Throwing stuff at the internet to see what sticks
Thursday, October 23, 2008 Spaced
Trash sent me a link to a story about a U.S. fighter pilot who was ordered to shoot down a UFO the size of an aircraft carrier and had 24 rockets locked on it before it disappeared. As flying aircraft carriers are wont to do. This was over 40 years ago, mind you, so don't freak out. I'm sure someone took care of the freaking out at the time.
It reminded us of about nine years ago when we were in Las Vegas and riding in a cab whose driver had the radio tuned to the Art Bell Show. All four of us -- me, Trash, and our friends Kraftmatik and the Krank -- had gotten into the cab chattering excitedly about the Star Trek Experience we'd just been through at the Hilton, but one by one we stopped talking as we fell under the spell of what we were hearing.
After a minute, I realized that Art's guest was Gordon Cooper, one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts (the one played by Dennis Quaid in The Right Stuff). People were calling in and asking him questions like whether he would have liked to go to the moon. You might not be surprised to hear that the answer was "Yes…?"
But then another guy called in, someone who Gordo actually knew. Or at least the guy thought Gordo did:
Caller: "I've e-mailed you several times under the name Spacemonkey[something]@aol.com?"
Original Mercury 7 Astronaut Gordon Cooper: "..."
The caller's question, this being the Art Bell show, was what Gordon Cooper, as a veteran of the space program and a man who had actually been into actual space, could tell him about aliens and UFOs. Because clearly he must have been fully briefed on who might meet out there, right?
Unfortunately, Cooper didn't have much to say. So naturally Spacemonkey took his silence on the matter as being government-mandated and therefore proof of aliens and UFOs.
I hope Spacey saw that story this week. Somewhere, he's probably smiling. And furiously firing off e-mails to a retired pilot in Miami. posted by M. Giant 2:02 PM 1 comments
Oh man, I haven't thought about the Art Bell show in ages!