"I want to build a spaceship, go to the moon, salvage all the junk that's up there, bring it back, sell it." - Harry Broderick
Long before The Astronaut Farmer hit theaters, back in January 1979, Monday evenings on ABC saw another home-made rocketship built - the Vulture - when Harry Broderick, owner of the Jettison Scrap and Salvage Company (and played by legendary TV star Andy Griffith), decided to head on up to the moon, and collect the millions of dollars worth of equipment that NASA had left behind from their Apollo moon missions. In a double-length pilot episode, they accomplished that with the help of Joel Higgins (Silver Spoons) as "Skip Carmichael," Trish Stewart as "Melanie Slozar" and J. Jay Saunders as "Mack." The show's science advisor was none other than Isaac Asimov!
In addition to the double-length pilot telefilm, there were 18 other episodes (including a couple of two-parters) produced, 4 of which never aired during the original network run. Adventures took the team to the Burmese jungle in "Shangra-La Lil," to Antarctica in the final two-part show aired called "Hard Water," in search of "Confederate Gold" and even back into space on the Vulture (which is made up of a Texaco tanker from a big rig, with a cement mixer drum from the capsule) for the two-part episode "The Golden Orbit." Guest stars included Mako, James Hong, Barry Nelson, Ben Piazza, Paul Sorensen, Philip Charles MacKenzie, Frank Campanella, and Michael Horsley.
Now rumors have reached our ears that Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has Salvage 1 on their radar screens for DVD release in 2008. The gossip was passed on to us on condition of anonymity, but was from a very good source that has been absolutely correct for us in the past. No details are available yet, but we're looking at it (and looking forward to it!), and we will give you updates as soon as they become available. Stay tuned.