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The Outer Limits (ABC 1963 - 1965)
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Eadie
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2020 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My English teacher says it is from one of Charles Dickens' speeches.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2020 9:29 pm    Post subject: Thanks For Reply with quote

Thanks for asking your English teacher, Eadie.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2020 1:05 am    Post subject: My Previous Net Posts . . . Reply with quote

One of my previous pen names was, should I reveal it, like Forry did on the Music For Robots 33 & 1/3 rpm record album?

Well, I did post to one message board as Wade Norton, the Drifter of the "Guests" episode of OL.

Do any of you ALL SCI-FI members recall a message board named, Outer Limits Cafe?

I think that's the correct name.

That board later moved to another hosted site, but the old board stayed around for a long time after the move, and I lost contact with that particular group.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2020 4:07 am    Post subject: Fun With Acronyms Reply with quote

scotpens wrote:
The classic episode "O.B.I.T.", which deals with omnipresent surveillance, loss of privacy and addictive voyeurism, is more relevant now than when it was first shown more than 50 years ago. Except back then, it was considered science fiction!


As I've mentioned elsewhere, Outer Limits writers had a lot of fun with changing innocuous old sayings into very sinister sayings.

Along with the Control Voice, which as a joke on the idea that people could be controlled by subliminal voices on the soundtracks of television, the writers also had a lot of fun with acronyms. I've noted that often times acronyms are not chance occurrences of initials for words that form a word, but words that are chosen first and the letters of those words fixed to say things that form the word. OBIT is a really great acronym, the letters standing for Outer Band Individuated Teletracer.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:01 am    Post subject: Re: Fun With Acronyms Reply with quote

filmdetective wrote:
I've noted that often times acronyms are not chance occurrences of initials for words that form a word, but words that are chosen first and the letters of those words fixed to say things that form the word.

That's what's known as a "backronym." Other examples include SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion; UNCLE (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement; and SHADO (Supreme Headquarters, Alien Defence Organisation).*

*I kept the British spellings because it was a British show!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:36 am    Post subject: BARUMP-BUMP! Reply with quote

BARUMP-BUMP!

Scotpens, many thanks for adding a new word to my vocabulary.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 06, 2021 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"O.B.I.T." was first broadcast on November 4, 1963. Written by Meyer Dolinsky and directed by Gerd Oswald.

"I'm very much in love with freedom," said Meyer Dolinsky. "But I'm also concerned that we do have restraints against extreme totalitarianism. The political focus of 'O.B.I.T.' is all mine; it's a reverse on the H.U.A.C (House UnAmerican Activities Committee) thing. These people, far from helping a free society, are really its worst enemy, in the sense they breed so much hostility and fear that they curiously accomplish the very thing they are trying to prevent. Witch-hunting is the wrong way to go about it."

Meyer's fears certainly reflects the former POTUS, 'Don the Con', and his followers to this day...not to mention the majority of the GOP.

This episode of the series was one of their more prescient ones ever produced.

We've all read articles and seen segments on television about just how intrusive the government of the U.S. is in regards to snooping on its citizens with today's state-of-the-art eavesdropping technology.

I recall seeing a news segment that revealed the operation called Eschalon(sp?) that involved the government listening into citizens private phone calls.

"People with nothing to hide have nothing to fear from OBIT" Lomax claims. Because we can trust those in power to do the right thing and never abuse their office?
Anyone care to take a close look at the history of any nation who makes such promises? It ain't pretty.

Originally, Dolinsky established the OBIT machines all across the globe in his script. In order to cut costs that concept was eliminated.

Dolinsky wrote that an X-ray type of camera that could see through buildings was to be the invasive machinery for this piece.

However, the network wanted to see a monstrous machine (the requisite 'Bear' that ABC insisted upon for each episode); and so one was created.

In this case I thought that the network wanting a fearsome looking contraption to spy on individuals was on the money.
The OBIT monitor & console are cool looking and make for a menacing presence.

The Wah Chang~sculpted OBIT mask would turn up in an episode of The Munsters (1964~1966) titled "If A Martian Answers" from January 21, 1965.

The OBIT console would later become the center of the worldwide communications network used by Mr. Waverly (Leo. G. Carroll) on The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (1964~1968)

Ironically, esteemed actor and teacher Jeff Corey who played Byron Lomax was blacklisted in the 1950s. I'd love to have known what his thoughts were regarding the subject matter of this classic episode?
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