♣ Believe It or Not… ♣
DETROIT (JSC) — Greetings, people. It’s once again time for another edition of #TBTonJSC. This week, we’re talking heroes. In the couple of days that have passed since Charles Ramsey became the most hilarious hero this side of Darkwing Duck, I got to thinking about what this week’s #TBT would feature and it immediately hit me. Anyone who knows me well knows that I’m a child of the 1980s (Not to be confused with being an 80s Baby — I was born in 1979). One of the best things about having grown up in the 1980s were the TV shows. In many cases, the shows had some of the greatest theme songs ever. Often the theme would be better than the show. Whether it was Diff’rent Strokes, The A-Team, Knight Rider, Magnum P.I., Dallas, The Thundercats, or one of the numerous variations of The Cosby Show, TV came very strong. The TV of the 80s is why I think today’s television stinks. One 1980s show, however, had arguably the best theme ever: The Greatest American Hero. The actual name of the song is Believe It or Not. It got as high as #2 on the Billboard charts in 1981. It was legit. I was much too young to have seen much of the show’s original 1981 to 1983 run. I was just 4 years old when it was cancelled. In terms of the show itself, truthfully, it was straight basura on wheat toast. The premise of it was that this English teacher is visited by aliens and given a suit that gave him weird super powers. Unfortunately, he loses the instruction manual (!!!) and has to figure out how the damn thing worked for himself. The fact that show lasted two years, in my opinion, was that kick-ass theme song. Anyone who is over the age of 30 already knows how that song starts. Welp, in honor of Charles Ramsey, this week’s #TBTonJSC is the first of what will be many great TV theme songs from the 1980s. Let’s Go.
Yesterday was a bit of a watershed moment in terms of finding out the particulars of the heinous crimes that Ariel Castro committed against Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight. I will not go into the details here. Just know that Charles Ramsey is the man and then some for what he did in getting up off his porch with his half-eaten Big Mac and kicking in the door to save Amanda and eventually Gina & Michelle. Like I mentioned on Tuesday, Ramsey seemed to either be oblivious to what he had just done, or just matter of fact about stepping up that he was damn near goofy in that initial TV interview. Turned out that he was just being a man, something a lot of us can learn to be. By far, the best quote from Ramsey was given to CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday night:
“Bro, I’m a Christian, an American, and just like you. We bleed same blood, put our pants on the same way. It’s just that you got to put that – being a coward, and I don’t want to get in nobody’s business. You got to put that away for a minute. You have to have cajones, bro.”
He later said that he would give whatever reward money he receives to the family of the three kidnapping victims. When asked what he would’ve done to Castro if he had gotten a chance to put those proverbial paws on him: “Man, I would be facing triple life.” I highly doubt that. So in honor of an average man stumbling into an extraordinary situation, I bring you Believe It or Not, the theme to the Greatest American Hero. Feel free to sing along. If you’re anywhere near my age, you already know the damn words.
Have a great weekend, people. Stay Safe. Be sure to tell a friend about #JSC.