November 05, 2003

*Ask Jen

Reader Amy asks, "Was there a Mother Goose?"

Good question. Legend has it Elizabeth Goose was a New England widow who married Isaac Goose, adopted his 10 children, and bore 6 children of her own. In 1719 her book Mother Goose's Melodies for Children was supposed to have been published by her son-in-law, but no copy of the book has been found. More likely, French author Charles Perrault was the actual "Mother Goose."

Reader Jeff asks, "What are close encounters of the first, second, and third kind?"

First=a UFO sighting.
Second=physical evidence of a UFO.
Third=physical contact with a UFO.

Do you have a question for me? You can e-mail it. If I know the answer, I'll answer it. If I don't, I might make something up.

Posted by Jennifer at November 5, 2003 08:20 AM


All Spielberg fans could have answered #2.
There was a pretty funny spoof called something like "Closet Encounters of the Weird Kind". It came on the same tape as "Bambi Meets Godzilla", "Hardward Wars" and "Porklips Now". All worth seeing. If memory serves, though, the Close Encounters spoof was the weakest of the bunch.

Posted by: physics geek at November 5, 2003 02:07 PM

Porklips Now! Oh m'gawd, I loved that! I've been dying to see it ever since. I don't remember any of the others (well, ok, Godzilla meets Bambi is pretty famous), but Porklips Now would be a classic in my book if I had a book!

Posted by: Tuning Spork at November 5, 2003 09:20 PM