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"Follow the yellow brick road ....
"Follow the Yellow Brick Road ....
"Follow the YELLOW BRICK ROAD!!"
Or, so we were taught when I was growing up ....
Four young siblings, dutifully stretched out on the rug before the old Dumont B&W TV ... as CBS (mostly) presented "one more time" the ever magical Adventures of Dorothy -- in "the mysterious land of Oz ...."
Our mother's name was "Dorothy" ... which probably accounts for a lot of our recurring ritual before that old TV. But then--
There was the Land of Oz itself:
An astonishing place (to an impressionable kid ...) -- blatantly occupied by "witches," "flying Monkeys," Munchkins ... and, of course--
The Wizard himself!
The other afternoon, when Georgia Lambert forwarded me one the the latest Perseverance color images -- not from "Oz," but from a land even MORE mysterious ... to that ten-year-old "now all grown up" -- it ALL came rushing back--
For -- stretching out ahead of the car-sized Perseverance Rover on the screen -- was an obvious, unmistakable, ancient, broken--
A road ... on MARS!!
Join us ... as we tonight we "follow the Martian Pink Road" ....
Richard C. Hoagland