REST IN PEACE MIKE CONNORS OF THE POPULAR MANNIX TV SERIES...

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The subject for today's blog was suggested to me by Drag Racing Underground's most outright, downright reluctant associate, John Gill, and I believe it's the right direction for today's installment... Today we're paying our respect to the recently departed Mike Connors who was 91 years of age. As you may or may not be aware, Mike Connors played the long running role of "Joe Mannix" in the popular private detective TV series Mannix. It's also worth mentioning that the show did a lot to promote the 1960's culture of groovy muscled-up cars in America. Mannix drove two different ultra-cool automobiles in the series, that were customized by the late George Barris, including a 1965 Oldsmobile Tornado convertible roadster, and a 1968 Dodge Dart GTS convertible. Below is a publicity photo of Mike Connors as Mannix, along with his sidekick, the late Gail Fisher, who played his trusty secretary Peggy Fair, who is originally from Orange, New Jersey, and is known as being one of the first black women to ever land a steady role on a popular television series. It's been brought to my attention that reruns of the Mannix show are now airing regularly on the ME-TV cable network, check your local listings. If you've never experienced the Mannix TV series, try checking it out, you might find its flavor to be to your liking. Rest In Peace Mike Connors and thanks for your service to the entertainment industry...

 

 

photo courtesy of John Gill