Thursday, May 5, 2011

Bin Laden and Bonanza

I havent been the biggest fan of Adam Curtis over the years but I thought this little doc was quite arresting: its a pop culture history of the 60s (more of a collage really) and in this section it contains some interesting information about Osama Bin Laden, Charles Manson and the TV show Bonanza.

One thing Curtis could have mentioned was the Chinese cook on Bonanza, Hop Sing, played by Victor Sen Yung. After Bonanza ended Sen Yung was in a real life skyjacking on a Pacific South West Airlines flight and was shot in the back by the FBI during the rescue mission. He survived until 1980 when he unfortunately died from carbon monoxide poisoning during the making of clay pots at his home kiln.