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Al Lewis and the Neptune Mystery

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As you've probably heard, Al Lewis who played Grandpa Munster sadly died yesterday. Coincidentally tonight I watched the Lost in Space episode "Rocket to Earth" which features Al Lewis as the wizard Zalto.

[Al Lewis as Zalto with Dr Smith]

Jeff alerted me to a bizarre mystery involving Zalto. At one point during the episode he states that Neptune has three rings. Neptune does have three main rings. The only problem is that the rings appear to have been first discovered in the 80s ( says they were first detected in 1983) while "Rocket to Earth" was screened in 1967.

Presumably the only person who could shed light on how the rings came to be mentioned over a decade earlier than they were discovered is episode writer Barney Slater, but unfortunately he died in 1978, so the mystery remains...

(Unless my info about the year the rings were discovered is totally wrong, of course. :)

Posted February 6, 2006 8:52 PM



Posted by: Anonymous | April 21, 2009 1:03 PM

I met Al Lewis as a teenager in the 1970s he used to go to LoveIns and that sort of events one of these events was a Space-Out I think it was called in a Park in Hollywood. Al drove and old Mercedes and would give me a ride down Sunset Blvd. and he gave a friend of mine Anthony Montesa rides as well. He was a really cool guy and was not gay at all. I never mentioned anything about his Hollywood parts he did like the Munsters etc.we would chit chat about the events we attended a little and then I would tell him ok this a good spot and he would pull over and let me out, saved me many hours waiting for the bus. Maybe that is why I give rides to folks to this day. He always had that little bit of a smile when I saw him.

Posted by: byteseeker | September 10, 2012 3:20 PM

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