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That Wacky Redhead : Glossary

Alternate terminology appearing in the That Wacky Redhead timeline.

Presented in alphabetical order.


Backwards Bloc

A derisive nickname for an organization of quasi-fascist pariah states in the 1970s (which called itself the “Forward Coalition”). Strongly opposed socialism and communism, particularly Red China. Began in earnest after the Oil Crisis in 1973. The core membership was Spain and Portugal (the charter nations), Greece (after the Cyprus Incident), South Africa, and Rhodesia. Spain and Portugal famously departed from the Bloc in 1977 as part of the Iberian Sunrise, meaning that the organization was at full strength for a little over three years. All three of the remaining pillar states saw great instability; Greece and Rhodesia both switched regimes in 1979, with the beginning of a new recession. South Africa, from that point forward, was the sole remaining member of the Backwards Bloc, resulting in its effective disbandment.

See Iberian Sunrise.

Beer Wars

Pronounced “bee-yur wars”, a pun on the Boer Wars from the turn of the century. A proxy war between supporters of the NHL-WHA merger (represented by Carling O'Keefe) and its opponents (represented by Molson). Molson, who owned the Montreal Canadiens and had an exclusive agreement to provide beer at Vancouver Canucks games, had used their influence to block the merger; they thus became the subject of a nationwide boycott, which benefited every other brewery in Canada (particularly Carling O'Keefe). Revenues plummeted so dramatically that Molson relented, and the merger went into effect.

See NHL, WHA, HNiC, and WHAHT.


Classic TV

Refers to the period of 1951-71 in the television industry, during which most of the conventions of the medium were firmly established (only to be bent or broken in subsequent periods). Traditionally bound by two shows produced by the same studio, Desilu Productions: I Love Lucy (premiered October 15, 1951), and Star Trek (ended July 5, 1971). These dates are obviously favoured by the studio in question, and though 1971 as the end date is largely undisputed (since it coincides with the Rural Purge at CBS), many television historians prefer an earlier start date, typically in the late 1940s.

See Experimental TV, Modern TV, Rural Purge, and Sullivanite.


Experimental TV

Refers to the period beginning with the creation of television (traditionally 1927, when Philo T. Farnsworth successfully tested his image dissector), and ending with its establishment as a viable commercial medium (traditionally 1951, the date of the premiere of I Love Lucy, the first “modern” television program). Some television historians argue for an earlier end date, such as 1947 (the premiere of the still-running Meet the Press, and the first true television sitcom, Mary Kay and Johnny), 1948 (the premiere of The Ed Sullivan Show, the first “modern” variety show, which conveniently ended right at the close of the ensuing period of television history in 1971), or 1949 (the year of the first Emmy Awards).

See Classic TV, Modern TV, and Sullivanite.


House on the Other Side of the Wall, the

A term used internally at Desilu Productions to refer to Paramount Television, whose offices were indeed separated from those of Desilu by a large wall. The name was obviously a nod to the industry term for Desilu and a jab at the name used internally at Paramount (which was based on it).

See Desilu, Paramount, The House that Paladin Built, and The House that Mary Built.

House that Mary Built, the

A term used internally to refer to Paramount Television, so named because Mary Tyler Moore (formerly known for The Dick Van Dyke Show) starred in their flagship show of the 1970s, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and also as a character named Mary. This nickname, an obvious allusion to the more popular “House that Paladin Built” appellation for next-door neighbour Desilu Productions, was never widely used outside of the Paramount lot, and may have only picked up cachet within it because Mary Tyler Moore was married to Grant Tinker, President of Paramount Television.

See Paramount, The House that Paladin Built, and The House that Mary Built.

House that Paladin Built, the

An industry term for Desilu Productions, referring to the period from the late-1960s to the mid-1970s, during which time their two biggest hits were Star Trek and Mission: Impossible, created by Gene Roddenberry and Bruce Geller, respectively. The two producers both worked on the 1950s western Have Gun – Will Travel, whose lead character was named “Paladin”, and this is where the name comes from.

Roddenberry and Geller continued to produce for Desilu after their flagship shows ended in 1971 and 1973, respectively, but the appellation largely faded once the studio returned to its sitcom roots and began producing comedy series in large numbers, starting with Rock Around the Clock in 1974.

See Desilu, The House that Mary Built, and The House on the Other Side of the Wall.


Iberian Sunrise

A term referring to the peaceful democratization of Spain and Portugal (fascist states since the 1930s) near-simultaneously in the mid-1970s. The architects of the “sunrise” were two constitutional monarchs: Edward/Duarte III in Portugal and Juan Carlos I in Spain.

See Backwards Bloc.



A nightclub in Westside Los Angeles, off the Beverly Hills Freeway near Century City. The most popular hotspot in the Southland in the late 1970s, known for its celebrity partygoers, and the abundance of sex, drugs, and rock and roll taking place within its walls.

Named by analogy to Mecca; the catchphrase “Pilgrims go to Mecca, partygoers come to Medina” is ubiquitous.

Modern TV

The period in the television industry that began in the 1971-72 season, though technically the end terminus is tied to that of the series finale of Star Trek, on July 5 (the season would not begin until September 13). As with most “present-day” periods, the trends and themes that characterize it have yet to be fully defined, and the conclusion of the period might not even be decided upon until well after it has passed.

See Classic TV and Experimental TV.



A small but vocal subset of the Trekkie fandom who reject all iterations of the Star Trek franchise, other than the original series, as canon. Key figures of the Puritan “cause” are Gene Roddenberry (who created and developed the show, and produced the earliest episodes, but had no active role in production after the first season) and Gene L. Coon (showrunner for most of the original run, who had no involvement in any spinoff media, and died in 1973). The name of this community is generally credited to a quote - likely apocryphal - attributed to David Gerrold, referring to their complaints as “puritanical ravings”. The response of each individual Puritan to this collective term has varied wildly, largely depending on their religiosity.

See Trekkie.



The popular name for a high-speed rail route between Montreal Station (the transportation hub of the region) and Mirabel International Airport, a distance of 30 miles (or 50 kilometres). The Rocket achieves a maximum operating velocity of 130 miles per hour (or 215 kph), allowing for the trip to take just under 20 minutes.


Soap Trek

A derisive nickname within the Trekkie fandom (primarily used by the Puritan faction) to describe Star Trek: The Next Voyage.

See Trekkie and Puritan.


A nickname for television historians who favour tying the definition of Classic TV to the run of The Ed Sullivan Show, from June 20, 1948, to June 6, 1971 (almost exactly 23 years). This is more inclusive than the mainstream “Desiluvian” definition, though it still excludes several key milestones for the medium in prior years. It also excludes the series finale of Star Trek, which aired one month after the cutoff; for some Sullivanites, this is a strength, as it makes that special the opening volley in a game of one-upsmanship that characterized “event television” in the 1970s.

See Classic TV, Experimental TV, and Modern TV.



The standard term used to refer to all fans of Star Trek, which is universally accepted by that fandom. Anyone who would protest this designation is simply considered part of the most prominent subculture of Trekkies, which is (not coincidentally) known for their combativeness and rigidity.

See Puritan.

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