The Forgotten Superstars universe features mostly standouts from the sports world,but it has a featured superstar with four legs (Skip Away) and a bass guitar master,so we do not limit ourselves to the sports world.
Well,Paul James was the host of an hilarious gardening show (Gardening by the Yard) on HGTV that made a person like me actually enjoy a show about things that I didn't really care about.
Try that sometime,school systems!
If you can entertain.you capture your audience and as a result,they have an easier time retaining the information,
As an avid non-outdoorsman,I am not a fan of yard work,but the show entertained and as a result informed me on things that I could learn to grow and cook too.
Paul's show was about everything that was against the usual gardening show.
His yard looked excellent,but he was not afraid to show that he battled bugs,the weather hit his house hard and everything that he planted did not always turn out perfectly.
Gardening by the Yard also showed another thing that other shows did not-Paul actually worked in his garden!
The fact that Paul actually sweated in his yard showed that he was a real gardener and not a TV personality doing a gardening show reading cue cards and I think that came through among fans of the show.
As much as I liked GBTY,I enjoyed Paul's other show even more.
Home Grown Cooking spun off as the second show and featured a different food item each show.
It usually had a history piece,a segment on how to grow the item and finished with Paul in the kitchen fixing a recipe or two.,
Some of those are used here to this day on occasion both in the garden (Paul introduced Cherie and I to the world of composting) and the kitchen!
Now that I mention that,I could go for some "Bubbles and Squeak"!
Home Grown Cooking did not last as long as the original show,but I managed to look ahead enough to tape a ton of the shows to have the recipes and information on hand (the internet was in its infancy then),so as a result,I still have them to this day.
For a small period of time,Paul James was the face of HGTV back when they paid attention to the Garden portion of their name before the TV craze of selling fancy homes that no one I know can afford.
However,HGTV slowly began to phase Paul out in favor of a higher scale audience and eventually the show ended a few years back.
Paul James is still remembered well here as some of the lines from the show are staples and as I wrote earlier,the garden and kitchen help,but Paul may never be forgotten due to one small event.
HGTV came to our (then) cable system in early 1997 and the show quickly became a favorite.
Not only a favorite,an everyday part of the house as it was on everyday.
One day Ryan and I noticed,Rachel,who was still so small that she was not walking and in a playpen, was watching the show.
This sounds odd,but its true as every time the bumper music/theme song played,her head would turn to the TV and she would pull herself up and stand to watch!
I wonder if the seeds (Pun Intended) were planted for Rachel for her own home down the road then and there?
In any event,as an entertaining television personality,as a garden/kitchen resource and as an educator in his field-Paul James has left a terrific legacy behind with the two shows and it would be wonderful to have him return to the air in some capacity to enrich with his knowledge.
We welcome Paul James-the Gardener Guy to the Forgotten Superstars Universe and perhaps he could add a little bit of landscaping help to the decor!!!