The Coral Castle of Love

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 28, 2018 08:36pm | Post a Comment

Coral Castle

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show

"Built a moon,
For a rocking chair,
I never guessed it would
Rock her far from here.
Oh, oh, oh..."
~ "Sweet Sixteen," lyrics by Billy idol

In the land of Key lime pies and conch fritters, there is a little plot of land where Edward Leedskalnin Coral Castlewould mysteriously and single-handedly sculpt his rock castle from 1923-1951. Some folks claimed Ed used reverse magnetism and even supernatural mental-powers to move the giant stones...the very same powers that were perhaps used to build the pyramids of Egypt and erect the ancient megaliths of the British Isles (I wish I had these powers just to take out my trash cans Monday nights). Edward's creation would become known to all as the Coral Castle.

It is said that before leaving his home country of Latvia for the Sunshine State, Edward (who was was 26 at the time) was ditched at the alter by Agnes, his 16-year-old fiancée. Ed would reminisce about her for the rest of his life, always referring to her as his "Sweet Sixteen." In 1986, Billy Idol would write his tragic love song, "Sweet Sixteen," inspired after watching "The Castle of Secrets," an episode of Leonard Nimoy's In Search Of, based on Edward and his Coral Castle. If you still do not own the In Search Of DVD box set with all six seasons, then that is a shame. Go forth and invest in that treasure box, for it is pure wisdom!

If you are a fan of such cult nudie films as Revenge of the Virgins (1959) and Ed Wood's Orgy of the Dead (1965), and you love eccentric bachelor sculpture garden folk-art (like The Gilgal Sculpture Garden in Salt Lake City, The Walker Rock Garden in Seattle, and Nitt Witt Ridge in Cambria to name a few), then you should grab yourself these two films both shot at the Coral Castle. First, The Wild Women of Wongo (1958) is a total piece of garbage...but hey, sometimes garbage can be true art in the purist form. Why, gander at this temple dance scene and judge for yourself.

Nude on the Moon (1961) is a science-fiction nudie co-directed by the famous Doris Wishman. Two Skin Diver Suite, Leo Diamondding-dong astronauts land on the moon and meet some topless Moon Women and a Moon Queen with telepathic powers. A perfect movie to watch after a hard day at your job renting out paddle-boats, stuffing Crab Rangoon wontons, or really whatever job you do. One might say, watching these flicks is a type of relaxing therapy that could add years to your life...or loose a few years in your marriage.

If you are now hoping to see a trip to the Coral Castle in your crystal ball, perhaps you should also add a visit to see the Mermaids of Wiiki Wachee Springs to that fantasy. And if these vacation visions are too far in the future, just sift through the easy listening section for this Leo Diamond record to put you under the waves in a dreamy water-world where the mermaids frolic.

Just because we are talking about Florida so much (and not enough about monsters), have you seen The Death Curse of Tartu? You may be lucky enough to find this with The Sting of Death double-feature DVD from Something Weird Video in Amoeba's treasure aisles of movies. Who doesn't love the sound of flipping though DVDs, searching for some gems? Now...time for me to get back to practicing my reverse magnetism powers.


Coral Castle

Nude on the moon

Wild Women of Wongo

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