Hey folks, Harry here with a tidbit on the state of the wacky world of Banzai from W.D. Richter his own self. So bend them corners of your mouth north and show some teeth... ya hear? Cool.
Harry, "Grimmtooth" here.
Since El Cosmico seems to be in limbo for the moment, could you pass this on to someone appropriate at the site?
From the website of the Banzai Institute (http://www.banzaiinstitute.com/):
A FAX FROM W.D. RICHTER
December 15, 1999
To: All Fans of B. Banzai
From: W.D. Richter
Dr. B. Banzai stopped me in the hall a few days ago. He'd been working with a team of NASA engineers for 72 hours straight, trying to establish contact with the Mars Polar Lander. As you can imagine, he was pretty haggard, but not so tired as to fail to say "hello" to a friend.
Anyway, Dr. Banzai wanted to tell me how much he had enjoyed reading Earl Mac Rauch's revision of the "Buckaroo Banzai: Ancient Secrets & New Mysteries" pilot script for the proposed Fox Television series. He said that he was particularly pleased that Rauch's new version focuses even more on certain ongoing threats to public safety. "Without being too alarmist," said Banzai, "I think you are performing a public service by helping people to realize the insidious dangers posed by the World Crime League. For that, I salute both you and Fox Television."
Dr. Banzai asked me when we might expect a decision from the network on whether to "go to pilot" with the project. I explained to Dr. Banzai that the revision, which had been requested by Fox, had just gone to the network last week. The nature of the television industry, I explained, was that it was inherently unpredictable. Projects can languish in "development hell" for what seems like forever, only to be "fast-tracked" at the drop of a hat when you least expect it.
"How well I understand that," Banzai smiled. "It is as Albert Einstein once observed, that a moment on a hot stove seems like an eternity, while an afternoon with a pretty girl seems like an instant." In the meantime, I reminded him, Rauch continues his work on the "Lizardo Quartet" of novels. At that point, Mrs. Johnson interrupted us with an urgent call for Dr. Banzai from the United Nations Famine Relief Project (something about airdropping watermelons), and he was off. I could only wonder what adventures the future still holds for the good doctor.