June 30, 1991 |
Although it's still a year away, the 500th anniversary celebration of Christopher Columbus's myth-shattering voyage is shrouded in controversy. One group in particular has a bone to pick with the captain they blame for instigating one of history's greatest lies. They are the International Flat Earth Society. Headquartered in Lancaster, the society has 3,500 members across the, er, plane, dedicated to furthering the "fact" that Earth is "Flat, Level, a PlaneWorld."
January 25, 1988 |
When the big windstorm cleared the skies last week, I saw my chance to find out once and for all whether the Earth is round or flat. Recently I had expressed my belief that the Earth is round, but a reader, Jack Findlater, asked why I had never questioned that belief as I have so many others. I agreed I could not prove the Earth was round. My belief was based on faith. "So it's easy for me to reject the notion that it's flat. . . ."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1991
The article, "O.C. Teacher Files $5-Million Evolution Suit" (Oct. 1), has given me a great idea. First, I secure a job teaching geography in the Capistrano Unified School District. Never mind that my college degree is not in geography--the district let a PE major teach biology. Of course, in teaching geography, I cannot in good conscience teach the "theory" that the Earth is round without giving equal time to a competing theory that it is flat. I admit I share the philosophical beliefs of the Flat Earth Society, but I assure you my philosophical beliefs will not be forced upon my students.
October 11, 1992 |
The man is right. The Earth is flat. This corner of the Earth anyway--a moonscape of scrubby desert and gnarly trees that has just sprung up rather disconcertingly around my quasi-antique Toyota. The man who gave me the directions said he lived in Lancaster, which, to my understanding, has the requisite number of fast-food joints to qualify as civilization and its discontents. But this place is to beautiful downtown Lancaster as the Solomon Islands are to the Continent.