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FUN FACTS

Every TV show has them. Read on for interesting trivia and gaffes spotted in the episodes.

In Back to the Future, Marty McFly travels through time to the date November 5th. Jon-Erik Hexum was born on November 5th. Totally coincidental?

This clip is one of the most awesome sky-drops in the series and features a diving flip that I'd almost believe Jon-Erik could've done himself since he was a trained diver. (Ep. 4 – Agents of Satan) The omni landings sometimes consisted of 30ft drops from the sky. Jon and Meeno were allowed to perform the 5ft landings, but the rest were left up to stunt people.

The lamp beside Jeffrey's chair when he awakens from the dream in the Pilot is the same lamp in Margaret's room in Agents of Satan. Mrs. Jones must have bought it at a garage sale and it once belonged to Margaret in the twenties...and, the same lamp may have been in Lorelai's living room on Gilmore Girls.

Mabel Hubbard's blue dress in "Barriers of Sound" is the same dress worn by the Princess in "Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley play the palace."

The opening shots of London in both The day the Rebs took Lincoln and Jack's Back is footage from Mary Poppins.

Speaking of Mary Poppins, Actress Karen Dotrice, who played Marian Brownlow (Dickens' fiancee) also played little Jane Banks in the Disney classic musical version.

In Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley play the Palace, In the background of the castle you can see an English and an American flag, and the American is modern with 50 stars!

At the beginning of "The travels of Marco Polo …and friends" you see a shop in the background called "Salob & Sons." This is most likely a tribute to Second Unit director, Lorin Bennett Salob, much like "Sherman Jewelers" where Cleopatra trades in her jewelry in Cleo and the Babe is a tribute to Jill Sherman.

 Jeffrey's Nikes must've been standard time traveler footwear of the 80's, because they are the same ones Marty McFly wears in Back to the Future! However Nike sneakers didn't have as much variety in the early 80's as they do today.

In "Agents of Satan," November 13th, 1692, wasn't a Friday, it was a Sunday. The British Empire was still using the Julian Calendar in those days. It would've have been a Thursday under the Gregorian Calendar, which is what we use now. (Swordznsorcery)

Sneak Attack – there's one scene where a technician is sitting at a radio, and on the wall behind him there's a poster: It says "Make nursing your war job." War job? What war? They didn't even know yet that the Japanese were going to attack! Talk about advertising early. (Duly noted by Swordznsorcery.)

If you look quick in Cleo and the Babe, when Bogg and Cleo make a landing in the Horse and Buggy in 20's New York, you can briefly see them (or the stunt people) jumping off the raised platform on the left, a few feet above the carriage. You can see the platform again near the end when Bogg, Jeff, and Cleo land in the bushes back in Rome.

In "Merry Christmas, Bogg" there's a "Rotunno's Barber Shop" in the street, where Jeff's great-grandparents live. Likely named for Edward Rio Rotunno – Cinematographer for 3 episodes – "Created Equal," "Bully and Billy," and "Sneak Attack." In the episode Pursuit there is a storefront named "Steinhauer's" – a nod to Robert Bennett Steinhauer, a Producer on the series.

WHACK! THWACK! Ever look closely at the swords in Created Equal? In most scenes, they're obviously made of wood! Even the sound effects during the battle doesn't sound like clanging steel. This is quite possibly a ploy to appease the dreaded TV censors that criticized the series for being too violent. In this particular episode during the battle scenes, the stunt doubles are very noticeable in every other camera angle. You sometimes wonder why they even needed one at those times, especially if Jon-Erik can jump 3 feet high above a sword thrust...and I checked, that sword was made of metal!

Late actress Andrea Akers, played the barmaid/thief/kidnapper, Lizzie Palmer in "Old Hickory and the Pirate." Ms. Akers was known to be an extremely intelligent philanthropist. Andrea was a descendant of William Ellery, who signed the Declaration of Independence. Her grandfather was John Russell Pope, the architect of the Jefferson Memorial, and her father, Anthony B. Akers, was ambassador to New Zealand.

Look closely at Nellie Bly's outfit in "Jack's Back." She's wearing the traditional Sherlock Holmes plaid overcoat and hat. It could've served as inspiration for Doyle's character since the two met in this episode! The iconic costume was designed by Artist Sidney Paget a few years after the original stories were published.


Also of note, Sherlock Holmes was not the original name of the character created by Doyle. It was Sherrinford. The scientist-turned-writer changed the name once the novels became mainstream.

Fans of the 1977 Disney film Pete's Dragon may be seeing double. The character of Dr. Terminus is wearing the same exact cape as Bogg in the tavern scene of the episode, Merry Christmas, Bogg! The storehouse of props and costumes at Universal is obviously recyclable. It's a really cool cloak & cape.

Mabel Hubbard's college in Barrier's of Sound has a building called "Thiel Hall." It is a nod to Voyagers! writer Nick Thiel.

Who knew the Romans were so advanced that they'd invented plastic helmets? They were always building monuments and temples, so this would be the perfect substitute for a hardhat.

In the episode "All Fall Down." First, there's a scene where Bogg is about to get pummeled in a boxing match by one of Joe Louis' friends. The boys omni out with gloves, and remove them on the plane. When they land back after the plane adventure, Bogg's wearing the gloves again.

In the Airplane hijacking scene, Jeffrey had removed the briefcase and took it into the cockpit, but 2 minutes later in a still shot of Bogg and the terrorist unconscious, it's back in the passenger room again!

OFF- SCREEN HAZARDS

In the picture, Jon-Erik and Meeno are talking to actor Peter Barton, who'd once suffered terrible burns during during an on-set accident.

After I received this clipping, you can imagine my surprise when I saw Jon-Erik had a big white bandage over his eye. I'm no stranger to eye problems, I suffered through a severe infection and corneal abrasion for nearly a year at one time. I easily imagined the pain, itching, and watering he went through. However, rather than behave like a simpering mess as I did, Jon-Erik was tough and strong. He had a TV show to make and fans to appease. There'd be no lying down or crying over this. (Like I did nearly every day!)


Many thanks to fan Kim for contacting Meeno Peluce and getting the real scoop! And a big thank you to Meeno for going above and beyond with his answer. –VoyagerG.

"If I remember correctly, Jon-Erik, which is what I always called him - Jack was from his pre - Hollywood, mid-west life - had gotten a speck under his contact lens and it had rubbed a little hole in his cornea. There were always explosions going off around us on the show. Or it might just have been the wind whipped up on the back lot of Universal. It can really get itself into a fury there in the backside if the Hollywood Hills, as it was this past weekend when I was shooting Gaga there. (*That's Lady Gaga!-VG)

 

At first Jon-Erik just had an itchy eye - remember he was superman, immune to all ills, up running in the sand in Venice before the sun was up so he could make it in his beater car to the set in time for a giant day and then the gym after.  But the itching eye didn't stop and so they got a doctor out to the set. He diagnosed a bad scratch, deep and threatening if he didn't immediately tend to it. So all of a sudden he was eye patched over and we were trying to shoot scenes around him.

 

That didn't last very long and we got a couple days off like a school holiday. And of course when there was work on Voyagers! The next day we all missed it terribly. That crew was a real family and we prided ourselves on taking care of each other. I was easy because I was shielded from over work by child labor laws. But Jon-Erik was on constantly. Long hours shooting and then staying fit. And then there was all the attention that the women that guest-starred in the show demanded, after wrap.

 

And there was one Universal Studios Tour guide we were both in love with. He and I even went once to one of their weekly meeting where they talked about what it meant to be a tour guide and how you brought that to bare on being a struggling actor. Jon and I just mooned over that one girl; small, pert, short cropped blond hair, a girl right out of a Hemingway novel. Wish I could remember her name. Wish I could ask Jon her name." – M E E N O

If you look at Jon's right thumb, you'll see a dark bruise in the healing process. Meeno had recently slammed a door on it off-camera. It'd really hurt, and bled, and filming halted while he soothed it with ice packs and got it bandaged.

“Football at Michigan State was dangerous, right? But not TV acting with a 12-year-old. Wrong.”

Jon-Erik had laughed and declined the Medic’s offer to pierce the nail with an electric drill to relieve the pressure. “No time. We have to do the scene. Besides, Meeno may want to do the other thumb."