and pieces of the legacy that would be the Ewings.  I of course had no idea what he has talking about because I had never seen the show. I knew who the main characters were, but didn’t know what their relationship to each other was.  It’s a good thing that I had seen the show before this tour because I probably would have been disappointed.  Afterall, the inside of the house we toured looked nothing like the inside of the house on TV.  If I would have seen the show before the tour, I would have thought things like, “That’s not what JR’s room looked like, “That’s not the same kitchen”.  I’m that person that pays attention to detail!  Here are just a few of the rooms.
Ewing Living Room



Ewing Kitchen
Bobby Ewing's Room



Lucy Ewing's Room

So after our visit to Southfork I had this bright idea that just maybe I would be able to find this series on DVD.  Afterall, they were bringing a lot of the old shows back on DVD.  What were the chances that I would find Dallas?  Well, I hit the jackpot.  I found that season’s 1,2 and 3 were out already.  After that, I had to wait several months ( sometimes years) for the following seasons to be released!  I can now say I am the proud owner of Dallas Seasons 1-13.  I have watched all 13 years of the Ewing’s life.  Wow, what a journey it has been!

So now, of course I am a fan of the “New” Dallas.   I often wonder if the writers of this new series have actually sat down and watched all 13 years of the original Dallas. There are certain things and pieces of information that I feel have been forgotten from years gone by.   Maybe things will be cleared up in the next season of Dallas on TNT. I am just sad that I have to wait till January 2014 to find out!

Have you ever become hooked on an older TV series that you've discovered much later?

2 comments:

  1. I lived in DFW for many years, and hope to move back in the next few years. Houston is not near as awesome as Dallas!

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  2. I have never been to Houston, but I do really enjoy Dallas! ~M

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