Russell Morash is considered the father of of “how to” and “know how television.” Ranked twelth on the National Academey of Television Arts and Science list of top 100 Daytime Emmy winners, with 14 Emmy Awards including 11 for “Outstanding Director of a Service Show” Russel Morash resume speaks for itself. A native of Lexington Massachusettes , he began to make his mark on the industry in 1963 when he helped invite Julie Childs and The French Chef into our kitchens.
In 1975 he teamed with Jim Crockett and walk us around Crockett's Victory Garden, later The Victory Garden. Finally in 1979 when Russell Morash brought This Old House into our livingroom it started a revolution and turned a nation into DIY's (Do It Yourself(ers)).
With a fan base thicker than the flannel on a Norm Abram shirt, This Old House has empowered its watchers to believe in their creative power and to find inspiration in the walls of their homes. The foundation(no pun intended) of This Old House lies in its charismatic cast of characters, who have been remodeled slightly over thirty years but have become an extended member of my family every Thursday night.
My sister Chris and I use to have battles of epic proportion of what was going to be watched on one of our three channels growing up. There were three shows we settled on after all of the hair pulling, pinching and punching ceased. Day time soap opera, General Hospital, Square One/Mathnet and This Old House. So as much as I loved following the daily saga of Luke and Laura, the dynamic Mathnet duo of Monday & Frankly, it was with hushed tones that every Thursday night Chris and I like religion huddled in front of the magic box and watched master carpenter Norm Abram, general contractor Tom Silva, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and landscape contractor Roger Cook work their magic with wit, humor and expertise.
There is a great sense of camaraderie in what This Old House brings to America. It is that same sense of camaraderie and magic that the Snapdragon has created for our family and the community. We may not have the longevity of This Old House but we hope to achieve and surpass it. On this Thursday Thought I tip my hat to Russell Morash and This Old House for being a pioneers and extend an invitation from one DIYer to another that you will always be welcome at the Snapdragon Inn because the adventure regardless of the sacrifice is worth every effort. We hope to see you there.
To abbreviate Garrison Keillor : This is my Thursday thought from Lake Runnemede where the women are strong, the men are good looking and the children are above average.
Until next Thursday this is JD signing off...