WHY DID I TAPE THIS? is a peek inside a wood cabinet of poorly labeled VHS tapes taking up space in some parents' basement.  Rewind through these years of broadcast television thanks to various archivists and their Youtube accounts.

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There was a time when Tim considered himself a preeminent researcher of the unexplained.  This was before Youtube, before the X-Files and before he had learned to drive.  It was the late 1980s and Tim scoured the scrolling cable guide for every news report, special and possible mention of the unexplained that he could commit to VHS tape.  And one weekday evening, following dinner but before Who's The Boss, he happened to stumble upon the recognizable face of Edward Mulhare locked in what could have been Spengler's summer rental. SECRETS AND MYSTERIES was a syndicated anthology series about the unknown.  But this was the only episode Tim ever caught, made all the more memorable by its primitive CGI graphics and haunting alien reenactment. 

Clip posted on YOUTUBE by R MOOCHER2.

hosted by Edward Mulhare
directed by: Graeme WhiflerErik Nelson and Glen Kirschbaum.
produced by: Sue Perry and Erik Nelson
UFO art director: Ron Crabb
originally aired October 1988


  • This half hour anthology series aired a total of 26 episodes in syndication, often times in the earliest hours of the morning.
  • Erik Nelson, head writer and producer of the series would go on to produce the acclaimed theatrical documentary GRIZZLY MAN (2005) as well as the comprehensive television mini-series  THE 80S: THE DECADE THAT MADE US (2013).  
  • The series was released on home video under the title SECRETS OF THE UNKNOWN in 1989.
  • Series host EDWARD MULHARE is a veteran of 80s pop culture including the role of "De-vahn!" on TV's KNIGHT RIDER (1982) as well as General Byrne Wright in Tim's favorite cinematic debacle of the 20th century MEGAFORCE (1982).