August 28 in Sci-Fi History: The Voyage of the Mimi

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Mar 25, 2021, 11:00 AM EDT (Updated)

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale. A tale of a fateful trip. That involved a lot of whales. Yes, it's The Voyage of the Mimi.

Premiering in August 1984, the series starred BEN AFFLECK as Tyler Granville, who went aboard his grandfather's science vessel and ended up in some serious adventures, both scientific and otherwise. There was also a workbook.


Each episode featured a fictional part of the adventure and then a science lesson hosted by the cast. The show's popularity with middle school audiences was based in the mid-'80s fascination with saving humpback whales, further spurred on by Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986).

We're not going to lie, though -- most of us took away from the Mimi the fact that if you get hypothermia, someone has to get naked in a sleeping bag with you.

Several years later, there was also a second voyage called, aptly: The Second Voyage of the Mimi.

There was also a planned third voyage up the Mississippi River that was scrapped for financial reasons. There are a lot of great stories on what became of the Mimi and production of the show here. 

Also, today would have been the 100th birthday of comic book hero Jack Kirby. You have, of course, already seen a bunch of his artwork popping up all over the Internet today.


That's because Kirby created or co-created some of the most legendary characters in comic book history and worked on The Fantastic Four, X-Men … head over to check these covers out. If you're into a longer read, go to this article to find out more. It’s a big deal.

Tomorrow: Captain Eo and Carla Gugino.