Dune - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Bob Omrod has loved many things during his life - as an art teacher at a middle school, he clearly loved to inspire creativity in his students.  He loved using his own imagination, as can be seen in the many wonderful dioramas and displays in his Giant World of Miniatures on display at the American Treasure Tour, and he unquestionably loves movies.  We have talked about a few of the iconic films (based on novels) Omrod has honored already this week, and today we are going to talk about another one - Dune!

First published in 1965, Frank Herbert wrote his classic science fiction novel Dune and its five sequels  over the course of twenty years.  Of course, it took Herbert a full six years of research before he was able to complete the first Dune.  The books describe a world set in a future with a feudal interstellar society (we did not make that description up ourselves, for the record) in which complicated relationships exist between politics, religion, technology, ecology, and human emotion.  Dune would become the best-selling science fiction book of all time due in no small part to its assessment of the human condition.  It has impacted science as much as it has the world of science fiction.  Perhaps in part because of its complicated storylines and characters, it has proven very difficult to translate to the big screen.  David Lynch famously adapted it to film in 1984.  The movie was considered anything but a success by most critics. A better-received television miniseries aired in 2000, and a documentary about a failed effort by Mexican surrealist director Alejandro Jodorowsky received a documentary treatment in 2013. 

We at the American Treasure Tour are happy to say that you need not worry about any of this ever again, because we have our own interpretation of this science fiction epic that has affected so many people in our very own Music Room.  Give us a call and make your reservations.  You're going to want to see this!
QUESTION:  Which of the following movies was not directed by David Lynch?
A)  Blue Velvet
B)  True Romance
C)  Twin Peaks
D)  Wild At Heart
ANSWER BELOW

PLASTIC!  Arguably one of the biggest game changers in the world, the invention of synthetic plastics has altered the way people live their lives today.  The development of modern plastics began in the 19th century and numerous different inventions were inspired by this man-made technology.  American automotive titan Henry Ford had long been an advocate for the soybean and its many uses, and came up in 1941 with a car made from it that, he claimed, was safer than the steel-framed cars used at the time.  He patented his invention on this day in 1942, but America's involvement in World War II demanded that attention be paid to the war effort, and research on the soybean, or plastic, car be put on hold.  Unfortunately, that's where it remains to this day.

CHARLES LANGFORD MODINI STACK was born today in 1919.  When he became an actor, he shortened his name to Robert Stack (of course), and became a much-admired actor for his rolls in over forty feature films and as the stoic Elliot Ness in the popular 1960's television crime drama The Untouchables. Of course, some of us enjoy his performance in the classic 1980 comedy Airplane! more than anything else.  Thank you for everything!

QUOTE:  Someone once accused me of being like Elliot Ness.  I said, No Sir, I am no E.N.  But I can promise you I'm no Al Capone!  -Robert Stack

ANSWER:  B)  True Romance.  That was directed by Tony Scott, and written by Quentin Tarantino