At age 5, I discovered 'Lost in Space' or as it was known in Brazil 'Perdidos no Espaço' on the TV and my relationship with Will Robinson and Dr Zachary Smith was launched! I soon became a huge fan, so much so that it literary changed my life.
School for me was in the afternoon (1 till 5pm), an impossibility I decided in my young mind as it clashed with watching my programme! Coming home from my classes one day and discovering from my Mother that once again I had missed the show, I refused to go anymore - simple!
Exasperated, but knowing how strong willed I was, my Mother arranged for me to swap my school hours to the morning - meaning new teachers and new friends - but a small price to pay to be able to journey on board the Jupiter 2 spaceship with the Robinson family to see new planets, and to battle with strange silver coloured aliens!
And how delighted was I some 20 years later, whilst in the USA doing my MSc in Aerospace Medicine in Dayton, Ohio, to turn on the TV and hear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 'Never fear, Smith is here!'
It's a good job that video cassette recorders had been invented by then, so I could record the rerun of the series and watch them in the evenings, or the course of my life could have been changed once more as I missed lectures to voyage into the cosmos, Lost in Space once more!