Apparently we were foolish to believe the rest of the country saw our glorious state as more than a hot body in a red bathing suit.
Is it far-fetched to link the current state deficit to the demise of the show in the late '90s? Think about it: how many tourists did we lose when the show went to re-runs and it came out that starlet Pamela Anderson had Hepatitis C? A generation of tourists, mostly Europeans, booked flights and hotel rooms and Baywatch Tours in hopes of catching a glimpse of a hotty lifeguard or Huge-In-Germany David "The Hoff" Hasselhoff. That's a lot of dollars, cents and fanny-packs gone from beaches and boardwalks up and down LA County and even into OC.
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