Truth or Consequences in Cosmic New Mexico

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  1. BillDayson

    BillDayson New Member

    LONDON - Virgin Galactic, the British company created by entrepreneur Richard Branson to send tourists into space, and New Mexico announced an agreement Tuesday for the state to build a $225 million spaceport. Virgin Galactic also revealed that up to 38,000 people from 126 countries have paid a deposit for a seat...

    The spaceport, to be located some 25 miles south of the town of Truth or Consequences, will be constructed 90 percent underground, with just the runway and supporting structures above ground...

    Branson formed Virgin Galactic after watching SpaceShipOne, a craft designed by Burt Rutan and funded by Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen, become the first privately manned rocket to reach space last year...

    Branson is due to join New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson in the United States on Wednesday to unveil the spaceport plans.
  2. DesElms

    DesElms New Member

    Hey nosborne48... maybe you should see if there's a "space law" specialization for the LLM you're workin' on.

    Hey... wait a minute... I think I just remembered something...

    [momentary pause while DesElms goes and looks-up something]

    Yes! I remembered right! You can get an SJD from NWCULAW with a concentration in "Space Law."

    Groovy! See... now you don't have to move to Colorado or Minnesota. The mountain's coming to you!

  3. Ian Anderson

    Ian Anderson Active Member

  4. nosborne48

    nosborne48 Well-Known Member

    Space Law and Ralph Edwards' evil plot

    There IS a reasonable amount of "Space Law" out there, too. One of my favorite scenes from "Aliens" is where the salvors are cutting open the capsule and discover that segourni Weaver is inside and still alive. You hear one worker mutter, "She's alive. There goes our salvage."

    Not actually true, but it's a great line.

    Now that the T or C dude, Ralph Edwards, has gone on to his reward, I hope they change the name back to Hot Springs.
  5. John Bear

    John Bear Senior Member

    Now that Ralph Edwards has gone to that Great Game Show in the Sky, I wonder if there is any movement in Truth or Consequences to change their name back to Hot Springs?
  6. nosborne48

    nosborne48 Well-Known Member

    This has ALWAYS been a divisive issue in T or C.

    There's actually a fairly new city just north of T or C called Elephant Butte. (You can GUESS what the LOCALS call it.) Anyway, they didn't just annex themselves into T or C, which would have made better sense, at least in part because they didn't like the NAME.
  7. uncle janko

    uncle janko member

    Shows what I know. I didn't realise that the name was a TV gimmick. I figured it went back to cowboy times/el tiempo de vaquero.

    Carthage must be destroyed.
  8. BillDayson

    BillDayson New Member

    I thought the same thing.

    Tumbleweeds blowin'. A grim-faced loner slowly rides into the town's one dusty street. Townspeople hustle their kids indoors. The man slowly climbs off his horse, adjusts his gun belt, and we hear his boots clompin' and spurs jinglin' on the wooden sidewalk as he pushes through the swinging doors of the saloon with a scowl...

    Truth or Consequences. Right up there with Tombstone.

    Or maybe I'm confusing it with a early Clint Eastwood movie.
  9. uncle janko

    uncle janko member

    Fair's fair.

    There oughta be a Los Escuchos de David, New Mexico. Or Las Menoras.
  10. nosborne48

    nosborne48 Well-Known Member

    If I recall the story correctly, Edwards promised, on his show, to make an annual pilgrimage to whichever town or city would change its name to Truth or Consequences.

    Hot Springs (in a fit of municipal frivolity or councilar inebreation) did so. Edwards kept his promise right up to the end, too, visiting once a year. If you've never visited T or C, all I can say is, the trip wasn't exactly a reward in itself!

    The town park is named Ralph Edwards Park.
  11. John Bear

    John Bear Senior Member

    Actually a radio gimmick, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Truth or Consequences program in 1950. Edwards promised to broadcast from there every May, and I believe he did, as long as the program lasted.

    It is probably not true that the big annual football game is against the team from Truth or Dare, Michigan.*

    * Detroit agreed to change its name, as long as Madonna promised never] to broadcast from there.
  12. nosborne48

    nosborne48 Well-Known Member

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