Civil War Pizza

In which I recount how an obscure TV show made me visit Gettysburg.

(Posted 2015-06-09 00:00:00 +0000)

I’ve told this story before, but I like telling it.

Back in 1998 there was a TV sitcom, Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place. (I’ll let you guess what the setting and cast were.) As sometimes happens, nework powers-that-be apparently decided that the original cast of three wasn’t enough, so they added another—the Girl’s boyfriend, played by Nathan Fillion.

I found that I enjoyed Fillion as an actor, so when I heard about a new Fox sci-fi show, Firefly, I was intrigued. Unfortunately Fox’s irregular scheduling and frequent pre-emption of episodes of the show meant that I never had a chance to catch any of the 14 episodes before the series was unceremoniously yanked off the air.

Later I caught it on DVD, and was very impressed. I began reading about the genesis of the show. I found that the show’s creator, Joss Whedon, had come up with the idea for the show after reading Michael Shaara’s civil war novel The Killer Angels, based on the Battle of Gettysburg.

As it turns out, I live within an easy drive to Gettysburg, PA, and so, after reading all three gigantic volumes of Shelby Foote’s massive trilogy The Civil War, I ended up visiting Gettysburg.

I think I even ate pizza there on more than one occasion.