Pioneer cover

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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Zager And Evans – In The Year 2525

An evening pause: How about a pop classic from 1969? This song epitomizes the passionate, sometimes over-wrought cultural atmosphere of the 1960s quite nicely.

Hat tip Wayne DeVette.


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  • Robert Pratt

    Recorded in a now defunct studio in Big Spring, Texas.

  • Robert Pratt

    I take that back, it was down the road in Odessa at Tommy Allsup’s place. Not what you’d expect out of West Texas.

  • Localfluff

    Great music. But extremist socialist environmentalist propaganda about how humanity must be exterminated.

  • wayne

    Robert Pratt- interesting stuff!
    -What is that large object they are standing next to in the video? (almost looks like a huge meteorite…)

    LocalFluff- yeah… huge amounts of otherwise good music from the late 60’s & early 70’s, >>unfortunately produced by largely anti-American leftists. (Interestingly however, they always enforce their Copyright-rights, especially when it involves collecting their royalty checks.)
    Just always remember–
    “Soylent Green, is People”

  • PeterF

    I don’t think that is a meteorite, I think it is “art”.
    Somebody once said (probably Howie Carr) “You can always identify a government building by the large ugly “artwork” out front.”
    I would assume the glass and steel erector set behind them is the Department of Motor Vehicles, or maybe the brand-new (in 1965) WELFARE office. How ironic…

  • Localfluff

    Yeah, like when Glenn Beck, in his fifties, finally discovered that Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA isn’t patriotic. Glenn’s got a great intellect. He just doesn’t know how to use it.

    The funny thing is that the socialists don’t play the guitar in the Soviet Union, China, North Korea. Does anyone here collect records from the 1970s Soviet Union?

  • Localfluff

    The Soviet Union fell largely because of radio waves from the West. People in East Germany lived with West German culture, in contrast to their poor everyday life at home. Romanians have told me that Dallas, the soap opera with JR Ewing as a kind of proto-Trump, destroyed their morale in the 1980s. A show of so much wealth while their domestic radio spammed them with “ads” about how good the food shortage is for their dieting.

  • wayne

    –superior American food production!–
    Wendy’s Commercial –
    Soviet Fashion Show

  • Laurie

    Wayne: Funny! Hey, what’s old (fashion) may yet be new again … long before 2525.


  • wayne

    excellent observation!
    Those buildings definitely have that “we-spent-all-the-money, and we built this,” feel to them. My bet, in descending order; government, educational, futuristic business-park, setting. (What IS that “sculpture” thing? I’d be more impressed if it was a giant Meteor!
    (Has that background feel of the movie “Scanners,” or “Logans Run,” –if I recall anywhere near correctly–Logan’s Run used some futuristic Water Reclamation Plant outside of LA & Scanner’s used a futuristic Mall/business-park, in Canada.)

    LocalFluff– I get all my approved radio communications from Laika The Space Dog at ThePeoplesCube dot com. (since 1957…)

    This requires the obligatory tangential Star Trek reference–
    “Clintons to star in 2016 remake of The Menagerie”

  • Joe

    Building reminds me of the ministry of love.

  • PeterF

    I’ve got Logan’s run on DVD and as I recall the production notes said it was a water reclamation plant. The waterfall steps in the final scene look a lot like a structure in Seattle though.

  • Wayne

    glad you got a chuckle out of that Wendy’s commercial!

    yeah! that as well. (not as ominous looking but definitely has that English-socialism bent.)
    [Good news Komrade’s, “the chocolate ration has been increased to 25 grams per week.”]

    thanks. Logan’s Run–one of the few movies I like that I don’t have on DVD.
    This video also has a definite flavor of the backgrounds for “Halt and Catch Fire,” and if we take Robert Pratt’s factoids into account— maybe it’s Texas…
    They also have that “H-P Engineer” look going on as well. With all due respect to HP engineers, I sincerely love my HP technology! (except for the whole calculator-button fiasco in the early 80’s.)

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