If you watched TV between 1977-1983, more than likely you saw an episode of CHiPs or at least heard of it. Now you can view 54 shows on AOL video or 16 shows on Fancast to get caught up on all the action. The TV show follows two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers, Jon (Larry […]
CHiPs Star Estrada is a Reserve Officer
On patrol but not on two wheels
The TV show CHiPs was what first got me interested in motorcycles. A young boy when the late 70′s show made its debut on the air, I thought it was extremely cool to be on the California Highway Patrol, but especially so while riding around on a Kawasaki 1000. Erik Estrada even had a cool name and car on the show, going by ‘Ponch’ and driving a Firebird.
Not only did Erik Estrada play the role on TV, he actually walks the walk as a reserve officer on the streets in Muncie, Indiana. Three days a week from 11pm to 7am, Estrada patrols the beat in order to keep his status. Even though it’s a small town, Ball State is located nearby, so it is likely that drunk and disorderly conduct takes place on a regular basis.
I actually met Erik in the early 90’s onset while he was filming something for TV. I don’t consider it one of the highlights of my life, but it did bring me back to my childhood and reminded me of all the cheesy TV shows I watched when I was young.
Besides ChiPs, some of my favorite shows from the 70’s were Welcome Back Kotter, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Kung Fu, Mork and Mindy, BJ and the Bear… I could go on and on (I obviously watched way too much TV!), what were some of your favorites?