November 21, 2002
The Leonid meteor storm was a total bust! I was in the desert just outside the city of Palm Springs from 1:30 to 4 a.m. Tuesday expecting to see the light show of the century (up to 6,000 shooting stars in one hour). All I could see were a bright moon, three fluttering bats, one flying owl, a possible UFO and one wimpy shooting star. I am definitely canceling my star party in the year 2098, when the next Leonid meteor storm hits the Earth. Rick Schreiner Pasadena
April 3, 2014 |
As the found-footage horror genre reaches the please-lose-it-again point, "Alien Abduction" arrives to remind us how tedious the camping trip set-up has become as well. Taking the notorious "ghost lights" above North Carolina's Brown Mountain as its inspiration, the movie purports to be Air Force-leaked footage from an 11-year-old autistic boy's camcorder of how things went horribly wrong for his family on a weekend nature outing. (Considering some of the eye-level shots, he must be a very tall 11-year-old.)
June 27, 2012 |
A poll has found that President Obama has a commanding lead over Mitt Romney on an issue that neither candidate has addressed with even a single policy speech: how they would handle an alien invasion. National Geographic Channel found that nearly 65% of Americans surveyed said they believed that Obama was better able to handle an alien onslaught than the Republican presidential candidate. And no, that's not the kind of alien from another country. It's the green kind, with fangs and tentacles and maybe some slime dripping from its beak-like jaws.
October 16, 1999
I was nonplused and shocked at F. Kathleen Foley's mean-spirited, dismissive take on my play "Stolen Time" ("E.T.-Themed 'Time': Hilarity, Call Home," Oct. 8). Rarely is a play dismissed so cavalierly in The Times. Claiming the stage is set for "high hilarity," Foley apparently fails to recognize that "Stolen Time" is both a comedy and a drama, a fact that other reviewers were clear about. The play is not simply a "high-concept" romp at a UFO conference that appeals to "the lunatic fringe."
June 28, 1992
Like any sect of true believers, the promulgators of satanism paranoia deal in faith, not fact. Like the alternate universe of UFO buffs, the "defenders of the faith" feed not from truth but from tracts handed out by itinerate fundamentalist preachers and others who make a living reprinting baseless "facts" about this so-called widespread activity. It is obvious, in the wake of the McMartin debacle, that children can and do lie, particularly when prompted by well-meaning, wrong-headed adults.
July 8, 2012 |
If you believe the government, 65 years ago today a UFO totally didn't crash at Roswell, N.M., and spawn a massive cover-up, because aliens totally aren't real. Maybe not. But a tantalizing controversy dates from way back then. On July 8, 1947, the Dallas field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation sent a teletype message saying that the Air Force had recovered “an object purporting to be a flying disc ... near Roswell, N.M. The disc is hexagonal in shape and was suspended from a ballon [sic]