July 20th, 2011

TV

No, THIS is incredible

On Sunday evenings, our local RTV affiliate shows old episodes of the 80's TV program That's Incredible!  It was an early reality television show featuring people performing stunts and stories of unusual or miraculous events.  It was hosted by John Davidson, Fran Tarkenton and Cathy Lee Crosby.

On this particular episode, they show a child named Dustin Domine, son of Randy and Shelley Domine.  Dustin was born with a rare immune deficiency which confined him to a sterile hospital environment for the first two years of his life.  He eventually received a "miraculous" new medical treatment which allowed him to live at home and live a semi-normal life.   "Miracles of Medicine!"  End of story.

Nearly 30 years later, I can punch that name into Google and find out immediately what became of little Dustin.  Unfortunately, the story didn't have a happy ending. 

I wonder if the producers of the show had ever imagined the existence of the Internet and the ability to instantly search for names, places and events.