Buzz Lloyd: [after being asked by Stone what he saw when a psychologist held up a blank sheet of paper during his astronaut acceptance boards] I saw a field covered with snow. And underneath was new oats. Then the snow melted and the field turned to green. But the psychologist said I was all wrong, it was just a blank sheet of paper.
Clayton Stone: He took you anyway?
Buzz Lloyd: Yeah, I guess they made a mistake.
Clayton Stone: No, no, they don't make mistakes.
Buzz Lloyd: That's right, I forgot. They don't make mistakes do they? [the entire crew begins to laugh at the irony].
Marooned (1969) (with Gene Hackman as “Buzz Lloyd”, Richard Crenna as “Jim Pruett” and James Franciscus as “Clayton Stone” (from IMDb database here).
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Star Trek Meets Fatal Attraction
Of course, they never make mistakes. Still, you do gotta wonder a little sometimes, such as after reading about US Navy Captain and NASA Astronaut Lisa Nowak’s mad drive from Houston to Orlando in diapers to confront a romantic rival, armed with a BB-gun, mace, a wig, a mallet and rubber tubing.
A (married) Navy captain and Naval Academy graduate, in a sordid love triangle, possibly charged with attempted murder ? My God: Star Trek meets Fatal Attraction. I wonder if her shuttle flight had any rabbit experiments?
They let this woman fly in space shuttles that go supersonic? Glad she didn't decide her love life sucked on re-entry.
The only thing more surreal than this whole sad business is likely to be the aftermath. Legal/TV circus to rival O.J.'s, book deals, Oprah, Star, Enquirer, Lifetime Movie, here we come.
ADDENDUM: Don't miss Spook 86's post on this subject, "The Wrong Stuff" over at In From the Cold.