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itslarryagain
every time I hear Ed Dames talking about "remote sensing" Steve Fosset,
I really want to call in and ask him why in the hell he ain't found him on his own...

He's back...
kev_dawg
...but only for one night. Art will have Graham Hancock on Friday's show

After Dark Back Issues
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stardigan
I just wanted to let everyone know that I am selling some back issues of the After Dark newsletter.

Here is the link if you are interested!

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harkalark
Hey everyone...

I've temporarily joined this community because I'm hoping that some of you might be able to help me with a book I'm writing. It's a book about vampires, and in it, lots of people in a city disappear as they're killed by the vampires (some of them become vampires themselves, but the majority of victims just have their bodies hidden). The police don't really know what's going on, nor does the general public, and the news media don't want to commit to anything other than very vague speculation. The reader knows that it's all due to the vampires' activity, though, but there's plenty of denial to go around in the narrative.

What I would like to do is include a minor character who thinks that the disappearances are due to alien abductions and/or some kind of government cover-up. He's wrong, of course, but this is his perspective based on what he knows and believes. The problem I'm running into is that this story takes place in the mid-1980s. If it were to take place today, this character could be someone who reads all sorts of alien-related websites and is on conspiracy theory based listservs and such, but that stuff wasn't around back then. When I came up with the character, I thought he might be a listener of Art Bell's radio show, but my research into Art Bell revealed that he didn't start doing the paranormal stuff he's now known for until 1995. So that's out. In a way, this character is kind of like Fox Mulder from The X-Files, but a lot less cool. (If my story took place in the 1990s, he'd be a fan of the show.) He's an average, ordinary guy with interesting beliefs and theories, but no one wants to listen to him because they think he's too weird.

So my main question is this: How did people like the guy I'm describing exist back in the 1980s? Belief in UFOs and aliens dates back way before this, and I know that people who were into this stuff must have had some way to communicate and perpetuate their beliefs at the time. Were there newsletters? Conventions? I don't want this character to be a goofy stereotype with a tin-foil hait; I want him to be realistic. Was the Fortean Times around during this time? Would that be appropriate to mention? Were there maybe other radio shows at the time that this guy could have been a fan of?

I'd appreciate any insight any of you could provide on this. As I said, this is a minor character in the book, and I'd like to include him if I can write him correctly. Thanks!

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asukamisu
Does anyone know the name of the song that Art Bell used to close his show when he would end the show from the high desert? I thought it was called Good Night From the Desert, but that doesn't seem to be it. Anyone know?


Thanks.


Also, it's sad that Art Bell is retiring (again), but glad to hear him happy again after Ramona.

Art's retirement
kev_dawg
I kinda had the feeling that this was going to happen. It could eventually turn into a cry wolf syndrome, but I think that this is truly the last that we've heard from him because he's been through a lot in the last year and a half--after all, Art told all of us that suicide was on his mind and was damn near close from doing it. And even with the Woody Allenesque situation, raising yet another kid at his age is no small task.

so, art's retiring...again
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flaquita
i guess it was inevitable, but art is retiring -- again.
i would imagine that this time it's for good.
i wonder who will take over the weekend shift. hopefully not ian putzwit.

sigh.

George
phraktalsnipe
OK, i've been too hard on George..

When he first got on board, I fully supported him - because he had some big shoes to fill -and I had high hopes. Plus, you know - he seems like a nice guy ;)

As time went on, certain .. aspects of his interview style began to grate on my nerves and I found myself back peddling a bit, even getting INFURIATED at some of the comments or questions he aiming at guests.

A few nights ago it finally dawned on me.

George's strength is in conspiracy/political issues. It's that simple.

When the subject matter is supernatural/paranormal, he's just a regular guy with a regular guy's opinion (ie, not an "expert" as we've come to know Art to be, in these matters). And I suppose a bit of jealousy on my part ("I could ask better questions than that! Why isn't he bringing up the blah blah blah or referencing the blah blah blah?").

But when he has a guest on where the focus is anything but ghosts/hauntings/esp/paranormal activity/etc - specifically when the issues are political, historical, war related, etc - George *really* does shine.

I still think he drops the angels and shadow-people bombs a bit much ;) but otherwise i've come full circle and think he's doing a good job. A GREAT job with the conspiracy/war/politics stuff.

I just wanted to say that out loud, because i'm guilty of bashing him in here in the past ;)

JC on Friday
weirdoradio
Food pornographers?

George is definitely in on this one, folks. There's no way he isn't. Great way for his show to get some publicity, I think. Last night's demonstration definitely re-affirmed my belief in that.

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itslarryagain
my fork didn't bend...

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