Feb 052013

The 70’s were just… *weird.* A whole lot of paranormal nonsense… ancient astronauts, psychic powers, Pyramid Power, crystals, Bermuda Triangle, Noah’s Ark,  ghosts… bleah. From a rational standpoint, it was a whole lot of rubbish, right up there with lime-green polyester leisure suits and platforms shoes and white guys with great big Afro-perms. Still, if you’re of a certain age, some of it holds sentimental appeal. Right up front: “In Search Of.” This started out as a few hour-long specials narrated by Rod Serling, leading off with “In Search Of Ancient Astronauts.” I remember this being shown throughout the late 70’s and into the early 80’s, both on TV and on film at various functions for us kiddies. “In Search Of…” then became a regular weekly TV series; Serling was supposed to continue as narrator, but he had the ill manners to die, and so was replaced with Leonard Nimoy. I haven’t seen these shows in about 30 years, and remember them only vaguely, more like half-remembered dreams. I seem to recall that Nimoy creeped me out; I hadn’t seen much Star Trek at the time (remember, this was before DVDs, before Netflix, before YouTube, before cable TV had really made much of a dent in the market… you had three clear broadcast networks, one kinda scratchy PBS station and one UHF station that would come in, if the wind blew the radio waves just right), but apparently I’d seen him enough to associate him with being inhumanly pointy-earred.

So, huzzah! It turns out that the complete “In Search Of” collection has been released on DVD. It’s pretty pricey at $130… pretty good on a dollar-per-minute basis (at 3,600 minutes), but still a chunk of change. So, if a whole bunch of ya order it through this Amazon link, I’ll be able to buy it myself!


 Posted by at 1:07 pm
  • LordJim

    Only $90 on the Canadian Amazon.

  • Cambias

    “In Search Of” was about the last gasp of the relatively sane woo culture, which believed that if they could just get people to study these things, they could be brought into the scientific mainstream and we’d all have psychic powers and Sasquatches in the zoo.

    During the 1980s the whole thing took on a much darker, conspiratorial tone, as the notion that “THEY are covering this up!” became central to all paranormal fandom.

    Not hard to see why, of course: during the 1970s there was a fair amount of real scientific investigation, and it mostly determined that this stuff is bunk. For people unwilling to accept that, the only alternative was to descend into paranoia.

    These older shows are refreshingly optimistic: “Here’s something cool and weird! Let’s go see!” I miss that tone.

  • publiusr

    I miss the 1970s.


    Then 2001 was still the benchmark.

    “Well, maybe we can still have a moonbase if they hurry”