"Rampart, this is Squad 51." Man, how many times did I hear those words as a kid?
I'm pretty sure that after Gordon on "Sesame Street," Johnny Gage on "Emergency" was my first crush. I even memorized his birthday, which he announced on the show once so Chet could read him his horoscope or something (August 28).
Rob grew up in L.A., and says as a kid he always insisted that the "Emergency" fire station was his local fire station. Yeah, the canyons and landscapes of L.A. kind of look alike, but he grew up in Calabasas and the station they shot at was actually in Carson. I'm totally going to insist we drive past it the next time we visit his family.
All this is prelude to me saying that I bought the second season of "Emergency" on DVD, and watching it is as close as I can get to feeling like I'm back in grade school, sitting in front of the clunky old TV in the den in those pre-remote control days. I think people buy movies for many reasons, but that they often buy TV shows on DVD less for the show's content as for the memories that come flooding back when they watch them, for the memories of who we once were when we watched the shows the first time around.