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]
November 6, 2009 |
The vogue for veritÃ© spooks continues with "The Fourth Kind," but unlike the understated stylistic rigor of the first-person-fashioned "Paranormal Activity," this alien abduction showpiece about unexplained events in Nome, Alaska, doth protest its bona fides too much. Presented as a cinematic re-creation of traumatic, mysterious occurrences -- suicides, stalking owls, demonic-sounding recordings -- surrounding sleep-deprived patients of psychologist Abigail Tyler (Milla Jovovich)
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
May 23, 1986 |
You really ought to go see Rebecca's. It's at 2025 Pacific Ave. in Veni(213) 306-6266)--and it doesn't look like any restaurant you've ever seen before. Walk through the door and you enter a mad world where crocodiles crawl through the air, an octopus exercises his tentacles as he hangs from the ceiling and a private dining room (with walls made of onyx) hovers over the bar like a UFO coming in for a landing.
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.