Sports Legends

The controversial and intense distance runner was born 70 years ago. His hard-elbowed passion still inspires us.

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Lately, I’ve been wondering what would Steve do?

Steve Prefontaine would be 70 years old this month. He was born January 25, 1951.

Before Pre died in a post-midnight car accident at the age of 24 in May of 1975, the running legend held the American record in seven distance track events from the 2000 meters to the 10,000 meters.

If he was around today, what would he make of the world we’ve made?

“Go Pre!”

I attended the University of Oregon back when Prefontaine was breaking all those incredible records. …


Present Tense | Future Imperfect

With the world as unsettled as it is, trying to introduce UFO/UAP reality into the mix may seem like a precarious policy.

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Can we actually handle the truth?

Times are tough. Just over a year ago, the coronavirus sent us indoors to watch the number of victims skyrocket and the economy crater. Then, after the George Floyd murder, demands for racial justice in the face of police abuse sent people into the streets across the nation. We just went through an election aftermath where the sitting U.S. president incited a riot in the halls of Congress.

Now a new President Biden has taken the oath of office with the nation’s vaccine program needing an aggressive kick-start. …


Alternate History Thought Experiment

Imagine Trump decided to spin the election results instead of lie about them.

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Imagine Donald Trump in the ex-President’s Club.

It’s been — to say the least — an extremely bumpy road from Election Night to Inauguration Day. Pretty much all of the credit/blame for that goes to former President Donald Trump who not only hated to lose but couldn’t get over himself in the interests of his country.

What if Donald Trump had gotten over himself in his own self-interest?

As a screenwriter and author, one of my specialties is alternate history. …


Estimate of the Situation

The New Year is on track to be one of the most significant years in the history of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena.

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We can already make a few key assumptions about 2021.

First, there’s going to be a report about UAP released before June 25th. This is firm reality because the Senate Intelligence Committee (as part of the recent Omnibus bill) has demanded one from the Director of National Intelligence. DNI has been instructed to work with the Department of Defense and the UAP Task Force embedded in the Office of Naval Intelligence. Whether it will be one of those historic markers in UFO disclosure or another disappointing dose of smoke and mirrors remains to be seen.

Second, there will be more shoes dropping in the world of crash wreckage retrieval and, possibly, reverse engineering attempts. The New York Times has already dipped its establishment toes into this one in 2020 and must obviously be working on a follow-up. If we’re talking about crash wreckage, can a reckoning about Roswell be far behind? Breaking new stories won’t belong entirely to The New York Times. Other news organizations will start doing original reporting in far greater depth, particularly once the nation’s attention moves beyond Donald Trump. …


The Year Ahead for Disclosure

Congress has given the U.S. intelligence agencies until June 25th to get a report together on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena.

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Happy New Year to UFO investigators, researchers and activists. It looks like 2021 has hit warp speed when it comes to a significant development in the study of UAP reality.

Fast review: Last June, the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence called for the Director of National Intelligence to put together a report on UAP activity within 180 days of the enactment of the Intelligence Authorization Act. The IAA was part of the omni bill passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the President to get the Covid relief funding out there. Bottom line, the Act has been enacted. …


A moody 24-hour pop-up music video says goodbye to the hard knocks of 2020 and looks to a better future.

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“Next Christmas” was created as a kind of “pop-up” music video — something that comes together fast, clock ticking, no time to look back, an idea that just needs to get up and out. Our concept was simple: to acknowledge 2020 for the set-back it’s been and look forward to a year from now when life will be better for everyone. Record that song and make a video for it. In 24 hours.

Don Most (“Happy Days”) sings revised lyrics by Jackie & Bryce Zabel (“Atlantis: The Lost Empire”), accompanied on piano by Loren Gold (“The Who”).

Please share with your friends this holiday season. Here is our shortened URL: https://bit.ly/NextChristmas2020A


In 1969, The Beatles tried to make an album in front of cameras with mixed results. You’re finally going to see it.

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Director Peter Jackson has shared a sneak peek at his highly anticipated documentary project, “Get Back.” The 56 hours of footage it draws on is beautiful, vibrant and crisp. The new film promises to be everything that the original film made from the same material, “Let It Be,” was not.

Where Jackson’s film will end, “Once There Was a Way: What if The Beatles Stayed Together?” begins. The novel just won the coveted Sidewise Award for Alternate History, and lets John, Paul, George and Ringo find an authentic way to work it out.

Meantime, here’s the “not-a-trailer” trailer for “Get Back.”


We’ve failed on masks and social distancing, so the vaccine is now the thing.

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This really should not be an issue. When we’re losing a 9/11’s worth of American citizens every day now to Covid-19, we should be appreciating that many of the best scientific minds in the medical universe came together to create a supremely effective vaccine in record time. We can now restore normal in 2021.

My wife, Jackie Zabel, and I wrote a four-hour limited TV series called “Pandemic” in 2006. Here is our behind-the-scenes analysis of lessons learned from the production, ending with some clarity about taking a vaccine.


We were dead right to be scared about what he would do if he lost.

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President Trump just held an Oval Office meeting where invoking martial law to change the election results was on the agenda.

The pitch to get tough on states that voted for Biden came from former national security advisor Michael Flynn, a convicted felon who was fired his first month in office for lying, then pardoned by Trump last month. He was back in the Oval with Sidney Powell, his and Trump’s berserker lawyer who has a win-loss record recently that’s all loss.

Covid deaths are at an all-time high, the economy needs life support, and the Russians just staged a cyber-attack. The President’s priority, however, is to kick around a martial law order to re-run the election.

Don’t laugh this off.

About

Bryce Zabel

Writer/producer, features, TV. Creator, five primetime series. Ex: TV Academy CEO; CNN correspondent; USC professor. Author: Beatles, JFK what-ifs. UFO analyst.

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