George Harrison, Dedicated Dallas Fan

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All things must pass, but Dallas can't be missed.
We're currently reading the second volume of the voluminous diaries of Monty Python's Michael Palin, a good potato chip read that, in this case, covers the 1980s.

Among the things we learned: former Beatle George Harrison, he of the mystical interests of the East, he who produced independent films that were rarely standard Hollywood fare, was a diehard, stone-cold fan of the Dallas TV series.

Texas represent!! At least the caricature version of Texas.

Harrison apparently loved the show so much he'd get annoyed if you happened to call when it was on, Palin reports.

An entry for January 8, 1982, about Palin phoning Harrison to discuss one of the several film projects they had going:

Call George in Henley at nine o'clock. After a few rather terse exchanges he says "You're obviously not a Dallas fan, then" and I realise I've interrupted a favorite viewing.

The power of J.R. Ewing.

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 Jewelry Exchange Manhattan Be
Jewelry Exchange Manhattan Be

 I had been to Brooklyn once before when my husband took me there to visit his childhood home. But it wasn't the Brooklyn that I visited this week or had heard about for years before. He showed me parks and beautiful row homes and his elementary school. No, this Brooklyn was a whole new experience from the second I arrived!

 Jewelry Exchange Manhattan Be
Jewelry Exchange Manhattan Be

 I had been to Brooklyn once before when my husband took me there to visit his childhood home. But it wasn't the Brooklyn that I visited this week or had heard about for years before. He showed me parks and beautiful row homes and his elementary school. No, this Brooklyn was a whole new experience from the second I arrived!

Mel Sharkskin
Mel Sharkskin

Which reminds me of my favorite JR quote, on the priorities of a life in politics: "Rule number one: Never git caught in bed with a dead woman or a live man."

And, about three years ago I was on a flight from DFW to LaGuardia, sitting next to an afflluent Brit couple heading for a couple of days in NYC before going home. The woman said they were huge fans of "Dallas" and were thrilled to learn they were being sent there by "the firm" for business purposes. They'd been in Texas for a couple of weeks, and the man -- who looked and spoke like he norally wore a bowler to work -- was now wearing snakeskin boots, a suede gunslinger's vest, new and carefully pressed Levi's, and a western shirt that looked like it came from the eccentric end of the men's shop at Nieman's.The woman had a full-length denim skirt with silver applique's, and fringed buckskin jacket, and tons of silver and turquoise jewelry adorning her wrists and ears, etc., etc. I'm sure there were cowboy hats in the overhead compartment.When the man went to the loo, his wife confided that he became obsessed with buying and smuggling back a real shootin' iron until she finally convinced him there was no way without risking jail.In that short time two stiff Brits had bought into the whole ludicrous myth, lock, stock and two smoking barrels, and turned themselves into cartoon characters. I would have loved to have seen how Her Majesty's Customs officers viewed them as they went through the line at Heathrow.After learning I was going home to NYC where I lived as a Texas expat, they were scandalized that I would leave such a fascinating place for dreary New York. Sometimes, that part doesn't seem so absurd as it did when she said it.

Drozy
Drozy

The show was very popular in England. I think for the same reason they like to follow the Royal family.

GW
GW

1980 was not a good year for Mr. Harrison. Both J.R. and John Lennon shot within months of each other. Sad.

Drozy
Drozy

Uh, J.R. was a fictional character.

Vince
Vince

You don't say

Bob
Bob

This doesn't surprise me. When my wife and I visited England 10 years ago and would say we were from Texas, we were pretty surprised to find out how big the show's popularity there was still years after it went off the air. We saw "Dallas"-themed goods in stores. They also loved "Starsky and Hutch" for some reason....

n8d0g
n8d0g

My guitar is gently weeping.

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