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Stray Thoughts and Morbid Curiosities
Former Chief Medical Examiner of LA County, Thomas Noguchi, MD, (probably qualifying as LA’s real-life Quincy) wrote two books on the topics and various issues the series examined in its weekly homicide investigations. Entitled Coroner and Coroner at Large, they present the topic of forensic pathology from a true-life perspective. Meanwhile, free-lance author Jon Zonderman offers another point of view in his book entitled, Beyond the Crime Lab: The New Science of Investigation. This small hardcover provides a forward by Henry C. Lee, Ph.D., Chief Criminalist/Director of Connecticut’s State Police Forensic Science Laboratory, and recent witness for the O.J. Simpson Trial.
You will also find all sorts of Forensic Pathology related links on the web, some of the most noted directly accessible through the Q Trivia section of The Quincy Examiner as well.
They’re professional and very careful at what they do! (What can I say? grin) Unlike today’s shows, this was feared to potentially turn more viewers off than on. During the series’ infancy and initial creation, it was believed that shows about “Coroners and Morticians” had little place for 1970s prime time television audiences. However, it was recognized that a coroner who was more of a detective than a pathologist might have something of a chance with the network sponsors and executives.
The infamous “punk rock episode” is classic early 79/80 typecasting at its best. At least, that’s the view shared by many over at Usenet’s alt.punk newsgroup! “Next Stop, Nowhere” depicts the negative consequences of “violent” music, peer pressure, drugs, and adolescence had exemplified by many post-baby boom teens who grew up with a steady diet of “Breakfast
Club” type movies, “Sex Pistols,” “Adam Ant,” and “Billy Idol” music, “PAC-MAN” arcade games, as well as an increasingly high divorced rate among working middle-class parents.While “Generation X” is now in their late 20s and early 30s, many get quite a kick out of this and another early 80s series (CHiPs) take on what it meant to be a “punk rocker.”
By the way, the rock group band appearing in this episode is called Mayhem and was starred by typical actors not an actual rock band at the time.
According to Marc Scott Taylor as accurate as can be humanly possible for a TV show. Taylor, QME technical assistant, and actor, admits that it wasn’t always easy getting the right person to handle the medical equipment and procedures in an accurate representation. But if removal and dissection of a lung or liver during part of an autopsy was filmed, writers and prop people would use something the approximate size and shape of a liver for on-camera shooting in the lab. While the physical examinations at the lab, DID NOT depict any gross incisions, body component removals, or corpses, the show did provide detailed technical language indicating what was to be done during an autopsy exam.
This says a lot considering the time and audience the show catered to in the mid-70s through the early 80s. Thus, Quincy has stood the test of time and helped set the stage for today’s more modern medical contemporaries like Chicago Hope, ER and others; not to mention forensic investigation such as CSI, Crossing Jordan, and others.