The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Future is Now #6


Original Caption:

Teddy Hoff, 9, Hollywood schoolboy, and his friend Paula Simonton, also 9, breathlessly watch space-suited explorers on television. Adding a bizarre touch to the interplanetary pajamas, Teddy wears a"space patrol" haircut, a new fad of the vast and growing legion of juvenile TV space drama fans. The hair is worn close cropped, with a circle dropping into a V at the back of the neck.

7 comments :

swac said...

I'm so glad I wasn't that big a fan of Mr. T.

Greg said...

I'm fascinated that the way to show your love for Space Patrol was by simulating male-pattern baldness.

Fred said...

Teddy's mom is glad she encased the family sofa in plastic since his illmannered friend keeps putting her shoes on the furniture.

capewood said...

Well, that's one popular fad during my life time that I never hear of.

Bill said...

This must be "Tom Corbet Space Cadet" a 1950's Star Trek. You can Wiki it.

Christopher said...

"our children are loosing their hair"

Cynthia said...

Greg -

Can you please let me know where you found this image? I'd like to use it in an article I'm working on, but need to credit appropriately - esp. since it was published with the kids' names. Thanks!!

Cindy