This is a new TV show, set in 1963, that will begin airing in September. I've read several advance reviews of the show and almost every reviewer has said how ludicrous it is that no one will be smoking on the show. A few extras in the background will be shown holding cigarettes, but no one will be shown lighting up or inhaling and exhaling smoke. The principal actors -- the stewardesses and pilots -- will not even hold cigarettes.
Whether the PC watchdogs like it or not, cigarettes were very much a part of airline travel, and of life in general, in 1963.
Mad Men is also set in the 1960s and everyone on that show smokes constantly. Mad Men, however, is an AMC show, not an ABC show. ABC is owned by the Walt Disney Corporation, and that seems to be the reason for the no-smoking order. I can see how this might be valid if this were a children's show, but Pan Am promises to be a night-time soap opera with a lot of bed-hopping. Presumably, the Disney people are okay with that as long as no one's smoking in those beds.
I responded to this once before, but the power went off in the middle of the transfer. It said my message was sent, but I see it wasn't.
All I said was that we know the value of those "didn't inhale" protestations.
Another thing that they've done on Pan Am: They've created a lovely picture of racial harmony and diversity by casting a black actress as one of the stewardesses. Pan Am did not have a single black stewardess in 1963.
History is whichever version of it is accepted by today's generation. It is written and revised repeatedly until the facts are so obscured that none can be certain that any of it is truth. Then, in the distant future, archaeologists will study the artifacts and argue their meanings until a totally new version of history has been laid out. . . The Pan Am is just trying to get a jump on the future by rewriting the past today