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Monday, May 30, 2022

Memorial Day 2022

UPDATED from Memorial Day post May 26, 2019

In light of recent events and upheaval in Myanmar, Burma, we are offering this post concerning the loss of the brother of Steve Canyon star Dean Fredericks during WWII

"Memorial Day commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. In other words, the purpose of Memorial Day is to memorialize the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. We spend time remembering those who lost their lives and could not come home, reflecting on their service and why we have the luxury and freedom that we enjoy today. We might consider how we can support and safeguard their grieving families and loved ones who are left behind." - The Farmer's Almanac

Newspaper clipping from the Antelope Valley Ledger Gazette, Thursday May 10, 1945

Sgt. Fred J. Foote was serving in action against the Japanese in New Guinea when he got the word that his brother "Bud" had been killed in a Japanese ambush on July 20, 1944. Fred's unit was preparing for the invasion of the Philippines in October. He would miss his fallen brother for the rest of his life, and visited his grave in Hawaii whenever he could over the years.

Airman Edward "Bud" Foote

Edward "Bud" Foote enlisted in Los Angeles in March of 1942...just 7 months before his younger brother. While Fred had later joined the famed 1st Cavalry Division, Bud wanted to be a pilot and joined the Army Air Corps as a Private...he eventually attained the rank of 2nd Lieutenant with the 5307th Composite Unit, more popularly known as MERRILL'S MARAUDERS as a C-47 pilot.

"Merrill's Marauder" Edward "Bud" Foote

Though they were only operational for 6 months, their exploits in Burma under impossible odds and horrible conditions are legendary. Their battles against the enemy's superior forces as well as struggles against constant torrential downpours, hunger and disease (which took more of their lives than the Japanese did) were noted when the unit was awarded a Distinguished Service Citation in recognition of their heroism. Bud Foote (and each soldier in the unit) also received The Bronze Star...though his was posthumous, and was accompanied by a Purple Heart.

Bronze Star and Purple Heart service medals

I'm certain those reading this until now have never heard of Lt. Edward G. Foote, but he gave his life in the service of our country back in July of 1944, and was a hero in the very true sense of the word.

Remember him the next time you watch an episode of Steve Canyon, for his brother, who also was a hero during WWII...

Corporal Frederick J. Foote at Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas 1943

(aka Dean Fredericks, star and namesake of STEVE CANYON)

Happier times: Teenaged brothers Bud and Fred Foote before the war.

The following is an excerpt from the book, “We Remember” by Dayle L. DeBry (courtesy of the author):

Bud's Junior High School yearbook picture.

     Edward G. Foote, Jr., was born about 1922 in Illinois, the son of Edward G. and Margaret Foote, Sr., from New York and Illinois, respectively.  By 1930 the family was living in the South Gate area of Los Angeles Co., California where Edward, Sr. was employed as a salesman for an oil refining company.  The family included Edward’s wife, Margaret, and sons Edward, Jr. and Fred Foote.

     While attending AVJUHS, Edward was involved in many activities including three years of Varsity football, and two years of basketball.  In his junior year he was elected the Jr. Class yell leader and was also a member of the Letterman’s Club.  Edward graduated from AVJUHS with the class of 1941.

     On March 20, 1942, Edward enlisted in the U.S. Army and served with the U.S. Army Air Forces before attending Officer Candidate School.   In 1943, Edward was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army after the successful completion of the Officer Candidate course at the Infantry School in Fort Benning, Georgia. He held the rank of corporal before being commissioned.

     As part of the 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional), Edward was sent to Myitkyina, Burma.  The group later became known as “Merrill’s Marauders” named after its leader, Brigadier General Frank Merrill.  The jungles of Burma were thick with vegetation – no room for the jeeps and trucks needed to carry supplies.  The men had to carry all their equipment and supplies over 800 miles, marching over jungle and mountain roads.  All the equipment was carried by the soldiers, on their back, or on the backs of pack mules.  They were re-supplied by air drops after clearing the thick jungles areas below.  Landing strips were hacked out to allow small planes in to evacuate the sick and wounded.  At the end of the Burma Campaign, all remaining soldiers were evacuated to hospitals suffering from tropical diseases, exhaustion and malnutrition. 

     On July 2, 1944, Edward was killed in action.  He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal and the Bronze Star.  For their accomplishments in Burma, the Marauders were awarded the Distinguished Unit Citation in July 1944.  The Marauders also have the rare distinction of having every member of the unit receive a Bronze Star, duly awarded for their “heroism and outstanding achievement in a combat theater.”

     2nd Lieutenant Edward G. Foote, Jr. was buried at the Honolulu Memorial, in Honolulu, Hawaii, where his name is joined with thousands of other soldiers who died in World War II.

Battle of Myitkyina – Author unknown

At Myitkyina today they lie at rest
There were soldiers all and gave their best
They fought and died in days of rain
And prayed for sun that never came.

Through mud they crawled to find their foe
They cursed and swore but on they go
As days went by and night fell
They all slept on the walls of hell.

Artillery shells with their melody of death
Whizzed by with each and every breath
As dawn came to light the earth
Amid sniper fire through dirt
In falling rain they fought on
Hope to live by those had gone.

Myitkyina has fallen at last
They would be glad to know of the finished task              
But the trails are filled with Yankee blood
Of gallant men who fought, died in Burma mud
Courageous men these, they fought and fell;  Bless them all, God; treat them well.


Remembering our Veterans and fallen service men and women on Memorial Day 2022.

John Ellis
Hollywood, CA

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Steve Canyon Run Ends on Decades TV

NOTE this weekend, Saturday April 30th, at 6am Eastern time (3am Pacific time) Decades TV network will end its final run of Steve Canyon episodes on the network with episode #17, "The Search" set your DVR's to Decades FREE TV and..."smoke 'em if you got 'em"!

Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock from the original Star Trek TV series) in an early role in THE SEARCH, the 17th episode of Steve Canyon that airs Saturday morning on DECADES TV. The episode also features Jerry Paris, Abel Fernandez, Bob Hoy, Ingrid Goude, Hayden Rorke and Meg Wyllie, who also appeared in the original Star Trek pilot film, THE CAGE! 

We're working to find a new home on another TV network. Wish us luck and we'll keep you posted!

Anyway, enjoy the final episode being aired this Saturday on FREE broadcast TV!

(with closed-captioning for the hearing impaired)

Decades is a sister network to Me-TV.

John Ellis
Hollywood, California

(and be sure to check out my blog posts about my feature film Twilight Of The Dogs, which can be read on Linkedin, here's the link: 

Tim Sullivan flying an F-117 Stealth fighter-bomber in John Ellis'
 soon to be released science-fiction epic Twilight Of The Dogs!


Also, I have a limited number of Steve Canyon Mini-Posters available for $9.95 each, postage paid (in the USA ONLY) If you are outside of the US and are interested, please email me and we'll figure something out).

Steve Canyon Poster design by Johann Mitchell

They are on nice sturdy coated stock and are 11" X 17", shipped in a sturdy mailing tube. 
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Thanks for your support!

Friday, January 28, 2022

Steve Canyon Returns (to TV) One Last Time? (Or is it?)

NOTE tomorrow Saturday (January 29th, at 6am Eastern, 3am Pacific) Decades TV network has started re-running Steve Canyon episodes again in their original running order, starting with episode #4, "Project Heartbeat" set your DVR's to Decades FREE TV and..."smoke 'em if you got 'em"!

Russell Johnson (the Professor on Gilligan's Island) in a seriously hairy moment (with Jason Wingreen and star Dean Fredericks) in Project Heartbeat, the fourth episode of Steve Canyon that airs tomorrow morning on DECADES TV.

Truth be told, I have been waiting to hear from Decades about a final run of our show for several months...and it looks like they started airing in this slot 3 weeks ago with the first episode, Operation Towline, but just never managed to get back to me. 

Anyway, enjoy the series again on broadcast TV!

So I hope you all enjoy seeing Colonel Canyon on free broadcast television again! 

(with closed-captioning for the hearing impaired)

Decades is a sister network to Me-TV.

John Ellis
Hollywood, California

(and be sure to check out my blog posts about my feature film Twilight Of The Dogs, which can be read on Linkedin, here's the link: 

Tim Sullivan in Twilight Of The Dogs 

Friday, June 11, 2021

Steve Canyon Full Series Rerun Starts Tomorrow

NOTE tomorrow Saturday (June 12th, 7am Eastern, 4am Pacific) Decades TV network will start re-running all 34 episodes again in their original running order, starting with the pilot episode "Operation Towline" followed by "Operation Thunderbirds" set your DVR's to Decades FREE TV and..."smoke 'em if you got 'em"!

Morgan Woodward in a seriously hairy moment in OPERATION TOWLINE, the first episode of Steve Canyon that airs tomorrow morning on DECADES TV.

So I hope you all enjoy seeing Colonel Canyon on free broadcast television again! 

(with closed-captioning for the hearing impaired)

Decades is a sister network to Me-TV.

John Ellis
Hollywood, California

Friday, May 07, 2021

Operation Intercept: Best Episode Ever?

Tomorrow morning be sure to catch two Steve Canyon episodes starting at 7am eastern, 4am Pacific.

First up is an early Ron Ely appearance in THE SERGEANT. You may know him as the late 60's TV Tarzan and also title character of the mid 70's DOC SAVAGE movie by George Pal. Ely gets into it with a sadistic USAF Sergeant bent on stealing something very important from Ely's character. The episode also features Abel Fernandez (later of THE UNTOUCHABLES), was wrtten by Producer David Haft, and was directed by Walter Grauman.

Next up is arguably the best episode of the Steve Canyon TV series (and the most requested), OPERATION INTERCEPT!

Are these three men doomed?

Featuring a B-47 crew on a tragic mission...

Ingrid Goude and Jerry Paris co-star. She was Miss Sweden 1956 and he was Rob and Laura Petrie's wacky neighbor on the Dick Van Dyke show.

A bomber crew doesn't respond and sets wheels in motion...

Steve goes up to check out the problem...

What he sees shocks him!

General Connors (Nelson Leigh) has a painful choice to make...

Don't miss OPERATION INTERCEPT tomorrow morning on The DECADES Television Network!


NOTE: Steve Canyon moved from Thursdays to Tuesday nights with this episode on NBC in 1959.

Show #28
Production #9229
NBC First Run Tuesday March 31, 1959
NBC Rerun Tuesday September 1, 1959
ABC Summer Rerun Thursday April 21, 1960
Photographed: Feb 5-6, 1959
Directed by Arthur Marks
Teleplay by David Haft
Story by Frank Benedict

A freak accident kills the pilot and co-pilot of a B-47 bomber while the plane
is in flight, and the plane heads for the USSR on automatic pilot. Canyon tries
to intercept the plane and determine whether the third crew member is alive or not.


 Jerry Paris, Nelson Leigh, Harlan Warde, Harry Landers, Ingrid Goude, Don Richards, Gil Frye, Jeanne Tatum.

Here's a clip from the episode

“This film is dedicated to the Air Control and Warning Personnel of the United States Air Force”

John Ellis
Hollywood, CA