Roswell 1947 page twenty-two


Roswell 1947 page twenty-two

Narrator: Floyd positioned himself behind the palm tree in the entrance to the tavern. He slowly started shuffling towards Jane’s table a few inches at a time. After approximately ten minutes Floyd was close enough to hear the conversation between Jane and Dennis.

Nurse Jane: It was just horrible Dennis. Dr. Kildare told me to go to operating room number six. When I went in I saw three surgeons crowded around the operating table. I didn’t recognize any of them. I think they were all from The Mayo Clinic. I also remember two photographers in the room. One was taking still pictures and the other camera man was using a sixteen millimeter camera. At first my view of the operating table was blocked by the surgeons, but I was almost overcome by the nauseating foul odor present in the room.

Dennis: Was it anything like the smell in the boys’ locker room at Roswell High after a big pork and beans supper? After a basketball game I mean, when they’re all hot and sweaty?

Jane: You mean the odor of gas combined with sweat? That bites! No, not quite as bad as that. More like the restroom at Moe’s Garage.

Dennis: Moe’s? Wow, that is bad. My stomach’s feeling queasy just thinking about it.

Jane: That’s exactly what happened to me. I was only in the operating room for a few minutes before I had to run to the washroom to vomit. But before I did, one of the doctors moved out of the way and I caught a glimpse of the wretched creature lying on the operating table.

Dennis: Creature? What kind of creature? Why would they treat an animal in a hospital for people?

Jane: It wasn’t an animal or even a human being for that matter. It was short with a large gray head and enormous eyes. The surgeons had already cut open the creature’s skin and were taking out its organs. You know what was really weird, Dennis? I didn’t see any blood coming out of the creature.

Dennis: Wow!

Jane: The doctors told me that this was a top secret medical procedure and that I was never to tell anyone what I saw. They told me that if I ever did no one would ever see me or hear from me again.

Dennis: This is unbelievable! Did you say that the creature was short?

Jane: Oh yes, it would have been maybe three or four feet tall at best.

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The Best of the Rolling Stones (part three)


The Best of the Rolling Stones (part three)

 

As mentioned previously my two favorite Rolling Stones albums are December’s Children and Flowers. The third best Stones record in my opinion is Aftermath. This was the first album that really featured the writing talents of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Their previous records had favored a lot of cover songs. By the time Aftermath was released Jagger and Richards had matured as songwriters. What really make this a great record, however, is the contributions of Brian Jones. Jones had the ability to pick up virtually any musical instrument and be able to play it well within an hour. This included instruments such as marimbas, the dulcimer and the flute. Brian quickly mastered the sitar and his playing of it on Paint It, Black truly made this a classic track. Lady Jane featured Jones on dulcimer, and Jones played marimbas on Under My Thumb. One must also give credit to Ian Stewart for his superb piano playing on several tracks included on Aftermath.

The Best of the Rolling Stones (part two)


The Best of the Stones (part two)

The icing on the cake for the December’s Children album is the inclusion of two live tracks, Route 66 and I’m Movin’ On. At this time live concert tracks were relatively rare. These two tracks added some grit and grunge to this eclectic album.
My second album selection would be Flowers. Flowers is another patched together US release. Like its predecessor, December’s Children, Flowers turned out to be a gem. Some of the best Rolling Stones single releases are included on this album. These include, Lady Jane, Have You Seen Your Mother Baby, Standing in the Shadows and the pastoral masterpiece Ruby Tuesday. This album makes very evident the musicianship of Brian Jones. Brian plays the flute on Ruby Tuesday and dulcimer on Lady Jane. With these two tracks the Rolling Stones had greatly expanded the artistry of what is termed rock music. One of my favorite cuts on Flowers is My Girl, the Smoky Robinson and the Miracles cover.

Roswell 1947 The Opening Acts


Roswell 1947 by Ken David Stewart page one

Act One Scene One:

Narrator: As our play opens a group of old men are sitting on rocking chairs outside the Roswell General Store. It’s getting late in the evening and the temperature is dropping rapidly. The men are suddenly startled by an unusual sight in the sky.

Dewey: What the heck is that? Look at the sky.

Buford: I don’t know. It looks like a silver disc with bright flashing lights.

Clem: It’s losing elevation real fast.

Dewey: I can’t see it any more. It’s disappeared behind yonder hill.

Narrator: In a few seconds the men heard a loud crash that sounded like thunder. The crash seemed to have come from behind the hill. As they heard the sound the sky lit up like a huge orange yellow flame.

Act One Scene Two:

Narrator: We are now at the ranch of Mick Russell. His ranch is not far from the city of Roswell. It is five AM and Mick is suddenly stirred from a sound sleep by the noise created by his animals.

Mick: Those damn animals! It’s too early for them to be up. I better go out and check what the commotion is all about.

Narrator: Mac sleepily puts on his jeans and a tee shirt and walks down the hall toward his son’s bedroom.

Mick: Rob, get up. The animals are all freaked out about something.

Rob: Ah come on Dad. I was up until three in the morning partying.

Mick: That’s tough. Put on your clothes and come help your dad.

Rob: All right I’m coming. Don’t get your shirt in a knot.

Narrator: As soon as Mick and Rob walk about one hundred yards out into the field they find out what rattled the animals.

Act One SceneTwo(cont.) page two

Mick- What the heck? Look at all those shiny pieces of metal.

Rob: Yeah, there must be hundreds of jagged pieces. The glare off the sun is almost blinding.

Mick: Where do you think all this metal came from?

Rob: It looks like something very large crashed here last night.

Mick: It’s that damn Air Force base. They’re always testing some top secret stuff over there.

Narrator: Rob picks up a few of the metal pieces and starts to examine them.

Rob: This stuff is weird Dad. It’s giving me the creeps. It’s so flexible it’s unreal. Look Dad I can roll a piece of this metal up until a ball and it straightens itself right out again.

Narrator: Mick moves closer to Rob to take a closer look.

Mick: Look at the strange marking on this piece.

Rob: It looks like Egyptian hieroglyphics or something?

Mick: You’re talking way over my head son. I only went up to grade eight. Don’t worry though. Let’s put some of this stuff in a bag. I’ll take it to the sheriff tomorrow and see what he makes of it. Then I’m going to ask him who’s going to clean up this mess on my ranch.

Rob: I forgot to tell you Dad. Last night we were sitting outside Dwight’s place drinking beer when we saw this amazing flash of bright orange light in the sky. Then, kaboom! We heard this deafening crash.

Mick: What you guys probably heard and saw was the light show from the Pink Floyd concert. They were playing in Albuquerque last night.

Rob: Dad, this is 1947! Rock and roll hasn’t even been invented yet.

Mick: Oh yeah, you’re right.

Narrator: Mick climbs into his old rusted pick up truck and heads for town. While he’s driving Rob turns on the radio and they start listening to Rick Black morning show.

Roswell 1947Act One Scene Two(cont.) page three

Rick Black: Good morning Roswell. I just got a call from Buford, one of the old guys we always see outside the General Store. They said something about seeing some weird bright lights in the sky last night. Dewey said something about a loud crash behind a hill.

Dwight Miller (Rick’s co-host): Well, Rick we all know how those good ole boys like to sit around and tell each other stories. Let’s face it. They don’t have much else to do to pass the time. I mean how many Carter’s Little Liver pills can you take in a day?

Rick: Right, and how many times can you rub Ben Gay on your old, decrepit aching joints? But all the same, Buford sounded awful scared on the phone.

Dwight: Yeah, and let’s not forget that secret base the Air Force has way out in the desert

Rick: Area 51 you mean. Yeah I‘ve been hearing all kinds of rumors about weird experiments that they do there.

Act One Scene Three:

Narrator: After approximately a half hour’s ride Mick Russell arrives at the Sheriff’s Office in the town of Roswell. He walks in and asks if he can speak to Sheriff Elmer Pyle.

Sheriff Pyle: Howdy Mick? What you got in that bag there?

Mick: That’s the thing. I don’t know. That’s why I’m bringing it to you. All I know is that my ranch is covered with this stuff.

Narrator: Mick empties the bag on the sheriff’s desk.

Sheriff Pyle: Wow, you weren’t kidding Mick. This stuff is weird. It looks and feels mighty creepy.

Narrator: The phone on the sheriff’s desk rings loudly.

Clem: Elmer? It’s Clem. Me and the boys saw a bright object shaped sorta like a triangle. It disappeared from our sight and crashed somewhere beyond the hills.

Sheriff Pyle: Thanks for the information Clem. It may be a coincidence or it may have some connection to what I’m looking at right now. I’m going to call Colonel Marshall at the Air Force base right now. This might be something he needs to know about.

Narrator: The sheriff hangs up the phone and then immediately phones the Air Force base.

Act One Scene Three page four

Roswell 1947Act One Scene Two(cont.) page three

Rick Black: Good morning Roswell. I just got a call from Buford, one of the old guys we always see outside the General Store. They said something about seeing some weird bright lights in the sky last night. Dewey said something about a loud crash behind a hill.

Dwight Miller (Rick’s co-host): Well, Rick we all know how those good ole boys like to sit around and tell each other stories. Let’s face it. They don’t have much else to do to pass the time. I mean how many Carter’s Little Liver pills can you take in a day?

Rick: Right, and how many times can you rub Ben Gay on your old, decrepit aching joints? But all the same, Buford sounded awful scared on the phone.

Dwight: Yeah, and let’s not forget that secret base the Air Force has way out in the desert

Rick: Area 51 you mean. Yeah I‘ve been hearing all kinds of rumors about weird experiments that they do there.

Act One Scene Three:

Narrator: After approximately a half hour’s ride Mick Russell arrives at the Sheriff’s Office in the town of Roswell. He walks in and asks if he can speak to Sheriff Elmer Pyle.

Sheriff Pyle: Howdy Mick? What you got in that bag there?

Mick: That’s the thing. I don’t know. That’s why I’m bringing it to you. All I know is that my ranch is covered with this stuff.

Narrator: Mick empties the bag on the sheriff’s desk.

Sheriff Pyle: Wow, you weren’t kidding Mick. This stuff is weird. It looks and feels mighty creepy.

Narrator: The phone on the sheriff’s desk rings loudly.

Clem: Elmer? It’s Clem. Me and the boys saw a bright object shaped sorta like a triangle. It disappeared from our sight and crashed somewhere beyond the hills.

Sheriff Pyle: Thanks for the information Clem. It may be a coincidence or it may have some connection to what I’m looking at right now. I’m going to call Colonel Marshall at the Air Force base right now. This might be something he needs to know about.

Narrator: The sheriff hangs up the phone and then immediately phones the Air Force base.

Act One Scene Three page four

Roswell 1947Act One Scene Two(cont.) page three

Rick Black: Good morning Roswell. I just got a call from Buford, one of the old guys we always see outside the General Store. They said something about seeing some weird bright lights in the sky last night. Dewey said something about a loud crash behind a hill.

Dwight Miller (Rick’s co-host): Well, Rick we all know how those good ole boys like to sit around and tell each other stories. Let’s face it. They don’t have much else to do to pass the time. I mean how many Carter’s Little Liver pills can you take in a day?

Rick: Right, and how many times can you rub Ben Gay on your old, decrepit aching joints? But all the same, Buford sounded awful scared on the phone.

Dwight: Yeah, and let’s not forget that secret base the Air Force has way out in the desert

Rick: Area 51 you mean. Yeah I‘ve been hearing all kinds of rumors about weird experiments that they do there.

Act One Scene Three:

Narrator: After approximately a half hour’s ride Mick Russell arrives at the Sheriff’s Office in the town of Roswell. He walks in and asks if he can speak to Sheriff Elmer Pyle.

Sheriff Pyle: Howdy Mick? What you got in that bag there?

Mick: That’s the thing. I don’t know. That’s why I’m bringing it to you. All I know is that my ranch is covered with this stuff.

Narrator: Mick empties the bag on the sheriff’s desk.

Sheriff Pyle: Wow, you weren’t kidding Mick. This stuff is weird. It looks and feels mighty creepy.

Narrator: The phone on the sheriff’s desk rings loudly.

Clem: Elmer? It’s Clem. Me and the boys saw a bright object shaped sorta like a triangle. It disappeared from our sight and crashed somewhere beyond the hills.

Sheriff Pyle: Thanks for the information Clem. It may be a coincidence or it may have some connection to what I’m looking at right now. I’m going to call Colonel Marshall at the Air Force base right now. This might be something he needs to know about.

Narrator: The sheriff hangs up the phone and then immediately phones the Air Force base.

Act One Scene Three page four

Sheriff Pyle: Colonel Marshall? This is Sheriff Pyle. Sir, I have some strange metallic material on my desk that you might be interested in. A local rancher just brought a bag of this stuff in today. He reported that a lot more of this stuff is scattered all over his ranch. I also got a phone call about a possible aircraft crash last night and I was wondering if there could be a connection between the two incidents.

Colonel Marshall: That’s interesting sheriff. I’m just checking last night’s log book but there doesn’t appear to be any mention of a possible crashed aircraft. However, our night shift officer told me that he that he got a few phone calls about seeing some strange lights in the sky last night. I’ll tell you what I plan to do. I’m going to send our crashed aircraft specialist, Major Jesse Ventura out to have a look at this guy’s ranch. There’s a Cold War going on and I want to know if the Soviets are flying their aircraft over our base to spy on us. Thanks for the heads up Sheriff Pyle.

Act Two Scene One:

Narrator: About thirty miles northwest of Corona New Mexico an archeology professor and four of his students are out in the desert looking for dinosaur bones.

Michael (student): Professor, some harsh reflecting light is right in my eyes.

Professor Stone: It’s probably coming from that silver object embedded in the hill about 50 yards away.

Robert (student) Can we go see what it is sir?

Professor Stone: Of course, it looks like some type of aircraft that’s crashed. We need to check if any passengers are injured.

Narrator: The professor and his young charges jog out to the hill.

Act Two Scene One (cont.) page five

Chris (student): Wow what a weird looking aircraft. It’s shaped like a triangle.

Howard (student): This is getting too creepy for me, man. Let’s get out of here.

Professor Stone: Not until we check for injured passengers. Howie, if you ever want to make it as an archeologist you can’t keep wimping out like this.

Howard: Sorry sir, I forgot about my civic duty.

Professor Stone: It’s okay son. We all have our weak moments.

Michael (student): Over here guys. Check out what’s on the other side of this craft.

Chris: I don’t believe it. There’s two little men in silver suits just outside the craft.

Professor Stone: I’m not so sure they’re human. Look at their unusually large heads and tiny bodies.

Howard: Whatever they are they’re not doing too good right now. I can’t get a pulse on either one of these guys.

Michael: We probably can’t help those two but let’s see if there’s anyone still inside the craft.

Narrator: Robert pries open the door of the cockpit with a crow bar. When he looks inside he sees two little creatures slumped in their seats. Chris gives one of the strange creatures in the silver suit a shake.

Chris: This little guy’s as dead as the two outside the space craft.

Howie: Not this one though. His arm is trembling.

Robert: Howie’s right He’s still alive but he’s struggling to breathe.

Narrator: It isn’t long before a fire truck and an ambulance arrive from behind the hill. A firefighter and a paramedic get out of their vehicles.

Otis: You were right Frank. It’s a plane crash alright.

Frank: Wow what a mess. Hi boys. Did you find any survivors?

Professor Stone: There appears to be only one survivor. Robert and Howie are trying to get him out of the cockpit.

Act Two Scene Two (cont.) page six

Chris: Wow! Two trained professionals to the rescue.

Act Two Scene Two (cont.) page six

Otis: Well we’re not real firefighters and paramedics. We’re only volunteers. The mayor is too cheap to hire professionals.

Frank: don’t worry boys. Otis, here, is real good with a fire hose. And me I watch E.R. on tv all the time. I should also mention that I passed grade ten biology before I dropped out of high school.

Howie: Well, that’s good enough credentials for me. Can you guys do anything for the little guy here? He’s having a real hard time breathing.

Otis: Woah! This guy’s weird! What the heck is he?

Professor: I’ll give you my professional opinion at a later time. This poor creature requires medical attention immediately.

Frank: I’ll go get the oxygen tank out of the ambulance.

Otis: Frank, while you’re there I put some Jack Daniels in the glove compartment. A shot or two might relieve the creature’s pain.

Narrator: The alien gratefully takes the oxygen mask and starts taking some deep breaths. After the space creature can breathe on his own Otis and Frank both grab an arm and help him walk to the ambulance. Just as they are opening the door for the alien a military jeep drives right up to them. A five star general gets out of the jeep.

General Kane: Hold it right there boys. Turn your patient over to me.

Frank: Sir, this creature needs to see a doctor immediately. Otis and me are going to take him over to the Roswell Hospital.

General Kane: What! Are you boys hard of hearing? This creature is now the property of the US Air Force.

Professor Stone: Now hold on General. This poor creature is not your prisoner. It needs immediate medical attention.

General Kane: Is that so? I recognize you. You’re that professor I saw on the Discovery Channel last night. You’re the old geezer who was out hunting for dinosaur bones. Now listen up egghead. You and your students didn’t see anything unusual out here today. You saw nothing and you heard nothing. In fact, as far as you’re concerned, today never happened. If you people tell anyone about the crashed spacecraft or these aliens, they’ll be looking for your bones in the desert. Do I make myself clear?

Act Three Scene One (cont.) page eight

Dusty: It could be one of those flying saucers I keep hearing about on the radio.

Floyd: Buddy, you better get to the radio station right quick and tell them your story. Them radio people would probably pay you real good for an interview.

Mick: Thanks for the tip Floyd. I sure could use the money about now. My old truck needs a lot of repairs. I’ll be on my way to the radio station. Say ‘hi’ to Aunt Bee for me.

Act Three Scene Two:

Narrator: Mick rushes right into the control room at the radio station. The two dee jays, Rick and Dwight are still on the air.

Mick: Do you guys want to see proof of what those old guys at the general store were talking about?

Rick: listeners we will be right back after a message from our sponsors.

Narrator: As Rick and Dwight take off their headphones Mick dumps the bag full of shiny metallic objects all over their desk.

Rick: What’s this stuff Mick?

Mick: It’s pieces of a flying saucer that landed on my ranch last night.

Dwight: Rick this is the scoop of the century!

Rick: I know and we’ll be the broadcasters who first broke the story.

Dwight: Rick we’ll end up on the Larry King Show!

Rick: Eassssy!!!

Rick: Welcome back loyal listeners. we’ve got a very special guest on today’s show, rancher Mick Russell.

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Dwight: That’s right. Mick has an amazing story to tell us. Tell us what you found on your ranch last night Mick.

Mick: Well I think one of them flying saucers crashed on my ranch last night. I just dumped a bag of its metal pieces on Rick and Dwight’s dask.

Narrator: Just as Mac starts telling his story General Kane turns up the radio in his jeep.

General Kane: What’s he talking about? Private, get this jeep to the radio station on the double! We’ve got to shut this cowboy up before he starts a national panic.

Private Enns: Don’t worry sir. I’ll have us there in a flash.

Act Three Scene Three

Narrator: While Rick and Dwight are interviewing Mick Russell General Kane smashes the glass window in the control room. Private Enns kicks in the door.

Rick: What’s the meaning of this! We’re on the air.

Narrator: Ignoring the two radio broadcasters General Kane and Private Enns grab Mick by the arms and escort him out of the radio station. Next they throw Mick into the back of an army truck they picked up on their way to the station.

Rick: I would just like to let the people of Roswell, New Mexico know that our guest, Mick Russell has just been hauled out of our control room by two military officers. I thought we had freedom of speech in this country.

Dwight: Yes, loyal listeners this is indeed a sad day for the American people.

Narrator: Private Enns locks the door of the army truck shut. Mick is sitting in the pitch black dark near the back of the truck. Mick can’t see anyone but he hears labored breathing and deep moaning as if someone is in terrible pain.

Mick: Who’s in here? Man, it smells awful in here. I feel like I’m going to puke.

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Narrator: After a long bumpy ride the army truck stops in front of The Roswell Hospital. Private Enns unlocks the door and helps Mick out of the back of the truck. Mick is trembling and is drenched in perspiration.

Mick: What are you guys doing to me?

General Kane: Shut up Russell. Enns, I’m taking the surviving alien into the hospital. You bring Russell in. I’ll get some of the orderlies to carry in the dead aliens.

Narrator: Mick turns around and sees the live alien getting hooked up to an oxygen mask.

Mick: Who the heck is that? Am I in some kind of horror movie?

Narrator: General Kane pushes through the hospital doors while helping the live alien inside. Private Enns is right behind him with Mick in handcuffs.

General Kane: Nurse! Give Mr. Russell a shot of grade A horse tranquilizer. He’s having a real bad day and I want him to take a nap. And call some orderlies. I need them to unload some bodies from our army truck.

Nurse Carrie: Aye aye General.

Narrator: Nurse Carrie calls for some orderlies over the intercom. As the orderlies arrive Nurse Carrie gives them their instructions. She tells Mick to lower his trousers and then gives him a needle in the buttocks. Within a few seconds Mick slumps to the floor. Two orderlies lift Mick onto a stretcher.

General Kane: Orderlies, stick this man in a storage room. After I take care of business here I’m taking him back to the Air Force base for interrogation.

Narrator: While all this commotion is going on in the reception room a doctor passes by and sees the live alien slumped in a chair and taking deep breaths off an oxygen mask.

Act Three Scene Three (cont.): page eleven

The Third Reich


The Third Reich

Last night I watched a two DVD set from the History Channel called The Third Reich. This documentary relates to the rise and fall of The Nazi regime in Germany. This DVD set proves that history is anything but dry and boring. This is a difficult video to watch. It even includes a viewer discretion advisory. I found myself becoming very drawn in by this video the same way I might be by watching a very enthralling fictional movie. As The Third Reich is a two disc set I planned on only watching disc one last night. However, I was so fascinated by the first disc that I just had to watch disc two immediately after it. As I have stated before, real life is much more horrific than fiction and this historical documentary proves the point.

Keep on learning my friends,
Ken David Stewart

The Best of The Rolling Stones (part one)


The Best of the Rolling Stones (part one)

The question that occurred to me was, ”If I could only take three Rolling Stones albums with me to a desert island, which three would they be?” My first choice is easy, “December’s Children”. This is my all time favorite Rolling Stones album. I can still recall when I first heard it. I was at a friend’s house and his older brother had just purchased it. Ironically, this was a spliced together US album version. It contained tracks from the UK version of “Out of our Heads” with a couple of recent singles thrown in. It also contains a couple of tracks from the EP “Got Live If You Want It.” I don’t know how much thought was put into the track selections or the track order on the original record. Whether it was by considered choice or not, it makes for a kick ass album. The first track, “She Said Yeah” starts with Keith’s or possibly Brian’s, slashing guitar chords. This gets the album off to a rocking start. This set also includes two of the Stones finest single releases. “Get Off of My Cloud” and “As Tears Go By.” “Cloud” is one of my favorite Rolling Stones singles. I love Charlie’s drum rolls and for some odd reason I see the color orange every time I hear this song. “As Tears Go By” was first recorded by Marianne Faithful. Many people thought that it was the Stones answer to The Beatles recording, “Yesterday.” What the two songs have in common is that they both use a string section. I have to admit that there seemed to be a relation between what the Beatles released and what the Stones followed with a few months later. For example the Stones followed “Sargent Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” with “Their Satanic Majesties Request.”