Emergency, the 1970s with Randy Mantooth the Paramedic

The First Paramedic Show in the US, Based in Los Angeles,California

When people get older, they begin to reminisce about how the world was many years ago. Mostly, not many newbies want to hear about it. If a show, or movie is in black and white, perhaps a bit scratchy, and obviously staged; today it is overlooked and dismissed as uninteresting.

Maybe this is why history has been so subjective. Regular history of regular people, or situations, need to be pumped up, colorized and glittered. Then it may catch an eye, or a curious person may investigate further.

A little history lesson:

In 1973, sending out trained emergency personnel was a brand new practice . Catch some of the old Jerry Lewis movies and catch a look at the old fashioned ambulances , and how they rolled.

The first real police show series I can remember was Dragnet . "One Adam 12, One Adam 12, please respond!" Jack Webb Produced Dragnet, showing the very straight and narrow detectives of Los Angeles, attempting to stop the dirty hippies, psychedelics , and women acting hysterical . Dragnet originated in 1967 .

Emergency! They had the funniest names for each show...

Some Bloopers from Emergency...

Flashback! Emergency! Old school Hotties!

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Video's of Emergency! It took technology time to catch up. VHS VCR tapes were a new thing in the late 1970's too.These guys were heart throbs in 1973! Yowza!This duo paramedic team, started a fascination with crime, and medical emergencies, man made and  natural disasters.Rugged Tough heroes!!They always had to look soooo serious.Design by Columbia House Co. a.r.r.
Video's of Emergency! It took technology time to catch up. VHS VCR tapes were a new thing in the late 1970's too.
Video's of Emergency! It took technology time to catch up. VHS VCR tapes were a new thing in the late 1970's too. | Source
These guys were heart throbs in 1973! Yowza!
These guys were heart throbs in 1973! Yowza! | Source
This duo paramedic team, started a fascination with crime, and medical emergencies, man made and  natural disasters.
This duo paramedic team, started a fascination with crime, and medical emergencies, man made and natural disasters. | Source
Rugged Tough heroes!!
Rugged Tough heroes!! | Source
They always had to look soooo serious.
They always had to look soooo serious. | Source
Design by Columbia House Co. a.r.r.
Design by Columbia House Co. a.r.r. | Source

The Doctor Was the Smart One; Nurses, Had to be Attractive.

Call me a woman's libber, I don't care. Just giving some background as to how life was, and what has changed, in under 40 years.

These old shows are a testament, as to the low caste of the creature known as "Eve's sisters".. .females were being held accountable for Eve's sin against Adam.

It appears that in the 1960's and 1970s women's hysteria was the cause of Adam's downfall, and must be avoided at all costs. Getting a woman to chill out in an emergency was paramount. "Just get her to settle down. Give her a smack across the kisser".


Divorcee

Divorce was uncommon, and any woman divorcee was looked down on, and was automatically considered a whore. (since she had been getting sex, her appetite had been whetted, there would be no stopping such wanton women.)

The divorced man, was likely already resettled in a new marriage, with a newer model wife. Standard practice then. A regular hero, admired among lawyers, judges and other men looking to do a trade.

Squad 51, squad 51, Please respond!

Safety Instructor? Watching Emergency Is A Fun Way To Know What Not To Do.

In the blooper above is a scene where Randy Mantooth is trying to rescue a fireman, or another worker from the floor above, which is partially floor, partially roof. Paramedic Mantooth in his 1973 wisdom, was going to use that hemp rope, to hoist several men, in an industrial fire and hot spot.

The scene is a funny blooper in a mostly serious show. The thing is, that now, the whole set-up can be seen as a recipe for disaster.

Randy is on the enclosed, ground floor of an industrial complex, that appears to manufacture corrosives. This show aired years before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was formed, and before there was a Clean Water , and Clean Air act.

It is amazing to me, as to how we can look back at the way we used to view the world. Humans, supposedly trained in sciences, such as surgery, and medicine, not being able to fathom or understand germs passing from one patient to another by unwashed hands.

Spraying water on chemical fires is another big no, no that was practiced back in the day. This can be witnessed in Emergency. Perhaps mankind just took the world for granted as a simple structure, that would bow to us, and all we delighted to do.

These old television series, show a progression from how men used to identify with and treat the Environment. These old shows, are proof for the next generation, that in the 1960s and 1970s our air was so brown and toxic, that entire towns and populations were sickened and even killed. Our waterways in America, would catch on fire from all of the large toxins that were poured into our waterways. It was a lot of damage, quickly.

Because of the activist movement for the Ecology , and a concern that these toxins were finding their way into the systems of the human body, the concern for clean water, many rules and laws were initiated.

Today, almost 40 years later , it seems as if we have unlearned all of our good sense. We beat the Oil companies and auto industry in the late 1970s when lead was removed from gasoline.

You should have heard the propaganda then. They say the same thing, but today's human feels it is a right to operate a combustion engine, and our infrastructures are possessed by the automobile industry, in the US generally, our communities are not set up for mass or public transportation.

Citations:

©Emergency,Universal Home Video , Columbia House Co . 1998 a.r.r. Dragnet© Universal City Studio's, Columbia House 1995 Columbia House Co.cited. a.r.r.

© 2011 Lori J Latimer

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Historical note: Dragnet debuted on the radio June 3, 1949, also starring Jack Webb.

You can hear the originals here:

http://www.archive.org/details/Dragnet_OTR


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Oh! Thank you WillStarr. Thank you for the link. I love listening to the old radio shows. I listen mainly to shows, don't watch much. Thank you for coming by. :0)


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Robwrite 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

I remmber this show from years ago. I haven't seen it in ages. This brings back memories.


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

@Robwrite, thank you for the comment! It is a blast to be carried back to this time...


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Ingenira 5 years ago

These are so interesting, Lilly. Thanks for bringing us back to old days, and see how we have changed. We certainly have changed A LOT. It's about the evolution of the mind!


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

@Ingenira! You are right, there has been an evolution of the mind in many ways!Thank you for the visit and nice comment. :0)


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rmr 5 years ago from Livonia, MI

Rampart! I used to love Emergency, and I remember it well. I was also a fan of Dragnet and Adam 12. TV sure has changed over the years, hasn't it?


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

@rmr, Yes, TV has changed, it was the seedlings for such shows like Hill Street Blues, and lawyer shows...wow another flashback! Thanks for coming by for a read of Old Squad 51, and them. :0) enjoyed the reminiscence.


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Flag up and awesome. I too remember...


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

@dallas93444! Appreciate the Up and nostalgia shared!


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RunAbstract 5 years ago from USA

Great walk down Memory Lane! Emergancy was a regular program at our house. One of my mom's "must sees".Loved the bloopers too!


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

@RunAbstract, Glad you came by for a stroll! Appreciate your sharing your rememberance, it was a simpler time, I thought...


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Fun hub, Lilly-I love watching the old movies where everyone, including the pilot, is smoking on the plane. I remember those days, too!


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is great Lilly. The emergency bloopers is hilarious. Thank's for the memories.


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

@Denise Handlon! Thank you! Oh how funny! And it wasn't unusual to have drinks at the office! Remember smoking in grocery stores?...wow

@always exploring! Thank you, I am happy you got a kick out of the bloopers. I watched about 10 of them researching for this Hub. I am still cracking up thinking about it.


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BobbiRant 5 years ago from New York

Too much of history is glittered and colorized. I like this hub, I used to love this show. Great hub.


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

@BobbiRant, This is so awesome. I can remember being so he't up about Randy and Kevin (yes, I had their posters on my 5th grade walls) and what is cool is how many of my peers watched and dug this show too1 The very best. Thanks for the visit and comments.


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Rosie2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Hiya my dear friend Lori, I did not follow Emergency but I but so nice to see the bloopers. (most probably, we did not have TV then because my father was totally against it as he believed it would take away study time) Another awesome hub. Voted up and awesome.

Have a nice day,

Rosie


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

@Rosie2010! I think your Dad had the right idea! Thanks for the read and comments. :0)


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa

The bloopers are hilarious though I suspect they would have been funnier if I had seen the original show.

Thanks for the vids and the history, which I found very interesting.

Love and peace

Tony


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

@tonymac04, thank you very much. Glad you got a laugh out of it. 0)


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Another great hub from you. Thanks for sharing this. I am glad to know this from you. You still the best. Vote up and have a nice day.

Blessing and hugs,


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

@prasetio30! I am so glad to hear from you and that you are well. Thank you for your very kind words. Thank you for the votes. A blessed day to you!


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chan0512 5 years ago from Camarillo, CA

Interesting stuff as always. I learn some new things again. Thanks for sharing.


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

@chan0512, Thank you! Write on. The very best.


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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

What a neat show, I must have been to young. My Mom didn't allow us to watch much tv. Great show, I enjoyed the Emergency clips! :) Katie


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Ms. Katiem Thank you, wise mom! Glad you enjoyed the blooper clips. :0) Peace

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