Remember the NBC TV show “Movin’ On”? It aired from 1974 to 1976 — two seasons, 44 episodes — and was about two truckers, played by the late Claude Akins (left) and now 79-year-old Frank Converse (right), who traveled around the country in a big rig having adventures. The actors are pictured in a screen shot from the show.
The first episode, “The Time of His Life,” was filmed on the North Coast in 1974. It’s about a young man, played by Michael J. Pollard, who has terminal cancer. The episode starts with the pair driving across the Astoria Bridge, but most of it was filmed in Seaside and Gearhart (including the bowling alley scene).
You can watch it on YouTube at http://tinyurl.com/movinSS, and have fun catching some nostalgic local scenery as the actors walk up Broadway in Seaside. You’ll see the Bridge Tender bar, an old amusement park with bumper cars, etc. Keep a sharp eye out for things in the background, as well.
Last Friday, Astorian Jeff Nelson told the Ear, “Movin’ On” has finally been released on two DVDs. Unfortunately, the original pilot is not included. The DVDs are only available at one site, MovieZyng. Season 1 is at http://tinyurl.com/movinone; and Season 2 is at http://tinyurl.com/movintwo. Go ahead, indulge your nostalgic inner couch potato.