I’ve written here before about some of the crazy (yet wonderful...) pop-culture trends or fads of the 1970s. In particular, I’ve looked at Bigfoot and Killer Bees.
Today, I want to remember another weird national moment from the disco-decade: the Bermuda Triangle Craze.
In 1969, author John Spencer published a book called Limbo of the Lost. And in 1974, two additional texts on the subject were published Richard Winer’s The Devil’s Triangle and Charles Berlitz’s The Bermuda Triangle, the latter of which became a best-seller, moving over twenty-million copies world-wide.
The most memorable and weirdest of these 1970s TV-movies, however, was likely Rankin-Bass’s The Bermuda Depths (1978), starring Connie Sellecca, Burl Ives, and Carl Weathers. The plot concerned a giant turtle, a mysterious woman from the sea named Jenny, and the Triangle itself.
It was a mystery that could have involved time travel, aliens, or even monsters. It was a promise, implicitly, that we had not yet learned everything about the world, and that, in some dark, mysterious realms…the impossible could still exist. I still love the idea that we haven't explored everything, and that great mysteries still require our attention.
Readers, viewers and filmmakers in the 1970s certainly thought so...