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Terry Dickson: What's in outer space? Our current events traveling on radio waves

Posted: July 9, 2014 - 4:31pm  |  Updated: July 9, 2014 - 6:21pm

ST. SIMONS ISLAND | Is anybody out there among those stars? If you are, can you hear us?

While running Sunday morning, I heard something on NPR’s “TED Radio Hour” that got me thinking. A scientist said we’ve been blasting radio waves out to the expanding universe for decades via TV and radio: an ever growing sound bubble, she called it.

You figure that mixed in are police radios, baby monitors and truckers’ CBs.

If extraterrestrials pick it up, do they treat it like I do when, scanning for something on the radio, a Latino station comes in loud and clear and undecipherable. I hit the scan button again.

In TED Radio’s sound bubble, I picked out Richard Nixon’s familiar voice saying, “I am not a crook.”

Before I slowed my run to a walk — not much decrease was required — I had come up with dozens of phrases that are flying through space in our ever expanding universe.

Here are few, some from my memory, more from Google:

“If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.” — Johnny Cochran.

“I did not have sex with that woman.” — Bill Clinton.

“Here’s Johnny.” — Ed McMahan.

“My motto is live every day to the fullest, in moderation.” — Lindsay Lohan.

“I can’t do anything in moderation.”’ — Ozzy Osbourne

“A woman is like a tea bag — you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” Eleanor Roosevelt.

“Beep, beep.’’ — The Road Runner.

“Wal-Mart. … Do they like make walls there?” — Paris Hilton.

“Zero five, zero five. This is zero five Quebec. We have movement to our front.” Army Sgt. Terry Dickson in a whisper.

“Wee, doggies.” — Jed Clampett.

“Just say no to drugs.” — Nancy Reagan

“I ain’t the same guy I was when I bit that guy’s ear off.’’ Mike Tyson.

“Well, excuuuse me,” Steve Martin

“And to the C students, I say you, too, can be president of the United States.” — George W. Bush.

“God gave us two hands, one to receive with and the other to give with.” — The Rev. Billy Graham.

“I would never join a club that would accept someone like me as a member.” — Groucho Marx

“....” Harpo Marx

“If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle.” — Hillary Clinton.

“My whole family’s dead. It looks like they’ve been beat to death. I don’t know, man.” — Guy Heinze Jr.

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Martin Luther King Jr.

“One ‘a these days, Alice. Pow, zoom, straight to the moon.” — Jackie Gleason.

“That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” — Neil Armstrong.

“We will bury you. Your children will be our slaves.” — Nikita Khruschev.

“Ich bin ein Berliner.” — John F. Kennedy

“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” — Ronald Reagan

“Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours,” and “Pair up in threes.” Yogi Berra.

“Bddpt, bddpt, bddpt, That’s all folks.” — Porky Pig.

terry.dickson@jacksonville.com,(912) 264-0405

 
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