Jefferson Returns (1979)
by Robert R. Leichtman, M.D.
There are people who claim to be able to speak on behalf of the dead. A technical term for these people is "mediums."
There are people who believe in mediums. A technical term for these people is "idiots."
"Mediums" make a lot of money off of "idiots." Perhaps this is as it should be.
The illustrations are painted by one of the mediums (or should it be media?): "The illustration on the front cover is a fantasy of Jefferson contemplating the strength and vigor of the ideals of the American Spirit." Dunno, but he looks more like he's contemplating some other kind of fantasy.
Jefferson: I must interject a comment here. I'm finding it very interesting to speak through this medium. I used to wonder how George Washington felt with a mouth full of artificial teeth. I must say that this afternoon I'm having an opportunity to appreciate the difficulty. [David Johnson wears dentures.]
Jefferson: Of course, the whole problem did not start with Watergate. The trends which lay behind Watergate had been growing for some time.
Jefferson: As you sometimes say, "The pimple on the butt of civilization has to rupture somewhere."
[From a channeling five years later:]
I had forgotten how strange the sensation of communicating through a medium in a trance can be. It's like sitting on someone's lap and "falling through."
[Note how "Lincoln" starts with a little channeling humor ("adept"):]
Lincoln: I'm not very adept at this.
[Lincoln demonstrates his grasp of 20th-century technology:]
Lincon: It is not necessary for the child to understand why he shouldn't stick his finger in a light socket, as long as there is an adult who can enunciate or demonstrate this rule for him.
Churchill: I heard you provided cigars in the original set of interviews.
Leichtman: That's true. Unfortunately, Paul doesn't smoke, and I don't either, anymore, so I can't accommodate you.
Churchill: Well, that's a real shame.
Leichtman: And I don't have any brandy to offer you, either.
Churchill: This doesn't sound as though it is going to be my "finest hour," does it?
Leichtman: All right. How about yourself? How do you keep yourself busy without a nation to run or books to write?
Churchill: I'm thoroughly enjoying myself. As I mentioned earlier, I continue to be involved in influencing the government of the country that was so dear to me and so very kind to me.... I am still an ardent student of civilization and the history of the English-speaking peoples, too.
Leichtman: That sounds like a plug.
Churchill: I guess I did write a few volumes under that title.
Leichtman: Have you figured out a way to take your royalties with you?
[Someone gets the bright idea to channel that swine Franklin Roosevelt:]
Roosevelt: Well, I don't have a statement to make. I don't even know why I am here. I thought this was Winston's show. Why am I here?
Leichtman: One thing I'm curious about: what has happened to Hitler since he died?
Churchill: I don't know where in hell he is. [Laughter.] I don't see him around, I can tell you that. And I'm not really interested.