Yes, folks, that's right. It's Thursday -- or as it's called here at the ZimZim household 'Friday's Eve' -- and I'm thrilled to pass along the announcement for today's collection. The August 3rd Daily Citation Page has a wondrous and magical 66 different citations awaiting your undivided attention ... and whilst researching this morning I discovered a solid handful more that I might try to add over the course of the day. Keep your eyes on that space as there are some new movie additions that somehow completely slipped through the cracks. I couldn't say how. I just work here.
Not an awful lot to report other than that this morning. A bit tuckered out, so I actually got up, did a bit of prep work on the blog, then had to take myself a power nap. Had that surgical thing over a week ago -- nothing big or grand but had to be done -- so it's understandable that this old dog needed a bit more sleep before he pulled himself out of bed at 4 AM-ish. I should've rolled back over, but I didn't. So I paid that price. Ugh.
But I did want to again give props to the reading audience: somehow -- miraculously -- my daily hits yesterday damn near doubled! Woof! I can't even begin to tell you how happy that makes me. I know that there are a lot of you who like and share a good deal of my Twitter posts, and I just can't thank you enough. Again -- for those who ask -- no, I don't profit in any way off the work I do at SciFiHistory.Net -- this is just a mere hobby for this somewhat retired old soul ... but it's grand to do and know that folks are finding the site still after almost ten years of its existence. Fandom is a great thing, and I'm thrilled to occupy whatever small corner of it civilization allows. (Mind you: I'd be thrilled to get paid a stipend to do this daily, but -- as they say -- it is what it is. Honestly, I'd be happy enough just making enough to pay the fees to keep the site up and running, but that's an argument for another day.)
In any event, that's not why you're here, right? You want the link? Well, you can't handle the link! But I'm gonna give it to you any way ...
I think one of the biggest and boldest things from on this day in Science Fiction History was that August 3rd, 1951 was the premiere date for the Golden Age of Television's early SciFi anthology, Tales Of Tomorrow. Thematically, this one is reasonably similar to, say, Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone and/or The Outer Limits; but it predates those two by a few years. In fact, I have some online reportage that suggests Tales served up the inspiration for the networks to invest in those other two properties; while I can't say for absolutely certainty that such a statement is accurate, I also believe it's safe to assume that the success of one typically leads in no small way to other attempts ... so Tales may very well have paved the road for Serling's success on the Boob Tube.
I've only seen a handful of episodes of the program. Last I checked, there were many up there for free streaming on the YouTube.com and beyond, so fans are encouraged to do a bit of reading, find an episode or two whose summaries interest them, and give it a try. Yes, they're obviously dated. Yes, they're obviously a bit 'old-fashioned' when it comes to their storytelling sensibilities. But the demonstrate the foundation of what made TV the phenomenon it was back in its heyday, and that's always worth a second look.
As always, thanks for reading ... and live long and prosper!