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Title:
The Aurora Group
Plot:
A man's problems begin after finding a quarter in his new suit dated nearly ten years into the future. After his discovery, he becomes plagued by visions of a future in which he murders his wife and becomes desperate when other objects from beyond begin appearing in his presence.

Episode:
0597
Air Dates:
First Run - February 8, 1977
Repeat - June 4, 1977
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16 Responses to Episode 0597


This one reminds me a little of the film "Somewhere in Time". Except that he is going forward in time, rather than backwards. Quite the Intriguing story I must say.:-)

Wow, I remember hearing this episode first run as an 8 year old child. I LOVED these programs as a kid and my parents would let me listen to them as I fell asleep - they'd be broadcast at 9:00 p.m. each night. LOL @ 1986 sounding futuristic. Interesting plot. Like he gets flashbacks from the future.

This soap opera takes place over a nine year period from 1977 through 1986. It chronicles the misadventures of a man, his wife, and ... his girlfriend. The weirdness starts in 1977 when his wife asks him for a quarter and he reaches into his pocket and pulls out a new quarter - with a mint date of 1986. Other strange things happen and he appears to melt down. Better to listen and judge for yourself what is happening here.

A man begins having visions of the future where he kills his wife. More disconcerting to him, he begins acquiring objects from the future.

I liked this one too. Good psychological thriller.

" . . . a subtle stain on a suit becomes a dweller iron . . ." I don't know what this means; enlighten me?

simply that the lead character dwells on the stain and its origin so much that it's heavy, like an iron or an anchor, that he nearly puts the beat-down on the tailor. sorry if my wording was fumbly!

It does seem like Mr. Haines is either the poor, put upon husband (i.e. this episode or another fun one "Little Lucy's Lethal Libation") or even when he's seemingly more under control he's still playing a criminal of some sort ("The solitary", "Dairy of a madman"). If you want a nice little show where Mr. Haines' nervous mannerisms are on display yet lead to a happy ending, try his appearance as a plumber (I don't think his character was named "Mario") on the RMT episode called "Golden Time". Predictable (to use the term above) but cute. Wait a minute...what's this coin on my desk? The date says "2008"? What the...?

Well, all I have to say is, poor old Larry H. Does he ever get to play a sane man? I would have said this to any actress cast at the time, "If you are cast with Larry, you will die, and he'll go nuts somewhere along the line.' All in all, not my favorite Dann story but I still wanted to sit unitil the end. Thanks for the post.

Interesting story Idea. The ending seemed obvious. Overall it was okay.

as with many of the psychological dramas, Sam Dann has chosen to present the listeners with an average guy who is being pushed to extreme comprehension of his world around him. simple, normal things like a quarter become larger than life. a subtle stain on a suit becomes a dweller iron that weighs his mind down like an anchor. and all the while, i kept wondering how i might react to these kinds of situations. once, a friend received a spoof newspaper that was dated 10 years in the future and had all sorts of ridiculous stories in it. but the odd thing about it was, that even though we knew it was a spoof paper, we both agreed that it would be kind of strange if any of the events came true. and while i agree that this was not the most inentive or freshly conceptual program we've had, i do stand by it as far as its attempt at provoking the listener to stay and learn. i listened to another show following this one and ended up turning it off because i found it too slow. but this one kept me interested. the ending was indeed a little flat ended, but i was not disappointed by any means. i'd give this one a warm 3.8 out of 5 rating. always enjoyable!

All ways nice to play around with conspiracies. Fun for fiction; sad that so many folks are deluded in real life by similar obsessions. The proof that the conspiracy is real . . . is that they've covered up all the proof; that's how good they are!! Always had a soft spot for tautalogies. Kinda neat in that a strange paranormal force seems to reinforce the conspiracy. Strange coin, strange coffee stain, strange gray hair, etc. And we have a return to a knife murder, so must be happy again. I really hate to say this 3 out of 4 weeks, but I didn't care too much for the show. So a guy in his thirties has to find another occupation; been that, done there. I managed it without turning lunatic along the way and butchering the neighbors. In my younger days I was a devote' of several screwball notions, most of them involved conspiracies of varying magnitude. You grow up . . . or you should anyway. Life is good and bad; big money probably does alot of things out of the public view that would disgust the average citizen; enjoy the wonder that the real factual universe can provide for you. This concludes Philosophy 101 for this afternoon; there will be a quiz when we next meet for class.

I don't feel the episode is as literal as Glenn F. does. For me,the conspiracy wasn't simply a corporate manipulation or the difficulty in starting over but the displacement of a person from every aspect of their life - personal,professional,down to their moment in time. Reality is blurred for the character as is the sequence of events in his existence. i found it an interesting episode.

ALSO...Larry Haines did play some more stable characters in his early days in radio. He even played Mike Hammer in THAT HAMMER GUY (if you can consider Mike Hammer stable).

I started listen to the mystery theater in my freshman year in high school in 1977. Wow what nights they were with my big head phones on at ten o'clock at night. Listening to KRLD out of Dallas Texas. That creaking door opening and E.G Marshall saying welcome! Ha! To cool. I listen now online every night. Very cool for an old hippie. Smoke a joint before sleep and listen. Indeed. Try it!!!

Hey m. snead, that was without one of the best comments I've ever read. Keep up the--listening?!. And the duby smoking.

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