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NIghtmare at 20,000ft

May 6th, 2013

An actress playing in 1963 as the loyal wife of a man who had just been released from a mental sanitarium insists that they are heading home because he is cured from his malaise. However, the husband was forewarned just as he fastens his seatbelt that he may be destined to have to descend into a terryifng but possibly lifesaving episode of hideous fear: a gremlin which only the fearful man can see.

The TV episode became a classic entitled "Nightmare at 20,000 feet." Through the characters, who played man and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson seem devoted. Mr. Wilson says the he is asking a lot..."I'm asking you to advertise that you should claim you are married to a lunatic," who can see a gremlin when no one on the flight can view the apparition. Even the old doctor, the psychiatrist Dr. Martin, can see that something was amiss with the plane's ghost-like wings, that the as-yet-to-be-seen gremlin had been tinkering with.

Even though this obituary in the New York Times has run on May 30th, 2013, William Shatner obviously still is alive and quite well...at least enough to play quite clearly this brief role, which shanter still enjoys as much as he did in 1963.

Morever, William Shatner still loves playing a bit role as Mr. Wilson even as much as he enjoys hamming himself up then as as he does now, in June 2013.

The Enterprise, even in the dark, remains as glamourous a ship as it did half a century ago. And some of the thespians can have pointed ears and actually turn green when flashing their tails. However, if either one of you want to cling on, then so be it.

ELISSA SOMMERFIELD is a Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate from the University of Texas at Austin with an MA in English from SMU. She taught English at SMU and in the Dallas County Community College District. For under 30 years, she has conducted classes in SAT and ACT preparation as well as in graduate school exam instruction and study skills. Additionally, she has tutored extensively in most academic areas, the ISEE, the composition of school entrance essays, and editing books. She has served as an SAT and educational consultant for 29 Texas school districts and has authored four books on SATs plus, with Frances Bailey Wood, co-authored and revised one on how to study efficiently. An educational consultant, as well as graduate school, college, and boarding school counselor, she is a member of Independent Educational Consultants Association and Texas Association for College Admissions Counselors. Sommerfield actively maintains her Certified Educational Planner designation and at UT was a Phi Beta Kappa in her junior year.

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