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Roanoke was mentioned in 3 retro television series this week

Cheryl E Preston
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Roanoke is recognized by Hollywood

I enjoy watching MeTV and streaming television series from the 1960s through the early 1990s. During the past week, I have heard the Star City mentioned 3 times on TV shows from decades ago. Roanoke may not be as large as some cities in the state but the name does get around.

On the June 1, 1962 episode of The Twilight Zone, The Changing of the Guard Professor Fowler (Donald Pleasance) finds out on Christmas Eve that his contract has not been renewed and he contemplates taking his own life. the location of Professor Fowler is never mentioned but he returns to his empty classroom where he sees the spirits of his former male students, some of whom died in the war, and one of the young men mentions that he had been in Roanoke.
Roanoke shines bright on television showsPhoto byWikipedia

Shoutouts to the Star City are always good to hear

In the February 1962 episode of The Andy Griffith Show titled Barney and the Choir Barney Fife (Don Knotts) sings off-key on Welcome Sweet Springtime. Near the end of the episode Andy Taylor, Andy Griffith is talking to the choir director John Masters (Olan Soule), and going to Roanoke is mentioned. Andy lives in Mayberry North Carolina and Charlotte has been mentioned a few times. Roanoek si only a few hours away.

In the October 17, 1991 episode of A Different World In the Eye of the Storm the Hillman College students are in the pit riding out a hurricane when Colonel Bradford Taylor (Glen Turman) mentions buses taking people to the Roanoke Armory. There is no such place so this was probably a reference to the former Victory Stadium. The fictitious Hillman is located in Richmond. I always enjoy it when local places are mentioned on TV and in movies, especially in the city where I currently reside.

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