Probably not fully aware of what they’ve done, MTV had presented it’s first reality television show when they aired the “Lost Weekend With Van Halen” special back in 1984.
When MTV announced it’s “Lost Weened With Van Halen” contest, the network received over a million postcard entries for a chance to spend three days with the band during their 1984 tour. The lottery couldn’t have found a more perfect average Joe than twenty-year-old Kurt Jefferis, a department store loading dock employee from Phoenixville, Pennsyvania.
Kurt’s catch was the American boyhood dream, 1984-style. A couple days spent tasting the life of Van Halen! Kurt’s hometown newspaper ran the headline, “Would You Let Your Son Spend a Weekend with These guys?” His mother quipped she wished her son had won a lost weekend with Perry Como instead.
The following footage is everything that MTV aired, and even some footage that never aired: