Don Jackson, February 20 2013
Former host of one of Canada's most popular radio shows spanning three decades.
Author, broadcaster, storyteller.
In Stephen King’s book, ‘The Tommyknockers’, something is buried deep in the ground in a quiet little New England village. It’s been there for millions of years. It is causing people to display all kinds of negative characteristics, mass hysteria and violent behavior. In the end, [SPOILER ALERT] we find that is an ancient UFO that visited the Earth long ago. The characters in the novel eventually discover that the beings were anything but benign. These were not the same group of aliens that Jodie Foster came into ‘Contact’ with after her journey in the Machine through a wormhole. They bore no resemblance to the aliens in ‘Independence Day’ or Mel Gibson’s film, ‘Signs’ directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Stephen King’s characters were the equivalent of the ‘bullies’ of the galaxy.
For decades now, Seth Shostak and his researchers at ‘SETI’ have been monitoring the heavens for any sign of intelligent radio signals from distant stars. He has used multiple arrays of radio telescopes in his attempt to hear the ‘whispers between the stars’. As yet, we haven’t received a message wrapped in grainy, black-and-white film clips from TV’s distant past.
SETI is the ‘Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence’. For a time, they were asking the general public to help in the search for these signals with their home PCs. Information was available at their website.
Some time back, I watched a TV documentary on ‘Discovery’ that took deep space images from the Hubble and put all the data into some of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. Scientists were of a belief that all the galaxies in the universe were somehow connected. Their beliefs were confirmed in the digital image that appeared in the documentary. The galaxies appear to form a large stalk with branches at the top. It makes even the most hardened skeptic wonder about ‘Intelligent Design’.
Mention of these blockbuster summer movies, books and hit TV series:Will Smith’s, ‘Independence Day’, Mel Gibson ‘Signs’, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ‘Total Recall’, and Jodie Foster’s ‘Contact’.
‘Contact’ by Carl Sagan published in 1985 by Simon & Schuster. ISBN: 0-671-43400-4
‘The ‘Tommyknockers’ by Stephen King
published in 1987 by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, New York.
Lewis Thomas and Robinson Jeffers
featured in ‘The Best Of Nature Quotations’, edited by Dalton Exley, published
simultaneously in 1995 by Exley Publications in Great Britain, and Exley Giftbooks in the USA.
TV Series on DVD
‘Star Trek’, ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’, and ‘Star Trek: Voyager’. Most complete seasons are available, some digitally enhanced.
Mention of Steve Jobs and the Apple ‘iPhone’, ‘iPad’, and ‘Android’ devices.
Mention of NASA’s space shuttle, ‘Enterprise’.
Cmdr. Chris Hadfield can be followed at: @cmdr_hadfield
William Shatner can be followed at: @williamshatner
Brent Spiner can be followed at: @brentspiner
Seth Shostak can be followed at: @sethshostak
Don Jackson can be followed at: @LOSDonJackson
I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing - Aerosmith
Drive My Soul - Lights
Drops Of Jupiter - Train
Set Fire To The Rain - Adele
Have You Ever Been in Love? - Celine Dion
Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart - Alicia Keys
Keeping The Dream Alive - Freiheit
If I Die Young - The Band Perry
My Immortal - Evanescence
The Riddle - Five For Fighting
I’m Already There - Lonestar
Cry - Faith Hill
Here Without You - 3 Doors Down
From A Distance - Bette Midler
All You Need Is Love - The Beatles