This Day in Pop Culture for September 14

Second-Worst TV Series Airs
In 2002, TV Guide stated that My Mother the Car, which debuted for the first time on this day in 1965, was the second-worst TV series to have been produced just behind The Jerry Springer Show. The program starred Jerry Van Dyke who bought a run down 1928 Porter touring car only to find out that is was a reincarnation of his dead mother who only speaks to him. Anne Southern spoke for voice of the car. Though it was panned by critics and viewers alike, NBC aired all 30 episodes. The show was co-created by Allan Burns and Chris Hayward who had better success with later series including The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda (Burns) and Barney Miller (Hayward).

The First Helicopter is Flown
It was on this day in 1939 that the VS-300, the world’s first helicopter took to the skies in Stratford, Connecticut. It was designed and piloted by Igor Sikorsky. The first flight lasted just a few seconds, but it was a start. The first free flight took place half a year later. With little more than just an outline of a flying machine and three-blade rotor with a length of 28 feet, it was a sight to see.

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