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Thursday, January 01, 2004

Of little girls and E equals mc2

Iíve had it since I was a little girl. I try not to let it show. A few people have seen it in me. Very few. And, I think I can finally admit it in public. Iím demented. Not totally demented. Just a little. On this day, January 1, 2004, I just discovered where my dementedness came from. I got it from Rod Serling. Iíve been watching the SciFi Channelís Twilight Zone marathon off and on all day today.

I canít believe my parents actually let me watch these shows all those years ago. I was so impressionable. And so young. We had a swivel chair in the living room when I was a kid. Swivel chairs were real popular in the 60's. Well, they were in our house. Whenever the Twilight Zone came on TV, Iíd hunker down real low in the swivel chair facing the TV and take it all in Ė for future reference.

Iím reading through the episode guide trying to find my favorite show. The one Iíve thought about every night when I go to bed since I first saw it. And, itís not there. Now Iím beginning to wonder if it was really an episode or maybe I really lived it. [insert really scary organ music here]

Posted by Marie at January 1, 2004 8:59 PM


Great minds must think alike, Marie. I *love* the Twilight Zone and have many fond memories watching it in my youth. As a kid I even collected Twilight Zone short story books although I no longer have them. I caught a few of the repeats yesterday. ("Willoughby... next stop Willoughby.") One of my most vivid childhood memories is sitting in my living room watching this one episode. The whole thing takes place in a hospital room. Throughout the episode you hear doctors talking about whether their latest operation on a patient was a success. You quickly get the idea that they had performed cosmetic surgery on a hideously deformed patient. Being a kid, I didn't pick up on the fact that at no point during the episode do you see anyone's face. They slowly take off the bandages of the patient and right at the very end the doctor yells "Still no change!" as he turns around to face the camera. Of course he was the hideously deformed one and the patient was a beautiful woman. Well, the whole thing scared me so bad I ran from the room. It took me a few minutes to gather enough courage to go back in and turn off the TV. So which is your favorite episode? The William Shatner one with the gremlin on the wing of his airplane? The "Room for one more honey" episode? The one where the dying father makes his 3 ungrateful children where masks that mold their faces into grotesque charicatures?" There Are Monsters Living On Maple Street? The one where Burgess Meredith survives a nuclear explosion and thinks it's a good thing because now he can read books undisturbed (until he breaks his glasses)? Thanks for the memories.

Posted by: Kem White at January 2, 2004 1:18 PM

I have really never considered myself demented, but if watching the Twilight Zone causes it, I must be. I think I saw all of the episodes. Another show I watched in that time period I think was called Intersanctum. But the most disturbing show I watched in the 60s was the movie Psycho. I will never what happened following that show. I was in college and the dorm I lived had large community showers on each wing of the dorm. I am taking a shower that night and the lights went off in the shower. There was a translucent window on one side of the shower. With the outside lights coming in the window I saw a silhouette of a person with long hair carrying what looked light a long kitchen knife. My heart almost stopped. Then the lights came on and there was my roommate with a mop on his head and a cardboard knife in his hand. I almost killed him for that stunt. As soon as I got up off the floor, that is.

Posted by: Don at January 2, 2004 9:57 PM

Kem, is the hospital room episode the one where all the "normal" people have pig-like faces? To see that as a kid, was pretty devastating. All the others you mentioned are at the top of my list. I love the show with Burgess Meredith. Another favorite was the one with Telly Savalas where his step-daughter gets a talking doll. The talking doll threatens to kill Telly, and of course, his wife doesn't believe him... until the doll kills him, and then threatens her too. Of course, as a little girl I also had a talking doll. You can imagine the fun we had in my house with that one.

The show I was trying to think of may not have been a Twilight Zone episode. It may have been an Outer Limits or InnerSanctum (which Don just reminded me of). I'll have to get back to that one later.

Don, I love Psycho. Of course, I love all the Alfred Hitchcock shows. Whenever I see "The Birds" I still get f freaked out. The morning after we watched it, my mom opened the front door to get the paper and a bird flew into our house. Needless to say, we had a lot of fun with that one too.

Posted by: Marie at January 2, 2004 10:47 PM

Ooh, that's right! I remember that one! Telly Savalas was bald but hadn't adopted his trademark shaved head yet. I have to believe that being a young girl with a talking doll that episode in particular would freak you out. And the doctors and nurses in the episode that freaked me out all had weird pig faces. I was completely stupid and never thougtht that *they* were the deformed ones. So when that big, ol' pig face suddenly was staring me right in the face I lost it.

Posted by: Kem White at January 3, 2004 8:53 AM

Favorite episode

Burgess Meredith and the end of the world when he breaks his glasses ...

Posted by: GeeTee at January 6, 2004 3:08 PM