A SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE #16 â€“ â€œLITTLEFIELD LANEâ€
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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 â€œBeehiveâ€ State.
Southwest Utah was â€œground zeroâ€ for atomic testing in the 1940s and â€˜50s. That didnâ€™t stop Hollywood from making movies there, between detonations, including â€œThe Conqueror,â€ 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 â€œThem.â€ 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 couldnâ€™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 â€˜50s were based on fact?
I did not wait to find out. I turned around and made a â€œbeelineâ€ for the safety and sanity of . . . Las Vegas.
As always, thanks for stopping by!
[Sincere thanks to Susan Littlefield for sharing her â€œbee technologyâ€ with me.]
Also by Richard Knight
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