In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Bonanza, a convention was held at Lake Tahoe, NV from September 10-14. The show originally aired on September 12, 1959. The convention was attended by approximately 300 fans from all over the world, numerous celebrity guests (including frequent guest star Gregory Walcott, stuntment Ray Mazy and Jay Jones, star Mitch Vogel, and family members of late stars--Chuck Greene, Cindy and Sean Landon, and Wendy Dotort Czarnecki to name a few), and Bonanza Ventures lawyer Andrew Klyde.
To check out information about the convention, see www.bonanza-convention.com. Many attendees have posted on popular forums such as www.bonanzabrand.net and www.bonanzaworld.com, to see pictures from the events and more information.
I was able to save my money all summer and did attend the convention. It was so fun--not only was it great to meet other fans and watch episodes together (finally, other people that share our passion!!), but we rode horses through the Tahoe mountains, we took a boat ride on Lake Tahoe, and even visited the Ponderosa Ranch on a special invitation. Did anyone else from the LJ community attend?
Also in honor of the 50th Anniversary, the first OFFICIAL DVDs of Bonanza have finally been released!! It's Season One, split into two volumes. I was so excited when I started watching my set--the episodes are uncut, crystal clear, and have excellent bonus features. It's such a different experience from watching the edited reruns on television. Now I hope that this release means more will be coming soon!
Cheers to Bonanza, Happy 50th!
I just learned that the 50th Anniversary is the twelve of this month. Also the first season DVD will finally come out but it will be volume one.