Question: What a great site — I was just surfing and there you were! My question is: What was the name of the show that featured one woman (Alexandra Bastedo?) and two guys who had either been involved in some sort of accident or had been to Tibet. They could communicate with each other by ESP or some such thing. I used to be fascinated by that show. If you would allow me another question: Whatever happened to the guy who played Adam Troy in Adventures in Paradise? (Now that's dating me.) Regards — Jennie, Brisbane, Australia
Televisionary: Okay, Jennie, you may think I'm answering both questions because you buttered me up, but it's really that I'm darned tickled to get mail from so far away. (I doubt I could deliver the sound thwack to the "send" button required to fire e-mail halfway around the planet, so I'm impressed by the effort.)
Ms. Bastedo starred alongside Stuart Damon and William Gaunt as The Champions, a super-powered trio of international heroes whose series ran on NBC for four months or so beginning in June 1968. Craig Stirling (Damon), Sharon Macready (Bastedo) and Richard Barrett's (Gaunt) talents included seeing in the dark, super strength, telepathy and other similarly cool abilities — all of which came in handy while working under Interpol-like agency Nemesis and organization liaison Tremayne (Anthony Nicholls), who issued their marching orders.
As to your second question, Adventures in Paradise (see the second question of my May 2 column for more information on that show) star Gardner McKay is nearing 70 and is alive, well, and writing in Hawaii. Launched into stardom when then-producer Dominick Dunne saw him in the 20th Century Fox commissary in 1959, McKay lit up the screen for a few years and then stunned Hollywood by bailing out of the game at the peak of his popularity.
"It wasn't because I wasn't having a great time — I was," the ex-actor told TV Guide in 1999. "Life was kind of a carnival. It was unbelievable, and yet it was time to go." McKay went pretty far, traveling to the Amazon and Egypt and crewing in the Caribbean on a long voyage of self-discovery. "I never was an actor: I was a misfit," he observed. "I just looked the part."
McKay currently spends his days banging out plays and novels. His most recent effort is the horror thriller Toyer, available from Warner Books.