Your Stories – A MacGyver Glasnost

First I saw MacGyver at the end of 80’s, when Estonia still belonged to Soviet Union, and American movies, especially politicals like MacGyver, were strongly prohibited. Though, there was a Glasnost already and little bit freedom was in the air. Someone smuggled the movies from foreign countries and then tapes were distributed from hand to hand. I was a kid then, but my father’s got this MacGyver- video tape from some friend. This was the first time I saw MacGyver. It was the first season and best of all I remember the scene, where MacGyver’s open the safe using those wine-glasses. There was a dangerous aspect in smuggling those tapes. You could be arrested for owning or only for watching these prohibited movies. And walls had ears at that time. You couldn’t trust anybody. Your neighbour could be KGB denouncer. But, yeah, despite the fact that MacGyver was prohibited in Soviet Union, and despite the risk of being arrested, people still watched MacGyver series and it was a great pleasure to watch MacGyver defeating all those KGB bad guys!!!

After Soviet Union collapsed, I remember watching MacGyver- series on Estonian TV and after moving to Finland 2003. I watched the show on Finland TV. But there was a long pause after that, when I didn’t watched it at all, until December last year, when Finnish TV-channel Nelonen was aired two MacGyver movies: Lost Treasure Of Atlantis and Trail To Doomsday. I watched these movies and had this strong feeling I want to watch all MacGyver episodes again. MacGyver is still running in Finland, but the airing time is at 4 a.m., and since it’s not healthy to be awake at 4 o’clock in the morning, I decided to buy this MacGyver Complete Series DVD-box. I got it by post on 17th January and it’s 15th of February now, and I already watched all the episodes (8 episodes per day or so) and both movies, and I’m on my second round now. Actually, it’s the first time ever I watched MacGyver so closely and so in detail, and, of course, I fell in love and I’m crazy big fan now.

Originally posted at MacGyverOnline by kristiina86halonen

Your Stories – Swiss Army Lock-pick

I just had come home from work, went inside my house, went outside to get the mail, when I came back the door shut itself and got locked, lucky for me, I always carry my Swiss army knife (thanks to Mac). I took out the tweezers and the tooth pick and shoved it inside the keyhole, after a couple of nudges and some luck, I unlocked the door!! I think I still have the picture of when it happened if anyone doesn’t believe me.

Story sent in by Jorge Gonzalez

Your Stories – MacGyver in India

Greetings from India. I am a 40 years old IT professional. I grew up watching the fabulous MacGyver episodes…though it was not directly shown in Indian Television, we used to watch it through Bangladesh Television in mid ’80s. There was a group of my friends who used to watch the same…we used to carry “Phoenix Foundation” logo in our T-shirts and proud to be a MacGyver fan…Kudos to Lee, Richard, John and all the team members to make this a success.

I follow MacGyver theory in every difficult situation I face and trust me it helps me a lot in my life. After a long time I re-discovered MacGyver by collecting the four seasons of MacGyver which I frequently watch at my home, even my 7 years old son is fond of MacGyver.

Story sent in by subhankargupta

Your Stories – Mac in Finland

I’m a 20-year-old fan of MacGyver from Finland and I’ve been a fan since they started showing the re-runs again in April 2012. I remember viewing an episode for the first time back in 2005. Both of my parents watched MacGyver back in the 80’s. If my memory serves me correctly, MacGyver started airing here in Finland for the first time in 1987.

MacGyver has influenced my life greatly – I don’t drink and I don’t smoke anymore because of Mac and many of the other positive stuff he does and lives by.

I’m thinking of getting my first real Swiss Army Knife “Tinker” model in the near future.

They’re currently airing MacGyver in my country and we’re in season 6 right now.

Originally posted at MacGyverOnline by MacCat

Your Stories – Amy’s Story

MacGyver had a profoundly deep impact on me. As a kid I always thrived on action and adventure and fantasy…as entertainment AND an escape. I didn’t have a great childhood…better than many…but not something I’d ever go back and repeat unless I could pick exact moments! I was smarter than most kids my age, eating up books like food and I was a loner and artistic. Once I started school, it didn’t take long for me to be labeled a weirdo nerd, and I was picked on all the time. I quickly believed being smart was a curse. I was also abused for a long time and since I had an active imagination, it was real easy to withdraw and just live in my own world. I was already in the habit of pretending to be characters like James West, Captain Kirk…lol…even Zorro…so when MacGyver came along…it was only natural! Indiana Jones happened then, too, and I got hooked right away on both. MacGyver was my quick favorite…he eventually helped me see it was a good thing to be smart and that I didn’t have to hide it. I related easily to kids he interacted with like Kate (Ugly Duckling) and Lisa (Cease Fire) and I was impressed how he cared for the outcasts. MacGyver started kind of a slow revolution in my life, and was a main influence on keeping me away from drugs and alcohol. Before I was in junior high I decided I wanted to be a teacher or social worker, so I could make a difference like Mac. That’s not what I ended up studying in college, but by the time I got to that point I was generally OK with being a brainy loner and started to think it was reasonable that I was a living breathing human being. At some point I stumbled reluctantly into a relationship with Jesus Christ, and that’s when everything MacGyver taught me kind of solidified…I didn’t just see myself through Mac’s eyes, but through God’s. After I graduated college, I got involved with a church that was in need of a senior high Sunday School teacher…so I stepped in and started realizing the teacher part of my dream, and it didn’t take long to take long to work in the social worker aspect when I became involved in the teen youth group leadership, too. So now for 11 years I’ve been teaching, counseling and building relationships with teens, and I can’t imagine not doing it! I even manage to work in the occasional MacGyver object lesson!

Other ways MacGyver’s impacted me…I have a deep respect for the world and people around me. I’m not quick to judge, but I am quick to stand against injustice. I love nature and would rather spend a day in the woods than anywhere else. I carry a SAK and use it at least once a day, my computer plays all kinds of MacGyver sound clips when certain things happen, I have a Mac quote on my screen-saver, and my cell phone plays the theme song. I don’t drive a Jeep yet…but I’m really liking that new 4-door Wrangler!

Originally posted at MacGyverOnline by Amy

Your Stories – A Boy, a Kind Man and Their Show

Story sent in by an anonymous fan.

“Growing up I was introduced to a man whom I only knew as a distant relation.  He was a very kind and decent man with a very important job.  He was very good to me and I met him regularly.  He was not my dad just a relation, I never knew my dad.  We had one thing in common at that age, we both loved MacGyver.  He loved to sit beside me and we would watch the show weekly.  He liked it for many reasons looking back, Mac represented non-violence, kindness, doing the right thing, never losing your temper, being mild mannered, being hopeful and those are all good things.  The music excited me when it came on (theme tune) as this meant that we had time together (my relative and I) and this time was spent watching MacGyver.
Watching MacGyver is probably one of very few memories I have of him.  He died when I was a child.  I remember this man fondly.  MacGyver always represented hope through the years and re-runs of episodes meant I always recollected this kind man and what he taught me indirectly through this special show.  Two years ago my Mother fell ill and told me this man was my father.  The reason I never knew him is deeply personal, needless to say he was a good and honest man.
Our time watching MacGyver will always be with me, for it was much more than a show but a time of peace and hope that nourished my childhood and as an adult watching those old shows I remember that boy and that kind man, and their show.  Thank you Mac for bringing me that peace.  Thank you Mr. Zlotoff too.”

Tales from the Cast and Crew – Michael Greenburg Remembers MacGyver Executive Producer John Rich

MacGyver Producer Michael Greenburg, in his second cast and crew story, remembers fellow MacGyver Executive Producer, John Rich. Rich died earlier this year after an almost 50-year career in television. Here Greenburg writes about lessons learned from Rich while editing MacGyver.

Just when I thought I knew a lot about filming, my career collided with the great John Rich. I probably learned the most about shooting for television from John. “Keep it simple, stupid” was one of his many memorable mantras. Basically, tell the story, don’t confuse it.

In the early years of MacGyver, John spent most of his time in the editing room. After we had spent a 15 hour day on set filming, I would be called into John’s editing room for my debriefing on scenes that we had shot sometimes weeks before. I actually enjoyed those sessions and felt fortunate that one of the great television directors of all time was still so passionate about the craft and so willing to share his experienced and well tested tricks of the trade. John could’ve just camped out by his mailbox opening residual checks from “All in the Family.” But, making shows better and the television experience better was his mission, maybe even his life blood.

There are a lot of elements to John’s mentorship, all of which are focused on grabbing the audience and then once you have them, not giving them a chance or an excuse to change the channel. John’s method of operation became contagious. He knew that I would disseminate the intel from these late night sessions to all the keys on set and that the show would be better. John Rich was right.

MacGyver became one if those rare long running series that is still talked about today all over the world and will be talked about tomorrow as evidenced by this global website twenty years after we wrapped the series.

John would be very proud of the sustained impact of MacGyver.

Stay tuned… to be continue…

Tales from the Cast and Crew – Michael Greenburg

Our first cast and crew story comes from MacGyver Producer, Michael Greenburg:

I had the pleasure of producing the MacGyver series from season two through seven and then two MacGyver movies for television. It was an incredible experience highlighted by watching Rick (Richard Dean Anderson aka RDA) become the character and the character become Rick in many ways… Wit and charm come to mind. One of my favorite memories was being part of the process that casted future stars like… Teri Hatcher, Jason Priestly, Cuba Gooding Jr and Mayim Bialik. Watching them work and develope their characters at an early age left no doubt that they would become big stars. We were surrounded daily by very talented professionals on both sides of the camera working hard for long hours to execute the best show possible.

To be continued…

All the best… Mike