But there are other things that I’ve noticed as well. And since this is a blog dealing with synchronicity and pop culture it would be a matter of professional misconduct if I didn’t bring them to light.
You see, the more I look at this series the more of a Philip K. Dick effect it seems to have, a kind of “Montauk Timeslip”, if you will.
And I don’t know if I have any connection at all to anyone involved with Stranger Things, but as it turns out I have a very deep, direct and verifiable connection to the real-life program it was based on.
That was a surprise, believe me.
It’s just kind of interesting.
Queen was not a band it was OK to like in Braintree.
For some reason they played a lot of Tom Petty.
And I had a…visitor.
To make matters worse, I broke my arm that summer. The day Skylab fell, to be precise. I wrote “I broke my arm the day Skylab fell” on the equipment locker at the park where the accident happened.
I was 13.
So looking back that encounter in my living room looks more and more like a portent, a signal everything was about to change.
That was… interesting.
YEAH, THAT WHOLE INTERDIMENSIONAL THING
And that big moment, when we see the veil pierced…
From the 2011 Secret Sun post, “My Favorite Nightmares”.
…the lightning is flashing in her room, and she screams at me when I tell her there’s someone in my room. I can’t hear her over the sound of the storm. Suddenly a hand comes out of the hole in the wall…
THE VALIS TALKING BLUES
What’s it about? Probably what you might expect. I’m a big believer in the concept of “dance with the one what brung ya.”I’ve spent the last 8 years blogging about the topics that most interest me so you can expect to see a lot of them in the book.
So what brought this all on? Appropriately enough, a VALIS reread. Somehow it hit me at the right time, the idea that Dick chose to tell this magical story, that was only barely fictionalized and so ripe with power.
My story is entirely fictional, there’s nothing of a kind like VALIS in it.
Whoa, hold your horses, son.
Like Stranger Things I have a scene with a young female remote viewer and communication via electronics.
Or I should be more precise- a remote viewing session with a young girl, a speaker system and a surprising outcome.
Not exactly a trope there.
Now bear in mind we’re still just talking weird PKD timeslip stuff here, but even at the very extreme end of possibility no one is reading anyone’s mind here. We’re dealing with material that’s either been published or otherwise recorded on my hard drive.
Well, that takes us into PKD territory too.
Just in a different way.
The death in the quarry ties back to my own 1983 as well: the deaths at the Quincy quarries were so notorious they made The New York Times. More than once. So we’re talking national news here.
The death of a kid in 1983 finally convinced local authorities to drain the lake at Quincy, where mobsters used to dump their victims. (The quarry there was called “Swingle’s”- the quarry in Stranger Things is called “Satler’s”).
But a kid from my high school died there the next year anyway when he fell hundreds of feet and landed on an old car while running from the cops. He tied his shirt around his middle to keep his broken ribs together and died dragging himself across the lake bed.
Now, if you were a researcher for a TV show and were asked to do a search for “quarry” and “1983”, Swingle’s would come up pretty high on your list. Bet on it.
Just to make it totally surreal I live within a short walking distance ofanother quarry and lake today. And I was talking at length about Swingle’s with an old Quintree homeboy three days before Stranger Things premiered.
But we’re still not done yet.
Stranger Things’ original title was Montauk, named after the sleepy fishing village on Long Island’s easternmost tip. Among so many tales, local lore tells of young boys being abducted and forced to participate in an assortment of psychological and paranormal experiments on a nearby secret military base, including time travel, telekinesis, teleportation and mind-control (the 1992 book The Montauk Project: Experiments in Time documents some of these studies, as does its independent film adaptation, 2014’s Montauk Chronicles).
Key to the Montauk Project allegations, the SAGE radar worked on a frequency of 400 MHz – 425 MHz, providing access to the range of 410 MHz – 420 MHz signals said by theory proponents to influence the human mind.
During the course of the project, the researchers acquired ‘the chair’ which was allegedly recovered from a crashed alien spacecraft by the US military (possibly even from the Roswell Incident).
The chair was reportedly used to tune in to and amplify the alien’s own thought patterns in order to pilot the craft.
At Montauk, the chair was connected to the SAGE antenna and the thought patterns of the occupant of the chair could be amplified and transmitted at the 410-420 MHz range in order to influence the minds of anyone within range of the transmission.
During 1958 Montauk AFS joined the Semi Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) system, feeding data to DC-01 at McGuire AFB, New Jersey. After joining, the squadron was redesignated as the 773d Radar Squadron (SAGE) on 1 October 1958. It was also a major part of the NORAD defense system, so security was very tight. Montauk AFS was state of the art and many new systems were developed or tested there including magnetic memory for storage, light pens, keyboards, WANs (Wide area networks) and modular circuit packaging.
Under the leadership of C. W. Halligan, MITRE was formed in 1958 to provide overall direction to the companies and workers involved in the US Air Force SAGE project. Most of the early employees were transferred to MITRE from the Lincoln Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where SAGE was being developed. In April 1959, a site was purchased in Bedford, Massachusetts near Hanscom Air Force Base, to develop a new MITRE laboratory, which MITRE occupied in September 1959.
I did always wonder why Ronald Reagan wrote my grandmother a condolence letter after he passed away though.
Well, as it happens my grandfather not only worked at MITRE, he was part of the group that came over from Lincoln Labs (he actually graduated from Harvard), meaning he was working on the SAGE program.
Can someone work out the odds of probability on all these coincidences here?
We always knew he couldn’t talk about his work at home but it turns out he couldn’t even talk about his work with senior management outside his group.
God knows what it was.
So. How’s your rewatch going?
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