Today we celebrate the birthday of actor Jonathan Harris, better known to fans of cheesy 1960's sci-fi as Dr Zachary Smith of Lost in Space. Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of the Irwin Allen television classic and use the term "cheesy" in the best possible way. I mean, how can you not love a show that once featured a giant, sentient carrot bent on the destruction of mankind? When you think about it, the 1960's were a high point in TV sci-fi. In addition to LIS, Irwin Allen produced Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Time Tunnel and Land of the Giants. Then we have the classics such as The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits and Star Trek. The UK gave us The Avengers and Dr. Who, and finally, there were even sci-fi sitcoms such as My Favorite Martian and It's About Time.
Speaking of Giant Carrots, here's a brief clip of Dr. Smith's encounter with Tybo the Carrot Man: