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Buck Roger’s Birthday

Filed under: — Posted by the Fantasist during the Hour of the Hare which is in the early morning.
The moon is Waxing Crescent

Happy Birthday, Buck!

Lord, I just really felt like Twiki!!
Today is Buster Crabbe’s birthday. For those of you who are too young, or didn’t have a father that was into the “classics”, Buster Crabbe is the original Buck Rogers. He was in the old, serial shot movies of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. They were old black and white films that had special effects based around sparklers, flashing lights, smoke and wires. And, they’re some of the greatest bad acting ever. The stories were the original “cliff-hangers”, where Buck was always left in the middle of some scrape that was impossible to escape. But, he always did, in the next installment, of course.
Years later, Gil Gerard played Buck Rogers in a more modern, updated version of the same stories on TV. It was good, but not quite the same as the old stuff. Buster, and some of the other First Generation sci-fi actors, did a cameo on the new show. That was pretty cool. He died shortly after that, actually. But, he’ll be immortalized on film as the Original Buck Rogers.

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