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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Remembering Bill Bixby -- By Aaron Goldstein, The American Spectator

Much of this week has been focused on the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy and I plan to chip in my two cents before the week is out.

However, I want to mark the anniversary of the passing of another notable individual. On November 21, it will have been 20 years since the death of actor/director Bill Bixby. A fixture on American television from the early 1960s to the early 1980s on shows such as My Favorite Martian, The Courtship of Eddie’s Father,and The Incredible Hulk, Bixby was only 59 when he succumbed to prostate cancer in 1993.

It was the last of these three shows which introduced me to Bixby as a child in the late 1970’s. I had not read the comic book, but was drawn to how Dr. David Banner transformed into the Hulk to help himself and others fight back against those who would do harm to him and the people he cared about. I also identified with the loneliness and isolation Banner experienced when he would be compelled to leave yet another town after the Hulk made his presence known with intrepid reporter Jack McGee of The National Register (played brilliantly by the late Jack Colvin) in hot pursuit. This despair was brought home at the end of every episode with the playing of the late Joe Harnell’s "The Lonely Man."

Still, I have to admit that in those days I was more a fan of Lou Ferrigno as The Hulk than I was of Bixby as Banner. Perhaps I was too big a fan of Ferrigno. When I tore my pajama top to shreds one night after watching The Incredible Hulk, my parents prohibited me from watching it.

Indeed, it would be more than 30 years before I saw the show again in re-runs. You will be glad to know that this time around I was able to refrain from tearing articles of clothing. Despite the cheesy disco music and cheesier stunt doubles, The Incredible Hulk still holds up remarkably well.
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