Coordinating the Effort
To Keep the World Safe
The Globe-Guardian is pleased and proud to serve as
the central communications hub for the newly formed Blimp Spotters
Still very much in its infancy, the BSB was
officially launched Oct. 31, 2000, when Brig. Gen. Abnes Carthen, founder
and commander of the organization convened the first general meeting in
Brig. Gen. Carthen's suspicions were aroused earlier
this year, after she saw the familiar Goodyear Blimp over the skies of the
San Francisco Bay area far more often than could be reasonably expected.
She has since been attempting to alert the rest of the country and the
free world about the dangers which may be inherent in these low-flying
denizens of the heavens.
"Fans of sporting events have long been
accustomed to seeing a blimp overhead, perhaps lulling them into a false sense
of security when these airships appear for no apparent reason," Carthen
noted in her keynote speech before the organizational convention. "That may be just what blimp operators want you to think."
Evidence that Carthen is correct in this line
of reasoning was recently submitted to the Globe-Guardian in the form of a
response from a reader of the FutureNews™ story detailing the BSB convention.
"I love blimps, as do all we athletic
types," wrote Steve from Kenosha, Wisconsin. "Great
Carthen has made clear that the BSB is not
currently at war with the blimps, only keeping them under intense
scrutiny. She encourages all citizens of the world to send their blimp
reports and observations to the Globe-Guardian as the BSB undertakes to
assemble what she regards as the "Big Blimp Picture."
If you have seen a blimp or at least suspect
that you have seen a blimp, please complete the report
form and submit it to the Globe-Guardian. Anyone who provides a report
automatically becomes a member of the Blimp Spotters Brigade, earning
advancement through the ranks with each incident sent.
"Do you know what skill it takes to identify a blimp from a
distance?" Carthen questioned a detractor in a recent
interview. "It is not an easy thing to do. First, you must identify the
possibility that it is a blimp -- rather than a Mylar balloon -- then
you must stay with it while walking, working, or otherwise occupying
your time. Others have tried and failed. Blimp spotting is a
high art to which many are called, but few are chosen."
"Become one of the elite few
who are both called and chosen," Carthen concluded. "Eyes to the skies!"