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The show where we watch the 1970s TV show "In Search Of..." and look at possible explanations the producers didn't consider.

In Research Of William Blake Smith

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    • 4.6 • 229 Ratings

The show where we watch the 1970s TV show "In Search Of..." and look at possible explanations the producers didn't consider.

    S04E14 - San Andreas Fault [EXPLICIT]

    S04E14 - San Andreas Fault [EXPLICIT]

    Jeb and Blake are joined by Sharon Hill to get shook by the San Andreas Fault!
    Understanding the Richter Scale (logarithmic)
    Link (Netflix) to Earthstorm docu series
    YT video clip featuring geologist Dr. Kerry Sieh
    Classic Budweiser commercial from the 70s
    The Salton Sea
    Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power
    Nuclear activist Ray Vrana
    Peter Gros of Wild Kingdom
    San Andreas movie with The Rock (Amz affiliate link)
    Cover to guide for SF geological tour:
    Dr. Tim Hall - One of the founders of the San Andreas Fault Trail in 1977. Featured in 2011 documentary available on YT.
    Dr. Kerry Sieh
    The very sexy VT52 from DEC.
    NFA San Andreas edition: 

    • 2 hr
    S04E03 - The Dark Star

    S04E03 - The Dark Star

    In order to understand In Search Of… The Dark Star, Jeb and Blake will first need to get Sirius; Sirius-B, that is!
    Links from this episode:
    Siris (A part of the Canis Major constellation) 
    Jeb discussed a couple of evocative artworks:
     Appeal to the Great Spirit (Dallin)
    End of the Trail (Fraser) 
    North African musket (Moukahla)
    Colonial Williamsburg
    Hoop Rolling
    Jacquard Loom
    Punched Cards technology
    The Hans Guggenheim art project
    Isaac Koi UFO archives
    The Tribal Eye BBC documentary series (YouTube)
    Regarding Temple, Puhairich, Young, and The Nine
    The Sirius Mystery by Robert Temple
    Editorial letter about Temple from The Observatory
    Dogon Shame by Phillip Coppens
    Griaule's Legacy: Rethinking "la parole claire" in Dogon Studies
    Pop Culture References (affiliate links):
    Conjure Wife - aka Burn Witch Burn
    Bell, Book and Candle
    The "orbit" of the Dogon dark star.

    Nimoy posing with a tribal mask - our initial NFA image.

    Later we get to see his legs in this seated NFA supplementary:

    Hans Guggenheim initially appears in just a vest and pants.

    Later, he too is in more of a Safari look, and has a professorial pipe as well.

    Dr Gary Chapman, Astronomer

    The man who first photographed Sirius B - Dr Lindenblad

    A little of the FORTRAN code that powers the orbit animation in the episode:


    We don't have enough information to know who made Nimoy's safari clothing, but if you want to try and track down a very close approximation, this example from J. Peterman's (est 1987) is as close a match as I've seen. You would still need to find it in a vintage shop because at present they don't sell these.


    • 2 hr 32 min
    S04E12 - Ten Commandments (Explicit)

    S04E12 - Ten Commandments (Explicit)

    Blake and Jeb look for the real location of Mt. Sinai, where Moses was supposed to have received the Ten Commandments from God.

    • 2 hr 27 min
    S04E11 - In Search of D. B. Cooper

    S04E11 - In Search of D. B. Cooper

    Jeb and Blake extinguish our cigarettes, put our trays in the upright position, and head out the back of the plane in search of the elusive skyjacker known as D. B. Cooper.
    Nimoy Fashion Alert - dimly lit corporate office edition.
    D. B. Cooper - Wikipedia
    The Pursuit of D. B. Cooper (Movie) - if you buy it on Amazon we get a few pennies.
    Recent Netflix series on D. B. Cooper
    Blake's friend Rick Ollerman offered some opinions on vintage round parachutes.
    Later we meet Nimoy outside where you can make out more of his ensemble.
    Of course this is an episode about D. B. Cooper - who for Jeb and I, evokes the classic "MIB" look.
    This ain't deal-a-meal. This is a different Richard Simmons.
    There is some great photography in this episode. I liked seeing the reservoir and dam. Imagine landing there on a stormy November night without jump boots...
    Finally - kudos to the faceless Cooper stand-in who lugged stuff around in the anonymous re-creations. 

    • 2 hr 37 min
    S04E10 - Pompeii (Explicit)

    S04E10 - Pompeii (Explicit)

    Jeb and Blake join Leonard Nimoy's search for Pompeii!  (Well - is it really about finding Pompeii?  Or is it about finding a possibly Christian cross in Pompeii?  Tune in and find out!)
    Depictions of the crucifixion in Medieval Art
    People debating the cross at Pompeii
    Christian graffiti at Pompeii
    House of the Faun - Pompeii
    About that "lost Legion" thing
    Discovery and rediscovery of Pompeii
    Giuseppe Fiorelli 
    Terentius Neo
    Villa of Mysteries
    Dinosyian Mysteries
    Greco-Roman Mysteries
    Nimoy Fashion Alert!

    Hey - it's NOT a Jumpsuit.

    We complain but there really is WAY too much red-shift in the majority of this episode:

    You need pumice? WE GOT BUCKETS OF PUMICE!


    • 2 hr 14 min
    S04E09 - The Abominable Snowman

    S04E09 - The Abominable Snowman

    Jeb and Blake track the last cryptozoology episode of the original In Search Of… as we join the late Peter C. Byrne in a search for "The Abominable Snowman."
    Imagining the Wild Man: Yeti Sightings in Folktales and Newspapers of the Darjeeling and Kalimpong Hills
    More on Tom Slick - MonsterTalk
    Monty Python "abattoir" sketch
    Searching for Sasquatch (affiliate link)
    Article about Byrne still "hunting" in his 90s.
    The Eternal Return
    Bigfoot Map
    Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds (YouTube)
    Horror in the Heights - Kolchak Episode with Rakshasha
    NFA - "Proof of Life" 

    Crevasse photo we mention from the episode.

    • 2 hr 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
229 Ratings

229 Ratings

TeriLeV ,

very smart

smart, fun, deep dives. i wish these 2 did more podcasts.

genxorcist ,

So GenX ❤️

Let’s face it : the vast majority of podcasters are glib, groveling midwit millennials with high grating voices who giggle reflexively and think they’re a lot smarter than they are and say things like “Die Hard is a Christmas Movie” 😖
These GenX dudes actually KNOW stuff!!

UpstateInkedLady ,

Worth the wait

IRO isn’t updated as regularly/often as some of my other favorite podcasts, but oh man, is it worth the wait. Jeb and Blake play off each other very well and both are such amazing researchers. If you’re a paranormal nerd or a fan of In Search Of, you need these two geeks and their wonderful podcast in your life.

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