The Invisible Man - Monday, February 8, 2016

Happy Monday,ATTers!  We are going to start off this new and wonderful week with something extremely familiar to our loyal readers - the same exact pictures we used Thursday and Friday of last week.  Why?  Because there is so much to see in the same exact corner of the same diorama made by artist Bob Omrod that we can hardly contain ourselves!  (It has nothing to do with a broken camera phone, honest.)  Looking at the close up of the bottom left hand corner of the diorama, we have already discussed The Fly and The Creature From the Black Lagoon.  Today, we would like to spend a little time with The Invisible Man.  Don't see him?  Well, that makes sense, actually, what with his being invisible and everything.  If you look closely, though, you can see a pair of floating glasses. They're there.  And that's where our story begins today.

See the little glasses? They are above and behind Gill Man

See the little glasses? They are above and behind Gill Man

H.G. Wells, arguably the most famous science fiction writer of the nineteenth century, published his short story The Invisible Man in 1897.  It tells of a mad scientist, Griffin, whose experiments in optics and refractive indexes and such turn him invisible.  He proves unable to make himself visible again, and searches for his notes to find an answer.  Griffin displays the negative side of science - his hunger for fame and power override his humanity - and the story ends badly for him.  The first movie version of the story came out in 1933.  Directed by James Whale and starring Claude Rains as the invisible man, Dr. Jack Griffin.  The story is altered a little bit, making Griffin a sane man whose brain is twisted and distorted by the drugs taken to turn invisible, until his personality is essentially destroyed because of the medication.  The film did well enough to inspire a number of sequels and remakes, including a few television shows in the 1970's, a fun parody segment in the 1987 sketch comedy movie Amazon Women on the Moon, and even a play.
QUESTION:  What was the name of the matron of the Coach and Horses Inn, where Griffin stayed and did his experiments?
A)  Sally Kemp
B)  Janny Hall
C)  Ginni Marvel
D)  Theresa Brewer
ANSWER BELOW

PRESIDENTIAL RADIO.  It may seem to be a small anniversary, but on this day in 1922, President Warren G. Harding introduced radio to the White House.  This served as a virtual endorsement of this technology that had been little more than an experiment beforehand. Soon enough, the world would be able to listen to newscasts, sporting events and pre-recorded music in their homes.  In only a few months (on June 22nd, to be exact), Harding would become the first acting president to actually speak on one of these crazy things.

QUOTE:  I don't know much about Americanism, but it's a d**n good word with which to carry an election. - Warren Harding

ANSWER:  B)  Janny Hall