From our Current Affairs Editor, Lemuel Stuart III
Are you familiar with the 1980's TV sit-com "Fantasy Island"? There was a running gag each week in the opening of the show when a United Airlines' plane would fly over the island, and actor Hervé Villechaize, who played the character Tattoo, would shout, "De-Plane! De-Plane."
The quip was a reference to a poem by Emmett Lee Dickinson (Emily Dickinson's third cousin, twice removed -- at her request)
It turns out that Villechaize had attended the Emmett Lee Dickinson School for Boys in Paris, France -- that is where he fell in love with the poetry of America's greatest poet.
Aaron Spelling did, in fact, know the poem, and he had a good laugh with Villechaize. It was at that time Spelling thought of the idea for the weekly opener of "Fantasy Island."
Below left: Actor Hervé Villechaize as Tattoo. Below right: The Emmett Lee Dickinson School for Boys in Paris, France.
By Emmett Lee Dickinson:
The Doctor sat upon the Plane
In his confining Chair –
When observations did unfold
As he’s dragged, everywhere –
The Lawmen’s raid around the craft
Indifferent to his scream –
Viral news of the Day is He
Come Dawn, a Lawyer’s dream –
By Emily Dickinson:
The Mountain sat upon the Plain
In his tremendous Chair –
His observation omnifold,
His inquest, everywhere –
The Seasons played around his knees
Like Children round a sire –
Grandfather of the Days is He
Of Dawn, the Ancestor –