Monday, September 14, 2015

"Galactica: 1980": Was Colonel Sydell named after Eddie Seidel, Jr. - the "Battlestar Galactica" fan who committed suicide in 1979?

...a thought that crept into my mind the other day.  Was the Galactica: 1980 character Colonel Sydell (Allan Miller) named after Eddie Seidel, Jr.?  Eddie Seidel, Jr. was a huge fan of Battlestar Galactica who tragically committed suicide in August of 1979 when he learned that ABC had cancelled the series.  Sadly, only a few weeks later ABC announced that Battlestar Galactica was coming back for a second season - as Galactica: 1980. And of course, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century  premiered only a month after his death.  I won't comment on the absurdity of anyone committing suicide over a TV show (clearly there were other factors at work), but I bet that Eddie would have enjoyed both Galactica: 1980 and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.
     Was Colonel Sydell named after Eddie Seidel, Jr.?  I doubt if anyone knows.  In the newspaper clipping below, Mrs. Seidel (Eddie's stepmother) expressed her hope that Battlestar Galactica would never be seen on TV again.  It seems to this reviewer that having a character on Galactica: 1980 named Sydell (different spelling, but presumbaly the same pronunciation) is in very poor taste.
     Read the tragic story of Eddie Seidel, Jr. in the newspaper article below (click to enlarge).

Newspaper article about
the tragic suicide of Eddie Seidel, Jr.

Allan Miller as Colonel Sydell -
Galactica: 1980

Galactica: 1980