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    Re: Occam's razor
    From: Steve E. Bryant
    Date: 2014 Mar 19, 16:33 -0500

    Dear Frank,
    
    There are many readers of this link/blog of yours and I do not mean to 
    denigrate any of them.  While I know it takes away from the humor if one 
    needs to "explain it," I'm guessing that there may be one or two of us who 
    just don't get it???  Sorry, but would you please elucidate? 
    
    Frank, here's my shot at it:  
    Could it mean that the Captain should have known whether they should be 
    changing their course or not; and, even though the course change was brought 
    to his attention, he chose to ignore the evidence until someone on the bridge 
    said something to him about it. 
    
    Steve Bryant, 
    (Of British and German ancestry)
    
    -----Original Message-----
    From: NavList@fer3.com [mailto:NavList@fer3.com] On Behalf Of Frank Reed
    Sent: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 2:32 PM
    To: steveebryant---.net
    Subject: [NavList] Re: Occam's razor
    
    It wasn't Orion the kid mentioned in the movie. I just checked my copy. Here 
    are the lines from "Airport" (1970), Dean Martin as the captain. The plane is 
    a flight to Rome, currently over the Atlantic, and the crew have been 
    informed that there is a suicidal bomber on board. The Captain is passing 
    down the aisle to check out their suspected bomber after the crew has been 
    alerted, and the plane has begun a gradual turn back to Lincoln (standing in 
    for Chicago). 
    
    Here's the conversation:
    Mother: "Oh Captain... our son has a question to ask you. ... Skyler, here's our captain..."
    Kid: "Before Virgo and Leo were right there, Sir... Now I'm beginning to see 
    Ursa Minor and Cassiopeia. We MUST be turning around."
    Captain (to his mother): "Why you have a young navigator here!"
    Captain (to smart kid): "Well I'll tell you son... [blah blah techno-babble] 
    ...so we'll maintain this Borden Hold until we get clearance from Melnics."
    Kid (crestfallen): "Oh... yes, of course."
    Father: "What did he mean by that, son?"
    Kid: "N-never mind, father, ... I'll tell you later."
    
    Strange how those early disaster movies thrived on little bits of comedy like this...
    
    -FER
    
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