Friday, May 20, 2011

Dick Tracy Flash Gordon Buck Rogers

Those who passionately read the daily newspaper’s funnies in the 1930s and 1940s are sure to remember that neat little phone wrist watch that crime fighter Dick Tracy used. Back then it was just whimsy from the mind of a cartoonist trying to be creative. Nobody took seriously that there could be such a thing as a radio-phone.

(Chester Gould’s long-running comic strip about a hard-hitting and intelligent police detective began in 1931. Gould wrote and drew the strip until 1977. Dick Tracy’s cool watch radio phone enabled him to communicate with headquarters.)

Now cell phones are putting the land line phones out of business. The colorful little corner phone booth is no more. (You only see them in old movies). Cars whiz past me with a cell phone plastered to the driver’s ear. In addition to regular cell and mobile phones, Dick Tracy’s phone wrist watch is selling like hotcakes on eBay. And surprise, a video watch phone will be out this fall selling for a mere $1,000.

After all, on those same pages Flash Gordon or Buck Rogers were sailing through the galaxies with all kinds of neat gadgets in wonderfully created space ships. No one on my block took such adventures to ever be in our future. Like Clark Kent’s Superman, it was just pure comic entertainment; flights of fancy meant only for the imagination of little kids. Now it is evident there are more worlds out there than Flash or Buck ever dreamed could be. We are just beginning to see the greatness of creation and the vastness of what God has made. Our world is not alone in this unbelievably huge and multi-universes. God has many more worlds, more sheep, some more advanced than we are and some less so. One day we can see better than this primitive darkened old mirror.

As an old local West Texas columnist closes his column each week, I will borrow the phrase: See You Out Yonder.

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