Roses are red, violets are blue, click the pics quick, before the Blob gets you.
I backed the truck under the Arctic Fox yesterday, but I didn't hook it up. I still haven't made up my mind if I want to stay a while longer, or move to someplace else, and I thought maybe backing the truck under the trailer would help me make up my mind... So far it hasn't helped.
So there I am, 12 years old and living in the tiny, somewhat hick town of Simpsonville South Carolina. Most of the kids in elementary school have seen the movie, and are scared half to death of the Blob. And meanwhile the real world is talking about the international geophysical year and all the discoveries going on at the South Pole.
My dad was in the Air Force and stationed at Donaldson Air Force Base in South Carolina, which is why my family is living in nearby Simpsonville. Donaldson was a growing Air Force Base, because of the Cold War and since they didn't have enough base housing for everyone, we had to rent a house off-base.
Donaldson Air Force Base was the home of the C–124 GLOBEMASTER which at the time was the Air Force's largest cargo plane. And that squadron at Donaldson was assigned to support the international geophysical year scientist, and transport all the equipment and people to and from the South Pole.
So while all of us kids in Simpsonville were watching The Blob at the movies my dad was TDY [temporary duty] stationed at Christ Church New Zealand, flying back and forth to the South Pole sometimes landing on the ice, and sometimes dropping cargo by parachutes.
Now after two days, and what looks like two completely different stories, I can hopefully tie it all together so the whole thing makes sense..... But don't count on it.
In the last 30 seconds of the movie, after the Blob has been neutralized by freezing it, Steve McQueen looking towards the blob, asks one of the actors, "what are they going to do with that thing Dave?" And Dave says "The Air Force is sending a GLOBEMASTER in, they're flying it to the Arctic." Sitting in the theater my first thought was I wonder if my dad is going to be flying it there. Well, I wasn't the only one thinking about that because my friend George said "maybe it's your dad".
At 12 years old we knew that movies weren't real, but that never kept us from being scared for days after we watched a horror movie, because in the 12-year-old brain.... what there is of it.... reality and fiction can get blended together so that sometimes it's hard to tell them apart. So it didn't take long for everyone in the fairly small Simpsonville Elementary school that knew me to spread it around the school that my dad had dropped the Blob on the South Pole.
At first I tried to explain that it didn't happen, it was just a movie, but everyone wanted to believe it so I gave in and wallowed in the notoriety for the remainder of the year.... Little did I realize, that would be the highest level of fame I would achieve in my entire life.
Simpsonville used to be a backwards sort of town. Everyone was kind of of countrified, and not exactly world travelers. I'm sure its not that way now days, but It wouldn't surprise me if somewhere in Simpsonville South Carolina there's an old geezer telling his grandkids that he went to school with the kid whose father dropped the Blob on the South Pole.