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Vanishing Point

Postby magentabluesky » Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:35 am

My first job was an usher at a movie theater and one unforgettable movie was “Vanishing Point” – released March 1971. Little did I know a decade later I would hang gliding above those same roads in the open desert and hanging out in the some of the same towns the movie was filmed in and at some point driving on those same roads.

The movie depicts the spirit of the country at the prelude of the Hang Gliding movement of the 1970s.

Strangely there is a similarity between the message of the movie in the path of life and being free from the confines of society and the freedom of Hang Gliding in exploring the wide open expanse of the desert skies.

Perhaps it is not so strange that those paths converged.

And perhaps even stranger the movie depicts a lone soul of Polish descent, Kowalski, against the world in his quest of freedom and the truth. The similarities are uncanny. The last Great American Hero.

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Re: Vanishing Point

Postby Rick Masters » Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:35 pm

I'm a bulldozer operator.     :geek:
In fact, I was a catskinner in 1971!



Didn't the guy who made Vanishing Point get killed doing a stunt for the sequel?
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Re: Vanishing Point

Postby magentabluesky » Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:36 pm

At the end of my Vanishing Point DVD "Ideas for Life"

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Re: Vanishing Point

Postby Rick Masters » Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:27 pm

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That's freaky, Mike.
A lot of soaring parachutists' lives have vanished below the lowest point of the Paraglider Dead Man's Curve.
It's hard to say exactly how many.
About as many people as went down with the HMS Titanic, I think. So far...
I wasn't trying to be mean when I came up with it.
It was one of my ideas for life.
Theirs.

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