John Young 1930-2018

John Young—one of the most celebrated astronauts in the history of American spaceflight—has died today, at the age of 87. Young was my favorite of the Apollo astronauts (Sorry, Jim Lovell). Hail Columbia! follows the run-up to the first Space Shuttle flight in 1981.

Young flew in space six times, and would have made more flights if he hadn’t had some choice words with management in the aftermath of the Challenger accident. He was originally slated to be the commander of the Space Shuttle flight immediately after Challenger, which would have deployed the Hubble Space Telescope. But that flight was delayed until they could get the Shuttle back up and running. By that time, Young was in the penalty box.

It would be hard to overestimate Young’s influence on the NASA program; as the organization’s longest-serving active astronaut, he flew on the Gemini missions, piloted the Space Shuttle, and is one of only three people who’ve ever been to the moon on two separate occasions.

Fake News Fairytale – #9: The Unidentified Flying Taxpayer Expense

Two Naval Aviators and two Senators desperately try to make sense of the world around them after a jet fighter is chased by a giant flying Tic-Tac. They will try and solve the question of whether or not we are alone in the universe. All four head into an uncharted region well off the beaten track in the darkest corner of The Fake News Fairytale.

Fighter Pilot: Justin Kosek
Fighter Pilot: Quin McCarthy
Senator: Alex Quigley
Senator: Bruce Cole
Narrator: Darren Marlar

Written by: Keith Conrad (With apologies to Rod Serling)

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Geek/CounterGeek – #108: Re-Opening The X-Files

The X-Files makes its triumphant return to TV… again. Keith Conrad has a few problems with it, as does apparently all of fandom. Elliott Serrano responds with a bit of an “I told you so” moment. It’s also not the only TV show making a comeback now that Animaniacs is headed to Hulu, and Keith thinks there may be another show inevitably returning. Plus, Elliott and Keith have some observations about Poe Dameron’s journey in The Last Jedi.

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Fake News Fairytale – #8: Ken Burns “The War On Christmas”

Have you noticed this year that haven’t been any War on Christmas stories dominating the news as we head into the holidays?

If you’re on the right, you probably attribute the lack of War on Christmas stories to President Trump declaring that we’re all allowed to say Christmas again. If you’re on the left, you might say there has been a lack of War on Christmas stories because Bill O’Reilly is unemployed.

At any rate, now that the War on Christmas is over, we can look forward to the inevitable Ken Burns documentary on PBS.

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Geek/CounterGeek – #107: The Last Jedi Spoilerpalooza

Elliott Serrano and Keith Conrad have both seen Star Wars The Last Jedi, so be warned, this episode contains spoilers. Many, many spoilers. That’s right, if you don’t want to know about the hour long flashback scene in the middle of the movie explaining that Supreme Leader Snoke is Jar Jar Binks, don’t listen. If you don’t want to know about the elaborately choreographed scene where the Porgs dance to All Star by Smashmouth, don’t listen to this episode.

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