On Wednesday, October 29, 1969 Charley Kline and Professor Leonard Kleinrock were preparing to connect to the Stanford Research Institute’s Scientific Data Systems 940 Host computer. If the connection didn’t crap out, the first message would have been ‘login’. Instead, FORT-uitously, only the letters L-O were sent before the connection crashed. Lo! being Charles Fort’s third book covering anomalous phenomena, causing no end of grief for scientists ignoring damned data.
An interesting resonance with a darker day exactly 40 years before, when the stock market collapsed and precipitated the Great Depression. Maybe, just maybe, those two characters were entangled in time, forcing those tickertapes to choke when analog data met digital data, facilitating Black Tuesday.
Also born on this day, in the banner year of 1947, is Richard Dreyfuss. You know, the guy who sculpted the Devil’s Tower out of mashed potatoes in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The film’s director, Steven Spielberg, is no stranger when it comes to aliens in mainstream media with E.T. the Extraterrestrial, *batteries Not Included, Amazing Stories, his remake of War of the Worlds featuring Scientology’s prophet Tom Cruise, and producing J.J. Abrams’s Super 8.
Of interest is CEO3K being a shot-for-shot remake of his earlier opus Firelight. Don’t believe me? See for yourself.
What inspired Spielberg to reach for the stars? His father Arnold dragged Steven out of bed one night to watch a meteor shower over New Jersey. That’s the year when Frank Feschino claims a meteor crashed on September 12, 1952, connected to dozens of USAF jets being shot down by flying saucers.
On that day, the Flatwoods Monster was first sighted in West Virginia. A close encounter of the third kind. One extraterrestrial, lost and alone in the woods. Whomever ran across this poor soul may have shouted “Lo!”