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    Re: Movie Adrift
    From: Hewitt Schlereth
    Date: 2018 Jun 11, 15:10 -0700
    Long time ago for sure, Frank. In 1983 the DR was still the only check at sea for celestial. By then, though, I'd been using an NC-2 for seven years instead of HO 249, and was carrying Weems' Secant Time Sight as a backup until a way occurred to me to compress HO 229 into what became Sight Reduction Tables for Small Boat Navigation (pub. 1983).

    Hewitt

    On Jun 11, 2018, at 8:45 AM, Frank Reed <NoReply_FrankReed@fer3.com> wrote:

    Ed Popko, you wrote:
    "Perhaps we will see a test of Frank's theory about who still uses paper tables."

    Still uses? As I mentioned in my earlier post, this movie is set in 1983. Do the math. Hard to believe that's more than a third of century in the past, isn't it? It's true though. I checked it in a spreadsheet and then by paper computation: 1983 was thirty-five years ago.

    A few more things from 1983:

    • "Is anybody there? Anybody at all??"
    • "the Communists have established a foothold in outer space. Pretty soon they'll have damned space platforms so they can drop nuclear bombs on us, like rocks from a highway overpass."
    • "He's intelligent, an underachiever, alienated from his parents, has few friends. A classic case for recruitment by the Soviets."

    Frank Reed

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    • "Is anybody there? Anybody at all??" That's the very end of that Cold War "event" that played on US television to a record audience, "The Day After" (1983). Those are the words spoken by John Lithgow's university professor character trying to reach any survivors by radio at the very end of the film. He is answered by silence.
    • "the Communists have established a foothold in outer space. Pretty soon they'll have damned space platforms so they can drop nuclear bombs on us, like rocks from a highway overpass." Of course this is the character/caricature of LBJ in the movie "The Right Stuff" (1983). Cheating a bit on the 1983 connection since the events depicted are from the late 50s. 
    • ​​​​​​​"He's intelligent, an underachiever, alienated from his parents, has few friends. A classic case for recruitment by the Soviets." This is from "WarGames" (1983), a classic Cold War film that's loaded with quotable lines. Everyone knows "Shall we play a game?", but this fun line is a description by an FBI agent of high school student David Lightman (Matthew Broderick's computer-genius hacker character --before they were known as hackers). Following this up, when asked if he has any insight into why a good kid would do something so heinous as breaking into a DOD computer, the agent scofffs, "No, sir. He says he does this sort of thing for fun". 

    Ah, 1983. Such fun old movies... So long ago...

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