The Marshalls come home from the Land of the Lost
As a child and a little over 35 years ago, one of the most important things in my young life was Saturday morning cartoons! I lived for waking up way too early on Saturday mornings to watch all of my favorite cartoons and live action television shows like Flash Gordon, the Super Friends, Thundar the Barbarian, Shazam, Tarzan and many, many others; but chief among them was one of my absolute favorite shows as a child, The Land of the Lost!
Produced by Sid and Marty Krofft, the Marshall family’s journey into the Land of the Lost captivated my imagination and transported me along with them over the falls into that prehistoric other world along with millions of other kids. The show was a hit and number one success for NBC and the reasons are clearly evident in the creativity, passion and amazing adventures, which helped to shape and inform my young mind in the ways of the Force as produced by placing a green and blue crystal together in the face of the approaching Sleestack in the Ancient City.
For years and years since the show has been on the air, Rick (Spencer Milligan), Will (Wesley Eure) along with Holly Marshall (Kathy Coleman) and their young Pakuni comrade Cha-Ka (Phil Paley), have been favorite personal childhood friends of mine. Always taking me back to a special place untarnished by reality and grown up responsibility, in which Rick Marshall was the wise father figure who many a young boy kind of wished was his dad. A place where you could be certain Will would always argue with Holly about carrying the water jug from the river, yet always be there to keep her safe from the clutches of Alice the dinosaur!
The Land of the Lost offered many a young boy their first television crush on the always young, cute and smart Holly who you could always count on to help a lost ape-like and adorably smart Cha-ka find his way home. And for thirty-eight (38) years after this show aired, science fiction’s first-family of alternate universal adventure has in many ways finally found its way back home as the show’s cast mates have finally been reunited in a heart-felt and teary eyed reunion dubbed the “Search for Spencer”.
Indeed, through the amazing ways in which our lives are all intertwined in and around social media, even the fans of this wonderfully captivating show were able to be a part of this family reunion through the updates and picture sharing of Wesley Eure and Kathy Coleman’s Facebook pages. We all watched in anticipation as on Friday the 5th of July the adventure began for our cast with a photo of Wesley Eure beginning his journey home.
Then on Saturday, we get another photo and update in which Will (Wesley Eure), Holly (Kathy Coleman) and Cha-Ka (Phil Paley) pose for a group photo in their rented white van with “Land of the Lost” written on the side, marking the beginning of their journey to find Spencer, their long lost father who had not been since or heard from in decades and here is what Wesley had to say on Saturday,
“Well, I arrived in Milwaukee and was met by Kathy and Troy Kinunen of Mears Auctions at the airport. Troy then gave me a tour of his sports and toy museum. It is housed in a beautifully restored 1906 German/Polish community center in an historic neighborhood.
Kathy had been here before so she lead the way. The museum is phenomenal!!!! It is a collector’s wonderland. Troy is the world’s top sports memorabilia appraiser and there are collections of jerseys from every team from the dawn of baseball, famous player’s bats, leather football helmets from the 1800′s, an original first ever pair of cleated shoes made with wooden cleats…it goes on and on and on. Troy is our host is treating us like royalty.
Phil’s plane was delayed and will not be arriving until around 2 a.m. . . . ugh. Especially since we are starting early at 7:30. I bowed out the get some rest, but Kathy and Troy will be picking Phil up. Okay, I am a wuss but I want to be ready for our adventure tomorrow.
Kathy and Troy decorated a white van we will be traveling in tomorrow and on the side of the van it says, “Land Of The Lost“! ”
As a fan, I along with so many others continued to check in on Wesley Eure’s Facebook page regularly, waiting on pins and needles for news from the expedition, reading every post and even posting myself here and there, truly feeling deep down inside as if I too were in this little white raft of a van along with so many others.
And then finally; the image appears with all four stars from the iconic Land of the Lost television series smiling ear to ear in a family photo; they had made it, the Marshall family had arrived home from the Land of the Lost. And personally it seemed and felt as if together, fans and cast had indeed come full circle all these years later. Teary eyed, smiling and somehow just a little more fulfilled I shared the photo and news of this amazing reunion with so many others via Facebook as I read Wesley Eure’s words upon finding Spencer Milligan, his long lost Dad,
“What a day!!!!! What a glorious day!!
It was a long 17 hour day and we traveled well over 500 miles . . . but . . . Marshal, Will, Holly and Chaka finished a not-so-routine expedition!
After 38 years we were all together at Spencer’s beautiful home. I am tearing up as I write this. It was a day I had dreamt of for so many decades and when it came it felt so natural, so calming, so perfect . . . our little TV family was once again reunited.
A wonderful camera crew and production team followed us all day as we “Searched For Spencer” and we made some great new friends along the way.
THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR POSTS! We read them every half hour while driving in the “Land Of The Lost” van. Over 2100 of you stopped by to read our posting from inside the van in the early morning of our journey. Then of course I shared all the funny and touching posts with Spencer. We were all humbled by your outpouring of love and encouragement. Truly humbled. Plus we laughed a lot!!
Finally being with Spencer, we completed our circle . . . we had come home and were once again with our dad!
It is hard to explain the deluge of emotions, but please know you all were with us . . . and not just figuratively. Through Facebook you became an integral part of today’s story. A big part.
I am beat and headed to bed so I will stop for the night, but I will write more of our long dreamt day and share more photos. There will even be a video in the coming weeks…
Heck, I rewrote the theme song to LOTL on the airplane coming to Wisconsin and will make a silly video to share it with you . . . hopefully it will make you laugh.
So goodnight my friends, and thank you again for making this day vastly more special . . .
With heartfelt gratitude and love,
Well done Marshall family, welcome home and rest easy having finally finished your long journey and know that we have been with you all this time. In our hearts and minds, we have never forgotten about you and it was such a pleasure to be with you all as your little raft finally came home through the Pilon’s fog of time from the Land of the Lost. Thank you for bringing us home with you, thank you for sharing your family reunion with us, your loving fans, who in very important and heartfelt ways, have so happily been allowed to make this journey with you!
Written by Tye Bourdony & (Wesley Eure via facebook)
Tye Bourdony is a Sci Fi cartoonist and creator of ‘The Lighter Side of Sci-Fi’, a mediator, science fiction reporter and the U.S. based content editor for Sci Fi Pulse. He is also a graduate of the Barry University School of Law, SUNY Purchase and H.S. of Music & Art. Tye currently works in Florida’s 9th Circuit as the Staff Family Mediator, is currently the Public Information Officer for the Osceola County Bar Association and has a regular self-published column in Sci Fi Magazine. You can visit Tye on facebook and at www.thelightersideofscifi.com or send him your thoughts and story/article ideas to TBourdony@scifipulse.net.