ALF

Conquistadors

Yesterday's blog focused on the important subject of ALF, an alien life form who inspired laughter on network television in the latter half of the 1980's. We included a picture of an ALF doll here at the American Treasure Tour standing next to a small wooden depiction of a conquistador. Now, if you're wondering why ALF would be next to that, you have a valid question there. One we simply cannot answer. But we will tell you a little bit about conquistadors. 

The Spanish were the first Europeans to make a permanent foothold in the Americas after Christopher Columbus accidentally discovered them in 1492. Their legacy is not an especially happy one, but they reached the soil that would become the United States of America right around one hundred years before the English settled either Jamestown, Virginia OR Plymouth, Massachusetts. 

Men with names including De Soto, Coronado and Cortez explored the lands of the now-United States, from Florida to New Mexico, and as far north as Kansas. They described unimaginably harsh conditions, and often exploited the local residents for their food and shelter, warring with native tribes.

One man named Cabeza de Vaca (Which, oddly, translates to "Head of cow" in English) was shipwrecked with a number of compatriots. It took him a full four years to travel from the Gulf of Mexico coast in Florida to familiar lands in Mexico.

ALF

Who doesn't love that rascally ALF?  Star of his own sitcom between 1986 and 1990, Alf made America - and the world - laugh. Wait, what? You've never even heard of ALF? Well, that can't be true!

Here at the Treasure Tour, ALF is standing next to the theme of tomorrow's blog...

Here at the Treasure Tour, ALF is standing next to the theme of tomorrow's blog...

ALF (Alien Life Form) traveled to Planet Earth from the far off distant Melmac, drawn to our world by an amateur radio station. Adopted by the Tanner family, ALF is in hiding from the Alien Task Force - a government organization investigating just his kind. ALF's wisecracking and his near obsession with cats delighted fans for 102 episodes. If you missed the show during its original run, it is not difficult to find in reruns or on dvd. Of course, you can always just come to the American Treasure Tour and check him out in his classy Hawaiian shirt. No problem!

Didja know:
-   ALF was the first program on television recorded in Dolby Surround Sound
-   The set for ALF required the use of trap doors in the floor so that puppeteers could control the rascally alien, making for many hazards for the human actors intent on not falling into the holes.
-   When the script called for a full body shot of ALF, actor Mihaly 'Michu' Meszarus, measuring at two feet nine inches tall climbed into the costume and worked his magic.