Today is the 40th anniversary of the screening of the 1st Episode of Mork and Mindy. Tribune medias’ Antenna TV is broadcast a binge watch extravaganza.
Mork and Mindy, at least for me, was my introduction to Robin Williams. He’d appeared on an episode of Happy Days as Mork, but he really became famous from the series. It ran for 4-years between 1978 and 1982, recording an incredible 94-episodes.
Over the past 5-months or so I’ve had my Tablo DVR set to record any episodes of Mork and Mindy. Antenna has been playing them already. I have 53 recorded.
May of the episodes give Robin Williams a vehicle for his amazing timing and humor. Some give him the ability to be ironic, some more thoughtful. Of his many reports home to Orson, he included this one, from Season-3, Episode-14 on “Being famous on earth”. The episode was filmed shorty after John Lennon was assassinated. I can’t help but wonder, is Mork would have included Robin Williams in the list of names he lists and the end of the report.
I had no recollection of the fact the series was based in Boulder, interestingly, the episode this clip was featured in was called Mork meets Robin Williams. Williams was in Boulder to perform at the “Solar Energy Benefit”. Not much has changed, just Boulder being Boulder.
As of July 2016, the Boulder house where Mork and Mindy lived , 1619 Pine Street right by the Perl Street Mall, was valued at $1.9 million, with a last sale date of 1974 for US $80,000 (equivalent to $385,000 in 2015).
It’s never clear how a young Mindy could afford to live there then, she couldn’t now. Just Boulder being Boulder. You can watch almost all the episodes of Mork and Mindy on youtube.
Mork calling Orson, come in Orson