I couldn’t resist the idea of the man who played Mr. Spock in my favorite TV show talking seriously about Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster and alien abductions. Every week, there was some similar myth or unexplained phenomena featured on the show.
I recall one episode that explored the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle. It sent chills down my spine as Nimoy spoke so scholarly of the more than 1,000 lives lost in the “Devil’s Triangle,” an area between Bermuda, the Bahamas and the Florida coast.
“This is a danger zone that swallows ships and planes without a trace,” Nimoy said.
That got my attention.
It was about the same time in 1977 that an up-and-coming Hollywood director by the name of Steven Spielberg released a movie called “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” that focused on one of the most popular explanations for the disappearance of Flight 19, a squadron of Navy torpedo bombers that disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle in 1945. The film depicted the fliers abducted by UFOs.
I knew it!
The opening credits of “In Search Of” featured a disclaimer that noted what you were about to see were simply theories and possible explanations for these engaging mysteries, and not necessarily based on science or fact. Fair enough. It was just good clean fun. Sort of like the legends I grew up hearing to explain the ghostly “Brown Mountain Lights” seen from the Blue Ridge Parkway in Western North Carolina.
Earlier this month, the History Channel debuted a rebooted “In Search Of” that updates the franchise for today’s more skeptical and tech-savvy audience.
The cable network’s new version of this quintessential 1970s show stars another Spock, Zachary Quinto. I give Quinto a lot of credit. It’s hard enough to follow in Nimoy’s footsteps portraying a Vulcan in the movies, but taking on UFOs, swamp monsters and the paranormal on a weekly basis shows real gumption.
Quinto says he wants to be more than a narrator. As host of the show, the actor sees himself as the lead investigator of the impossible and improbable.
That’s a great idea. I want to know what it takes to track down evidence of the Lost City of Atlantis.
One topic I hope Quinto gets into in his new show is chemtrails. This is a topic that has always interested me for a number of reasons. If you are unfamiliar, chemtrails are what some conspiracy theorists call the frozen contrails in the sky that follow airplanes. Instead of being explained as condensation coming from the engines of the planes (as I and many others have always thought), these folks are certain the trails are actually sinister chemicals that eventually fall from the sky and are breathed by unsuspecting humans around the world.
The exact purpose of these chemtrails are subject to debate. Some argue they are part of a mind control plan hatched by our government. Others believe it is a mind control plan undertaken by the United Nations.
My favorite, however, is it is a chemical that is spread globally by liberal billionaire George Soros to dupe people into believing in the climate-change hoax.
There is also the school of thought that chemtrails are part of a conspiracy by pharmaceutical companies to make people sick so that they have to buy their drugs. This one confounds me because it does not address a specific disease, such as cancer, which might make it more believable.
The subject of chemtrails has been broached by some of our leading celebrities and intellects on social media. One who comes to mind is Kylie Jenner, the 20-year-old soon-to-be the youngest “self-made” billionaire, who recently appeared the cover of Forbes magazine. Jenner, who is a member of the Kardasian family of reality TV, took to Twitter last year to pose some significant questions about chemtrails. Among them:
• “Why did I see 75 planes spraying white stuff into the sky on my 15 mile drive to work?”
• “Who pays for this and why is it happening?”
• “Does this have something to do with why honey bees are dying off really fast?”
I urge Quinto and his show to delve into this issue and provide some much-needed answers to these questions. The truth is out there.