On Sunday, September 17th, 1978, ABC premiered Battlestar Galactica. THIRTY years ago. How old do you feel now? It seems like everyone remembers May 25th, the anniversary of that other space franchise with Luke what’s-his-name, but why no love for September 17? I know I’ll always remember. Sure, I was teased as a kid for wearing my Starbuck jacket to school and teachers chastised me for drawing Vipers in my notebook when I should have been paying attention in class, but you know what? The day I cashed my first paycheck with words Battlestar Galactica on it is the day I offically told all those nay-sayers to bite me. So yeah, I remember.
I ask all of you to grab a glasss of ambrosia and join me in a toast to the little show that could; that one-season wonder that clung to life for thirty years and came back as a juggernaut, pounding Star Wars and Star Trek to the ground and firmly re-established itself as the King of Sci-Fi.
Yes, they laughed at you too, thirty years ago. Now they’re picking up their teeth.
And, of course, on this day we should all tip our hat to Mr. Glen Larson, without whom none of us would be here.
To help you celebrate, feel free to click and download the gorgeous, hi-res image you see above, courtesy of Lee Stringer, who served as CG Supervisor on the miniseries and first season of the new BSG (Lee is the second biggest Battlestar fan on the planet).
In the comments section, I encourage everyone to share your special memories of Battlestar Galactica and tell us what the show means to you.
I’ll update this post later in the week with more goodies!
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Click HERE to read my controversial essay on why Galactica has endured
GALACTICA.TV has some of the best original series content on the web
THIS truck driver likes BSG a little too much…
HERE are great shots of the original Galactica model being constructed
And click THIS to see rare images of the life-size Viper from 1978
THIS SITE has the greatest collection of BSG memorabilia i’ve ever seen