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From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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October 2, 2020 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

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  • Max

    I was surprised to hear you on coast-to-coast at 2:30 in the “Open line Friday” morning. I had turned it off when George nori started interviewing his call screener. It was refreshing to hear a familiar voice, probably saving the show from being a waste of time.
    I wish he can have you on more often, science and logic is far more entertaining and useful.
    A face on Mars might be titillating, but the pictures of mars in high resolution are fascinating! And if you look closely you can make out hundreds of familiar objects and faces from the rock formations in every picture. There was even one I could swear the craters formed a sculpture/ replica of Mickey Mouse.
    Pattern recognition is extremely useful but don’t let your imagination get carried away… Unless you’re doing an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie in a Alien pyramid on Mars :-)

  • Max: If you want me on C2C more often, you need to let them know. I think they have contact info on their website for this purpose.

  • Alex Gregorewsky

    Art Bell was weirdly and mildly entertaining, although near the end he seemed off the rails just a bit, but not a big fan of Noory. I DO, however, very much enjoy the Batchelor show.

  • wayne

    Star Trek –
    All Our Yesterdays –
    S3 E23
    “time is running out…”

  • Max

    Alex, I agree that Art Bell was unusual and going off the rails towards the end of his career. (I would turn the radio to Larry king every time he started talking about the “quickening” which drove me nuts and became a nightly experience)

    He was one radio host that I loved to hate. I mostly agree with his politics, love to hear the stories of his experience with Air America, the smuggling of G.I. children from Vietnam and living in Japan for 10 years… I love the sci-fi nature of many of his off-the-wall guests… But I very much dislike his rising of emotion over reality especially when it comes to the religion of global warming which he was part of. I would often call him to argue with him. (Most people didn’t know this, but when his studio was in his home, you could call the online number during the day and he would answer it and talk to you off the air)(I could also listen to his amateur conversations on short wave radio)

    I started shift work of 10 years of graveyard during the early 90s when Art Bell was driving from Pahrump (in the kingdom of Nye) past area 51 to “K-dawn” radio in a casino in Las Vegas to do his show 4 hours a night and weekends. His show consisted of a variety of news followed by interviewing the callers and letting them debate each other about current events, politics (or whatever) on the wild card lines. He never had a call screener. He even took “fast blast” short comments on the site “grassy Knoll” during AOL DialUp days…

    When he said UV rays were making sheep blind in Australia because of the ozone hole, I pointed out that the hole is parallel to the sun and UV rays can’t pass down through it without a mirror in space… and then it would have to follow the curve of the earth the hit Australia during the night. (unless you can make the UV rays do a U-turn and go backwards during the day and hit Australia from two different angles)
    I would try to use logic on every heart felt faith based lie that he believed that we were destroying the planet. Even the book he cowrote and turned into a movie was pure fiction.

    I think his back pain (which later led to his accidental death) and the stress of his son, living with his first wife in California, being kidnapped was too much. His wife Ramona suddenly died and he moved to the Philippines soon after starting a new life giving George nori his radio show. I do miss him… And I still want a piece of “Charlie liberal Southern California”, conservative nightmare, liberal Sue, Madman Markham, Mel of Mel’s hole, Bugs the Bigfoot killer, Pavo, Bob from Idaho (who is still around) and even newcomer JC Who would yell and scream at Art Bell calling him the “Devils toe jam”

    Yes, you could probably say I was a fan. Until Art Bell’s death, I thought of George nori as a temporary fill-in…

  • Jay

    Thanks for the drive through memory lane via the Kingdom of Nye. Mel’s Hole outside of Ellensburg WA., that was a joke just like the underground submarine tunnels from Idaho National Engineering Labs to the ocean. How many times have I heard guys from nuke school say that one.

    I was able to keep awake for the late night/early morning drives to the airport with Coast2Coast AM.

    Yes, Art was a Ham and used to hang out on 3.840 MHz. Now that frequency is infested with radio jammers that sound like the Howard Stern show with people yelling at each other and playing music.

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