FORCED RETIREMENT Original Air Date: December 9, 1977
Synopsis. Beth asks Jim to investigate the Minerva project, a highly speculative offshore drilling venture whose investors include Beth’s boss.
“Forced Retirement” marks the first appearance of Jimmy Joe Meeker, the Oklahoma oilman who’s “smoother than oil on a blister.” Rockford adopts this alter-ego on three other occasions throughout the remainder of the series. As Gigi Garner notes her in her Foreword to 45 Years of The Rockford Files, much of her father’s innate wit “bled through in some of his Rockford funny bits where he played Jimmy Joe Meeker.”
LEARN MORE about this episode in the revised third edition of 45 YEARS OF THE ROCKFORD FILES, featuring more than sixty new pages of never before published information about both the original Rockford Files and the CBS reunion movies, including twenty new interviews and six new appendices. 25 percent of the net proceeds from the sales of 45 YEARS OF THE ROCKFORD FILES will be donated to The James Garner Animal Rescue Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds to help rescue organizations, shelters, individuals, fosters, and veterans with emergencies, evacuations, medical care, adoptions, training, pet supplies, shelter, rehabilitation, boarding, transportation, food, and other pressing needs. JGARF is one way for Garner fans to honor Jim’s memory and extend his legacy. Plus… if you order 45 YEARS OF THE ROCKFORD FILES directly from Black Pawn Press, you will receive an exclusive bonus gift. Go to Rockford45.com for more details
Amy Stoch of Bill and Ted 3Original Airdates: Aug. 28-30, 2020 TVC 506.4: Actress Amy Stoch (Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Dallas, the Gunsmoke reunion movies) talks to Ed about reprising her role as Missy, Bill Preston’s stepmom, in Bill and Ted Face the Music. She also shares the story of the wonderful compliment that Barbara Bel Geddes paid her early during her arc on Dallas. Bill and Ted Face the Music is now showing in select drive-ins and is available for viewing on demand on many platforms. Amy Stoch on working with TV legend James ArnessOriginal Airdates: Aug. 28-30, 2020 TVC 506.5: Actress Amy Stoch (Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Bill and Ted Face the Music) shares a few memories of playing Matt Dillon’s daughter in the Gunsmoke reunion movies. She also talks to Ed about her second career as an adjunct instructor at four universities (and the challenges of teaching her students online this past semester, in light of COVID-19). Bill and Ted Face the Music is now showing in select drive-ins and is available for viewing on demand on many platforms.
Amy Stoch recently reprised her role as Missy in Bill and Ted Face the Music, the rollicking third film in the Bill and Ted series. She’ll tell us what it was like to revisit a character that she hadn’t played in thirty years, plus we’ll talk about her second career as an adjunct instructor at four universities (and the challenges of teaching her students online this past semester, in light of COVID-19), as well as ask her a few questions about her other movie and TV roles. Amy Stoch will join us in our second hour. Bill and Ted Face the Music will be released Tuesday, Sept. 1 by Orion Pictures.
This week’s program will also include a conversation with author, screenwriter, opinion columnist, and high school educator Larry Strauss. Larry has taught high school English in South Los Angeles for nearly thirty years. He has also written more than a dozen books—one of which, The Facts of My Life, he co-authored with his mother, stage and television actress Charlotte Rae.
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