Friday, January 10 marks the 20th anniversary airing of “Armistead Maupin’s Tales Of The City” on PBS. The miniseries debuted on American television January 10 1994 and ran through January 12, 1994. The program was nominated for two Emmys, for “Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Miniseries or a Special” and for “Outstanding Miniseries.” Olympia Dukakis was nominated for a BAFTA for her role as Anna Madrigal, and finally, “Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City” won the Peabody Award in 1995. At the time, the miniseries gave PBS the highest rating ever for a dramatic series. Now that crown has passed to “Downton Abbey” with an intro by none other than our very own Mary Ann Singleton, Laura Linney.
To commemorate the event, Larry Rhodes, of www.toursofthetales.com, has organized a 20th Anniversary Walking Tour (currently sold out) on Saturday, January 11. Larry will be leading the tour, and I will be co-hosting. A similar event was held on Memorial Day Weekend, 2012 to commemorate the 36th Anniversary of the debut in the San Francisco Chronicle.
This Saturday (January 11, 2014) Larry and I will be live tweeting our tour. We will be posting tidbits and pictures as we roam the hills of San Francisco retracing the steps of Anna, Mary Ann, and the rest of the characters that make up the Tales we all love. We will be using #talestour2014 on our posts, or you can follow Larry on twitter @ToursOfTheTales or myself @rmiller3455. We invite others to tweet comments or questions throughout the day. I am looking forward to spending another San Francisco day meeting Barbaryphiles, and give a special thanks Larry for his extraordinary work and dedication for organizing this tour.
If you would like to visit locales mentioned in the “Tales” series, visit Larry’s website http://www.toursofthetales.com where you may download maps of the “Tales” locations. Larry frequently hosts FREE guided tours and announces available dates on his “Guided Tours” page. Just a note: sign up early, the tours tend to fill up quickly!