Perry Mason on TV

My article about the Raymond Burr Perry Mason series on TV was my 3rd most popular post in the past year so here it is again.

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If you’re a baby boomer, it’s likely you remember watching the original Perry Mason on TV in the 60s.  It was a series of 1 hr episodes in black and white with a cast of characters that couldn’t be beat.  Produced by the author of the Perry Mason books, Erle Stanley Gardner, and his company, Paisano Productions, it aired from 1957 to 1966.  Raymond Burr, who starred in the series, had originally auditioned for the part of Mason’s rival, DA Hamilton Burger, but it is generally known that Gardner himself chose Burr to play the lead role, with Mason’s detective (Paul Drake) played by William Hopper, his secretary (Della Street) played by Barbara Hale, Burger played by William Talman, and Lt. Tragg played by a great character actor named Ray Collins.  (Collins’ health was declining in the early 60s and he last appeared in the show in January of…

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Having taught elementary school for more than 25 years and been involved in many amazing technology and curriculum projects, I find I've developed a myriad of interests based on literature I've read and music I've heard. I've followed The Wright Three to Chicago, Ansel Adams to Colorado, The Kon Tiki Expedition to Easter Island, Simon & Garfunkel lyrics to New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright to Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, and have only just begun.
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