The Cartwrights encourage young genius, Albert Michelson, to pursue his scientific experiments while trying to discover why schoolmaster, George Norton, expelled Albert from school and ... See full summary »

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Douglas Lambert ...
Albert Abraham Michelson
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George Norton
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Samuel Michelson
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The Cartwrights encourage young genius, Albert Michelson, to pursue his scientific experiments while trying to discover why schoolmaster, George Norton, expelled Albert from school and seems determined to stand in the way of his appointment to the prestigious Annapolis Naval Academy. Written by shepherd1138

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18 March 1962 (USA)  »

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The character of Albert Michelson is famed for his 1887 "Michelson-Morley Experiment" carried out at Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland, Ohio, where he and fellow physicist Edward Morley obtained evidence establishing the constancy of the speed of light. See more »

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Albert Abraham Michelson was born in 1852, he received his appointment to Annapolis in 1869 from Ulysses S. Grant. These early seasons of Bonanza were set before 1861 and the start of War Between the States. See more »

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every bit as bad as "Dr Quack, Modern Woman"
6 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Inasmuch as Albert Michelson grew up around Virginia City, someone must have thought that getting the Cartwrights involved in his life would make an interesting story. * It might have, but this isn't it.

Given Michelson's great intelligence, the Cartwrights try to get him appointed to the Naval Academy, so he can receive the education he deserves. But... Michelson is thwarted at every turn by his teacher (William Schallert) who doesn't like people with dark skin, or Jews, or fill in the name of any discriminated-against minority.

Of course, justice wins out in the end, and Schallert is even allowed to keep his job after promising to never, ever do bigoted things again. (Spare me.)

AS A LIBERAL, I detest this rewriting of history to "prove" that some people (eg, the Cartwrights) were good and decent and unprejudiced and just and (fill in whatever positive attributes you care to). Such stories are little more than an excuse for the viewer /not/ to feel guilty about their own failings.

"In the real world", the white citizens of Virginia City would have had little social tolerance for people who looked or acted differently. They wouldn't have given a damn whether Michelson was admitted to Annapolis. Indeed, I suspect Michelson was nominated and appointed without any problems.

* Given Michelson's stated age of 16, the story would have had to take place in 1868 or 1869. I couldn't find a chronology for the Ponderosa or the Cartwrights, so I don't know if this is accurate.


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