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Tom Nichol
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Lives in Fairview, Tennessee (approx. 20 mi. SSW of Nashville)
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The name of the victim in the program description does NOT match that of the victim named in the program!
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I wonder if YouTube's uploading system might be affecting the audio tracks in some way.  The sound track is WAY out of balance, just as Jamie Pinson has described.  PLEASE check on this!
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+Tom Nichol We'll check on this. I don't think it's YT though. Thanks!
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It is interesting to note that the MANIAC was in fact a genuine computer, used at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.  A differential analyzer at UCLA, a forerunner to the modern computer, was also shown briefly in an effort to lend scientific credence to the film--a hallmark of all of Ivan Tors's films and TV programs.
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Why were there no program notes on the Fugue?  It is every bit as good as the Toccata, especially since it is actually a DOUBLE fugue!  It has been overshadowed by the Toccata for much, MUCH too long!!
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On a sad note, this cartoon, along with "Goofy's Freeway Troubles," were the last two "Goofy" cartoons to be made during Walt Disney's lifetime.  They were also the last two cartoons for which Pinto Colvig served as Goofy's voice.
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Recorded on the 1959 Marcussen organ of the Mariakyrke in Halsingborg, Sweden.
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William Guthrie died in prison on July 13, 2011.  He was 66 years old.
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The volume level of the narration is out of balance with the rest of the soundtrack.  Please check on this when you get a chance.  Thanks!
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+Tom Nichol Thanks Tom. Will check this.
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I did some further research on this theme.  According to the website www.classicthemes.com, the only known vinyl recording of this majestic theme lists Ray Bloch as the conductor.  Researchers therefore now believe that Mr. Bloch composed the music as well.  This is especially likely since Mr. Bloch, an extremely talented musician, was for many years the musical director for both Jackie Gleason and Ed Sullivan.  It is also worth noting the the pseudonym "Ray Llewellyn" was used by a number of composers and arrangers who worked for Ivan Tors and ZIV Productions.  It was quite a common practice in Hollywood during the late 1940's and 50's. (Incidentally, my compliments on the quality of your work! From what I know of this piece, I have every reason to believe that this is indeed the complete theme to this truly classic television series!)
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From the context of the story, the so-called "Vesivium Nine" was apparently something similar to an antimatter bomb, with its destructive power VERY carefully calculated to cause ONLY the destruction of that one planet, but no more!
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This film, along with "Goofy's Freeway Troubles," was narrated by the legendary Paul Frees, who also furnished the voice for the entrance to "The Haunted Mansion" at Walt Disney World.  Mr. Frees also furnished the voice for such cartoon characters as Professor Ludwig von Drake, Boris Badenov (from "Rocky and Bullwinkle"), and Slippery Bly (from the "Bozo" cartoon series).
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Given the combination of chemicals that the Hindenburg's outer skin was treated with, that unfortunate craft was a flying electrolytic capacitor, capable of accumulating and holding a lethal electrical charge until that charge was given a path for its release.  As this video clearly indicates, the Hindenburg was a flying time bomb just waiting to go off.  The combination of pilot error and dangerous weather conditions provided a perfect opportunity for just such a disaster to happen--and it did--with a vengeance!!
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