A huge 1951 Club welcome to interstellar law enforcement officer GORT , the eight-foot humanoid star of the 1951 film The Day the Earth Stood Still.
Now you may be wondering where GORT has been hanging out these past 60 years since 1951. ( I can’t hear you wondering … but I’m going to tell you anyway! ) GORT is currently to be found at The Science Fiction Hall of Fame within Seattle’s splendid EMP Museum. And before this … well let’s just say that he’s been keeping an eye on things.
I recently wrote a letter to GORT c/o the very helpful assistant Curator at the museum, Brooks Peck. It is a 1951 Club rule that agreement to membership has to be in writing. Fortunately Gort wrote back.
Hello. My name is Kris and I am an Earthling living in Ayrshire, Scotland. It’s not every day that I get to write to a mega-famous interstellar policeman like you but the nice people at the Science Fiction Museum & Hall of Fame said it was OK with them. I hear that you hang out there.
We have something in common Gort. We both arrived on this planet in the year 1951,although I have to say that only ONE of us is eight feet tall and landed in a spaceship.
Anyway Gort, I have an idea. I’m starting a new club called The 1951 Club and I’m inviting well-known humans and …Interstellar Law Enforcement Officers to become members.
So would you do us the great honour of agreeing to become a member please Gort.We would be really proud to count you among our number.
Even though you are an extraterrestrial we have taken you to our hearts. Most of us humans are trying really hard to behave and hopefully one day we’ll all learn not to fight so much. I expect you get on with everybody where you are.
Hey… if you had a dollar every time that someone says Gort, Klaatu barada nikto to you, I bet you’d be the richest robot in the universe. I expect it gets a bit annoying after a while but I’m guessing you’re pretty cool about it.
One more thing Gort…do you realise that next year in 2011 we’ll both hit 60 and I have to say you’re looking in pretty good shape.I expect you work out or something and drink a bit of oil. If you decide to have a 60th birthday party,will you invite me as I’m a bit worried about you blowing the candles out on your cake.It could get messy.
I think that’s about it for now Gort. I really have enjoyed writing to you and I hope that you will decide to become a member of The 1951 Club.
My very best wishes to you Gort
Dear Mr. White,
It is not my habit to communicate directly with human beings, although I hear and understand them. You have an expression on your planet that “actions speak louder than words,” and I agree. In my experience,politicians, reporters, scientists and others may talk a great deal, but what they actually do is most important. Words of peace may be followedby an attack-which is the more potent?
You mention my 60th birthday, and while I’m grateful that you
acknowledge it, I see those 60 years as a testament to humanity’s ability to control itself and become more civilized. Your people have pulled back, however slightly, from becoming a truly destructive force in the galaxy. I am glad that I have not been forced to act in order to restrain you. But I will keep my vigil.
I am glad to be in your 1951 club, and hope to join you in the 2051 club and beyond.