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Burn After Reading

Spoiler Alert:  This post has nothing to do with the Coen movie starring George Clooney and an all-star ensemble cast (although I plan to see that very movie sometime this weekend and will post a review following said viewing).

This post is about Mission Impossible, the TV series not the Tom Cruise movie series. Can you recall the theme song?

As a kid in the early ’70s, Peter Graves was the epitome of cool thanks to his stunts and acting prowess on Mission Impossible.  The series ran from 1966 – 1973 and captured that young male demographic with a frenzy, including me. There were many days when I would walk to elementary school humming that theme song. And who didn’t want to be Jim at recess.

“Your mission, if you choose to accept it, will no doubt put you in perilous danger. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds.” And that tiny little reel-to-reel recorder always smoked and disintegrated in to molten plastic. What great special effects!

In short, Mission Impossible gave the phrase “burn after reading” its meaning. And since I’m a bit of a pyro nut, burning/self-destruction of any inanimate object seems like a good idea. It definitely sends warm fuzzies through my bones.

Now excuse me while I lull myself to sleep humming that theme song.


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