The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy was first a stage play, then a book, then a radio series, then an early 80s television series on the BBC and on PBS in North America and most recently a film.
It's author, Douglas Adams, died at the age of 49. Today he would have turned 57. The book is one of the funniest things I've ever read. And the BBC TV series was equally funny. Here are a few quotes Adams is fondly remembered for:
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.
Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
He hoped and prayed that there wasn't an afterlife. Then he realized there was a contradiction involved here and merely hoped that there wasn't an afterlife.
He was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher... or, as his wife would have it, an idiot.
Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.