Remembering the King of Cool

Steve McQueen died on this day, November 7, in 1980.

He went from a delinquent youth who did time in reform schools to the world’s most popular actor in the 1960s and the 1970s.

Nearly forty years after his death at the age of 50, Steve McQueen is still considered The King of Cool.

Riding an early wave of popularity in America, McQueen became an international star as the ‘Cooler King’ Hilts in the 1963 World War II P.O.W. classic ‘The Great Escape’ and his climactic motorcycle ride while being pursued by Nazi troops.

His signature role will always be as the taciturn detective in the 1968 mega-hit Bullitt, known the world over for the greatest car chase in cinematic history through San Francisco between McQueen’s Ford Mustang and the killer’s black Dodge Charger.



Enlisting Silver Surfer to help in my Cosmic Quest

It’s a long shot but profound grief makes one push the envelope.

First of all, let me tell you about this super hero, the Silver Surfer. Man, I can’t begin tell you what he can do (see footnote below). But just for starters, he travels throughout the Universe on a surfboard craft faster than the speed of light.  

Now, as incredible as this sounds, there’s a remote chance that I can enlist the Silver Surfer to help find my wife, who, I hope beyond hope and pray beyond prayer, is somewhere out there, among the 100 billion galaxies in the Universe.

The Silver Surfer suffered his own loss of a soulmate, so he would understand my quest.


I don’t mean to insult any reader, but in case you don’t know, the Silver Surfer is a humanoid alien with indestructible metallic skin who can travel through space on the surfboard at superluminal speed.

He used to be an astronomer, Norrin Radd, who lived on the planet Zenn-La, which was targeted for extinction by the planet devourer Galactus, a god-like figure who feeds on the energy of living planets. 


Radd confronted Galactus and offered to become his herald, seeking out new worlds for him to devour if Galactus would spare Zenn-La. Galactus agreed and transformed Radd into the silver-skinned, cosmic-powered super-being, imbuing him with a small portion of his Power Cosmic.* (see footnote)

Radd basically had sold his soul; he served Galactus for 100 years. But when Galactus planned to devour Earth, things changed radically for the conflicted Radd. It’s a complex story [see here] but with the help of the Fantastic Four, the Silver Surfer rediscovered his noble spirit and his soul.

The Silver Surfer defied Galactus and saved Earth! Galactus took his revenge by exiling him to Earth, where the Silver Surfer joined forces with the Fantastic Four and other super heroes to fight demons and destroyers throughout the Universe.

Heavy duty stuff! So here’s the deal. I have a supernatural acquaintance — I can say no more about that at this time — who has a way (again, secrecy must prevail) of contacting a certain member of the Fantastic Four, who in turn can contact the Silver Surfer.

As I said, it’s not going to be easy — in fact it’s going to be incredibly difficult — but I believe that nothing is impossible in this already impossible Universe.

*Herewith the “aesthetic evil” of the footnote: Power Cosmic is cosmic energy that allows the possessor to perform God-like feats, including creating life, resurrection, manipulating souls, memories and emotions, telepathy, telekinesis, size alteration, transmutation of matter, teleportation of objects across space, creation of force fields, inter-dimensional portals, and, the most formidable of all, mass-scale events such as re-creating dead worlds and destroying multiple solar systems simultaneously.


More out there than cold, crazy New York City!

Something to go to bed with on a cold night in the American northeast — with many more to come.

Makes me ask myself, Why continue to live in a cold, unfriendly, over-priced overtaxed, savage city of useless politicians and psychos who get on New York City subway trains with chainsaws?

My post is a poor rendition of one posted earlier tonight by a wonderful man and talented genius who blogs as ‘Outosego’ and who put the idea in my head:

Hawaii O5 | coming soon

Thank you, Outosego. You are a treasure in the vast, ethereal world of the Internet.