September 21, 1957

On September 21, 1957, “Perry Mason” one of the original reality television programs, made its debut on CBS-TV and ran for nine years. It starred the unbeatable and photogenic lawyer, Perry Mason.  It went off the air in 1966 after Mr. Mason was injured in a car wreck after foiling the plans of the Mafia. He was placed into Witness Protection and moved to San Francisco where he became a police detective and assumed the name of Robert T. Ironside. He was subsequently shot while on vacation and paralyzed from the waist down. He then became a police consultant for the San Francisco police and had a reality TV show from 1967 to 1975.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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One Response to September 21, 1957

  1. Mr. & Mrs. Fitch says:

    Did you know that before he became a lawyer, he was a travelling salesman? Or that in 1954, he was accused by a neighbor of killing his wife? And even though it was never proven, he suspiciously moved away and changed his name?

    If the alleged murder did occur, Thorwald/Mason/Ironside got away with it, and ironically, went on to have a long and illustrious career in law enforcement — first as a lawyer and later as a police detective.

    History truly is, as your site attests, Twisted.

    Yours truly,
    Mr. & Mrs. Fitch

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