BIRTH OF A NOTION
After surviving more than one reno himself, TV producer Russ Morash persuades Boston’s WGBH to underwrite a show demystifying the process. Meet carpenter Norm Abram, host Bob Vila, and plumber Ron Trethewey! “I thought I’d be in the background of a couple scenes carrying around ladders,” Norm recalls. The real star: a run-down 1860 house in Dorchester, MA, that cost $17,000 to buy and $30,000 to renovate.