‘Encounters,’ WyoTF; sheep check outs

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Given how it’s the 40th anniversary of the release of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” there’s a number of events commemorating the film’s release. It was Steven Spielberg’s third movie, right after “Jaws,” and wasn’t all that well received then. The Wall Street Journal notes how the film changed science-fiction movies in that there were multiple story lines throughout and that the aliens were not only sophisticated, but friendly. 

It’s a favorite. “Encounters” was released Nov. 16, 1977.

Starting tomorrow in Hulett, there is a Devil’s Tower UFO Rendezvous. Organizers hope to make it an annual event. There will be featured speakers talking about extra-terrestrial life and UFOs, a parade, costumed events, live music and mashed-potato sculpture contest, ala Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfus).

The KOA Campground at Devil’s Tower has been showing the movie for its customers for years, according to the Gillette News Record.




One of the Press’ syndicated columnists, Charles Krauthammer, has been and will continue to be on extended medical leave. The Washington Post Writers’ Group, his syndicate, notified us that his return date is unknown.

Krauthammer, 67, has been a columnist with the Post since 1985 and is a regular commentator on Fox News. He was also a columnist for The New Republic. Krauthammer was in his first year of medical school at Harvard when he sustained a life-altering injury in a diving accident, confining him to a wheelchair. He graduated from Harvard in 1975 and is a board-certified psychiatrist. The New York Times’ David Brooks has called Krauthammer the “most important conservative columnist” in the U.S.




The Wyoming Theater Festival continues through Sunday at the Mars Theater inside the WYO. There are afternoon and evening performances of “Hollywood, Nebraska”; a musical, “Another Roll of the Dice” and “The Resolute.”

I saw “The Resolute” Tuesday night and it was terrific.

For info about the plays, times and tickets: wyomingtheaterfestival.org.




I see by the paper….

Last month, near Wright, a sheep was struck by lightning which caused a small grass fire, one of four that night. Authorities told the Gillette News Record that livestock getting struck by lightning is uncommon and were unsure if that particular sheep survived.




Of express ‘check out’……..

These new self-checkouts can drive people nuts. The cacophony of beep-beep-beep and a monotonous, computer-driven recorded voice, “Do you have any coupons?” can push a person to the edge.

I asked one of the clerks if she ever wakes in the middle of the night and says aloud, “No! I don’t have any stinking coupons!”

There was one incident where a frustrated customer bounced a frozen chicken off the floor and ran out of the store. That’s the deal. Whenever technology gets the best of me, I want to throw poultry, too.

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