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.

Dear Gort

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.

Sincerely yours,

6 responses to “GORT

  1. Hi there Gort
    Thanks for writing and good to know that you’re around to keep an eye on things. Not too sure about the 2051 club but it would be nice to meet up one day for a drink of oil and a Southern Comfort.

  2. Pingback: 1951 Club Revisited … and Gort wrote back | 1951 Club

  3. I am super impressed that the incredible Gort wrote back to you. He is an splendid addition to the 1951 club.

  4. 2017: North Korea is rapidly developing weapons of mass destruction and their leader is threatening to use nuclear weapons on the West.
    President Trump is saying that North Korea will face total destruction if they carry on down this path. You can’t reverse. history but there is nothing to say that peace and love can’t break out on a global scale.

  5. Reblogged this on 1951 Club and commented:

    Today I am reblogging a post from 2011 because it is quite timely. It contains a message from GORT the interstellar enforcement robot (The Day the Earth Stood Still, 1951).
    Certain world leaders should take note.

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