October 23, 2004

The final abduction.

Death comes to Betty Hill, who started the alien abduction craze with her 1966 book "The Interrupted Journey: Two Lost Hours 'Aboard a Flying Saucer'" Estelle Parsons played her in the 1975 movie "The UFO Incident."

Thanks, Betty, for your stunning and original contribution to American popular mythology. To your fertile mind, we owe so many cultural manifestations, from "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" to that "South Park" episode.