Five Act Dream-Weaver : The Age of Quinn Martin

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Five Act Dream-Weaver : The Age of Quinn Martin

Post  Yakima Canutt on Wed Mar 28, 2012 6:44 pm

When Quinn Martin died, his wife Marianne 'Muffet' Webb was still alive.

Quinn Martin died in Rancho Santa Fe California. In 1906, the Santa Fe Railway initiated a project of growing eucalyptus trees for railroad timber at the Rancho San Dieguito which constitutes present-day Rancho Santa Fe. At that time about 93% of the property was under one ownership, but the balance of the acreage was vested in a number of separate owners. In August 1906, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company acquired the several tracts, taking title in its affiiliate, the so-called “Santa Fe Land Improvement Company”. Additional small parcels were added including the original properties owned by the Mexican settlers of the area, the Osuna family who had been recipients of a Mexican Land Grant under Mexican rule of California called "Rancho San Dieguito".

Before Quinn Martin died, he served in the US Army Signal Corps during 'Da Great War.' The Signal Corps was established in 1860, the brainchild of United States Army Major Albert J. Myer, and has had an important role from the American Civil War through the current day. Over its history, it had the initial responsibility for a number of functions and new technologies that are currently managed by other organizations, including military intelligence, weather forecasting, and aviation.

Albert James Myer, an Army doctor, was the first to conceive of the idea of a separate, trained professional military signal service. He proposed that the Army use his visual communications system called "wig-wag", or "aerial telegraphy", while serving as a medical officer in Texas in 1856. When the Army adopted his system on 21 June 1860, the Signal Corps was born with Myer as the first and only Signal Officer.

Major Myer first used his visual signaling system on active service in New Mexico during the 1860–1861 Navajo expedition. Using flags for daytime signaling and a torch at night, wigwag was tested in Civil War combat in June 1861 to direct the fire of a harbor battery at Fort Wool against the Confederate positions opposite Fort Monroe. Until 3 March 1863, when Congress authorized a regular Signal Corps for the duration of the war, Myer was forced to rely on detailed personnel. Some 2,900 officers and enlisted men served, although not at any single time, in the Civil War Signal Corps.

Myer's Civil War innovations included an unsuccessful balloon experiment at First Bull Run and, in response to McClellan's desire for a Signal Corps field telegraph train, an electric telegraph in the form of the Beardslee magnetoelectric telegraph machine. Even in the Civil War the wig-wag system, dependent upon line-of-sight, was waning in the face of the electric telegraph.

Quinn Martin began his Signal Corps service at Fort Mac-Arthur in ol' San Pedro.

In 1888 President Grover Cleveland designated an area overlooking San Pedro Bay as an unnamed military reservation intended to improve the defenses of the expanding Los Angeles harbor area. Additional land was purchased in 1897 and 1910, and Fort MacArthur was formally created on October 31, 1914. The fort was a training center during World War I, and the first large gun batteries for harbor defense were installed in 1917. The effectiveness of these fixed gun emplacements was debated for many years, and test firings were extremely unpopular with nearby residents, the concussion shattering windows in buildings and houses for miles around. By the end of World War II the large guns were already being removed, with the last decommissioned in 1948. Battery Osgood-Farley is probably the best preserved example of a United States coastal defense gun emplacement, and it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. A second site, Battery John Barlow and Saxton, was added to the Register in 1982.

During the early years of the Cold War, Fort MacArthur became a key part of the West Coast's anti-aircraft defenses, becoming the home base of the 47th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Brigade. A Nike surface-to-air missile battery was activated at the fort in 1954, remaining in service until the early 1970s.

Quinn Martin was a smashing success at the pony races, too.  He won the Carleton F. Burke Handicap TWICE with the ponies TOP COMMAND and Star of Erin II.  These ponies were ridden by crafty Billy Shoe-maker.

Quinn Martin's real name is not Quinn Martin.  His real last name was Cohn.  Was he ashamed of belonging to 'The Dozen Scheming Chosen Tribes' ?

Did you know Quinn Martin was also an adjunct professor at the University of California, San Diego's Warren College?  Warren College emphasizes the importance of living a balanced life. Founded in 1974, Warren College seeks to create academically balanced scholars.

Quinn Martin died in Rancho Sante Fe.  The Heaven's Gate Religious Organization members also died there.  On March 19–20, 1997, Heaven's Gate president Marshall Herff Applewhite Junior, (known among his followers as "Do")  taped himself speaking of mass suicide and asserted "it was the only way to evacuate this Earth." The Heaven's Gate group was against suicide but they believed they had no choice but to leave Earth as quickly as possible. After claiming that a space craft was trailing the comet Hale-Bopp, Applewhite convinced 38 followers to commit suicide so that their souls could board the supposed craft. Applewhite believed that after their deaths, a UFO would take their souls to another "level of existence above human," which Applewhite described as being both physical and spiritual. This and other UFO-related beliefs held by the group have led some observers to characterize the group as a type of UFO religion. In October 1996, the group purchased alien abduction insurance to cover up to 50 members at a cost of $10,000.

The cult rented a 9,200-sq.-ft. mansion, located at 18241 Colina Norte (later changed to Paseo Victoria), in a gated community of upscale homes in the San Diego-area community of Rancho Santa Fe, California from Sam Koutchesfahani, paying $7,000 per month in cash. The thirty-eight Heaven's Gate members, plus group leader Applewhite, were found dead in the home on March 26, 1997. In the heat of the California spring, many of the bodies had begun to decompose by the time they were discovered. The corpses underwent autopsies, where cyanide and arsenic were found. The bodies were later cremated.

The suicide was accomplished by ingestion of phenobarbital mixed with applesauce or pudding, washed down with vodka. Additionally, plastic bags were secured around their heads after ingesting the mix to induce asphyxiation. Authorities found the dead lying neatly in their own bunk beds, faces and torsos covered by a square, purple cloth. Each member carried a five dollar bill and three quarters in their pockets. All 39 were dressed in identical black shirts and sweat pants, brand new black-and-white Nike Decades athletic shoes, and armband patches reading "Heaven's Gate Away Team" (one of many instances of the group's use of the Star Trek fictional universe's nomenclature). The adherents, between the ages of 26 and 72, are believed to have died in three groups over three successive days, with remaining participants cleaning up after each prior group's death. Fifteen members died on March 24, fifteen more on March 25, and nine on March 26. Leader Applewhite was the third to last member to die; two women remained after him and were the only ones found without bags over their heads. Among the dead was Thomas Nichols, brother of Nichelle Nichols who is best known for her role as Uhura in the Star Trek television series.

One of the group's members, Rio DiAngelo, did not kill himself: weeks before the suicides DiAngelo agreed with Applewhite to leave the group so he could ensure future dissemination of Heaven's Gate videos and literature. He videotaped the mansion in Rancho Santa Fe; however, the tape was not shown to police until 2002, five years after the event.

Like Quinn Martin, Marshall Herff Applewhite Junior also served with the Signal Corps...

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Re: Five Act Dream-Weaver : The Age of Quinn Martin

Post  Yakima Canutt on Mon Mar 30, 2015 7:10 pm

Quinn Martin probably thought Quinn Martin was a pretty big deal. He might be surprised to learn how quickly folks forgot about him.

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