80s flashback: The Time Life “Mysteries of the Unknown” book series was the bomb
They covered supernatural, creepy and unexplained phenomenon.
I coveted those books like nobody’s business. I wanted them so bad I could taste it.
If you were a teen or young adult of the 80s, even if you weren’t ever lucky enough to have the glorious experience of holding this series of Time Life books in your hands, you surely must remember the omnipresent commercials.
And the line that started it all, “Chicago: a man is about to board a routine flight and suddenly he pauses, and walks away. An hour later the plane goes down in flames. It’s dismissed as chance.”
These Time Life books were “IMPORTANT”
When the announcer described them as “an important new library” I believed him right down to my very soul. These books were important and I needed them.
And when the guy in the one commercial told his friend to “read the book” I wanted to read the book.
When a young Julianne Moore insisted she had floated up to the ceiling and looked down at her own body, I somehow just knew my life wouldn’t be complete without reading those books.
And here’s where my story turns to tragedy. I never did own those darn Time Life books.
I know, so much pathos.
But wait, all was not lost. I did get a consolation prize. An adult friend of the family owned them… or at least some of them since there were 33 books in the whole “Mysteries of the Unknown” series, and I’m guessing few people owned them all. And he let me raid his library to read them.
Some of the stories I read in those Time Life books stick with me to this day… premonitions, spontaneous combustion, out of body experiences, aliens etc.
Turning tragedy into triumph
And all is not lost. At this very moment there is a complete set on Amazon for just $189.99. Maybe some kind benefactor will want to right this wrong and buy them for me.
Too young, or just struggling to remember them? Allow me to inject or refresh your memory (whatever did we do without Youtube??).
The one that started it all…
Because it’s just totally normal to tell your buddy that aliens interbred with humans over dinner…
And I secretly wanted to be just like Julianne Moore in this commercial, the girl who didn’t believe in “it” until “it” happened to me…
September 25, 2015 / Alice Wessendorf / 0
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