LA 2017

Directed by Steven Spielberg, the episode 'LA 2017' of the science-fiction TV series, 'The Name of the Game', was produced in 1970 and first went on air in January 1971. 'LA 2017' took viewers 46 years into the future, to the year 2017. Gene Barry played publisher Glenn Howard who fell asleep in his car and woke up in the year 2017. In 2017, Los Angeles became a city which had gone underground because of pollution with 3 million people left. 

Associated Press noted, "The culture has become frozen in the 30 years the city has been underground and rock has become the music of the elderly." Inspired by an ecology piece Philip Wylie of 'A Generation of Vipers' had written for 'The Los Angeles Times', producer Dean Hargrove approached Philip Wylie with his vision of the future as the duo developed 'LA 2017' for television. 

Dean Hargrove explained, "What we had in mind was that everyone thinks technology will somehow save us. It's a safety valve. What we wanted to show is that technology may not save us at all, but may cause the problems. We show that the world of the future may well be a slum and a nightmare." Barry Sullivan added, "It's a helluva show. Not in the Orwellian sense of personal horrors, but in a kind of arbitrary presentation of a set of facts about what can happen."

"Television has had bad years and good years," Barry Sullivan proclaimed, "and believe me, this (1970) is one of the good ones. An actor measures seasons by the parts he gets to play. I’ve had some beauties this year (1969-1970). Maybe television’s growing up. Discovering reality can be fun. But then any year in which I can play Arthur Miller and Philip Wylie on television has got to look good to me."

Filming of the underground corridors in 'LA 2017', Dean Hargrove disclosed, "We finally wound up going to the Hyperion sewage plant at Plata Del Rey." Associated Press reported, "The desolate outdoor scenes were filmed in the section of Los Angeles swept by brush fires. The film was then washed in an orange dye to give the outdoor scenes an acrid, smoggy effect." 

Wearing a sheepskin coat, Barry Sullivan drank a glass of Martini before speaking to the press, "It ('LA 2017') was depressing to make. We filmed it right after the Malibu-Northbridge fire – the rubble of houses, the ashes, the charred earth. It looked like the world Wylie describes where the air is toxic and the surface will not support life."

As he ordered for another glass of Martini, Barry Sullivan continued, "Then I have a line telling Glenn Howard what happened, how it started in the Bay of Bengal, that tens of thousands of square miles of slime, algae, appeared, giving off a killing gas, poisoning the air – and people began to die. Well, about that time, there was that deadly storm off the Indian Ocean and you couldn’t stop yourself thinking: 'It's beginning, it’s beginning.'"

Barry Sullivan maintained, "The kind of reality television is doing is bringing out the best actors and the best directors … For 'LA 2017', Spielberg – he’s 23 (in 1970). An infant. Yet for me they (the different directors) were interchangeable, such was my confidence in each of them … The young aren’t worried. It's the oldsters who worry where the kids will go to get started. They'll go to television. There's never been a tougher school. Here’s the repertory company of today (in 1970)."

English writer W.T. Stead told the world in 1907, telepathy would be the future method of communication, the universal medium of communication between man and man. In its experimental stage in 1907, Andrew McConnell from Atlanta, Georgia enthused he was able to talk telepathically with a woman 1,200 miles away. W.T. Stead told the press that telepathy from the subconscious mind had for years (to 1907) been employed by himself for the reception of news without the intervention of the ordinary channels of sense.

W.T. Stead argued the difficulty of working with the subconscious mind was that "its consciousness is rarely conterminous with that of the physical consciousness, it ignores much that to us appears important, and in chronicling facts it is most embarrassingly indifferent to conditions of time. These are, however, but the obstacles, the inevitable difficulties which baffle and tantalize the investigator in any unknown field.

"What has been demonstrated times without number is that friends at a distance of hundreds of miles can and do transmit to me by the agency of automatic handwriting the most secret thoughts and confidences of their hearts. They are not conscious of the use which their subconscious self is making of my hand, but they cannot deny the extraordinary accuracy with which time and again the contents of their inmost minds have been communicated to me.

"My experience has sufficed to prove to me that, providing two minds are in tune, mind can transmit thought to mind instantaneously over distances of hundreds of thousands of miles. There are plenty of errors in transmission, flaws and imperfections in the telepathic process, but the fact that mind can and does transmit thought to mind across vast spaces without the agency of any wire or electrical instrument whatever is to be almost as well established as the fact that there is a postal system and that a letter dropped into a pillar box in the street, with a penny stamp upon it, will be delivered in the course of the next day to any address within a radius of 300 miles.

"But my experiments have hitherto been entirely confined to the receipt of messages from the subconscious mind of the transmitter, who is not conscious at the time that the subliminal part of him was communicating to me his ideas, his hopes, his fears or his actual experiences. I have, however, always believed that it would be possible to make the physical consciousness as receptive and as communicative as the subconsciousness."

In 1988, the 6.30pm cable program 'The Gordon Banta Show' went on air. Gordon Banta would "teach people how to think in a creative way, not to be like a fortune teller around the corner. I tap into their mind and tell them what they do wrong. People set themselves up to fail." Pointing out psychic was a talent requiring training, practice and diligence, Gordon Banta stressed, "It is not a gift, a power that only psychics have. I believe everybody has it. They're just not aware of it."

Gordon Banta spoke to reporter Laney Salisbury about the left and right hemisphere of the brain in terms of the conscious and subconscious parts of the mind. The left side would hold the conscious-memory and perception, understood to be "an electric sensory functioning like a radio transmitter." Within the left side were senses which constantly sought pleasure which when attained would be short lived. Gordon Banta reasoned, pleasure, therefore, would not to be true happiness.

Happiness, Gordon Banta emphasized could only be attained through self-awareness which usually occurred through the development of the subconscious, the more subtle and creative aspect of one's mind. Since the senses situated in the left hemisphere, intuition would be situated in the right, acting as the "radio receiver" tapping into the subliminal happenings and fleeting ideas which did not get pick up by the senses. "Our subconscious mind knows everything. It is constantly receiving thoughts. It is all there for us to use," Gordon Banta informed. Every new idea, Gordon remarked, would have already been thought of by the universal consciousness, which was the creator.

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