Trivia Tuesday – 11/16/10

Question: What was the second music video that aired on MTV?

Last Week’s Question: What television show featured a time traveler whose job it was to travel throughout Earth’s past, present, and future fixing “mistakes” in time. (It’s not Doctor Who or Quantum Leap)

Answer: Voyagers!

Voyagers! aired on NBC for the 1982-1983 season on Sunday nights, and starred Jon-Erik Hexum as Phineas Bogg and Meeno Peluce as Jeffrey Jones. Bogg used a hand-held device called an Omni (which looked much like a large pocket watch) to travel in time and ensured that history unfolded as we know it. When the Omni was red, they knew something wasn’t right and needed to fix it. Once it was green, they were good to go.
Here is the opening:

Bogg and Jeffrey first met when Bogg’s Omni malfunctioned and took him to 1982, landing him in the apartment of Jeffrey’s aunt and uncle, who were caring for him after his parents’ death. Jeffrey accidentally fell out of a window, and Bogg jumped out to rescue him by activating the Omni. Bogg’s Guidebook, which contained a detailed description of how history should unfold, had been grabbed by Jeffrey’s dog Ralph so Bogg had to rely on Jeffrey (whose father was a history professor) to help him.

Over the closing credits of each episode, Meeno Peluce (Jeffrey) said in voice over: “If you want to learn more about {historical element from the episode}, take a voyage down to your public library. It’s all in books!”

Voyagers! was successful, but it did not get picked up for a second season because NBC thought they could challenge CBS’s 60 Minutes with another news program, called Monitor. Apparently that didn’t work out too well because I forgot about Monitor, and I still remember loving Voyagers!

Jon-Erik Hexum went on to star in another show called Cover Up. On On October 12, 1984, while on the set, Hexum was fooling around and played Russian roulette with a handgun that still had blanks in it. The force of the wadding from the blanks hit him in his temple with enough force to hatter a quarter-sized piece of his skull and propel the pieces into his brain, causing massive hemorrhaging. He underwent five hours of surgery. But on six days later, on October 18, Hexum was declared brain dead. His mother gave permission to pull him off of life support. Several of his organs were donated to ailing people.

Meeno Peluce was devastated by the death of his Voyagers co-star and close friend. In 1998, Peluce spoke about the accidental shooting on Mysteries and Scandals: The Death Of Jon-Erik Hexum.
Peluce is married and has two children. He has also worked as a writer and director. He is half brother to Punky Brewster‘s Soleil Moon Frye. Their father is actor Virgil Frye.
Peluce is a photographer, and showcases his photographs, along with writings, at his website.

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