War of the Worlds

War of the Worlds - 1953 movie trailerBy Judy Berman

It was the night before Halloween. A play on the radio rattled listeners and made headlines around the nation.

My Mom, who was 16 then, listened intently to the 1938 radio broadcast on Orson Welles’ Mercury Theater on the Air. The program on the Columbia Broadcasting System began at 8 p.m.

There were frequent interruptions. Among the first was a bulletin announcing that a huge shock “of almost earthquake intensity” happened near Princeton, New Jersey.

Orson Welles, who played astronomer Professor Richard Pierson at Princeton Observatory, speculated that it might be a meteorite.

The next break in the programming was another bulletin – more alarming than the first.

“It is reported that, at 8:50 p.m., a huge, flaming object, believed to be a meteorite, fell on a farm in the neighborhood of Grovers Hill, New Jersey, 22 miles from Trenton.”

My brother, Hank, and I grew up on these stories. Mom told us about the reactions to the broadcast that night on October 30th. She said what followed shocked many around the nation. People were in fear and panicking. They were calling police trying to find out what was going on.

What they were hearing on the radio was Welles’ adaptation of H. G. Wells, “War of the Worlds,” about an invasion by Martians on Earth. Many mistook it for the real thing.

Those who began listening after it began missed time references that leaped 2 hours in the play during a span of 30 minutes in real time.

Professor Pierson (Welles): “It’s estimated that, in the last 2 hours, that 3 million people have moved out along the roads to the north … communication with Jersey Shore was closed 10 minutes ago. No more defense. Our Army is wiped out … This may be the last broadcast. We’ll stay here to the end.”

War of the Worlds - illustration2 - tripod

As someone who grew up listening to old-time radio shows like Orson Welles on “The Shadow Knows,” it’s easy for me to see how people were so riveted to their radios and taken in by the “news bulletins.”

“They rise like a line of new towers on the city’s west side,” Professor Pierson (Welles) says of the aliens who he says are crossing the river.

Then, in a dramatic gasp, just before the “professor” collapses, he tells listeners that the aliens are “100 yards away.”

Not buying the metal hands of the robotic intruders?

We’d like to think that people today are savvier. Perhaps, they’d start Googling Snopes, or some other rumor-checking website, to see if it was true. We might not be taken in by a “Mars invasion,” but many of us today have been duped in other ways via the electronic and social media.

About 39 minutes into the program, the station broke in for the first time. Orson Welles announced that this was a Mercury on the Air broadcast of “War of the Worlds.”

“I’m obsessed by the thought that I may be the last living man on Earth,” the professor states matter-of-factly.

War of the Worlds - Amazing Stories - 1927

At this point, I’m sure the listeners were looking around the room at each other and scratching their heads, saying … “Wait a minute.”

At the end, Orson Welles offers an apology of sorts. He told listeners that this was a holiday offering. It was Mercury Theater’s “own radio version of dressing up in a sheet and jumping out of a bush and saying ‘Boo!’ ”

“We couldn’t soap all your windows and steal all of your garden gates by tomorrow night. So we did the best next thing: We annihilated the world before your very ears and utterly destroyed CBS. You’ll be relieved, I hope, to learn that we didn’t mean it and that both institutions are still open for business.”

He closed with this cautionary tale: “Remember … the terrible lesson you learned tonight. That grinning, glowing, globular invader of your living room is an inhabitant of the pumpkin patch. If your doorbell rings and nobody’s there … that was no Martian. It’s Halloween.”

And all you have to fear is running out of treats and the pranksters who love to play tricks. Boo!

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Video: “War of the Worlds” movie trailer (2005) with Tom Cruise http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYGWG2_PB_Q 

Main Photo: “War of the Worlds” – trailer – cropped screenshot (1953) – Paramount Pictures  http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/bc/The_War_of_the_Worlds_%281953%29_trailer_1.jpg/616px-The_War_of_the_Worlds_%281953%29_trailer_1.jpg

Video: a clip of Orson Welles and “War of the Worlds” on bio.True story. http://www.biography.com/people/orson-welles-9527363/videos/orson-welles-war-of-the-worlds-2217395283

Radio broadcast – The War of the Worlds was an episode of the American radio drama anthology series Mercury Theatre on the Air. It was performed as a Halloween episode of the series on October 30, 1938, and aired over the Columbia Broadcasting System radio network. Directed and narrated by actor and future filmmaker Orson Welles, the episode was an adaptation of H. G. Wells’s novel “The War of the Worlds.”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6YNHq1qc44 

Illustration: War of the Worlds – tripod – Alien tripod illustration by Alvim Corréa, from the 1906 French edition of H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds”. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5a/War-of-the-worlds-tripod.jpg

Illustration: War of the Worlds – The August 1927 cover of “Amazing Stories” magazine depicts H. G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds” http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/4e/Amazing_Stories_1927_08.jpg/450px-Amazing_Stories_1927_08.jpg

Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park returns to a time 'When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth'

Jurassic Park returns to a time ‘When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth’

By Judy Berman

An unseen menace terrorizes a tiny island off Costa Rica.

It’s the premier attraction in a new theme park – Jurassic Park – that will feature living dinosaurs. The dinosaurs are the main event in this Steven Spielberg movie (the first one released in 1993 is now in theaters in 3D).

But there is much more to this film. Spielberg’s “basic ideas are family values, illumination and flight,” said Douglas Brode, author of “The Films of Steven Spielberg” and film professor at Syracuse University.

At night, as workers maneuver a crate near the gates, the creature inside attempts to escape and kills one of the workers as they try to contain it.

The dark side of greed emerges when Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight) gleefully embraces a satchel filled with money. In return, he’s to steal dinosaur embryos from the park and turn them over to his boss’s competitor.

Miners in the Dominican Republic find golden amber that appears to be lit from within. One holds it up for us to admire. We see a mosquito from antiquity that once sucked a dinosaur’s blood.

When that blood is extracted, scientists at John Hammond’s (Richard Attenborough) lab use the DNA to create animals that roamed the earth millions of years ago. Tyrannosaurus rex (T-rex) and Velociraptor are among the park’s deadly predators.

After that fatal attack, Hammond persuades two scientists – paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and his girlfriend, Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) – to visit and endorse his park. If they do, Hammond says he’ll then get approval to open. Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), a chaos theorist, and an attorney, Donald Gennaro (Martin Ferrero), join them.

They gasp in amazement when they first see gentle plant-eating dinosaurs, Brachiosaurus, roam the park. Dr. Grant says dinosaurs are distant relatives of birds – not reptiles – and later wonders when they learned to fly.

But they’re concerned about the living biological attractions.

”Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they did not stop to think if they should,” Dr. Malcolm tells Hammond.

The T-rex in museums are scary enough.

The T-rex in a museum is scary enough.

Hammond tries to reassure them. He sends Grant, Sattler, Malcolm and Gennaro off with his two grandchildren, Lex and Tim, to tour the park in a computer-controlled Ford Explorer.

The tour is disappointing. The T-rex and Velociprators are a no-show. The Triceratops is sick, and Sattler stays behind to help the ailing creature. A tropical storm is approaching and the tour cars break down.

Nedry takes advantage of the chaos and deactivates the park’s security system so he can gain access to a secure area and steal the embryos. This also deactivates most of the park’s 10,000-volt electric fences that contain the T-rex. Soon, the stalled tour has an uninvited guest.

“The villainous Nedry loses his glasses (his source of light) at a key moment during his attempted escape. The Dilophosaur that stalks him, at first sight appears to be as harmless as a puppy. … he is unaware of the creature’s killer instincts, and suffers the consequences,” Brode writes in “Spielberg.”

Frustrated, Hammond and Ray Arnold (Samuel L. Jackson) decide to shut down the command center’s whole computer system and then reboot it. This disables the remaining fences and two Velociraptors are now on the loose.

Back on the tour, a sound of thunder as the ground vibrates. Water begins to tremble in glasses on the dash, signaling the T-rex’s approach. The attorney (Gennaro) flees the vehicle and races to a port-a-john, leaving the kids alone.

Lex finds a powerful searchlight and turns it on. This attracts T-rex. He kicks the car over and attacks it. Grant jumps out of the Ford, shouts at the T-rex and throws a flare. Malcolm joins him and yells as he also attempts to divert T-rex away from the children.

T-rex breaks into the port-a-potty and devours the attorney. T-rex returns to the vehicle and knocks it over the ledge. Grant and Lex escape. He tells Lex to hide while he returns for her brother.

She stammers, “He left us,” referring to the attorney.

Grant reassures her that he will be back. Grant rescues Tim. It’s night, and he takes the frightened children up a tree to sleep. When they awake, Lex is startled to see Brachiosaurus grazing nearby, but soon warms to them.

Later, Grant spots recently hatched dinosaur eggs, a reminder of Malcolm’s warning that “life will find a way.” The dinosaurs, who were all supposed to be female, are breeding.

On their return, they evade a Gallimimus stampede. “They’re like a flock of birds evading a predator,” Grant notes, and Tim points out “they’re flocking our way.” A T-rex attacks one of the “herd.”

Malcolm, who was injured in this skirmish, is rescued by Sattler and game warden Robert Muldoon (Bob Peck). The empty car gives them hope that the kids are safe with Grant. Then Malcolm sees the puddle in the T-rex’s footprint vibrating – an impact tremor.

T-rex is returning. They flee in a car with the T-rex in hot pursuit.

The ground trembles as the T-rex returns.

The ground trembles as the T-rex returns.

“Think they’ll have that on the tour,” Dr. Malcolm says sarcastically as they narrowly escape.

No one is safe. Restoring the compound’s power creates hazards of its own. The T-rex and the Veliciraptors invade the compound. The humans – in their ever-dwindling numbers – require outside help in their flight to safety.

What did you think of Steven Spielberg’s original Jurassic Park movies? Will you see the one in 3-D? (I think the original movie does hold up. It’s great to see it on the big screen, but I don’t believe the 3-D version adds anything.)

Movie Trailer – JurassicPark  –  (1993) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bim7RtKXv90

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(link to Jurassic Park 3D movie trailer) http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/jurassic-park/

Photo: Jurassic Park – gate and dinosaur’s shadow http://images5.fanpop.com/image/photos/26900000/Jurassic-Park-wallpaper-jurassic-park-26962232-800-600.jpg

Photo: T-rex, (Tyrannosaurus rex), Palais de la Découverte, Paris, Copyright © 2005 David Monniaux http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d5/Palais_de_la_Decouverte_Tyrannosaurus_rex_p1050040.jpg/594px-Palais_de_la_Decouverte_Tyrannosaurus_rex_p1050040.jpg

Photo: Tyrannosaurus rex (T-rex) footprint, size comparison. Taken at the “Museum of Science” by Chris Kirkman http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e9/Trex_footprint.jpg/399px-Trex_footprint.jpg

The Dark Side of the Moon (Landing)

Some dispute that the U.S. sent a man to the moon. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin is the first man to walk on the moon's surface in 1969

Some dispute that the U.S. sent a man to the moon. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin is the second man to walk on the moon’s surface in 1969

By Judy Berman

Over eight days during July 1969, all eyes were on Apollo 11, when it became the first manned mission to land on the moon.

More than 40 years after this historic event, about 6 percent of Americans still dispute that we ever set foot on the moon. They think it was a plot by the government to generate pride during the space race.

It fulfilled a goal set by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, when he said that we would have a man land on the moon “before this decade is out” and return safely to Earth.

Apollo 11 made its landing on July 20, 1969. Neil Armstrong was the first to walk on the moon on July 21st. Who can ever forget his words as he stepped out on the surface, “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind”?

Yet, Bill Kaysing, considered to be the father of the moon hoax, said the whole event was staged. I interviewed Kaysing in the late 1970s about his book, “We Never Went to the Moon,” when I worked at WOLF-AM, a radio station in Syracuse, New York.

Kaysing, himself, was not an engineer. He was a technical writer for Rocketdyne, a major aerospace contractor. He left that company before Rocketdyne began work on the Apollo project.

And, yet, his story had legs. Some believe, as Kaysing did, that the film footage was taken in the Nevada desert.

I decided to pick an engineer’s brains on this subject: my Dad. He had worked in the space program in Huntsville, Alabama, and later did rocket program work in Nevada.

Dad had an analytical mind and addressed some of the claims in Kaysing’s book. Among them, Kaysing’s claim about the absence of stars when the astronauts were on the lunar surface photography.

Here’s the scoop from the web site science.howstuffworks:

“The light from the sun hitting the surface of the moon is too bright for any camera to capture something in the distance — it would wash out any light coming from distant stars in the sky. Even if you were standing on the surface of the moon yourself, you would have to block the landscape from your vision to see any notable points of light. This happens for the same reason that stars are harder to see in big cities than in wide-open fields — there’s a lot more light bouncing around from street lamps in the city, so the stars are hidden from view.”

Conspiracy theorists also question how the flag could flap with no wind on the moon, and that the photo had to be a hoax. TV’s Mythbusters blew these theories out of the water. (see videos below)

Mythbusters' Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman

Mythbusters’ Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman

Between July 1969 and Dec. 14, 1972, 12 men landed on the moon. The last astronauts arrived on Apollo 17 – Jack Schmitt and Gene Cernan. Cernan was the last to step off the lunar surface and wrote a book, “The Last Man on the Moon,” about America’s race in space.

“Too many years have passed for me to still be the last man to have walked on the Moon. Somewhere on Earth today is the young girl or boy, the possessor of indomitable will and courage, who will lift that dubious honor from me and take us back where we belong,” Cernan wrote.

I just hope it’s real soon.


Video  – National Geographic – NASA’s newly restored video of the very first moonwalks of the Apollo 11 mission in 1969 http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/news/space-technology-news/1969-moonlanding-vin/

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Photo: Buzz Aldrin – Apollo 11 – on the Moon – Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot, walks on the surface of the Moon near the leg of the Lunar Module (LM) “Eagle” during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity (EVA). http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/bb/Aldrin_Apollo_11_%28jha%29.jpg/574px-Aldrin_Apollo_11_%28jha%29.jpg

Photo: Mythbusters, TV program, Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage – Skulls Unlimited Owner, Jay Villemarette and Director of Education, Joey Williams with the Mythbusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman at the Discovery Channel’s Young Scientists Challenge 2004. Photo by Skimsta. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d5/Mythbusters2.jpg

Video Clip and story: The Faked Apollo Landings http://www.ufos-aliens.co.uk/cosmicapollo.html

Mythbusters examine the Moon Landing photo hoax http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wym04J_3Ls0

Mythbusters tackle other moon landing hoaxes http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/mythbusters/videos/moon-hoax.htm

How Stuff Works – addressing the hoax claims about no stars in the photos taken on the moon http://science.howstuffworks.com/moon-landing-hoax1.htm

Area 51, UFOs and Conspiracy Theories

By Judy Berman

Flying saucers have been reported on land and in the air. Are they of our making or from outer space?

The truth is out there. But what it is depends on who and what you believe.

On a lonely stretch of highway about 100 miles north of Las Vegas lies Area 51 – the site connected to the Roswell Incident in early July 1947. Rancher W. W. “Mac” Brazel reported that the wreckage of odd tinfoil-like material was spread over a large area on his property near Corona, New Mexico – about 75 miles from the town of Roswell.  A few witnesses also reported seeing strange bodies.

“The case for Roswell actually started in 1979, when Jesse Marcel, the Army major who played a role in the recovery of the crash debris, started publicly saying how he thought it was an alien spaceship. Until then, Roswell had totally dropped out of UFO history,” states UFO expert Bruce Maccabee in a Dec. 18, 2009, interview in Popular Mechanics.

Off a lonely stretch of highway, Area 51's function is a mystery to many. But some claim to have seen UFOs and aliens near Roswell.

Off a lonely stretch of highway, Area 51’s function is a mystery to many. But some claim to have seen UFOs and aliens near Roswell.

Many believe that a “flying disk” crash-landed here, and alien bodies were removed from the wreckage and are housed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

WDTN-TV producer Darl Day, who has investigated this, reported that one “pretty good explanation” about the Roswell “incident” was the debris came from “a top-secret high-altitude spy project.”

So were there alien bodies? Day’s interview includes some intriguing details. John K. Mosgrove, a dental technician, said while he worked at a Veterans Administration hospital in Dayton, Ohio, (about a 30-minute drive from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base), “he was assigned the task of replicating a strange mandible or lower jawbone, taken from a createure of unknown identity.”

The cast was broken and tosssed into the trash, but Mosgrove retrieved it later and pieced it back together. His conclusion was that it was not human or animal.

“At this point, the weight is still toward the unknown, rather than toward the known. … A lot of these people I’ve talked to are very reliable individuals, and there is something going on. I don’t know what. There’s a lot going on at Wright-Pat. I had sources at Wright-Pat that were pretty reliable who really wanted to get to the bottom of it. Even with their clearances, they couldn’t find anything,” Day said.

What became of those “remains” and the “UFO?” The government said at the time that there were no bodies and that it actually was a weather balloon. UFO believers say it’s a government cover-up.

A couple of weeks before that crash, on June 24, 1947, airplane pilot Kenneth Arnold had a strange experience. “I observed a chain of nine peculiar-looking aircraft flying from north to south at approximately 9,500-foot elevation. … They seemed to hold a definite direction, but rather swerved in and out of the high mountain peaks.

Arnold said they approached Mount Rainier, and he saw their outline against the snow quite plainly. He could not identify what the vehicles were. Arnold compared their motion to “a saucer, if you skip it across the water,” which some later interpreted as a “flying saucer.”

“As I was flying in the direction of this particular ridge, I measured it and found it to be approximately five miles, so I could safely assume that the chain of these saucer-like objects were at least five miles long,” Arnold stated in a memo posted by PROJECT 1947. (PROJECT 1947 is a worldwide effort to document the origins of the modern UFO phenomenon.)

The pilot thought “it was very peculiar that I couldn’t find their tails, but assumed they were some type of jet plane …”

Pilot Kenneth Arnold's drawing of one of the flying disks that he saw in 1947. Officials found him credible, but thought he was mistaken.

Pilot Kenneth Arnold’s drawing of one of the flying disks that he saw in 1947. Officials found him credible, but thought he was mistaken.

Air Force investigators found Arnold to be a credible witness, but concluded that what he “had seen was a mirage, not actual flying ships,” according to history.com

Arnold said: “A number of newsmen and experts suggested that I might have been seeing reflections or even a mirage. This I know to be absolutely false, as I observed these objects not only through the glass of my airplane, but turned my airplane sideways, where I could open my window and observe them with a completely unobstructed view.”

So, what do you think?

There’s no shortage of conspiracy theories. In Part 2: The Dark Side of the Moon (Landing).

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*Main Photo: X-Files – I Want to Believe

*Photo: Extraterrestrial Highway – Nevada Highway 375 is thus designated because of its proximity to Area 51 and its association with UFO spotting. Photo taken by Astronautilus. May 11, 1997. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e0/Extraterrestrial_Highway.jpg/400px-Extraterrestrial_Highway.jpg

Questions for a UFO Expert: Bruce Maccabee on the Real X-Files, Roswell and His Own UFO Sighting http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/aviation/ufo/4304682

*Photo: Pilot Kenneth Arnold – drawing of flying disks – The letter with a drawing of flying saucers or flying disks submitted by pilot Kenneth Arnold to Army Air Force intelligence on July 12, 1947. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d1/Arnold_AAF_drawing.jpg/487px-Arnold_AAF_drawing.jpg

Pilot Kenneth Arnold – Project 1947 – who saw nine strange aircraft in the skies. http://www.project1947.com/fig/ka.htm

Article: Dental technician says “mandible” may be alien http://www.think-aboutit.com/aliens/dental_technician_says_mandible.htm

Video link: Alien Encounters: The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Connection, National Archives and Records Administration – This WDTN-TV Channel 2 Dayton, Ohio, video recording is an investigative look at the Roswell “incident.” Producer Carl Day reports. http://archive.org/details/gov.archives.341-roswell-4

Video: Coverup at Roswell? http://entertainment.msn.com/videopreview2/?channelindex=4&from=en-us_msnhp#/video/e1de114e-6e25-4263-ad1e-dcd277eb007f

The Roswell files – The Truth about Roswell may be “out there,” but it has been shrouded by faulty and conflicting memories, hoaxes – and,  sometimes, deliberate lies. http://www.roswellfiles.com/index.htm

“Unidentified Flying Objects – Project Blue Book” and “The Roswell Incident” http://www.archives.gov/foia/ufos.html

“How Area 51 Works” – Area 51 is the most famous secret military installation in the world. Learn about more Area 51 sightings next.(© HowStuffWorks) http://science.howstuffworks.com/space/aliens-ufos/area-51.htm

The Truth Is Out There

By Judy Berman

The haunting theme music, investigations of UFOs, aliens and the paranormal were the staples of “The X-Files.”

FBI Agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), whose sister had been abducted by aliens, suspected a government cover-up. But his partner, Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), was more skeptical.

Both agents were assigned to investigate unsolved cases referred to as “X-Files.” During the show’s run from 1993 to 2002, the science-fiction TV show moved to the big screen with “The X-Files: Fight the Future” (1998). A sequel followed, “The X-Files: I Want to Believe” (2008).

Now, a third film is being talked about. But the truth is … it’s not certain if it’s out there.

“There is a very active and relentless fan campaign for a last movie. I do feel like it would be a terrible shame if that didn’t happen,” X-Files producer Frank Spotnitz said in an interview with Sciencefiction.com.

Spotnitz said he’s been talking to X-Files creator and executive producer Chris Carter about this possibility for a long time. “It feels wrong not to give it an ending around the alien colonization of Earth. … I have a clear idea of how it would go.”

At times, I could empathize with Mulder. I want to believe. Other times, I’m very much like Scully. I weigh the evidence, am skeptical about “eyewitness sightings.”

Is Earth the only planet in the whole galaxy that contains life? It doesn’t seem logical. We’re trying to contact other galaxies. Could another galaxy be trying to get in touch with us? Have some already visited Earth?

Some scoff at that notion. They dismiss accounts of Unidentified Flying Objects and/or little gray men as coming from yahoos out drinking in a swamp.

Pro-UFO supporters point to the U.S. Air Force’s Project Blue Book, Area 51 and the 1947 Roswell incident as proof of credible UFO sightings and of a government cover-up about research on aliens – extraterrestrials. (Links to these stories are below.)

So it’s no wonder that the show’s slogans, “Trust No One” and “The Truth Is Out There” were embraced by X-Files’ fans. They also were a natural fit for me. I was a reporter during the show’s run. It was a natural instinct for me to question what I was told and not buy into every snake-oil salesman’s smooth-talking pitch.

That’s why I want to reject the idea of the series’ Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis). He’s plotting with extraterrestrials who plan to wipe out human life. He’s evil personified, willing to sell out the public. But at what cost?

If they succeeded, just how safe would his job be? “No cigarettes for you.”

But, whatever the outcome, I do hope there’s a third movie for the rest of us who can’t get enough of the X-Files.


Do you identify more with Fox Mulder or Dana Scully?

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Main photo credit of Fox Mulder (played by David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson)


Photo credit: Fox Mulder’s office in “The X-Files”


“How Area 51 Works”


“Unidentified Flying Objects – Project Blue Book” and “The Roswell Incident”