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A RICHARD MATHESON TRIBUTE STORY

English: American science fiction author Richa...
English: American science fiction author Richard Matheson. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Richard Matheson has left us, and more’s the pity, for he gave us so much.  This is not even a full list of his “Number 1 hits”, let alone of his full body of work:

Film: for Roger Corman, he converted Edgar Allen Poe’s gripping prose into the silver-tongued speeches of Vincent Price villainy; The Masque of the Red Death is lurid and comical.  He turned a regular guy into The Incredible Shrinking Man; unleashed a world of vampires upon the anti-hero lead of I Am Legend (that actors as different as Price, Charlton Heston, and Will Smith have portrayed Neville speaks volumes about how malleable, and mythic, that story has been).  He launched grieving men on otherworldly searches for love, in the distant past (Bid Time Return, filmed as Somewhere In Time) or in the Afterlife (What Dreams May Come);

Television: He dreamed up, for The Twilight Zone, the “toy aliens” who invaded a farm house, a World War I pilot whisked to 1960, the gremlin on the wing of that airliner, etc.  He is “to blame” for the transporter accident that split Star Trek‘s Captain Kirk into warring “angel” and “devil” twins.  He let loose a demented, never-seen (and possibly, supernatural) trucker to besiege Dennis Weaver’s terrified motorist, in Duel.  He sent Kolchak, the Night Stalker on his first monster hunts.  He influenced Stephen King; The X-Files even named a UFO-seeking senator after him.

He was also kind and generous towards his fans; for instance, he once sent out a friendly, and helpful, reply to an awkward letter I had written to him, seeking professional advice from a Grand Master.  Besides possessing such epic talent, he was reputed to be quite an excellent person, too, which suggests that those are not mutually exclusive traits, after all (take that, “divas” everywhere!). He is Legend, all right.

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THE STORY ABOUT “THOSE NAMES” FOR THINGS

Blog Post #2 – rough draft:

Tired of putting in simple searches? Try going on a “Hero’s Quest” instead, and cue the soaring music, as the credits roll! Dividing the various from the sundry into categories is “filing-cabinet territory”… I re-branded it “Inner Space”, because then it’s like we’re exploring underwater.  I almost left the “Work” bit in peace, till I liked the sound of Wares” better. Most self-respecting calendars track “The Sun and the Moon”... which sounds like it came from a children’s book (wrote this on a  Wednesday… just GO with it –)

Which is a phrase concerning motion, yes, I know. Perhaps I have to be someplace. Where was I?  Right.  My deal is: Anybody can just pick the widgets that this wizard gizmo provides, use the standard names for each, and go to town (well, not literally, as that would require… some sort of… motion… toward a town – that again), but of course, I just had to be difficult, because when you’re adept at something, you…

The point is: I could have just taken the standard “bells and whistles” one sticks on one of these pages, and run with them.  (Third time with a “traveling” metaphor!  They get it already, man.)  I should make this a lot easier to navigate, if nothing else.  I gave that all due consideration, and I decided: “NAH! Boring. Middle Management stuff. Plenty of that to go around already.”  Figured if I could liven up the place, it would…  be livelier.  Like putting a potted plant in your office, to make the place feel more like you’re at home, that type of thing.