[For my friend bobby1933, who remembers when the lamps were smashed out all over Europe.]
… It is no good using hard words among friends about the past, and
reproaching one another for what cannot be recalled. It is the future, not
the past, that demands our earnest and anxious thought. We must recognize
that the Parliamentary democracies and liberal, peaceful forces have
everywhere sustained a defeat which leaves them weaker, morally and
physically, to cope with dangers which have vastly grown. But the cause of
freedom has in it a recuperative power and virtue which can draw from
misfortune new hope and new strength…
- W Churchill, 1874 - 1955
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“We have nothing to hide, and have many achievements we wish to share with
“The war ended a long time ago. We're asking that you give us the chance
to show you how sincere we are, in wanting to bring the Cold War to a close
too. The Führer wants only peace, and friendship.
“Isn't that what everyone wants?”
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Tolling for the nameless, nailed up on the crooked cross
An’ we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing…
- B Dylan
* Sigrid & Marina are both married. Ask me how I know that: Their dirndl skirts are tied at the left side. Were they tied at the center, they'd be schoolgirls; at the right, single and potentially available. [Tied at the back, they're waitresses.]
My paleontologist friend John says,
“As a fan of all things dinosaur-related, one of the things that has always intrigued me is why nobody has made a movie of Xenozoic Tales by Mark Schultz… .[It] definitely deserves to be a live-action movie in one form or another…”
So, let us summon our chronosynclastic infundibulum and send it spinning like a time tornado among the various worlds of If. Ah, here we are…
( A few false starts )
So - what did moviegoers see, there in what Forrest J Ackerman called, “The Realm of Unwrought Things,” the world where films got made that in our reality never did, or never got far?
The best way - the only way, really - to show what might have been, is to show what was: What Joe Johnston and Bill Campbell (and James Horner) did with the title that WAS picked, the film that WAS made…
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Bad marketing (and bad timing) sank this at the box office, though it has picked up a cult following since and there are even rumors that Disney will try again with yet another “reboot” project.
But I'd like to see Touchstone Pictures' Cadillacs and Dinosaurs (1991), just to see how it turned out.
“July 20, 1948 - the National Council on Astronautics, or NCA, has been brought into being.”
“For the eyes of the entire world now look into space - to the realms of low and high Earth orbit, to the Moon, to Mars and the other planets - and to the stars beyond.
“And we have determined that we shall not see any of it governed by the hostile flag of a repressive regime, but by a flag of freedom, peace, and of boundless enterprise born of exploration for the sake of all mankind…”
The problem is, the Spanish fracas started about one month after he'd put a bullet through his head. But the Italian invasion of Ethiopia was a going thing, and he might have gone there. (That would actually be more plausible; he'd be sent instead of the Hugh Jeego types who couldn't be bothered with such piffle.)
That would have changed the course of his life, and I seriously doubt he'd have died when (and how) he did.