COMBAT! MAILING LIST FAQ ------------------------ [ Last Updated 30-Jun-99 ] OVERVIEW -------- The COMBAT! mailing list is a forum for discussing the television show COMBAT!, which aired on ABC from 1962 to 1967 and starred Vic Morrow and Rick Jason. This FAQ (list of Frequently Asked Questions and answers) serves as an introduction to the COMBAT! mailing list and as a resource of information for COMBAT! fans. It isn't really meant as an introduction to the TV show itself. A detailed discussion of characters, episode guides, etc. is beyond the scope of this document. Even if you've never seen the TV show, you're still welcome to join the mailing list. Your first stop in the FAQ should probably be section 1.2 "Where Can I watch COMBAT!", so you can find out how to catch up with the rest of us!! The list administrator is Nancy Durgin, aka "White Rook" (firstname.lastname@example.org). Just to give you a flavor of what the list is like, her motto is: "We're not crazy, just obsessed!" Copyright Notice ================ The Combat! Mailing List FAQ is Copyright (c) 1995 by Nancy A. Durgin. It may be duplicated and distributed to other computer networks and BBSs UNMODIFIED, with all authorship and copyright information intact. The sale of this document or use of this document in a for-profit project is expressly forbidden. Credits ======= Many people have contributed to this document, including (but not limited to) mailing list members: Nancy Durgin ("White Rook"), Jo Davidsmeyer ("King Two"), Loraine Wingham ("Maple Leaf"), Bill Jensen ("King Six"), Raelyn Harris ("Rae"), Rob Lingelbach ("King's Bishop"), Jean N ("Squad"), Susan Petersen ("Sooz"), Bill Barnas ("Red Rook"), and Don ("White Knight") Symonds. CONTENTS -------- 0.0 Administrivia 0.1 How to subscribe 0.2 How to unsubscribe 0.3 How to post to the COMBAT! mailing list 0.4 Technical Issues 0.5 combat-announce mailing list 1.0 Introduction 1.1 What's it all about? 1.2 Where can I watch COMBAT! 2.0 Combatiana 2.1 Call Signs 2.2 Glossary of List Terminology 2.3 What are the actors doing today? 2.4 Music 3.0 Sources of Information 3.1 Episode Guides 3.2 Books & Magazines 3.3 Newsletters 3.4 Electronic Sources 4.0 Contemporary COMBAT! Stuff 4.1 -- removed -- 4.2 -- removed -- 4.3 Fiction 5.0 COMBAT! Memorabilia and Collectibles 5.1 Photos 5.2 Trading Cards 5.3 Board Game 5.4 Books 5.5 Scripts 0.0 Administrivia The COMBAT! mailing list is currently operated manually, so all administration chores are handled by a human being (email@example.com). 0.1 How to subscribe To subscribe, mail a message to: firstname.lastname@example.org with a message that says something about wanting to subscribe to the list. WARNING: The list administrator is rather aggressive about recruiting new subscribers. In fact, any message mailed by a non-subscriber to either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org will probably be construed as a request to subscribe to the list (see "enviroment[sic]" for an example of what happened to one such hapless victim). 0.2 How to unsubscribe When the insanity gets to be too much for you, you can unsubscribe by sending a message to: email@example.com. Put something in the message that indicates that you would like to unsubscribe. For example, "Help! I can't stand this type of enviroment[sic] anymore!" will probably work. 0.3 How to post to the COMBAT! mailing list To post a message to the mailing list, address it to: firstname.lastname@example.org This message will be distributed to all members of the list. You'll be able to tell that it worked when you receive an "echo" of your message back from the list. WARNING: Be careful when replying to messages posted to the list. By default, most mail programs will send the reply only to the person whose message you are replying to, instead of to the whole list. You will probably have to manually change the To: field to be email@example.com. As a general policy, list members should try to forward responses that appear to be erroneously addressed only to them, if it is clear that the message was intended to go to the entire mailing list. If you're not sure what the sender intended, then check with them before forwarding. Example: --- begin example message --- From: King Two To: White Rook Subject: Re: Plasma >From: White Rook >Subject: Plasma >To: firstname.lastname@example.org >Date: Sun, 6 June 1944 08:00:00 (GMT) > > Hey, I just found out nobody's laid in my personal supply of > plasma. What gives? Don't these guys realize I go through > 8 quarts a week? Sorry! Don't know how this screw-up could happen. Anyone know what became of that plasma requisition? King Two, out. --- end example message --- In this case, the final sentence is a tip-off that the writer meant the message to go to the whole list (even though it was addressed only to "White Rook"), so White Rook should feel free to forward it to everybody else by mailing it to "email@example.com", or just quoting the entire message in a response that goes correctly to the list. 0.4 Technical Issues 0.4.1 Mail routing problems If you have trouble sending mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (i.e. the message bounces saying the site is unknown or something), then try using "email@example.com". This sometimes makes things work better for brain-dead mail routing programs that might be out there. 0.4.2 What to do if the list seems to be down If you suspect that the COMBAT! mailing list is down (i.e. that something is wrong with the aurora.com site), then feel free to mail an inquiry to the list administrator (Nancy Durgin) at one of these alternate addresses, and ask her what is going on: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Hopefully you will be notified in advance of any anticipated downtime, but unexpected SNAFUs do happen.... 0.5 The combat-announce mailing list The combat-announce mailing list is a low-volume, moderated mailing list for COMBAT! fans. It contains announcements and general updates about COMBAT! All members of the COMBAT! mailing list are automatically members of combat-announce. In addition, COMBAT! fans who can't keep up with the traffic on the main list are encouraged to keep in touch by signing up for combat-announce. Currently, COMBAT! announce is adminstrated and moderated by Nancy Durgin (firstname.lastname@example.org). To subscribe or unsubscribe, mail to: email@example.com. To submit an article for the list, mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. 1.0 Introduction 1.1 What's it all about? COMBAT! was the longest running World War II drama on television, lasting for 5 seasons from 1962 to 1967. The series follows the adventures of a squad of US infantry soldiers -- lead by Lt. Hanley and Sgt. Saunders -- as they fight their way across France after D-Day. ABC aired 152 episodes -- 25 in color and the rest in black-and-white (B&W). >From the Nostalgia Television Guide of May/June 1994: "The series used actual World War II battle footage and told stories that ranged from straight combat adventure to heartfelt human interest. It is clearly one of television's best and most applauded war dramas. COMBAT! made its debut on ABC in September of 1962 and was immediately hailed as a classic. The series ran for five years and moved into the top 10 rated television shows during its third season." 1.2 Where can I watch COMBAT! Unfortunately, 1-hour B&W dramas don't seem to do very well in syndication, so COMBAT! seems to be a bit scarce on local broadcast stations. However, it has reportedly been in continuous syndication since the show's cancellation in 1967, so a dedicated fan should be able to find it. Canadian fans will find COMBAT! particularly difficult to locate. There have been no sightings for at least five years. For Canadian fans, the best bet is probably via satellite, on Encore's ACTION channel (see below). 1.2.1 Nostalgia Nostalgia Television Network is a cable network that aired COMBAT! every weekday for several years. Unfortunately, as of September, 1995, Nostalgia has stopped airing COMBAT! 1.2.2 Other Stations According to WorldVision Enterprises, "Combat!" is currently licensed to only four stations in the U.S.: WFVT-TV, Charlotte, North Carlina KDOC-TV, Anaheim, California KTVK-TV, Phoenix, Arizona Encore It also airs (or was airing recently) on a Spanish-language station near Los Angeles, as "Combate!". Please report any syndicated COMBAT! sightings to the list. 1.2.3 Direct Satellite Broadcast (DSS) DirecTV is one of the subscription services available on the DBS system (a new 18" direct broadcast satellite system available from RCA and Sony). COMBAT! is currently showing twice a day M-F, on Encore 5 (channel 275), the action/adventure channel which is available as part of the Encore Multiplex package. The episodes are shown back-to-back, without commercials, starting at about 5:30pm EDT. 1.2.4 Commercial Videos Several COMBAT! episodes are available commercially from WorldVision, with six tapes in all:. Bridge at Chalons (Lee Marvin) Heritage (Charles Bronson) Masquerade (James Coburn) Vendetta (Telly Savalas) Doughboy (Eddie Albert) S.I.W (John Cassavetes) WorldVision seems to have chosen these particular episodes for the name-recognition value of their guest stars, whose pictures are prominently displayed on the tape jackets. The episodes on these tapes are the same prints that WorldVision distributes in syndication. As far as we've been able to determine, these are uncut but time- compressed by about 5%. They run approximately 47 minutes instead of the expected 50. Some (if not all) of these tapes are recorded in LP, so the quality isn't particularly good. These tapes are usually priced around $10-$15. But really there's not much reason to buy them, unless you have no other source of episodes, or you're somebody who has to collect everything with the word COMBAT! on it. NOTE: Recent reports indicate that these videos are currently difficult to locate in stores. They may no longer be in production, but check the bargain bin, or ask your local store about ordering them. 1.2.4 Other Sources for Videos If you can't watch COMBAT! directly, then your best bet for getting some episodes on tape is to find another fan who is willing to help you out. Several members of the mailing list have made dubs for other members, generally for just the costs of tapes and postage. If you can't find somebody willing to make tapes for you at reasonable prices, several companies sell dubs of old TV shows for prices ranging from $15-$25 for a 2-hour tape. These companies tend to advertise in video magazines, or in magazines such as "The TV Collector". The higher price paid here is no particular indicator of a better quality tape, since these companies are generally using the same sources as the fans are using, at least for their COMBAT! episodes. 1.2.5 COMBAT! on film ABC originally distributed COMBAT! to its affiliates on 16mm film, with the commercials inserted by the network. Film of some of these episodes still exists, and has been converted to video and made its way out to the collectors. These episodes are interesting for several reasons: 1) They are definitely uncut, and are running at the original speed (not the 95% time-compressed version seen in syndication). 2) They often contain previews ("trailers") for next week's episode. 3) They contain original commercials from the 1960s, which can be quite interesting and entertaining in their own right. 16mm conversions are currently known to exist for the following four episodes: "Rear Echelon Commandos", "The Sergeant and the General", "No Time for Pity", and "Weep No More". We are always on the look-out for other episodes from film. Possible sources are film collector publications such as "Big Reel." 1.2.6 COMBAT! on Laserdisc COMBAT! is available in Japan in 4 boxed laserdisc sets. Vol #1 -- 10 episodes, B&W on 5 discs. 472 minutes. $230. Vol #2-4 -- 8 episodes each, color on 4 discs, 390 minutes. $185 each. They are in English, either subtitled in Japanese, or with bi-lingual channels. One source for mailordering these disks is: MC Doyle (email@example.com). At this time, we have no first-hand knowledge of these disks, so order at your own risk. 2.0 Combatiana 2.1 Call Signs In a tradition started in the early days of the mailing list, by founding members Nancy "White Rook" Durgin, Jo "King Two" Davidsmeyer and Lance "White Bishop" Sanders (also known as "The Lurker"), members of the mailing list are encouraged to identify themselves by "call signs" or handles. The call signs can be something that was used on the show, or simply something appropriate to the particular list member. For instance, one of our Canadian members (Loraine Wingham) goes by "Maple Leaf", and another member who lived near Washington DC used the handle "Whitewater". As a matter of courtesy, new list members are asked to confirm that their proposed call sign is not already in use, before attempting to adopt it. First come, first served! Call signs are not required, of course. A list of unassigned call signs that were used on the show is available from Bill "King Six" Jensen. 2.2 Glossary of List Terminology Some special terminology and in-jokes have evolved on the COMBAT! mailing list. The following is an explanation of the most common terms: ------- beamer -- an episode that features a character being trapped under a beam or other heavy object. Examples include "Any Second Now" and "The Good Samaritan". COMBAT! had five "beamer" episodes. ------- Combatiana - trivia, terminology, and collectables associated with COMBAT! (Term coined by Rob "King's Bishop" Lingelbach in April, 1994). ------- dancing Greeks - a reference to the episode "Vendetta," where Hanley becomes the unwilling guest of a horde of happy, dancing soldiers of limited brain capacity. As used on the list, to wish a visitation of dancing Greeks on someone, is not to wish them well. ------ ditzy nuns - a reference to the episode "Infant of Prague," where a group of too-cute nuns interfere with Hanley's repeated attempts to rescue them. Not to be meant as a slam of nuns in general. ------- enviroment[sic] - reference to the general atmosphere on the COMBAT! mailing list, especially when things start getting a bit crazy. Below is the official record of the origin of this term (for proper usage on the list, the misspelling is required). (From list administrator, Nancy Durgin:) Here are the only two messages ever received from a particular new "recruit". I have edited his real email address to protect the innocent: |>From firstname.lastname@example.org Tue Sep 6 09:33:27 1994 |>Date: Tue, 6 Sep 1994 08:42:15 -0400 (EDT) |>From: "EXPENDABLE"
|>Subject: THIS IS A TEST |>To: COMBAT@aurora.com |> |>I AM NEW TO EMAIL AND THIS SERVICE. AM I GETTIN THRU ? |> Naturally, I took this as a request to be added to the mailing list. So I added him.... ;-) 3 Days later: |>From email@example.com Fri Sep 9 07:10:17 1994 |>Date: Fri, 9 Sep 1994 10:07:53 -0400 (EDT) |>From: "EXPENDABLE" |>Subject: PLEASE STOP ! |>To: Combat@aurora.com |> |>When I logged on the other day it was just a test. Is it possible to |>stop all these messages, please. I am using a work computer. I used to |>like combat, but I don't want be in this enviroment. |> |>Thank You ! |> So, that's the background behind the origins of "enviroment[sic]". Proper usage of the term on the list should be evident from context... ------- expendables - COMBAT!'s version of the STAR TREK Red Shirts. These are the guys we've never seen before who show up at the beginning of the episode and are usually dead before the end of the first act. The term was used in actual COMBAT! scripts to refer to the minor characters who appeared (and died) in the episode. ------- JJL - Jennifer Jason Leigh (actress), Vic Morrow's estranged daughter from his marriage with Barbara Turner. ------- LJ - Littlejohn, for lazy typists. ------- MFE/WHN - "My Favorite Extra"/"What's His Name". This refers to one of the recurring extras on the show. Despite appearing in over 50 episodes, and having numerous speaking roles, he never seems to be credited. MFE is a dark-haired guy with a kind of button nose (he reminds some people of a grown-up Ike Eisenmann). He plays the tank driver in "Hills Are For Heroes" and the medic in "Nightmare on the Red Ball Run" (he's incorrectly credited in that episode as "Mike Masters"). A favorite pasttime of many list members is to freeze-frame videos, watching for MFE sightings. ------- Paul Busch - Everybody's favorite German. This actor appeared as a German in many episodes (at least 27 of them, but there are probably more). Several other actors frequently showed up playing Germans, but Paul is a favorite. Some of Paul Busch's most memorable roles are as Gitty's father in "Gitty", and as the German prisoner in "The Old Men". ------- Pinky Ring - Ever since one of our founding list members noticed that Hanley was wearing a pinky ring in "The Leader", the subject of pinky rings has been a popular one on the mailing list. ------- PPT - Patented Pep Talk. This is the term for those great speeches Saunders delivers in innumerable episodes -- usually to straighten out a misguided soldier, but occasionally a civilian would be the lucky recipient. Also, other characters did occasionally give a PPT, but Saunders holds the patent. Term coined by Jo "King Two" Davidsmeyer and acronym coined by Nancy "White Rook" Durgin, both in August 1994. ------- Preppy Boy - List members frequently refer to Hanley by this affectionate nickname. The phrase was first coined by Nancy Durgin (aka "White Rook") in February 1994. ------- RHIP - Rank Has Its Privileges. This is why Saunders always get shot, while Hanley gets to be in those great episodes with the Dancing Greeks and the Ditzy Nuns (c.v.). ------- Robert Redford -- usually referred to in the context of "The Lost Robert Redford Episode". This refers to an error in Robert Altman's biography which lists Robert Redford as having appeared on COMBAT! ------- The following terms are in common use on the internet, but may be unfamiliar to some new users: aka - acronym for "also known as" ------- BTW - acronym for "by the way" ------- emoticons -- these are the funny looking punctuation blobs that you will often see scattered through the messages posted on the list. For example: ;-) or :-) Turn your head sideways when reading, and you will see that these are actually smiling faces. Emoticons are used to indicate something about the emotional state or intent of the writer. The most common use is to put in a :-) after a statement to indicate that it is meant with humorous intent. ------- IMO - acronym for "in my opinion". Also the variations IMHO ("in my humble opinion") and IMNSHO ("in my not so humble opinion") ------- lurker - reference to a list member who signs up on the list but rarely (or never) posts. Lurkers are always welcome on the COMBAT! mailing list, but we encourage everybody to speak up and introduce themselves. As a matter of policy, the list administrator will not reveal the email address of lurkers. ------- ROFL - acronym for "rolling on floor laughing" ------- 2.3 What are the actors doing today? *** A Letter from Littlejohn *** Following is a letter from Dick Peabody (Littlejohn), which appeared in the "In the Mailbag" section of the November 14-20, 1994 issue of "OnSat," which is a weekly TV Guide style magazine for satellite TV viewers. It was copied verbatim from the letter in the magazine by Bill Barnas (Red Rook). It provides a good update on what some of the cast is doing today. "COMBAT" UPDATE In the September 5-11 issue of OnSat, a reader (Valerie Mason, Bemidji, MN) asked questions about the TV series "Combat!" one of which was "... Do you know what happened to the actors?" You told her about Vic Morrow's sad death but professed no knowledge of the rest of us. To fill you in, I played "Littlejohn" on the show and am in frequent communication with several members of the cast. Rick Jason ("Lt. Hanley") lives in Moorpark, California, with his wife, Cindy. Besides being active in voice-overs and radio commercials, Rick has a successful business that provides storage for serious wine connoisseurs to store their prized Cabernets and Burgundies at the optimum temperature and humidity. Jack Hogan ("Kirby") starred in the TV series "Sierra" and made guest appearances on countless TV shows after "Combat!" ended. He has lived in Hawaii for the past ten years where he was the casting director for "Magnum P.I." and had a recurring role as the judge in "Jake And The Fat Man." Recently, he returned to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, his home town. Pierre Jalbert ("Cage") was a film editor before and after Combat! and has appeared in several TV shows and a few movies as an actor. Conlan Carter ("Doc") traded thespianism for a commercial pilot's license. The last we heard, he was flying businessmen to meetings in their chartered jets. After Combat! I co-starred in 20 or so TV episodes, the best known of which were "Support Your Local Sheriff" with James Garner and "The Good Guys And The Bad Guys" with Robert Mitchum, playing Mitchum's deputy. In the early 1980's I hosted a live radio interview show from the Universal Studios commissary on KFI Radio (NBC) in Los Angeles. I've also done a lot of voice-overs, radio commercials, and movie trailers. After completing an episode of "Air Wolf" in 1985, back surgery left me with phlebitis which makes walking difficult and painful. Four years ago, my wife Tina and I moved to Placerville in the Sierra foothills where I write a weekly column for the Mountain Democrat, California's oldest newspaper. It's flattering to be remembered from a show we did 30 years ago. - Richard Peabody, Camino, CA >>> Thanks for updating our inquiring readers, "Littlejohn." It was great hearing from you and finding out what has happened to some of the cast members of "Combat." Valerie Mason will be pleased. -Ed. 2.3 Music Did you know that the COMBAT! theme music had words? These were gleaned from the piano music for the theme, which Jo Davidsmeyer located at a flea market. "Combat" by Leonard Adelson Proudly we bear the name of the Infantry, Knowing we share the fame of the Army Infantry, Where-ever liberty's battle must be won, The Infantry has gone and so it shall go on. Where there's a job to be done is where we'll be, For we are the fighting men of the Infantry. Follow me, left, right, Follow me, left, right, We'll go marching to hell and back if it has to be. Follow me, left, right, Follow me, left, right, We're the ever ready men of the Infantry. An impressive digital version of the COMBAT! theme (without the words) can be found on the CD _Television's Greatest Hits: 65 TV Themes from the 50s and 60s_ released by TVT Records in 1986 (TVT 1101 CD). Price: $21.95 Cdn. 3.0 Sources of Information 3.1 Episode Guides An essential reference for any COMBAT! fan is a good episode guide. Several sources are described below. 3.1.1 Online Episode Guide Nancy Durgin has compiled a short COMBAT! episode guide, which is available in electornic form. The purpose of this guide is to summarize the key information about each of the episodes, rather than to include detailed episode descriptions or production credits. The episode descriptions are meant as "memory joggers", and are strictly limited to one line per episode. Below is an example of a typical entry (For the series premiere episode, "Forgotten Front"): 1. 10-02-62 Forgotten Front (W:L.Swanson, J.Coopersmith D:R.Altman) (Albert Paulsen, Tom Skerritt(?)) Saunders and Caje must decide fate of German deserter This episode guide is available by anonymous FTP from the "tardis" site: Site: ftp.doc.ic.ac.uk File: /pub/media/tv/collections/tardis/us/drama/Combat.gz (This is a compressed file -- you need "gzip" to uncompress it.) If you don't have access to FTP, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org (Nancy Durgin) and ask her to send you a copy. Nancy also has a shorter guide that lists the syndication order of the episodes. The evidence seems to indicate that the syndication order (which is quite different from the original airing order) is closer to the original production order of the episodes. This episode guide is a must if you're trying to tape the episodes from a syndicated station, and want to catch the ones you're missing. Both versions of the episode guide are also available at the mailing list's FTP site: ftp.alegria.com, in /pub/combat. 3.1.2 The TV Collector "The TV Collector", a magazine dedicated to television nostalgia, has had several issues with COMBAT! material in them, including a 2-part episode guide that contains interviews with Rick Jason and Dick Peabody. Listed below is the information on the back issues containing COMBAT!-related material: VOLUME 2, #2, August '82: Vic Morrow obit. $2 VOLUME 2, #9, October '83. COMBAT Guide Part 1 with memories from Dick Peabody. $3 VOLUME 2, #10, December '83. COMBAT Guide part 2 with GREAT memories from Rick Jason. $3 VOLUME 2, #15, October '84. Rick Jason interview about his early acting days and memories of Vic Morrow. $5 VOLUME 2, #7x? (Fall '94?) Vic Morrow reminiscence by Marilyn Bartko. These may be ordered from: THE TV COLLECTOR P.O. Box 1088 Easton, MA 02334 Phone Inquiries: (508)238-1179 (9am to 11:05pm Eastern) Massachussets residents add 5% sales tax. Shipping charges (NOTE: These may be out of date, due to recent postal rate increases) are: 1 issue - $.55 2 issues - $1.10 3 issues - $1.50 1st class (or $1.25 third class) 4 issues - $2.00 1st class (or $1.45 third class) (Be sure to mention these are VOLUME 2 issues, or you might get some non-COMBAT! stuff *gasp*) 3.1.3 EPI-LOG A COMBAT! episode guide appeared in the December 1991 issue of EPI-LOG, the TV Magazine of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Adventure. It has 31 pages describing all 152 COMBAT! episodes. Pages are 8 1/2 by 11 inches. They aren't complete descriptions -- they don't give away the ending. Cost for this issue was $6.95 including shipping. To order: Epi-log Magazine, PO Box 1322, Dunlap, TN 37327. Overseas postage: Canada add 50 percent to previous rates. All overseas orders must be in US funds on International money orders, no checks. 3.2 Books & Magazines 3.2.1 General TV resource books 188.8.131.52 "Movies Made For Television" Marill, Alvin H. _Movies Made For Televison: The telefeature and mini-series, 1964-1984_. New York: New York Zoetrope, 1987. ISBN: 0-918-432-804 This book contains information on major TV productions that the COMBAT! actors appeared in. It also gives production information (air date, network etc.), synopsis and a complete cast list. A detailed actor index makes finding information very easy. 3.2.2 Books on people involved in COMBAT! 184.108.40.206 Robert Altman biography McGilligan, Patrick. _Robert Altman: Jumping Off the Cliff_. Saint Martin's Press, Incorporated, 1991. ISBN: 0-312-05505-6 This biography of TV and movie director Robert Altman contains some information of interest to COMBAT! fans. Altman was involved with COMBAT! during its first season, directing 10 episodes and also acting as producer for a while. In addition to Chapter 16, which is devoted to the show, there are tidbits scattered throughout the book regarding Altman's relationship with the cast and crew of the show (in particular Vic Morrow, Dick Peabody, and Morrow's estranged wife, Barbara Turner). Take what you read in this book with a grain of salt -- there are several blatant errors regarding COMBAT! -- the author claims that Altman directed 20 episodes, yet his name only appears in the credits for 10 of them. Also, the author claims that Robert Redford appeared in an episode (hey, if anybody can find these "Lost Episodes", we'd love to watch them! ;-) Anyway, when these sorts mistakes are found in information that is easily verified, one has to wonder how accurate some of the other information is. Overall, though, this book is a must-read for COMBAT! fans. 3.2.3 Books on Twilight Zone Disaster Two books chronicle the "Twilight Zone" disaster that took the life of Vic Morrow and two child actors. Both books examine the events prior to the tragedy and end with the manslaughter trial of director John Landis. Though out of print, these books may possibly still be found at publisher wholesale outlets. Other sources might be used book stores and flea markets. 220.127.116.11 "Outrageous Conduct" Title: Outrageous Conduct: Art, Ego, and the _Twilight Zone_ Case Authors: Stephen Farber and Marc Green Publisher: Arbor House / Morrow Copyright: 1988 ISBN: 0-87795-948-X Hardcover, issue price $18.95 _Outrageous Conduct_, written by two film critics, looks not just at the details of the tragedy, but at how it fits within the Hollywood establish- ment. According to the fly-leaf, "it exposes the excesses and hubris of the world's most glamourous and seductive profession." Very accessible, informa- tive, and entertaining reading. 18.104.22.168 "Special Effects" Title: Special Effects: Disaster at "Twilight Zone": The Tragedy and the Trial Author: Ron LaBrecque Publisher: Charles Scribner's and Sons Copyright: 1988 ISBN: 0-684-18943-7 Hardcover, issue price $19.94 Written by crime reporter Ron LaBrecque, _Special Effects_ is the drier of the "Twilight Zone" accounts. But the book offers much more data and first-hand interviews. It documents in pitiless detail the inside view of the filming and the trial, making readers "aware of Hollywood's flawed value system that conspired to produce this fatal event." 3.2.4 TV Guide During the series original run, _TV Guide_ magazine carried several articles on COMBAT! and its stars: Sept. 6-13, 1962 - COMBAT! preview (Fall preview issue) Sept. 15-21, 1962 - "This Means War" (COMBAT! vs. THE GALLANT MEN) June 1-7, 1963 - "A River Flows in Hollywood" (filming "One More For the Road") June 15-21, 1963 - "The Private War on Lot 2" (cover story) Aug. 3-9, 1963 - "Stop the War, it's Chow Time (feeding the crew) Feb. 1-7, 1964 - "How to Wage War Safely" (special effects) May 9-15, 1964 - "The Not So Secret Life of Rick Jason" (cover story) April 18-24, 1964 - COMBAT! review by Cleveland Amory Oct. 10-16, 1964 - "That's Snow Business" ("Silver Service" ep.) Oct. 2-8, 1965 - "The Sergeant's Private War" (Vic Morrow profile) Apr. 15-21, 1967 - "With Time on Their Hands" (Rick Jason and Pierre Jalbert indulge in a little Frisbee action) Sources: Check your local library for these as they might carry _TV Guide_ on microfilm. If they don't have it, they might be able to order the articles through interlibrary loan. You can request photocopies of up to 6 articles from the Reader's Services Dept. at _TV Guide_. Check the latest edition for the address (Radnor, PA.). The above issues are also available from dealers but be prepared to pay big $$$ for them. Try the following dealer: TV Guide Specialists Box 21 Macomb, IL 61455 Phone: (309) 833-1809 Send a SASE with your requests or, you can phone. Catalog is $3. Rogofsky also stocks some back-issues of _TV Guide_ (see section 5.2). 3.3 Newsletters 3.3.1 "The Squad" "The Squad" is a newsletter for COMBAT! fans that is published on a semi-regular basis. The newsletter features updates on the cast, episodes reviews, collectibles, and anything else COMBAT!-related. To receive the next 3 issues, send three dollars ($3) to: The Squad PO Box 942 Newburgh, NY 12551. Make checks payable to J. Noack. To receive a sample issue, please send a self-addressed business envelope with two first-class postage stamps. 3.4 Electronic Sources List member Rob "King's Bishop" Lingelbach hosts the official COMBAT! web page. The page is maintained by Rob, Jo "King Two" Davidsmeyer, and Jill Pochek, with help from other list members. The address is: http://www.alegria.com/combat.html There is also an anonymous FTP site located at: ftp.alegria.com Log in as user "anonymous" and give your email address as the password. Then cd to the "pub/combat" directory. You will find episode guides, the latest copy of the FAQ, episode reviews, and scanned .GIFs of the combat trading cards and other photos. 4.0 Contemporary COMBAT! Stuff 4.1 -- removed -- 4.2 -- removed -- 4.3 Fiction 4.3.1 --removed-- 4.3.2 The G-2 Files THE G-2 FILES is a not-for-profit fan fiction magazine (fanzine) dedicated to 1960s WWII TV shows, featuring Garrison's Gorillas, COMBAT!, Twelve O'Clock High, Rat Patrol, Black Sheep Squadron, etc. Along with the 'Debriefings' section (the stories), other sections include 'Reveille' (a word from the editors); 'Sound-Off' (Letters of Comment (LOCs) from the readers); 'Ten-Hut' (ads for other zines); 'Home Front' (recipes from WWII England); 'Briefings' (episode synopses from the shows); 'Boot Camp' (various info - different most issues - lately 'Interrogator's Guide'); 'R&R' (WWII/show series crosswords and word searches); 'FYI' (an occasional feature reviewing movies and/or books); 'Section 8'(humourous/hard-to- categorize stories); 'P.S., I Love You' (letters between the characters and the folks at home); '201 Files' (sketches/bios of the characters in 'military' form); 'Raw Recruit' (a section for stories from the younger generation and/or new recruits); and last, but not least, 'Retreat' (a final word from the editors). Ceased publication in 1998. Back issues can be ordered online from Linda Knights. NOTE: As of April 1995 there have been 15 volumes of THE G-2 FILES. The following volumes contain one or more COMBAT! stories: 2, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 15. 4.3.3 Other Fanzines Other fanzines that sometimes feature COMBAT! stories include "Special Circumstances" (WWII stories with 'special' twists) and "The Scorpion Files" (a "Tour of Duty" zine with crossovers to other shows). Both of these are written/edited by Linda Knights. 4.3.4 Online fiction Several members of the mailing list have written, or are working on, COMBAT! stories. Many of these are available from the authors via email. Just ask about it on the mailing list. Links also can be found under the fandom section. 5.0 COMBAT! Memorabilia and Collectibles 5.1 Photos COMBAT! photos are available from several sources. The following is information on a couple of the major ones. 5.1.1 S&P Parker's S & P Parker's Movie Market P.O. Box 1868 Laguna Beach, CA 92652 Phone: (714)376-0326 Fax: (714)376-0327 B&W - $3.50 ea. (borderless prints) #8618 - Formal portrait. Tight closeup of Saunders and Hanley in uniform. Hanley lower left, Saunders upper right. #60196 - Formal portrait. Tight closeup of Saunders and Hanley in uniform. Positions reversed from photo #8618 #7532 - Vic Morrow the director. Surrounded by three actors in uniform (from "Hills Are For Heroes") #7145 - Vic Morrow as Saunders. In full gear. Color - $5 ea. (borderless prints) #8528 - Hanley and Saunders standing (looking at map) with Caje and Littlejohn kneeling in front. #13558 - Vic Morrow leaning against a wall with Thompson pointed upwards. All photos are also available as "Superprints" (16" X 20"). B&W superprints are $10 + $2 postage while color superprints are $15 + $2 postage (superprints are sent in tubes). Mailing costs: $3 per order (any number of photos). Overseas customers $5 per order. Posters and superprints postage is $2 each (overseas $4 each). Payment in U.S. funds. Check, money order, Visa or Mastercard. 5.1.2 Jerry Ohlinger's Jerry Ohlinger's Movie Material Store Inc. 242 West 14th Street New York N.Y. 10011 Phone: (212)989-0869 8 X 10 B&W TV-11732 Rick Jason in battle gear, sitting by truck holding rifle, looking at you, giving "V" sign TV-4080 Vic Morrow in combat gear, holding rifle, with cigarette in mouth, looking off. TV-8733 Rick Jason wearing helmet, carrying rifle, walking in field TV-40800 Vic Morrow holding machine gun, pointing by wall, with Marissa Pavan by him, looking off TV-42149 Vic Morrow holding baby with two soldiers around him 8 X 10 Color TV-30669 Saunders with machine gun, leaning against the wall, looking upwards TV-30666 Saunders with levelled machine gun looking off TV-30670 Rick Jason lying on ground by sandbags, pulling pin of grenade, looking off TV-30671 Saunders in fatigue jacket in landing boat, looking off TV-30667 Saunders, Hanley standing with map with Caje and LJ kneeling in front (yellow cast) TV-30668 Saunders and Hanley in helmets looking at you (red background--out of focus) TV-30672 LJ, Caje, Doc and Kirby against wall, in gear, smiling at you (yellow cast--out of focus) TV-30678 Caje standing with rifle, Saunders and LJ below with weapons at ready (yellow cast) Ohlinger's also has a wide selection of Vic Morrow material. Send for a complete list. Prices: B&W - $3.50 ea. Color - $5.00 ea. Postage is $4.00 for UPS $4.50 if through post office (P.O. Boxes *must* be sent through the post office) Personal checks, IMO's (in U.S. funds) or credits cards are all accepted. 5.1.3 Jules Dean Send $3 for a photo catalog to: Jules Dean, Research Department 4804 Laurel Canyon Blvd. #206 North Hollywood, CA 91607 Prices: $7.50 each or $6.95 for six or more Postage: $4 or $6.50 if 10 or more ordered Here's are descriptions of what is available (photos are 8"x10"): Saunders in uniform looking over sandbags. A color photo of Saunders and Hanley ("Red tones not crystal clear") Saunders in uniform seated with another solider Hanley, mouth open, teeth showing, looking good Saunders in uniform, dog tags showing Hanley, looking clean and trim in uniform with gun. Saunders, hat off looking to the side Hanley and Saunders standing side by side Saunders, laying on the ground pointing rifle Saunders standing on one side of a fence, German commander on the other Saunders standing grabbing an American solider Saunders in uniform Hanley and Saunders. Saunders standing Color shot of LJ, Caje, Hanley and Saunders ("Red tones not cyrstal clear") The great shot of Caje by himself A profile of Saunders A rare photo of LJ by himself Hanley, Saunders and Braddock coming off landing boat The great shot of Hanley, also used as a trading card, in uniform Cool shot of Hanley, with stubble, and rifle A rare photo of Kirby and BAR Color photo of Hanley, grimacing, throwing grenade Cool photo of Saunders with cigarette in mouth Photo with Kirby, Saunders and Caje Photo from Distant Drum, Hanley and the older woman Hanley and Saunders on the ground. Saunders has binoculars 5.1.4 -- removed -- 5.2 Trading Cards The Donruss company, known primarily for their baseball cards, produced two sets of B&W COMBAT! trading cards. Each set contains 66 cards depicting characters and scenes from the television show. Cards were originally available in wax packs of 5 cards containing a stick of gum. The captions on the backs of the cards often have little to do with the picture on the front, but if you read the cards in order, then each set of captions is actually telling a complete (if not very well-written) story. Series 1: Issued 1963. The story on this set of cards is about the squad being captured and then escaping from a POW camp. Throughout the story, the characters are identified by the actors' names, instead of the character names (for example, Sgt. Morrow, Lt. Jason, Pvt. Rogers, etc). Besides scenes from the show, the cards also depict formal studio portraits of Morrow and Jason and posed shots of the squad in uniform. Typical cards include: card #2: "Vic Morrow As The Tough Sergeant" This card shows Morrow in a scene from "A Day In June." He is pictured wearing full battle gear and carrying an M-1 rifle. A cigarette dangles from his mouth. It's one of the few cards showing him without his trademark Thompson and and camo helmet. card #40:"Run For Cover!" Though a Rick Jason photo, the card identifies him as Pvt. Rogers. card #55:"Fire From The Sky" Littlejohn is attacked as the squad attempts to cross a bridge. Series 2: Issued 1964. This set features scenes from episodes shown during the latter half of the 1963-64 season. The cards also document military equipment and hardware used in the series (radios, tanks etc.). The captions for these cards show none of the naming errors so prevalent with the first series. This second set had a much shorter print run and is the mor