Earthquake! the movie, came out with rave reviews. Something new had been added to the theaters showing the film, giant speakers with something called Sensurround. This was 1974 and I could hardly wait to see it. These giant speakers were supposed to give the same sensation as an actual earthquake. Once in the theater I was almost delirious with anticipation. When the first shakes hit the screen and the weird vibration started and ran thru my chest with a deep rumbling sound, nothing remotely seemed realistic, at least not to me. It all seemed so fake, so Hollywood. I was extremely disappointed in both the film and the supposedly super effects added via Sensurround. Later that year the movie received an Academy Award for the Sensurround effect. It was then that I decided that the Academy Awards were nothing more than a popularity contest.
Fast forward six years. On vacation in California and in a small motel along a boulder choked river in the Sierra's with massive peaks all around us. Sound asleep, I was awakened but a weird shaking of the bed that grew in intensity. I woke up Cindy, or rather she worked up, too. I watched the lamp on the night stand start walking toward the edge and grabbed it. My change, wallet and keys had already walked off the same nightstand and had fallen to the floor. We looked at each other and both asked, "What the heck is going on?" I blurted out that the sound was really weird, just like in that movie, uh, Earthquake! Then I almost yelled out loud, "Those guys did deserve that Academy Award!" It is an EARTHQUAKE!!!! My mind was thinking, "OK, we are in a canyon along a river with boulders all in the river and those boulders came DOWN from the walls of the canyon into the river from some outside influence, like maybe an earthquake??? What does one do? I laid there and waited for a rock the size of a large truck to come rolling thru our room. Nothing happened.
Later that morning we found out the epicenter was some 50 miles away and that it was a relatively small earthquake by California standards, only 5.8 but exciting enough for this cowboy.