Ray and I were sitting at the bar before pub quiz the other night talking about Star Trek. For those of you that don't have terminally geeky Star Trek fans for friends, one of the topics that often comes up is "Least favorite episode" we go now to the conversation....
Me: obviously 'Spock's Brain'. An episode that's so bad, even heckling it seems too easy, somehow.
Ray: Nah. 'Requiem for Methuselah' has to be the worst one ever made.
Me: What? The one with the immortal guy? I like that episode!
Ray: Still the worst ever.
Ray: Well, he's immortal, right?
Ray: And he's been all these great men... Solomon, Alexander, Lazarus, Methuselah, Merlin, Brahms, Leonardo Da Vinci even...
Ray: Well, that's just silly. If Brahms was immortal, someone would have found him out. When you reach a certain level of fame, people start to document your background. We know where he grew up, we know where he learned to read music, and we know who his parents were.
Me: But if you were immortal, such things would be easy to fake.
Ray: I don't think so.
Me: Take Walter Cronkite... What do we really know about him that isn't what he's told us? He gained notoriety in his twenties, and everything before that is just his say so.
Ray: No... you see that's my point... people have looked into his background. They know where he went to high school... they've interviewed his relatives...
Me: No... they found a picture that could have been planted in a yearbook, and interviewed some old folks who claim to have raised him... both easily faked.
Ray: I'm sorry... there's no way Walter Cronkite could be an immortal, dude.
Me: Well, what about Dan Rather?
Ray: Oh, him... absolutely.