June 11, 2006

Weegee's Space Patrol

The International Center of Photography has a new show up The Unknown Weegee. For those who don't know about Weegee, one of the great American photographers of the 20th Centry, go here. and learn. Yes, there will be a test.

For my part, the most arresting image available on line is this one:
weegeespacepatrol.jpg
Why? Because I had that Space Patrol helmet. At the time, it was my favorite item in the world and "Space Patrol" was my favorite TV show. Once I got it I would wear it while watching the show.

Time, of course, keeps moving on, but still today whenever I see a particularly strange bit of behavior in others or myself, the first words that pop into my mind are, "Space patrol." And, alas, I no longer have the hat, but I wish I did. It would come in quite handy for things like political conventions.

Posted by Vanderleun at June 11, 2006 9:46 AM
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Maybe that's the magic hat that the CIA spook gave John Kerry many moons ago. Because he's been a space cadet ever since.

Posted by: Connecticut Yankee at June 11, 2006 1:16 PM

Ouch.

Posted by: Final Historian at June 11, 2006 2:57 PM

I had a fun space guy hat when I was kid! We couldn't afford cool stuff like the Space Patrol, so I made my own out of a clear plastic dry cleaning bag. I'd secure it over my head with rubber bands and I'd run around until I passed out from Life Support Failure.

*Sigh* Good times...good times.

Posted by: Mumblix Grumph at June 12, 2006 12:17 AM