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What was “The Twilight Zone?”

According to my guest tonight, Arlen Schumer–

“Most people think The Twilight Zone was a science-fiction series—of course, it adapted some of the greatest sci-fi short stories of the 20th Century—but it was more than “just” a science-fiction series. People think it was a horror show—and while it had some of the most horri0fic shock endings ever filmed for TV or film, it was more than just horror. It was more than a “fantasy” series, too because its was grounded in a reality for more real and true for its day—and ours.

“In truth, The Twilight Zone was true television art—because it satisfies the definition of art, in that is was of its time, ahead of its time, and timeless. Look at how its episodes dealing with solitude (“The Lonely”), alienation from reality (“Where is Everybody?”), and society turning on itself (“The Monsters are Due on Maple Street,” “The Shelter”) are perfectly in tune with what we’re dealing with right now — with the current global panic over the coronavirus’ leading to sudden globally-shared necessities of “self-quarantining” and “social distancing!”

Join us tonight … for a timely and unique, REAL journey through The Twilight Zone ….

Richard C. Hoagland

Trump Administration Suddenly Announces
Return of American Astronauts to the Moon …
Before End of President Trump’s Second Term!

Find Out “Why” Here:

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The Presidential Briefing


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6- Breath Is Life: The Fascinating History Of The Iron Lung





8- Room full of Iron Lungs, 1950s, polio ward; square-ish one, British “Both” model (that’s his name): others just typical.examples.



9- (L-R) Merriman respirator – for firemen (filtered through charcoal)
Dr. Schnabel (dressed like 14thc. plage doctor) (parody) (1656)
Nealy smoke mask 1877 (filtered through sponges and a bag of water)


10- top: London defiance rally WWII
     lower left:  Japanese anti-biological warfare march (1930s)
     lower right:  Hieronymous Bosch, “Garden of Earthly Delights”, the middle segment of the triptych.


11-  L – classic ventilator
    R – Thunberg Barospirator 



12- (!920) “Gibbs Lung Protector” – filters and an oxygen tank. An obvious ancestor of the aqualung.


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THIS Wednesday, April 1st @ 6:00pm EST
New WEBINAR based on Arlen’s book, The Silver Age of Comic Book Art: 

“Join New York Adventure Club as we explore the Silver Age of comic books, a period between 1956-1970 that introduced hyper-realistic superheroes into real-world settings, blurring the lines between fact and fiction.”




2-  Get yours  Now!  Click  on  Cover



3-  Sound and Vision Cover



4-  VISIONS book Cover



5- TZ 60th PROMO



6- EYE of B 60 promo 






8- ARLEN illos 






10- ADAMS SKETCH cover


11- ARLEN’S TOP 13 TWILIGHT ZONE EPISODES (in chronological order by season):

1. “Where is Everybody?”
2. “Walking Distance”
3. “The Hitch-Hiker”
4. “Mirror Image”
5. “A World of Difference”
6. “The After Hours”
7. “Eye of the Beholder”
8. “Shadow Play”
9. “The Obsolete Man”
10. “Five Characters in Search of an Exit”
11. “The Dummy”
12. “Death Ship”
13. “Number 12 Looks Just Like You”



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1- Very detailed and nuanced commentary from Dr John P.A. Ioannidis He is just about the world’s top expert on the overview and statistical detail of the matter in hand.

Medicine – Stanford Prevention Research Center
He warns that the data on the illness is uncertain in almost every detail and gives possible explanations for the very unusual events being reported from Italy.
He also says that a wrong or panicked reaction could threaten the physical and mental health and even the lives of billions of people.

A MUST See Interview, interesting and detailed as It progresses …

2- Here We Go Again: 9/11, Coronavirus and Another ‘New Pearl Harbor’- by Barbara Honegger

2B- FDR’s Pearl Harbor Speech Draft No. 1 with ‘without warning’ edited out


3-“The Time Element” (1958)
CBS purchased a teleplay in 1958 that writer Rod Serling hoped to produce as the pilot of a weekly anthology series. “The Time Element” marked Serling’s first entry in the field of science fiction.

Plot Line
Several years after the end of World War II, a man named Peter Jenson (William Bendix) visits a psychoanalyst, Dr. Gillespie (Martin Balsam). Jenson tells him about a recurring dream in which he tries to warn people about the “sneak attack” on Pearl Harbor before it happens, but the warnings are disregarded. Jenson believes the events of the dream are real, and each night he travels back to 1941. Dr. Gillespie insists that time travel is impossible given the nature of temporal paradoxes. While on the couch, Jenson falls asleep once again but this time dreams that the Japanese planes shoot and kill him. In Dr. Gillespie’s office, the couch Jenson was lying on is now empty. Dr. Gillespie goes to a bar where he finds Jenson’s picture on the wall. The bartender tells him that Jenson had tended bar there, but he was killed during the Pearl Harbor attack.

William Bendix and Martin Balsam in “The Time Element”

With the “Time Element” script, Serling drafted the fundamental elements that defined the subsequent series: a science-fiction/fantasy theme, opening and closing narration, and an ending with a twist. “The Time Element” was purchased immediately but shelved indefinitely.

This is where things stood when Bert Granet, the new producer for Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, discovered “The Time Element” in CBS’ vaults while searching for an original Serling script to add prestige to his show. “The Time Element” (introduced by Desi Arnaz) debuted on November 24, 1958, to an overwhelmingly delighted audience of television viewers and critics alike. “The humor and sincerity of Mr. Serling’s dialogue made ‘The Time Element’ consistently entertaining,” offered Jack Gould of The New York Times. Over 6,000 letters of praise flooded Granet’s offices. Convinced that a series based on such stories could succeed, CBS again began talks with Serling about the possibilities of producing The Twilight Zone. “Where Is Everybody?” was accepted as the pilot episode and the project was officially announced to the public in early 1959. Other than reruns at the time “The Time Element” was not aired on television again until it was shown as part of a 1996 all-night sneak preview of the new cable channel TVLand. It is available in an Italian DVD boxed set titled Ai confini della realtà – I tesori perduti. The Twilight Zone Season 1 Blu-ray boxed set released on September 14, 2010, offers a remastered high-definition version of the original Desilu Playhouse production as a special feature.[5]

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Arlen Schumer


Arlen Schumer is an award-winning comic book-style illustrator for the advertising and editorial markets, and a member of The Society of Illustrators; an author/designer of coffee-table art books, including Visions from The Twilight Zone and The Silver Age of Comic Book Art, which won the Independent Book Publishers Award for Best Popular Culture Book; and a recognized expert on American popular culture—especially the legendary television series The Twilight Zone and the music of Bruce Springsteen—presenting his VisuaLectures on these and other subjects at universities and cultural institutions across the country and around the world.

"My father died when I was four months old, and my Mom raised my older (by 18 months) brother and me herself. I grew up in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, a great place in the early-mid ‘60s, with equal parts bucolic American suburbia and small-town Rockwellian, pop culture ambiance. I think I ended up finding my surrogate father figures in the pop culture I was surrounded with. 

I now live in Westport, CT.  I’ve been working as an illustrator, graphic designer, writer and lecturer since I graduated from Rhode Island School of Design (majoring in Graphic Design) in 1980."

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Barbara Honegger, M.S., Lawyers’ Committee Board Co-Chair

Website: Barbara Honegger, M.S. has served in high-level Government positions including White House Policy Analyst, Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy, Director of the Attorney General’s Law Review at the Department of Justice, and for more than a decade was the Senior Military Affairs Journalist at the Naval Postgraduate School, the premiere science, technology and national security affairs graduate research university of the Department of Defense. Barbara is Chairman of the Board and Investigative Researcher with the Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry. Since Sept. 11th she has been a leading author, documentarian, public speaker and major activist on the events of 9/11 with emphasis on the Pentagon Attack and Anthrax Attacks, including presentations and speaking tours in the U.S. Europe and Canada. Barbara researched, scripted and produced the video documentaries ‘Behind The Smoke Curtain: What Happened at The Pentagon, and What Didn’t, and Why It Matters’ and ‘The 9/11 Museum Virtual Walking Tour’, both with over 250,000 views on YouTube. The Walking Tour uses the actual exhibit items in the 9/11 Museum at Ground Zero itself to prove that the Official Story of Sept. 11th is false. She is also the visionary for and physically executed the iconic ‘Third Beam’ Spotlight shown into the NYC skyline on the 9th Anniversary of the attacks that has become the icon for Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth and the 9/11 Truth Movement worldwide. Barbara is also a national whistleblower. Her pioneering book October Surprise, the first on the topic subsequently confirmed by formerly classified documents and deathbed confessions of key conspirators, led to an official Congressional re-investigation of the Iran side of the Iran-Contra scandal funded at the level of the 9/11 Commission. Ms. Honegger earned Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University; a Master of Science in Consciousness Studies from John F. Kennedy University; and Masters level certification in National Security Decision making from the Naval War College. She has twice run as a Candidate for Congress for the central coast district of California, most recently on a 9/11 Truth Platform.

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Ron Gerbron

Member of the Enterprise Mission Imaging Team

Ron is a proudly uncredentialed polymath with a deep interest in the study of archeology, especially Martian archeology. Ron was raised on a farm in Pennsylvania collecting arrowheads as a child.  He found the programmatic aspect of education too limiting after attending a famous Quaker school in PA. Ahead of his studies and his time, he attempted to contort himself into attending college; before he gave up on academia and left to travel overseas. Throughout all this time, he has focused his core attention on the metrology of our paleo history, particularly on other planets, and especially Mars.

2 Comments so far:

  1. […] 10B. The Other Side of Midnight Twilight Show: 2020/03/29 – Arlen Schumer – Have We Entered The Twilight Zone … For Real? […]

  2. Tommy Von says:

    Made this music video for one of my songs which is about the Billy Mummy Twilight Zone episode – can’t post it on YouTube for copyright reasons 😉

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