Greetings Word of the Week fans and welcome to the Sept. 12 edition of Clarion County's favorite word game.
It was on this date in 1959, "Bonanza" premieres, the first regularly scheduled TV program presented in color.
Lasting 14 seasons and 431 episodes, "Bonanza" is NBC's longest-running western, and ranks overall as the second-longest-running western series on U.S. network television (behind CBS's "Gunsmoke"), and within the top 10 longest-running, live-action American series.
The show is set in the 1860s and it centers on the wealthy Cartwright family who live in the vicinity of Virginia City, Nevada, bordering Lake Tahoe.
The series initially starred Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker and Michael Landon and later featured (at various times) Guy Williams, David Canary, Mitch Vogel and Tim Matheson. The show is known for presenting pressing moral dilemmas.
Here at The Word of the Week headquarters, we present word dilemmas.
Such as vicinal.
Before you call in Hoss to help, here are four choices.
Does vicinal mean:
A: Relating to a neighborhood or limited area. "Whilst I was in the vicinal, I thought I's stop by and shoot it out with Little Joe," said this week's bad guy.
B: Heavy with precious minerals. "I'm telling you, the Ponderosa Ranch is vicinal with silver," said the villain. "Let's kidnap old Ben Cartwright and demand a silver ransom."
C: Predictable. Little Joe, Hoss and Adam found the kidnappers and rescued their pa in a most vicinal manner.
D: A moral lesson. Every episode of "Bonanza" came with a heavy vicinal. Sometimes, it was light, sometimes it clubbed you right over the head.
Parnell Roberts (Adam) absolutely despised the show and tried to get out of his contract at the outset.
It took him six years of steady resistance before NBC gave in. Roberts considered the scripts too low brow, demeaning to women, and indecently glorifying wealth in age of poverty.
Dan Blocker (Hoss) weighed 14 pounds at birth, then the largest baby ever born in Bowie County, Texas. By the time that he was in the first grade, Blocker weighed 105 pounds.
While in college, he was recruited to play a role in a production of "Arsenic and Old Lace" that required tremendous physical strength. Blocker agreed in order to impress a girl who was in the drama department.
He fell in love with the theater and eventually earned a master's degree in drama.
The correct answer to the Word of the Week challenge is "A."