Monday, August 19, 2013

Resurrect The Dead On Planet Jupiter

If you listen at all to our radio show then you have probably heard us talk about the "mystery record" and our five year quest to find out who the band was that played on the test pressing record I randomly came about possessing. If this isn't ringing any bells then look to the right hand side of the blog and click on the link for HAZE: THE MYSTERY RECORD IS REVEALED. I recently watched a documentary called Resurrect Dead: The Mystery Of The Toynbee Tiles in which we watch several dedicated people unfold a mystery decades in the making, and one that puts my sleuthing skills to shame.

Tiles like the one pictured above began popping up on sidewalks and in the middle of busy metro streets in the early 1980's. It's cryptic message was primarily the same for each tile and they appeared across the eastern seaboard and occasionally in the heartland of America. Soon sightings from as far away as South America began trickling in. The creator was unknown, the message unique, and it caught the attention of many curious folk. As the technology of the internet became more commonplace, a community arose around the mystery of these "Toynbee Tiles" as they became known. For decades people have been plotting the tiles locations and theorizing their meanings. Resurrect Dead follows three such people on their quest to answer all the questions and to find out who was responsible for it all. I know that I am a sucker for a story like this - but with a documentary this good you can't help but get sucked in!

Now I don't want to give away any of the film - I really want you all to watch it for yourselves, but let me just share a bit of the mystery with you so that you can see just how difficult a time they were going to have making any headway. They have only three clues to start with: who or what is the Toynbee Idea? What does that have to do with Stanley Kubrick's movie 2001 A Space Odyssey? And what is the reference to bringing back the dead have to do with any of it?! I will let the documentary unravel what they find for you, but one early clue they encounter is a simple one act play written by David Mamet called 4 a.m. This play involves a late night talk radio show host and a call from a man attempting to make a case for a cause that he believed in. When you read the play, there are all kinds of recognition bells that start to ring. I will let you see for yourself -

4 a.m. A Short Play by David Mamet

An announcer seated at a radio console desk. He wears earphones and speaks into a microphone. We hear the voice of the caller over a loudspeaker. 

Interviewer: Hello, you're on the air.

Caller: Hello, Greg, how are you?

Int: I'm fine

Caller: Good. Greg, it's a pleasure to talk with you. I had the pleasure of talking to you three-and-one-halfyears ago, and I've been a continual listener of yours since you started out with the twenty-two stations, and I admire you very much.

Int: Thank You.

: Thank you Greg.

: What's your problem?

: Greg, we need your help to publicize our plan. We've been trying to get our organization together to raise money to be able to hire a public relations firm like Wells and Jacoby to publicize our organization. (Pause.) Where are we going to get the money...? I don't know...

Int: To publicize your...

: In the movie 2001, based on the writings of Arnold Toynbee, they speak of the plan...

: Excuse me, excuse me, but the movie 2001 was based on the writings...

: ...all human life is made of molecules...

: ...based on the writings of Arthur C. Clarke...

Caller: All, Greg, if you examine...

: was based on the writings of Arthur C. Clarke...

: Oh, Greg, No. We have the...

: Well, go on.

Greg: In the writings of Arnold Toynbee he discusses a plan whereby all human life could be easily reconstituted on the planet Jupiter.

: Uh-huh...(Pause.)

: Greg?

: Yes? (Pause.) I'm listening.

: Greg...

: Yes?

: In the wr...

: Yeah. I got it. Go on.

: In the...

: No, no. No. Go on. I got it. Arnold Toynbee, human life on...

: As we're made of molecules, Greg, and the atoms of all human life that ever lived are still in all of us...

: Okay, I got it. They exist, they've just been rearranged. (Pause.)

: Yes. (Pause.)


Caller: We'd like to publicize our organization, Greg. We're very young. We've just been existence over a year and we want to publicize our theory. And, Greg, we don't know how.

: do you publicize your plan to bring dead people back to life on Jupiter.

Caller: Yes.

IntWhy? (Pause.) Why would you want to do this? (Pause.) Hello?

Caller: Yes.

Int: Why would you want to do this? (Pause.) You see what I'm saying to you? (Pause.) What is the aim of your group?


: What are your plans? (Pause.)

Caller: I...(Pause.)


Caller: I...Greg I told you.

Int: You said that you want to bring dead people back to life.

Caller: Yes.

Int: On the planet Jupiter.

Caller: Just as they showed us in the mo...

Int: Well, I'm not sure that's what the movie was about, but be that as it may, why would you want to do that?

Caller: Oh, Greg, you can't mean it...

Int: Well, yes, I mean it. Why would you...what's the idea...? You're walking down the street, there's Abraham that the idea?

Caller: Yes.

Int: anybody that you want to talk to, so forth, there they are. Is that the idea? (Pause.)

Caller: Yes.

Int: Who do you pick? Who picks 'em? You? Your organization?...or do you just bring 'em all back? (Pause.) What is your...I mean, do you have a program for this? Or...what are the goals...? (Pause.)

Caller: To bring...

Int:'s to broad. It's too broad. Don't you see what I'm talking about? You can't bring 'em all back. (Pause.Can you?

Caller: I don't know.

Int: Well, think about it. (Pause.Think about it. You're talking about billions of people. Eh? They've lived at different times. They speak different languages-the ones that speak our language, it's changed over the years. The dialects are different. Customs change. Their lives are different. Some of them died violent deaths...some are disfigured...they've been decomposing...Now: listen to this: At what point do you bring them back? (Pause.) Right before they died? What if they were ill? What if they were infirm? And so you don't do it then, when do you do it? At what point? You see what I'm telling you? Someone wants to come back at age twenty, so you bring him back at he allowed to change? And who's to say if he can or can't? What if he never wanted to come back?

Caller: ...Greg...?

Int: What about people who killed themselves? Because they didn't want to live? Some of them we know. We could leave out. What about ones that we don't know? Who's going to pass on this? You and your group? Well, then you're talking about something very much like fascism. Is that what you want? Because I'll tell you what you get very quickly is a State where only the Pure can come back. Or the good looking...or whatever the people in charge that day seem to feel is the ultimate good...and tickles their fancy. Or do you just press a button and everyone comes back? And what do you have then? I'll tell you what you have: wars. You've got wars. Unless you think that being dead improved them. You see what I'm saying? You've got the same jealousies and...misunderstandings you had the first time. And how do you explain the technology to some guy who's just come back from 1565 and all of a sudden he's in some spacesuit and he's alive again...

Caller: He wouldn't be in a space suit.

Int: ...whatever. And who governs this august group? Or do they just "get along"? Not in this lifetime, friend. What do you think? Because they're on a foreign planet that it's going to be cooperation and goodwill? They're going to forget about their human nature and just live in joy? You're talking about heaven, my friend. Heaven doesn't exist. You think the fact that they've come back is going to make them all philosophers? I don't think so. Far a day, yesMaybe. A week, a month later, and I'm going to tell you something: It's going to be worse than it was before, and you know what you've got? Chaos. And any tine you get a State like that you have a populace that thinks the world owes it a living. And you've got a tragedy. It doesn't hold up. Even as a dream. It's not thought out. And what do they eat?

Caller: Toynbee says that we can bombard the atmosphere with oxygen and reclaim the soil.

IntDoes he? And what if he's wrong...? (Pause.) You see what I'm saying? (Pause.)

Caller: I...

Int: Listen to me: The world is full of histories of people trying to live in Utopias. It doesn't work. We wish it did, it doesn't. (Pause.) Alright? (Pause.) Alright?

Caller: Um...yes.

IntAlright. Thank you for calling. (Loudspeaker goes dead.) Let's move along:

This is just a taste of what lies ahead for you when you watch this fantastic documentary, and I suggest you put aside some time for it as soon as you can. Pirate radio stations, media hi-jinx, mafia attacks, and mysterious "bird men" are all a part of the mystery, and that is leaving out a lot of the spoilers! I know you can stream it or watch it on netflix, download it on itunes and if you would like to visit the film's website (and I know you will) you can click on the link below:

enjoy the mystery!


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