Nanu Nanu: on playing Mork

Steady crowds have stood along the white picket fence of 1619 Pine Street since Monday morning.

The Whittier Victorian was home to Mork from Ork from 1978-1982, a charter all too familiar to  local real estate agent, John McElveen.

Like many young adults of the ’70s, McElveen loaded his van and set off for California, planning to stop in Boulder, Colorado along the way to visit his brother at CU.

McElveen never made it to California. His planned two-day stay turned into decades, making Boulder his new home. Call it fate, McElveen recalls one distinct morning at the Good Earth Restaurant:

He was eating his breakfast at the 18th & Pearl restaurant (modern-day site of Frasca) when he was approached by a man who asked him if he had ever been told he looks like Robin Williams.

“All the time,” replied McElveen and the rest, he says, “came together pretty fast.”

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Memorials outside 1619 Pine Street

 

McElveen was cast as Robin William’s stand-in double on Mork & Mindy. He was used in the on-location Boulder shoots which were, “mostly outdoor shots,” he says.

While most filming was done on sound stages in California, every now and again, the series would feature shots of Mork in Boulder’s distinct scenery. Combing through old episodes following news of Williams’ death, McElveen fondly found the Season 3 episode, Dueling Skates, in which he and Mindy can be seen rollerskating through the Pearl Street Mall and on the rollerskating rink formerly housed off of Baseline Road (now the site of  South Boulder’s Sprouts Farmers Market).

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The “Mork & Mindy House” deceivingly hosts three separate units—the on-show interior of the home was filmed on a sound stage. The owners of 1619 Pine Street have been the same since the filming of the show.

 

Spot Boulder Canyon, Folsom Field, the “Mork & Mindy House” and the iconic Flatirons in the Mork & Mindy theme song.

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