Wesley talks about coming home to Land of the Lost
As Wesley Eure, Kathy Coleman and Phlip Paley, lip Paley of Land of the Lost fame prepare to leave today on a road trip to meet their long last Dad, Spencer Milligan in Minnesota, Wesley continues to post heart felt messages about his feelings on both catching up with Spencer as well as being on such an amazing and cult favorite television show. What I would not give to be a part of this trip, but it in a way aren’t we all on this trip with these beloved actors as we read this?
I promise every fan out there reading and following these exploits to post articles as soon as I see anything from our beloved LOTL actors! Rather than continue prattling on, I think I will leave it to Wesley as his words are so very eloquent! Thank you Wesley!
“Yesterday I watched an episode of Land of the Lost called ‘Follow That Dinosaur’. I had recorded it from its airing on KTLA last Sunday. It was the one about the Dinosaur Nip that attracted Grumpy and finding the diary of a Revolutionary soldier named Peter Koenig who had been trapped in the LOTL and ultimately died.
But as I watched the show I was not looking at the jungle sets, or the acting or effects…I was looking at the face of Spencer. It has been about 38 years since I have seen him and as I scanned that oh-so-familiar face, I was transported back to 1974-1975 when I was beginning my career and the world seem so “possible”.
It really felt like yesterday when Kathy. Phil, Spencer and I ran from dinosaurs and faced aliens….as a family. Looking at Spencer’s eyes and hearing his voice brought me such joy and sadness. The joy of creating a new show together and the absolute fun we had filming it. I was reminded of the two large sound stages that housed our enormous jungle and cave. And of course the largest “green screen” ever built in Hollywood that allowed us to be transposed into the dinosaur animation. A first of it’s kind in TV land. It was our playground! I felt so lucky. What a dream for a boy like me to actually be facing monsters and space aliens. Heaven!
I was reminded of the wonder of watching Philip transform from human to Pakuni with the help of make-up master Mike Westmore.
But mostly I thought of Spencer. How sad I was when he did not return for the third season. I don’t think I have ever really addressed my feelings about it. I just took a preverbal deep breath and forged ahead with Uncle Jack. But something was missing! Our dad! It wasn’t the same. The animation got better the third season but the chemistry of our original family was shattered.
For any of you who have ever been in a play, you know the absolute bond actors make. It determines if your relationship is believable or not. Our bond was real . . . I sat watching Spencer and was overcome with varying waves of joy, sadness, disappointment and then ultimately pure anticipation.
On Saturday our Land of the Lost journey comes full circle . . . It’s strange, but I feel I am about to enter, as an adult, my own real Land of the Lost . . .”
I simply do not think any more needs to be said, as I loved every word as a fan and young boy who was transported to the Land of the Lost regularly and whose imagination was so stirred that here I sit some 30 plus years later, still affected, still a fan and still loving this amazing show and its terrific iconic cast!
Written By: Tye Bourdony (from Wesly Eure’s facebook page)
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.