I’ve been meaning to bring this up for awhile, after spotting this on my new Rockford Files DVDs. Note the phone numbers (Ghostbusters on top, obviously, and a close-up of Jim’s phone from the opening credits of the show.)
There’s no evidence that this is anything more than coincidence (or at least not that I’m aware of), but statistically, it would be a one in ten thousand chance that two prop masters, then years apart, would pick the same number. Plus, you have to take into account that while the commercial footage for that Ghostbusters TV spot was done in New York at the Hook and Ladder 8 firehall, the final video may very likely have been done in LA (which would be back on Rockford turf.) For the moment, I’m going to assume it’s a nod, mostly because it’s a better story than plain old chance. However, if anyone knows more, speak now.
[UPDATE] Ah ha! It turns out it’s a highly recycled number for film and television. That same number has been used as the phone number for;
- The Guiler residence in Close Encounters of the Third Kind
- Det. Sgt. Rick Hunter’s number in Hunter
- Jaime “The Bionic Woman” Sommers
And so on. Nobody knows where the number started, but that many 70s and 80s TV/movies suggests either shared props or shared set decorators, which could then lead to continuing references (the number was recently used it Memento, for example.) It appears, with some cursory checking, that the number is one of (if not the) most recycled fictional phone numbers (not counting the easy to pick repeats or thousands – ie 555-2222 or 555-1000)
I’m not a fan of online petitions – I don’t think they wield anywhere near the power or impact online fans think they do, but this one is just goofy enough that I’m intrigued. It’s a petition to get Frank “Ray” Welker added to the Transformers DVD as an alternate audio track to Hugh Weaving’s Megatron.
It has also come to our attention that some franchises are ignoring regulations regarding the keeping of free-roaming spirits as pets and/or mascots. Remember, the “friendly ghost” phenomenon has turned out to be false in all but a handful of cases. Do not take unnecessary risks: trap all ectoplasmic and paramortal entities as soon as possible. We do not want a repeat of the unpleasantness in Westchester…
The store discount is for a limited time, until the end of the August, but the exclusive ghost is forever.
A trailer for Be Kind, Rewind was shown at the San Diego ComicCon and it wasted no time making every geek in building howl with laughter, starting with a look at a terrible, amateur remake of a familiar supernatural comedy. And just to make things even better, the official web release of the trailer is now online, including HD versions (ignore the YouTube version – this is much better quality picture and sound.)
I'm moving on - I talk about why here, but in short; my other commitments require the time needed to maintain PC at the level I want it to be. It's been a good run, I think I've accomplished a few things of note, and now is the perfect time to step back and just be a regular fan, given how huge the fandom has become in recent years.
Readers old and new, thanks again - for you, I wish it would go on forever, but for me its time to amble on. I hope to see you around from time to time.
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