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I think I like this show. It has been a little slow to get going, but nothing that would make me NOT watch it.
That time was an idealistic time. Those of us who lived during that time may get more out of it, than someone born after the 60's.
Remember, we didn't have the technology of today. Mass communications and transportation was just beginning to come into its own. No one made long distance phone calls like we do today because it cost A LOT of money per minute to do it then. International phone calls were sent via undersea cable because the communications satellite being useful was still a few years away in 1963. 1963 was the year they sent the first TV signals via satellite and the satellite used wasn't even in geosynchronous orbit! 1962 and 1963 they were experimenting with how to send signals via satellite. It wouldn't be until 1965 that communication satellites as we know them began to be used as they are today. And when they sent TV signals through satellites, the networks made a big deal that the pictures were "Live via Satellite". That was a huge deal back then. There were not fax machines in every office. Only the BIG corporations like IBM and GE had fax machines and they were big, clunky, expensive and didn't produce very good copies. Color TV was just coming into its own and there were many, many homes didn't have TV at all. There was no Fed Ex. No one delivered next day. That was still 20 years away in 1963. If you needed something overnight, you paid a full price plane ticket for it.
The "Jet Age" allowed people to move from one side of the world to the other in hours, not days as had been with ships and prop planes. We were inventing all kinds of things, going to the Moon and in doing so had to invent a whole new way of communicating and products to get there, the off shoots of that research we enjoy today in small electronic devices of all kinds and things like wire zip ties (also known as tye wraps) and velcro which before the space program didn't exist. Doing things that were truly difficult and rewarding, and yes in some cases impossible, like going to the Moon. We don't have that same kind of drive and inspiration these days. Today it is all about "me" not what "we" can do as a nation. It truly was a different time. A real time of innocence. Remember, before the Kennedy assassination, the government could do no wrong in people's eyes. After, it could do no right. And Watergate in 1972 put the final nail in that coffin. That is what I get from the show. It resonates with me, and I suspect a lot of other people too. If you have no point of reference, then I can see how this whole premise could be hokey to you. But it was real at the time and people bought in to it. The 60's were a time of great optimism. The Great Society. Things like that. My, how we as a society have changed since then. And also remember, the people doing the yeoman's work were your 20 and 30 somethings. It was totally possible that your Pan Am Captain could be someone in the very late 20's or early 30's. The real ones wouldn't have been as silly as these characters are in the show, but they all were out for adventure and the travel. That part is VERY 60's. Youthful and adventurous. Many just "getting off the farm" so to speak. Your older pilots were not the ones flying jet planes in the military which is where most pilots come from, even today. Back then they needed people with jet plane experience. At that time you only got them from the military because they were the only ones flying them at the time since commercial aviation was just getting into jet planes in the late 50's and early 60's. The 707 didn't show up until 1960 and before that was a military plane. Kennedy's Air Force One was a military 707 built in 1959 before the commercial release of the 707 in 1960.
Like Mad Men and to a lesser degree The Playboy Club did even though it was poorly written, this show points it out. Many post 60's people are in love with the "romance" of the time, but they don't get "the time." There is a difference. Life was much tougher then and in my opinion, in some respects, better than today. You hear all the talk today about "fundamental change." What they are talking about is really "ideologically change." The 60's were truly "Fundamental Change" and that "ain't" what's happening today.
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