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JANUARY 2018 FEATURE ARTICLE

"The Invaders"

By Rick Reiss

     “How does a nightmare begin? For David Vincent, architect, returning home from a business trip, it began at a few minutes past four on a lost Tuesday morning, looking for a shortcut that he never found. It began with a welcoming sign that gave hope of black coffee. It began with a closed, deserted diner and a man too long without sleep to continue his journey. In the weeks to come, David Vincent would go back to how it began many times.”

     So begins the Prologue of the premiere-pilot episode of the 1960s sci-fi TV series The Invaders, starring Roy Thinnes as David Vincent, in which much of this historic episode was filmed on location in Old Town Temecula in March 1966. The episode, titled “Beachhead”, serves as a convenient video time capsule of Temecula’s Old Town area as it was some five decades ago. “Beachhead” was broadcast for the first time on the ABC Network on January 10, 1967.

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