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A visit to ‘The Twilight Zone’

I occasionally manage to stay awake for late-night “Twilight Zone” reruns. If you’re looking for a Rod Serling fix this week, look no further than the National Press Club, where a panel of former senators and representatives is holding a faux congressional hearing on UFOs, extra-terrestrials and an alleged cover-up of same by the U.S. government.

As my colleague Guy Kovner reported, former Rep. Lynn Woolsey of Petaluma is among the six politicians pocketing $20,000 each to preside over this hunt for flying saucers, Martians, Wookies and the government’s secret X-Files.

You have to hunt a little to find any press coverage – hey, there wouldn’t be any mystery if we all had a “Men in Black” surveillance system showing the location of every alien on Earth – but it’s worth the search.

Josh Richman, writing in the San Jose Mercury, has the best lead so far: Lynn Woolsey, phone home.

This headline appeared in the Guardian: Only little green men at National Press Club are dead presidents on $20,000 honorariums paid to committee members

For a full account, here’s a link to a Yahoo News report. If you don’t want to read the whole thing (sorry, there is no optional mind-meld edition), you get a pretty good picture from this passage:

After the morning session the group broke for lunch, and I met a man wearing a copper forehead headband with a crystal piece atop a silver coin. He told me in no uncertain terms that he was born more than 1,800 years ago beneath the surface of the Earth in a subterranean city where several million people live near Mount Shasta in California.

All humans, he said, are aliens from other constellations.

“You’re from Pleiades,” the man, who called himself Zaraya, told me.

“How do you know that? Do I look like someone from Pleiades?” I asked.

“No, I just know your essence,” he said.

As Rod Serling once said, “Imagination … its limits are only those of the mind itself.”

– Jim Sweeney


5 Responses to “A visit to ‘The Twilight Zone’”

  1. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    I wonder what was on the menu when the group broke for lunch. They may have served Mannerschnitzel, Texas Chili with Cowboy, Irish Stew, Arabian Tomato & Infidel Soup, German Meat Pie, or perhaps a nice Mulligatawny of Man. After all, those former senators and representatives would tell you, the purpose of their careers was To Serve Man.

    “Or more simply stated, the evolution of man. The cycle of going from dust to dessert. The metamorphosis from being the ruler of a planet to an ingredient in someone’s soup. It’s tonight’s bill of fare from The Twilight Zone.”


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  2. MOCKINGBIRD says:

    Mike Sweeney-cool movie if you want to laugh it’s so bad. I was thinking more of “Independence Day”. But slime and aliens from space seem to go together in a lot of movies. It’s the yuck factor.

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  3. michael koepf says:

    In Invasion of the Body Snatchers pod people take over the bodies of others making them devoid of emotion, reason and all sense of individuality. Could there be a parallel here with political correctness, an alien invasion that infects innocent minds that’s designed to take over America? Okay, Woolsey’s cover is blown, but there must be more: in congress, in the media, in that vaunted house on Pennsylvania Avenue? Pod people proliferate faster than we think. Editor Sweeney, please, for your own sake and survival, look around your office and avoid silent, bug-eyed groups of co-workers huddled about the water cooler. Signed, Just Your Average Paranoid.

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  4. Jim Sweeney says:

    Octopi? I’m flashing back on “Plan 9 from Outer Space.”

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  5. MOCKINGBIRD says:

    I think this is so much fun. Some are crazies but many are out just having a really good time. I’m waiting for the Woolsey bashers to come and give me a bunch of thumbs down, but I’m envious that she gets to be on the panel. I’d do it for nothing just for the entertainment value.

    I’ve always liked science fiction. Read all the old “masters” and some of the new. It’s all fun. If aliens are indeed watching us let’s hope they didn’t “seed” this planet to be a eden because they will be totally disgusted with what we are doing to it. They might even let octopi take over (for some reason scifi movies love tentacles and slime for their aliens). Octopi are pretty smart and they don’t need opposable thumbs to manipulate their environment for their own use.

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