Rescue 8 and Martex Farms

Rescue 8 is a syndicated American action drama series about Los Angeles County Fire Department Rescue Squad 8. It premiered in 1958 and originally ran for two seasons with syndicated reruns continuing for almost a decade thereafter. It starred Jim Davis as fireman Wes Cameron, much later cast as Jock Ewing on CBS's Dallas, and Lang Jeffries as the fireman Skip Johnson. Nancy Rennick and Mary K. Cleary each appeared in twenty-four episodes as Patty Johnson and Susan Johnson, the wife and daughter, respectively of Skip Johnson. The series was produced by Screen Gems, with directors Dann Cahn and William Witney. Rescue 8 produced seventy-four half-hour episodes.

The real Los Angeles County Fire Department Station 8 is at 7643 West Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, California. Rescue 8 shows more physically oriented rescues than the later, similar television series Emergency!, as firemen were not then trained as paramedics but acquired the expanded role in the early 1970s.

The Rescue 8 truck depicted in the series was a 1958 GMC Suburban equipped with classic, front-bumper General Motors "dagmars". According to several Internet sources, the real Rescue 8 squad of the series timeframe employed the use of a 1956 Chevrolet panel-van truck (a somewhat less robust version of the nearly identical GMC truck).

Contents 1 Selected episodes 2 Other guest stars 3 References 4 External links

Selected episodes

In the series premiere, "The Ferris Wheel" (September 23, 1958), the firemen must devise a plan to retrieve a woman, who was recently released from a mental institution (Jeanne Bates), and her young daughter (Gina Gillespie) from the top of a Ferris wheel on which they are trapped. Rand Brooks guest stars in the first of his two appearances as Tom Hickey.

In "Subterranean City" (October 14, 1958), rescuers Wes and Skip search for a lost girl in the sewer tunnels and encounter three criminals hiding out underground, one of whom is Skip's nephew, Pete, played by Warren Oates. Pete breaks with his companions and joins the firemen in finding the child.

In "The Cave-In" (December 2, 1958), Will Wright played an elderly man who attempts with shovel and bucket to build a backyard swimming pool for his grandchildren with disastrous results because of the lack of proper shoring.

In "The Bells of Fear" (December 9, 1958), an elderly clockmaker who is trying to repair the chimes in a church clock is trapped inside the instrument just before Christmas Eve. Joe Flynn and Russell Johnson appear in this episode. In "Calamity Coach" (December 30, 1958), Wes Cameron and Skip Johnson seek to rescue three actors on location when a stagecoach tumbles down a mountain, Douglas Kennedy guest stars.

In "The Secret of the Mission" (January 6, 1959), J. Pat O'Malley plays a priest who is trapped with a would-be thief named Carlos (Rafael Campos) under the roof of a collapsed church.

In "Disaster Town" (February 17, 1959), Gail Kobe plays Ellen Mason, a mother looking for her son, Jimmy, in a ghost town. Some six months before the premiere of his CBS situation comedy, Dennis the Menace, Jay North was cast as the missing son. The rescue team is called when the woman is trapped after falling through the floor of an abandoned building.

In "A Handful of Vengeance" (February 24, 1959), Pete Brocco played Stephano, a deranged pyromaniac, who threatens the lives of a warden, his wife, and their two children and then turns on the rescuers as well.

In "International Incident" (March 17, 1959), Robert Cabal plays a foreign prince, Raj Tamal, who is trapped in an automobile accident and is also the target of an assassin, portrayed by Vito Scotti. Denver Pyle guest stars as Sergeant Frank Hogan.

In "The Third Strike" (December 2, 1959), John Beradino, a professional baseball player-turned-actor, was cast in the role of a baseball player who loses consciousness when struck by a wild pitch. He soon awakes with short-term amnesia.

On January 6, 1960, Jay Silverheels of The Lone Ranger, played an American Indian fireman fighting a forest fire in the episode "Leap of Life".

In "Breakdown" (March 31, 1960), one of the last episodes of Rescue 8, Robert Redford plays Danny Tilford, a mentally-disturbed young man trapped in the wreckage of his family garage. Other guest stars

Lee Aaker, John Archer, Malcolm Atterbury, Roy Barcroft, Charles Bateman, James Best, Patricia Blair, Walter Burke, John Carradine, Wally Cassell, Richard Chamberlain, Virginia Christine, Mike Connors, Ellen Corby, Robert O. Cornthwaite, Walter Coy, Joel Crothers, Michael Dante, Douglas Dick, Don Durant, Ross Elliott, Frank Ferguson, Dabbs Greer, James Griffith, Gloria Henry, Tommy Ivo

Continued: Brad Johnson, Robert Karnes, Brett King, Ruta Lee, Suzanne Lloyd, Ann McCrea, Tyler McVey, Dennis Moore, James Philbrook, William Phipps, John M. Pickard, Richard Rust, Walter Sande, Johnny Seven, Hal Smith, Quintin Sondergaard, Harry Dean Stanton, Naomi Stevens, Hope Summers, Jack Weston, and Robert Warwick.

Martex Farms and Rescue 8

Martex Farms is a Puerto Rican company based in Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico, an area known as the "Ruta Agrícola" (Agricultural Route). It is the largest banana, avocado and tropical palm grower on the south coast of the island.

Contents 1 History 2 Corporate profile 3 Crops 4 Challenges 4.1 Theft of crops 4.2 Shipping 5 Future plans 6 References

History

The company was founded in 1989 and incorporated in Puerto Rico. It 1991 the company had 1,000 acres in process of development.

In 2001, Martex Farms bought Fruits International’s Pango Mango brand for an amount believed to be worth "several million dollars." Fruits International, located in barrio Coto Laurel of the municipality of Ponce, was Puerto Rico’s largest mango grower. Corporate profile Sign at the entrance of the Mango Packaging Plant of Martex Farms during the off-season (January), in Barrio Coto Laurel, Ponce, Puerto Rico

Martex Farms president is Venancio "Veny" Marti. The other partners in this family-based company are Venancio's brother Gustavo and Venancio's son Veny Luis Marti. Martex Farms has about 200 employees plus another 200 seasonal employees.

The company is the largest family-owned mango grower in Puerto Rico and Latin America. It has over 2,000 acres of orchards. It packages over 25 million pounds of mangos, representing 2.4 million nine-pound boxes a year." The company exports 3 varieties of mangos to England, the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, France and the United States.

For its European markets, Martex Farms mangos supplies 15% of Europe’s mangos, and during the months of June through August – when Puerto Rico dominates over its closest competitors, Mexico and Israel. In, it supplies most mangoes in Europe. Crops

Martex Farms’ main crop is the banana. Most of Martex Farms bananas are sold locally to Amigo and Pueblo and Xtra Supermarkets. Other clients are in the Virgin Islands and the cruise ships. It also produces avocados, tropical exotic fruits and tropical palm trees and ornamental plants. Challenges Theft of crops

In late 2011, the company fell prey to a series of robberies that started with crops but later also came to include equipment and other items. The company reported that some 15% of its production is lost to theft. Shipping

One recent challenge the company has faced relates to the shipping of its mango products to European markets. The company estimates the Puerto Rican economy of losing "millions" of dollars due to the failure of shipping companies to haul its mango products from the port of Ponce to European ports, where the fruit "sells exceedingly well". "Shipping companies prefer the predictability of year-round products vs. seasonal items such as tropical fruits," according to the company president. Future plans

Among the company's future plans are the marketing of packaged mango slices and a carbonated refreshment called Mango Rico.
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