My son BJ first saw the cute blond actor Marl Slade in the Tv Series “Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea”, and fell in love with his boyish good looks. Born as Mark Van Blarcom Slade on May 1, 1939 in Salem, Massachusetts, he enrolled at Worcester Acadamy in 1956 with the intent of being a cartoonist. After filling in for a sick classmate, in the play, The Male Animal, he decided to enter acting, and was cast as Seaman Jimmy ‘Red’ Smith in “The Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea” movie in 1961. Despite his character being killed in the movie, Irwin Allen brought Slade back for the “Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea” TV series in 1964 as a new character, Seaman Malone, although he only appeared in the first half of the first season. In the 1965-1966 television season, Slade starred in NBC’s “The Wackiest Ship in The Army” situation comedy as Radio Man Patrick Hollis – but those piercing baby blue eyes followed my son to bed several nights after that. Then in 1967 he made a reappearance on a TV Series called “High Chaparral” as the sensitive angry son of the Patriarch John Cannon (Leif Erickson) called Billy “Blue” Cannon! This role brought him fame and popularity around the world, appearing on the covers (and in the pages) of numerous magazines, and receiving huge quantities of fan mail from around the world (including a few letters from my son, no doubt). After “The High Caparral” series ended in 1967, he continued to appear in many series and film roles, but he also developed his writing and directing skills – the script for “The Rookie: Cliffy (#3.22)” a 1975 episode, which he wrote and portrayed the title role, received general critical acclaim, three national awards, and a commendation from the White House. Mark has returned to his “first love”, and today works out of his own art studio, where, surrounded by an artistic family, he creates beautiful works that reveal a great sense of humor, rare sensitivity and a deep knowledge of the human nature.