My introduction to violence came in 1962 when I was six years old. It arrived via a television drama called Combat! This weekly one-hour series ran until 1967 and followed a U.S. Army infantry squad as they advanced through France during World War II. It starred Vic Morrow and Rick Jansen with a cast of recurring characters portrayed by a host of different actors, including silent screen heartthrob Ramon Navarro, comedians Shecky Greene and Jack Carter, future Academy Award winner Robert Duvall, and Leonard Nimoy and Walter Koenig, before they attained starring roles on Star Trek. The violence on Combat! was glorious, courageous, and noble, as good triumphed over evil. My childhood buddies and I reenacted scenes in the woods behind ...

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