A SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE #16 – “LITTLEFIELD LANE”
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[On Tribal Route #8, in Littlefield, Arizona, ten miles northeast of Mesquite, Nevada; August, 2010]
Based on a true story . . .
Exiting Zion National Park last summer, I programmed the GPS for St. George, Utah, in the southwest corner of the “Beehive” State.
Southwest Utah was “ground zero” for atomic testing in the 1940s and ‘50s. That didn’t stop Hollywood from making movies there, between detonations, including “The Conqueror,” which starred John Wayne as Genghis Khan. (I am not making this up.) Unfortunately, just about everyone associated with that film eventually succumbed to cancer, a fate that also awaited the cast and crew of other movies made there . . .
Atomic testing spawned a cottage industry in monster movies. In a familiar storyline, the nuclear fallout played havoc with genes and chromosomes, and pretty soon monsters were on the loose. One of the first of these sci-fi movies was “Them.” It featured giant ants. I saw it at the drive-in.
As I reminisced about the good old days of radioactivity, I started down Interstate 15 and was soon in that little sliver of Arizona that separates Utah and Nevada.
It was then that I saw the exit to Littlefield. I took the exit and, at the top of the ramp, I turned left onto Littlefield Lane.
As I drove into this little village, I couldn’t help but notice that time had stood still. It was like one of those sci-fi movie sets from the 1950s. I wondered whether I would be seeing giant ants loitering along the road.
And then I saw the most unusual creature: A bee with a human head. It was a JPG moment!
Was it possible that those sci-fi classics from the ‘50s were based on fact?
I did not wait to find out. I turned around and made a “beeline” for the safety and sanity of . . . Las Vegas.
As always, thanks for stopping by!
[Sincere thanks to Susan Littlefield for sharing her “bee technology” with me.]
Also by Richard Knight
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