||A Story about Major Matt Mason
by Mike Ferguson
Dear John- The following is a true story!
I am 34 years old and grew
up near Seattle, Wa. in the late sixties and early seventies and I too was
exposed to the world of "Major Matt Mason". (although only one person that
I know remembers having them)
I had the Basic figures and
a few accessories and the "Scorpio" figure as well, but by far the most memorable
of them all was "Callisto" the green alien!
I was in first or second
grade and always remembered Callisto as being named Scorpio... I didn't know
how to read at the time and somehow got the names mixed up, and my astrological
sign is scorpio and I was obviously living vicariously thru my favorite action
Anyway, I used to take my
green alien with me everywhere I went, including to school, where there was
a creek running thru the woods in the playground area and one day at recess
something terrible happened that haunts me to this very day!
I was playing around in the
creek with my green alien having a fine time when all the sudden he got away
from me in the current and started floating away... I ran after him trying
to catch up to him for twenty or thirty yards and just as I was getting close
enough to catch him, I ran smack into the chain link fence that bordered the
Of course, the creek ran freely
under the fence and therefore so did Callisto, floating away just as if he
were lost in space, drifting off into the cosmos! It was awful!... All I could
do was stand there helplessly, pressed up against the chain link fence as
my favorite toy floated away. I was crushed!!!
My parents tried to find me
another one, but it must have been the end of the Major Matt Mason era because
we couldn't find one anywhere! I have carried this soul wrenching pain in
my now dark and empty heart ever since that fateful day! So when I discovered
your web site I was able to see my favorite alien's glaring eyed, green, apple
shaped, white veined head again!
Thank you so much for the
displaying of your own Major Matt Mason "out-freakage" because it has brought
back great memories of fun that I had with these toys! After reading more
of the MMM info, I also remember the peeling of paint, and broken inner wires,
and the great yellow string shooting ray gun and the little white balls that
another gun shot that would get lost under the couch, Etc...
I am interested in one day
purchasing a "Callisto", but have not yet seen any for sale, please let me
know if you know of where I can obtain one so that all can be right in the
Yes, of course I'm happily
married, have a house with loving pets and a generally pretty happy, positive
life, but there is still a piece of my heart out there somewhere rotting in
the muck of Lake Samamish. (the Lake that the school creek eventually spills
into) Any chance that I can get to right this cosmic wrong is always lurking
in the back of my mind, keeping me from living a full, happy and productive
life... Ohhh, the pain!!!
Anyway, thank you again for
providing this website for the enjoyment of others who share the memories
of these great toys. As I said earlier, nobody other than one person that
I know has even heard of them. (and by the way, "Where the wild things are"
was my favorite book, but then again, everyone loved that one)
Take care, and I wish you the very best in all of your activities...
Sincerely, Mike Ferguson Kirkland, Wa.
Mike is not yet a member of the Major Matt Mason e-mail group
but we hope he'll someday join. He may be e-mailed here. Since writing this Mike as re-acquired his long lost Callisto.
Find out about joining either of the Major Matt Mason e-mail groups here.
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