OK, hands in the air, how many of you remember “Then Came Bronson?” My hand’s up. Of course that’s like carbon dating to find out how old something is because the show was on in 1969, probably before some of you were born but I’ll also bet a lot of you do remember it. It was on for one season, 26 episodes, and if you did watch it you probably remember the theme song, at least the tune if not all of the words. “Going down that long lonesome highway ….”
For those of you with no idea what I’m talking about, the show featured Jim Bronson (Michael Parks) riding a Harley Sportster to one adventure after another. He was an easy going guy just “living life my way.” In the opening scene every week, Bronson is waiting for a traffic light, the guy in the car next to him says, “Man, I wish I was you.” Bronson replies, “Really? Well, hang in there.” Deep, I know. Today, we would think about how far he could really ride on a Sportster, small tank and bad ergonomics, but back then we just thought the show was cool, and it was, too.
I found my way to the Bronson site after stopping over at Craig Vetter’s and seeing his new “Bronson Bag” and following a link. Memories came rushing back. Today, with all of the chopper build offs and bad attitudes portrayed on TV we could use a nice relaxing show like Bronson. Makes me want to go for a ride, … across a couple of states. “Well, hang in there.”