A Story of One

It’s the old story, 500 channels and there is nothing to watch. But, back in the olden days, sonny, it was much worse. When I went to the family ranch back in the 1970s, we had one television that received transmissions from an antenna mounted on the tallest pine tree. This allowed us to get one station sporadically. That one station seemed to endlessly play cop shows, or Emergency. I don’t think I ever understood the premise of The Streets of San Francisco, but there were many scenes of cars flying over a hill and bottoming out. There probably wasn’t much of a premise, i.e. no “high concept”. All shows had a grizzled old cop/editor/pizza shop owner, but with a big heart, and a young rookie and brash cop/reporter/single girl. The title sequence for Streets of San Francisco makes up for any lack of concept. It’s not as good as Hawaii 5-0, but close. And there is that voice over that you can never forget, “a Quinn Martin Production.”

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5 Responses to “A Story of One”

  1. Jean François Porchez Says:

    A classic, but the best ever is the opening credits in Bullit, amazing way to play with music (good one) images, story, and typography indeed. San Francisco still…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S__L_OQe6NE

  2. Karl Schweikart Says:

    Thanks! Loved seeing the “special guest star.” As a kid I wondered who would want to play that part? They always got killed…

  3. marian bantjes Says:

    I was horribly, hopelessly in love with Michael Douglas during this time.

  4. Cami Says:

    When I was about 7 years old, my mother’s boyfriend was a set-builder for that show. I got to stand on the set while they filmed street scenes. Of course, at 7 years old, I didn’t know what the hell was going on, or that it was cool to be there.

  5. Sean Says:

    That is so cool. You’re lucky to have done that!