The Vision – Uncut – Now on YouTube

2022 update: If you are looking to quote with date cite and if this includes the words you are interested in, then this document is now public and thus publically quotable.  Get the PDF with this link: TheVision_public.pdf

A special video for the Space Studies Institute membership, this is the complete and uncut version of “The Vision” from Gerard K. O’Neill.

Produced by SSI Senior Associates Rick Tumlinson, Morris Hornik and Andrew Lindberg, this is a direct copy from the O’Neill family’s original (Thank you Tasha and Ed!). The lower quality segments that we allow others to post on YouTube came from the cd accompanying the 3rd edition of The High Frontier book.

Sections and start times:

Survival 00:00
Hopeful Future 02:50
Relief for the Earth 06:00
An Obvious Idea 08:30
1969-1979 09:50
The Founding of SSI 11:55
Who is SSI 13:45
The Space Program 14:55
The National Commission on Space 19:46
Scientists, Citizens and Space 25:25
The Moon 27:50
Space Colonies 33:35
To the Stars 40:51
We are the Pioneers 43:35

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5 thoughts on “The Vision – Uncut – Now on YouTube”

  1. Stanley Kubrick was a meticulous researcher. I wondered if he discovered Peter Glaser’s work (and possibly independently, Gerry O’Neill’s ideas) as he struggled to visually complete a film story in 1967-68.

    The story loosely used Arthur C. Clarke’s “The Sentinel” only as a jumping-off point. The artifact’s shape in the film was Kubrick’s, not Clarke’s. So, to read in: if one can build (economically) a very powerful radio-emitting satellite-artifact out of lunar material (as SSI showed in their mid-1980s studies), one might also have the industrial beginnings of Extraterrestrial Man. (See Krafft Ehricke’s Extraterrestrial Imperative.)

    To represent that part of the story simply and silently on the screen, Kubrick might have a Dying Man in space reach for the satellite-artifact (and what for, the viewer asks?) to be transformed into a living infant in high Earth orbit.

    Enter Gerry O’Neill’s free-space habitats for large populations and his space-based manufacturing using lunar materials.

    One can note from Jerome Agel’s 1970 book, “The Making of Kubrick’s 2001”, that the Dawn of Man bone-throwing sequence was filmed last.

    Kubrick showed how to stitch together a great visual story working backwards and heuristically.

    Speaking of working heuristically, the initial Boeing flat planar satellite design seems to fit right in with the story. The Boeing engineers were inspired, to some degree maybe, by Kubrick?

    A full circle kind of thing.

    1. Drat. In 1965, Kubrick shot the first scene for 2001: A Space Odyssey: the lunar excavation site where, by that time, the rectangular shape for the discovered object had already been determined for filmic reasons (it appeared more “majestic” and “imposing” over the tetrahedron shape put forth by Clarke.)

      This was 3 years ahead of Glaser’s 1968 SSP proposal, and 4 years ahead of Gerry O’Neill’s first ruminations of free-space habitats.

      In any event, Glaser later said that his SSP proposal and patent never addressed the physical appearance of a power-collecting satellite.

      Either Kubrick was clairvoyant or extremely lucky. Leaning towards lucky.

      If you toss scientific, technological, and artistic developments in the 60s-70s into a salad bowl, you get a serviceable program for the 2000s.

    1. That is a good question Claire, why the heck didn’t I add that when we transferred them? If not for COVID it should be easy to tell by checking the original tape boxes. But they are locked up outside of the office location. I do know that in the outtakes there is a funny scene of Ed running up to his dad and everyone laughing, which we passed to Tasha. Ed is now a fully grown man. As soon as the world around LA lightens up, I will drive down and snap a pic of the raw masters, they should state the recording dates. Thank you!

      Unless Rick Tumlinson remembers offhand!

    2. Claire, I looked through things locally and found this. There were two paths for printed information from SSI back in the pre-internet days. One was for general public and most supporters, the other included confidential information for Senior Associates. Senior Associates were, and are, a different level of people, those who donate more because they want more done and acknowledge that they will be open to be contacted to do more personally.

      In any case, this pdf dated 12/92 and copyrighted 1992 by the Space Studies Institute is titled “The Vision” and includes many of the script parts from The Vision recording. If you are looking to quote with date cite and if this includes the words you are interested in, then this document is now public (thanks to you) and thus publically quotable.

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