|Flying Saucer from Plan 9 From Outer Space
The term ‘Flying Saucer’ was a generic name given to any unknown flying object, coined in 1947 by American newspapers which were filled with the sighting of nine saucer shaped objects by pilot and salesman, Kenneth Arnold. Arnold described the objects as being like ‘saucers’, ‘discs’ and ‘crescents’, and ‘a fish flipping in the sun’, but mainly he described them as being like ‘pie-plates’. Somehow ‘flying pie-plates’ doesn’t have the same ring to it (though it would have worked very well in Salad Days!). The newspapers ran with ‘saucer’ and it became the popular term for the phenomenon, even after the US Air Force officially called them Unidentified Flying Objects, or UFOs, in 1952. As it says in the Saucer Song from Salad Days:
It might have been a flying plate,
Or perhaps a flying dish,
A flying cup or a flying spoon
Or even a flying fish.
But of all the many things that fly
By Nature or by Art
You’ll find a flying saucer
Will get off to a flying start.
|Klaatu and Gort from The Day the Earth Stoon Still
|The Day the Earth Stood Still Poster
All great fun for a Saturday night with popcorn but not, of course, as comfortable and homely as Uncle Zed in his real flying saucer, steered by Electron with a giant spoon. All that and great music too!
- Sue W
Excerpt from Salad Days by Dorothy Reynolds and Julian Slade © Samuel French
The Day the Earth Stood Still © 20th Century Fox