Some persons think Kaieteur News columnist Freddie Kissoon is a man whom has the gift of extraordinary foresight, but not many know that his gift is more mystical than it seems and he is what we call in Guyana a “see-far man”.
In a recent column titled “Three dead musicians and the Sandpiper”, Freddie wrote this astounding recollection. “On Old Year’s Night in 1967, alone without my friends, I saw “Jesus Christ Superstar” at the Astor and it left a deep impression on me.”
It was a staggering revelation — enough to catapult stunned movie enthusiasts from their seats and send icy fingertips racing up and down the spine of anyone who has ever seen a “jumbie” or been pelted by “baccoo”.
This is because Universal Studios did not release the movie “Jesus Christ Superstar” until August 15, 1973 — more than five and a half years after Old Year’s Night 1967 when Freddie, who was at the time a startlingly visionary youth, “saw” the not yet made movie “alone” at Astor cinema.
In fact, when Freddie “saw” the film that night, Norman Jewison, who produced, directed and wrote the screenplay for it, had not yet even conceptualized it because the rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, on which the movie was based, was not released until 1970!
Freddie, an accomplished academic and researcher, must have been fully aware of these facts when he wrote his column about his experience. After all, this information is just a few clicks away from even the most casual of internet surfers. So, don’t jump to premature conclusions, folks. This was no accident; Freddie does not make such mistakes.
Read between the lines, people. Modest Freddy is giving us a broad hint about his amazing farsightedness—a rare glimpse into the inner workings of his intricate psyche. If youthful Freddie with only raw visionary skills “saw” on Old Year’s Night 1967 a movie that was not filmed until the 1970s; imagine what he can see now!
It seems incomprehensible that anyone else who attended Astor cinema on that fateful night would have seen the same film Freddie saw, unless the cinema setting itself was part of his vision. Therefore, it is quite understandable Freddie’s recollection that the film he “saw” at Astor cinema on Old Year’s Night 1967 left a “deep impression” on him.
Indeed, the term “deep impression” is way too modest. Imagine the impact on Freddie’s twenty-something-year-old mind. Imagine Freddie sitting alone and friendless in Astor cinema (or a mystically equivalent location) watching a movie that would not be filmed until years after he saw it.
Such a spellbinding experience would have overwhelmed weaker men, but not Freddie. Bigheaded men would have spoke of the incident often as testimony of their mystical powers, but not Freddie. To his credit, in all his years as a columnist he has only now disclosed this previously secret dimension of himself. Now the toothpaste is out the tube; we are seeing the real Freddie.
If Freddie comments on this letter, I think his modesty would constrain him to protest that he simply mixed up his dates and this is much ado about nothing. Don’t be fooled; keep your eyes, ears and minds open and you will find that Freddie can see many things that no one else in the world can see. So, give Jack his jacket.
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