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LOTL70 = the three seasons of the original Land of the Lost television series of the 1970s featuring the Marshall family.
LOTL90 = the two seasons of the Land of the Lost television series of 1990s featuring the Porter family.


Forget the Raft!  The Marshalls Should Have Arrived in a DeLorean

The Onion has an interview with Marty Krofft in which he makes this startling revelation:

MK:  ...Michael J. Fox came in for casting on Land Of The Lost.

O:  The first or the second?

MK:  The first. We thought he wasn't right. You don't always guess right.

Marty doesn't specify, but Fox must have been auditioning for the role of Will Marshall.  I think Fox is only a few years older than I am, and I was about 7 when the show started, so his casting would have made Will significantly younger than he ended up as played by Wesley Eure.  If he had been cast, then would Holly have been an older character?  Imagine if Fox had been cast how that could have radically changed all the characters on the show.  If Holly was older, the role would have to have been played by an actress other than Kathy Coleman.  And since it's said that Spencer Milligan was cast in part because of his resemblance to Eure, we can assume another actor there, too!

And who would have been cast as Uncle Jack in the third season?  Christopher Lloyd?

(Or maybe Fox was auditioning for Cha-ka!  He is rather short...)


The Gamesters of Altrusia

Play Hot Lava at your home, a game that somehow involves Sleestaks...



Where Does He Get Such Wonderful Toys?

I bought these Land of the Lost wind up heads from Figures Inc. The heads are made of soft rubber and not the hard plastic you might think, but they're well sculpted.
 
 
 

I'm Lost, I'm Lost, Find Me...

See The Krofft Oeuvre for the source of this interesting quote:

Joseph Nebus, a 23-year-old grad student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute said he liked the science fiction aspects of the Krofft shows. "I liked the many ways in which it was about exploration and discovery and attempting to understand the world. I liked the storylines in which the show would explore new aspects of the Land of the Lost, looking for the boundaries and discovering what was there. It was recently pointed out to me that the entire show has a subtext, which I think I appreciated without understanding back then, about the search for identity."

What do you all think?  Is this an intended subtext of the show?  And if so, was this carried over into the 1990's version of LOTL as well?

The Schoolhouse Rock page at this same site also has the following quote:

At the same time Chicago was also home to Hooray, a take-off on the PBS show Zoom, and Saturday Morning Live, which featured actors portraying characters from Scooby Doo, Land of the Lost, and Fat Albert along with songs from Schoolhouse Rock.

Is anyone out there familiar with this show, SaturdayMorning Live?  Were there really "actors portraying characters from...Land of the Lost" on this show and, if so, do you have tapes?


Message From a Cunning Linguist

A message posted (several years ago) on the Linguist List from Paku language creator, Vicki Fromkin: 

Message 3: Linguistics in novels, etc.

Date: Mon, 02 Sep 91 20:33 PDT
From: <>
Subject: Linguistics in novels, etc.

<IYO1VAF%MVS.OAC.UCLA.EDU@CORNELLC.cit.cornell.edu>Michael Kac -- Sorry -- I should have known better re your suggestion. I also would love to have a copy of the Dr Syntax Poster.  Someone can get rich out there. Who painted the paiting ' irrecoverability of deleted tracers'?  I don't really believe tyis but it is a wonderful put-on. Re tv programs and linguists etc (no one really mentioned them but wothehell) --I think my major claim to fame with the Linguistic 1 students at UCLA is that I wrote a language called PAKU spoken by the Pakuni (monkey people) in a children's TV program called Land of the Lost.  I had no idea anyone knew of it and happened to mention it and got a standing ovation from the usual bored, noisy group of 500 students.  It seems they keep showing it.  For those of you who are Africanists out there -- you will notice that it is very much like a Kwa language of West Africa.  This of course has no relation to any of the linguistic novels. To finish -- re Paku andLand of the Lost -- I never saw the show -- just the scripts which I had to translate into Paku.  The whole experience was very funny.  They -- the producers were worried about the sear words I wrote in Paku.  I tried to convince them that no one would know what they meant anyway but I am not sure they believed me.  Anyway, it is a lovely language which I understand children were beginning to pick up (which was my purpose of course) --nice regular anti-penultimate stress, homorganic nasals, nasalization of vowels before nasals, deletion of final vowels before vowel initial suffixes. A wonderful language! Vicki Fromkin

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