||Last night, Fox aired what
was sure to be a massive ratings disaster: Million Dollar
Mysteries. It's a kind of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire meets
America's Most Wanted, apparently aimed toward the Diagnosis Murder, Ron
Popeil infomercial audience. Viewers tune into the program, and are
offered a million damn dollars if they can solve various crimes and
disappearances that investigators have struggled with for decades.
Throw in incessant use of words like "baffled," add a dash of
dramatic over-narration, and you have typical FOXy programming.
If that wasn't enough for me to tune,
they also included a lengthy exposť on the Roswell Incident, an unabashed
excuse to mine FOX's massive archives on the subject. That includes
cheesy dramatizations, a high speed photomontage of an electrical storm
and skewed, rapid zooms of newspaper headlines. The excuse for
another rehash of Roswell?
I was getting to that.
The International UFO Research Center
is offering a million damn dollars to anyone who can produce verifiable
physical evidence of an alien or extra-terrestrial technology.
They make it very clear that Ted
Koppel's hairpiece does not qualify.
We think this is a great idea.
Kind of reminiscent of Randi's Million Dollar Challenge, and we all know
what kinds of results that has yielded. Maybe greed will entice
those people hoarding the holy grail of UFOlogy into revealing what they
have, and shut me up once and for all.
Don't hold your breath.