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When I was about 14 years old the teacher took us to the library, I recall they use to lead us in formation from Junior High to the High School library, and we were to check out a biography to read.  I don’t recall my thought processes how I came to my selection, but I got a hardcover book about Alexander the great.  It had a lot of pictures, but it also had lot of writing.

As I read about Alexander the great and looked at the pictures of ancient portraits and artifacts I wondered to myself how long ago all of this happened.  I also wondered to myself if there were very few people back then since it seemed all this happened very long ago.  I even recall wondering if this happened close to the time of the dinosaurs. Perhaps 14 year old teens of today are brighter, but for me, this was one of the first times I recall wondering about the age of the world and how far back history actually went.  Every kid hears the stories about dinosaurs, but somehow it becomes more concrete when you start reading the historical accounts of a man who conquered much of the world and he did it way in the ancient past.

I had a similar experience when I watched Carl Sagan’s Cosmos series around 1991. For the first time I understood how the elements that make up everything were made.  I understood that stars were suns far away and the edges of the known universe were becoming known to me.  My world was expanding, although I may have had some sense of these things, sense of size of the solar system and galaxy and universe from school, but Sagan explained it so well.  Carl even mentions the day his world expanded when he got a book on stars and started reading about what they were and how far away they were.

There’s one problem with learning and erasing that fog that covers the past, it leaves little room for legends like King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, fairies, elves, dwarves. As you learn history, like Rome leaving Britain around 470 a.d., you find that your cherished legends have little space in which they could have happened. Those cherished fantasies of childhood give way to factual history.

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I’m going to get down to the bare bones right away. I’m a fan of Star Trek the original series that came out in the ’60s and only that TV series. I don’t like any of the other copy cats that carry the “Star Trek” label that have come out since and I’m also don’t consider the movies that came out in the late ’70s to ’80s very good, except Wrath of Khan which is OK, but not great, certainly not as good as the original series.

I’m also a fan of the original, classic trilogy of Star Wars, which are named A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. I saw the prequels and I found them so dull and uninspiring. I have not bothered to watch any of the other stuff that has come out since that they stick the “Star Wars” label on.  They can make billions upon billions of dollars from these films, but they are not Star Wars to me. They might have the original actors, but making new films with the same actors 40 years later is just wrong.  You can’t get the same magic 40 years later that was created between the first three films.  You don’t have the original writers, not even the original director.  You got young idiots with their own idea of what Star Wars should be, plus these writers/directors poison any work they create with this insanity called political correctness. All I have to do is point out The Force Awakens to show political correctness in action.

I’m very finicky about things I like.  It seems some people that call themselves fans are willing to accept garbage as long as it has the “Star Trek” or “Star Wars” label on it.  I happen to be the opposite, it’s very hard to impress me.  First off, they fail because they are remaking something from my childhood.  If they want to impress me, first off they should be original, secondly they should keep political correctness out and just try to entertain the audience, but you also have modern sensibilities, they just don’t know how to write stories that interest me.

Both Star Trek and Star Wars have had alterations to them by idiots that think they can “fix” the films by improving the graphics or other alterations.  George Lucas did this with the classic trilogy of Star Wars and the same with THX 1138. Some idiot decided they would improve the graphics of the original Star Trek TV show and now when you watch the original series on tv, you might be watching altered scenes where computer generated planets and other graphics replace the original special effects of the ’60s.  That’s not only evil, how dare these morons think they can improve on a classic TV series? All I can say is I am able to watch the original Star Wars trilogy without the alterations Lucas made, even if they are not perfect HD quality.  I also have all the Star Trek original series without the altered graphics.  They can do whatever they want with these films now, as long as I can watch them as they were meant to be watched. I also have an unaltered THX 1138.

I’d say I’m much more of a fan of these two classics than idiots who think altering the movies and shows is a good thing.  I believe I have a hell of a lot more love for the two classics because I want to maintain them as they original were released to audiences.  I know soundtracks might be altered from their original mono or stereo, I still prefer to have the option of having these classics as they were original shown to us.

I don’t care if I stand alone in these opinions. I feel very strongly about my views on these two classics.

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You can look up who invented the Mandela Effect label, but basically a group of people recollect that Mandela died in the ’80s in prison and yet only recently did that person actually die. The Mandela Effect is basically people having memories of things that they recall, but that apparently never happened according to actual history.

I have two such events that I recall and these events appear to have never happened.

When I was a teen, we got our first VCR *Video Cassette Recorder* and we rented movies to watch.  We had rented the Rambo movie “First Blood” and I recall seeing a scene in that movie that apparently nobody else recalls. Years later when I was in the military a friend and I were discussing the scene I am going to share with you and he had never seen that scene and I told him I recalled the scene very well. He thought I might be remembering some other movie, but I recall the scene very clearly.

The scene I am talking about happens after Rambo meets with the widow of a Vietnam buddy he was hoping to visit with. Rambo walks up to a Mom and Pop burger joint.  It’s a small place with an open window and some guy is behind the opening as Rambo orders a burger, a raw hamburger. I recall the guy behind the window doing like a double take, but this isn’t that clear anymore.  The guy prepares the raw paddy and puts it on buns and we then see Rambo eating the burger.  That’s what I recall.  After this you get to see Rambo heading into town and getting in trouble with the sheriff.  I know in the actual movie Rambo was looking for a place to eat when the sheriff drives him to the border, but that’s how the scene went when I saw First Blood back then, Rambo ordered a raw burger and ate it.  The scene is still pretty clear in my head.

I’ve never met anyone who saw that scene.

The other thing that I recall, but doesn’t seem to have ever happened is from the Little House on the Prairie TV show. I recall Laura Ingalls as a young girl walking in a library and she comes up to the counter and the whole scene around her transforming from the late 1800’s to modern times sometime around the 1970s or ’80s. Laura also is now wearing modern clothes.  That’s all I remember about that scene, but I’ve never seen it again.  I’ve watched all the Little House in the Prairie episodes, at least all the ones where she is a young girl and that scene doesn’t exist.

Perhaps my memories of these two scenes are mixed up with something else I saw, but I still see the Rambo raw burger scene pretty clearly in my head.  It was Stallone and not any other actor.  I’m not so sure about Melissa Gilbert because I’m not sure where that scene of her in the transforming library would fit.

I put these accounts on some different comment sections before.  Now I get to put them up on my own site so people that read this can decide for themselves what they think might be the reason for these scenes that don’t seem to exist.

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When I was a teen, I hung out by myself mostly. I sat on a bench dreading lunch hour because everyone else had someone to hang out with. I was a loner. Sometimes my so-called “friends” would show up to chat with me. One of the few times some of these “friends” were sitting there with me, I brought up the subject of if a person traveling into the future could see their future self.  This had been the subject of the second Back to the Future movies and I had worked out the problem and come to the conclusion that you couldn’t see your future self.  Anyhow, two of my friends started discussing the problem between themselves, Johnny and I forgot the other guy’s name, and they left me out of the discussion completely.  Well, this post is mine and I get to explain my thoughts on future travel and what would happen if you tried to see your future self.  I’m providing a chart that I’ll explain so you can follow my logic.

I had already done a similar chart for Youtube where I explained everything, but my videos don’t last very long.  I take them down after a time.  I had a great lightsaber video I had done, with sound effects and all; I deleted that as well.

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The chart above is pretty simple to understand if you start off with the present.  It is October 26, 1985 according to the Back to the Future I movie where Doc is explaining to the camera his “temporal experiment”. The past is irrelevant for this discussion because we are only dealing with traveling to the future. The future is always to the right. The line in thick black is the original, unbroken timeline if there were no such thing as Doc’s time machine and no ability to jump through time.

The alternate future timeline happens when Marty and Doc jump from the year 1985 to the year 2015. From the point Marty and Doc arrive in October 21, 2015 toward the future the timeline has changed, it is no longer the original, unbroken timeline and I’ll explain why below.

The only thing left to explain is the skipped timeline and the jump.  The skipped timeline is what Marty and Doc jump over when they go from October 26, 1985 to October 21, 2015. The jump itself is pretty much self-explanatory, Marty and Doc use a flying Delorian that is also a time machine to jump back and forth through time.

Alright, in the movie, Back to the Future II, Marty and Doc head from the year 1985 to the future, 2015. In the future Marty gets to meet himself as an older, middle-aged, working stiff that never made anything of himself because he busted his hand in a car accident and he couldn’t play his guitar anymore. I wondered to myself if this could actually happen if a person could travel into the future, if a person would actually meet their future self.

You can’t according to me and I’ll explain that now. When Marty and Doc got into the Delorian and flew off into the future, they skipped time to arrive in the year 2015.  So they never went through the years 1986 to 2014 because they used the time machine to jump over those years and arrive in the year 2015.

To people that knew Marty, it would seem that he had winked out of existence for all those years and then suddenly he reappears 30 years later, still as young as the day he vanished. There would be no future middle-aged Marty for 1985 Marty to meet because Marty had vanished for all those years. Thus, Marty and Doc changed the original timeline by skipping all those years that Marty would have normally gone through if there were no time machine, thus you get the alternate timeline with no middle-aged Marty.

If Marty took the time machine and went back to 1985, and Doc stayed in the future, then future middle-aged Marty would show up for Doc to meet, but 1985 Marty would have to basically go through the years 1986 to 2015 to meet Doc in the future.

So basically, Marty cannot meet his future self because he physically skipped over all those years.  He was not actually there to go through all those years and grow into a middle-aged man in 2015.

Some of my “friends” talked about how as long as Marty planned to go back, that should be enough to see his future self, but my point of view is that you have to actually go back into the past and go through time normally to actually show up in the future. In other words, as long as 1985 Marty is physically in 2015, middle-aged Marty can not exist.

Hope it wasn’t too confusing for anyone.

p.s. I just thought of another example that, I think, reconfirms my view. Einstein, Doc’s dog.  When he is sent one minute into the future, where is the Einstein of one minute before?  When Einstein re-appears one minute later, there aren’t two Einsteins at the same time separated by one minute.  Now, that was just a movie device, but the idea to me is that old Einstein took a trip in a time machine, old Einstein wasn’t eating a bowl of Kal Kan, he wasn’t fetching Doc’s slippers, Einstein got in a time machine and was the first person/dog go into the future, so he is physically in the time machine and he ended up one minute in the future, that’s the only Einstein that would appear one minute in the future, because there was no other Einstein doing anything else other than taking a trip one minute into the future.  So Back to the Future II got it right with Einstein’s one-minute time travel experiment, they got it wrong with 1985 Marty meeting middle-aged Marty in the future.

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I was a teenager in the ’80s. I believe a kid is considered a teenager at the age of 13, well I became a teenager on September 13, 1983. So I was a teenager from the early years of the ’80s. As you reach the teenage years, music starts to become very important and I recall I use to listen to the radio all day long back then.

We had portable radios in the ’80s and we also had the Sony Walkman. This was a cassette and radio portable player. It came out in 1979 in Japan, but in 1980 in the rest of the world. You could compare it to the now outdated cd players or the current mp3 players, except they were bigger than your hand and about 3 or 4 inches thick. We use to play the cassettes from end to end and then flip the cassette over to listen to the other side.  If you wanted to listen to a particular song you would have to reverse or forward for a while till you found the song you were searching for. I believe the Walkman became an iconic ’80s device when Marty McFly was using it in the Back to the Future movies.

I don’t recall owning a Walkman in those early years. My dad use to work in the oil fields and he made good money, but eventually he was laid off, as were many people in the oil fields, and we didn’t have as much money as we use to, so my sister and I didn’t always get the nice shiny devices that came out back then like other kids. I’m pretty sure this is around the time my father was laid off because we went to Ohio to work in the strawberry fields, picking strawberries, and I earned enough money to buy my very own boombox, apparently a device that was around in Japan in the ’60s, in the USA in the mid ’70s but became a status symbol in the ’80s. Mine wasn’t as big and powerful as they could be, but it wasn’t tiny either. I use to listen to it in my room with the lights off and I would watch the led lights go up and down with the music, glowing green and then up to red and back down to green as the music rose and fell.

The VCR *video cassette recorders* had come out, I guess since the ’50s, but were not available for the general public till the late ’60s/’70s and then in the ’80s the VCR market boomed because people could rent movies in cassette format or buy the movies and, of course, they could buy blank cassettes to record tv shows. I had never heard of VCRs till a guy told me about them on the bus.  I wanted one right away and I told my parents about it because I wanted to record my favorite cartoon, Dungeons & Dragons, so I could watch it over and over.  Well, I was a bit disappointed to find out you needed good reception to record and our reception was usually not very good.  Over the years Dungeons & Dragons was on the air, I was able to record one full episode and little bits of other episodes, but I watched that episode over and over and learned to draw because of that episode.  I also managed to record an episode of Star Trek *the original series*. If you are young, you have no idea what it felt like to record a show and actually kinda ‘own’ it because I could watch it anytime I wanted to.  These days you want to watch any modern tv show, you just go online and someone has posted it somewhere or you can just buy the DVD or stream it legally.  We didn’t have these options back then.  We watched new episodes of shows like MacGyver *the original series from the ’80s* once a week.

We had great films to watch, pretty much original content, none of this regurgitated stuff that Hollywood puts out now where you get to see remakes or reboots of blockbusters we watched in the ’80s. We had Ghostbusters *the original with male actors*. We had Star Wars – The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi *Star Wars – A New Hope came out in 1977*. We had Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford, coming out in action films that are legendary. We had great directors like Spielberg and Lucas and Cameron and Scott and others. You get the used-up versions that now are shadows of what they use to be.

We had the wrestlers that you know as legendary because many have passed away.  They were from the WWF *not WWE* era, the best era for wrestling. We had Macho Man, Jake the Snake, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, George the animal Steele and so many other legendary wrestlers.  I look at pictures of the modern wrestlers and I’m just not impressed by their faces. The movies seem to have the same generic-looking actors/actresses.  Nobody stands out.

I’m not sure when music videos began, but the ’80s became big for music videos and I’m glad to say I never watched MTV.  I watched instead a local show that would air new music videos on the weekend. Michael Jackson’s music was at the very top and his music videos were very popular, especially Billie Jean and Beat it and Thriller.

We had original tv shows, unlike you young people that have to live with remakes and reboots from my era, stuff like a remake of MacGyver, remake of Beauty and the Beast the tv series from the ’80s, remake of Hawaii Five-O *although it came out in 1968, it lasted till 1981 and I use to watch it*. We had Airwolf, Magnum, p.i. The Dukes of Hazzard, The Incredible Hulk, The A-Team and on and on. The sad thing is the remakes suck compared to the originals.  You get updated graphics, but the writing stinks and it’s not original content.

Now, there are some things that we didn’t have that kids have these days, stuff like portable computers, phones that you carry in your pocket.  We had mobile phones back then, it looked like a brick you held in  your hand and not everyone could have one.  The internet existed, but not everyone was on it. The computers you could buy for personal use were very primitive.  The games you could play were so basic that the Nintendo Entertainment System was leaps ahead in the graphics and content department.

Overall, I’d say the ’80s was a decade bursting with talent in music, film, wrestling… everything that was important to teenagers. And we weren’t fed rebooted or remade garbage, we had writers and film makers and musicians that produced original and memorable works that are still better than the generic stuff put out by so called artists these days.

Perhaps I’m looking at this from an ’80s teenager’s point of view, with a bias in favor of the ’80s.  I’ve tried to listen to some of the music out now-a-days.  I knew this girl from the Netherlands who showed me some of the modern music she listened to and although it was alright, it was not memorable or even inspiring.  It was just generically o.k. and that was it.

Anyhow, you young people have to live with remakes and reboots of Star Wars, Star Trek, Total Recall, MacGyver, Beauty and the Beast the tv series and Hawaii Five-O.  I lived during the time when these were original and not regurgitated crap.

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