- Posted August 12, 2014 by
Ridley Park, Pennsylvania
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Living As Mork & Mindy In '78
In 1978 I was 18 years old and woke up after a brief coma to find myself hospitalized after a traumatic and near fatal car accident. One of my injuries was a broken neck which at the time afforded me the opportunity to become the first patient to undergo having a halo brace attached to my head at the Crozer Chester Trauma Center. It was an unpleasant procedure to have bolts drilled into my skull while I was awake but the end result was I would be able to be mobile vs. the previous procedure which would have had my skull attached to a circular bed which would have left me completely immobilized. While recuperating in the hospital the "Mork and Mindy" show aired for the first time.
The halo brace was new to everyone back in those days and gave me the look of a modern medical experiment or for the more humorous, I was said to look like an alien. Guess what my loving girlfriend's name was who came to visit me every night? Yep, you guessed it; her name was Mindy. Keep in mind, Mindy was not a very well known name back then which added to the show's unusual name and to our new unique nickname.
The Mork and Mindy show brought a lot of much needed laughter during that trying time in my life as well as my friends and family. The numerous jokes associated with my girlfriend and I being coined the hospital's own Mork & Mindy gave me some sense of closeness to Robin Williams. My pain was substantially reduced every time I watched the Mork and Mindy show or someone would say, "Hey Mork, what time is Mindy coming up to see you tonight"? Or "Hi Mindy, Mork's excited about watching your show tonight"!
God Bless you Mork....!!