Ever Met Someone Who Claimed

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... some kind of extraordinary past?

Mention of the Atomic Energy Commission in another thread reminded me of this character:

About three years ago a character started showing up at a cafe I frequent here in San Diego: a man in his 60's or 70's, who claimed to have worked for the Atomic Energy Commission. He said during that period he had spoken to Feynman at Cal Tech on the phone many times, and he maintained that Feynman's position at Cal Tech was "assured" by the Atomic Energy Commission. That is: the government basically ordered Cal Tech to keep Feynman on the payroll so that he would have a guaranteed income and life stability, and they, the Atomic Energy Commission could call him up at random times at irregular intervals to ask him questions about atomic physics.

Additionally, this character claimed that he, himself, had "garnered some minor celebrity in the computer world" for having invented a thing called "parallel processing". He said he'd gotten the idea from reading about split brain patients; people whose corpus callosum had been surgically severed as a drastic means of seizure control.


He also told me a long-winded, overly sentimental story about an abused dog he had once adopted and cherished like a child. (This story was a continuation of the subject of seizures: the dog suffered from them.)

He told me his name, but all I have is a vague recollection that his first name might have been "Paul". I have no idea if he was confabulating himself into scenarios he'd only read about or if any of this was true.
 

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Don't know, Zoob, but if you don't mind me hijacking your thread, the father of one of my closest friends (and his brothers, and his one really flaky sister) held top security clearances all during the cold war. In fact his security clearance was threatened when the flaky daughter ended up in Canada with a draft-dodger in the '60's. He is dead now, but he told me in no uncertain terms on multiple occasions that he KNEW that Earth had been visited by non-humans. His sons (one of whom works for a think-tank) were NOT at all happy when he kicked the traces, even though the old fella would not be real specific when talking to friends. The old guy was incredible. I'd drop in and find him in his recliner, and he would have the radio and the TV tuned to different sports, while reading novels, periodicals, and professional journals at will. He had by far the largest and most comprehensive private library I have ever known. If Al liked you and you had an interest in mathematics, physics, astrophysics, etc, you could borrow journals, periodicals, texts, etc to your hearts' content.

BTW, he was a top-level bridge player, and when my father's group invited him to fill vacancies in their Friday poker club, he was a formidable player.
 
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Zooby, if his name was not John Vincent Atanasoff or Clifford Berry he did not invent parallel processing.
MY Father worked for NASA,and later for Ford Aerospace, I did get to meet many people who invented items for the space program.
 
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I'm always very skeptical of people with extraordinary claims (... extraordinary proof, etc etc). If you have a classified background.... you could honestly say whatever the hell you want and mystify people haha
 
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When I was a kid, the alcoholic across the street claimed to be the fifth Beatle. He would even sing for us. :biggrin:

A roommate claimed to be a decendent of Mary, Queen of Scots. He even had paperwork showing that he was royalty, but I have no way to know if it was legit.

I once dated a girl whose mother was pure native American. She [her mother and her, actually] had grown up in the wilds of the foothills of California's Sierra Nevada Mountains. The mother swore that as a child she had multiple encounters with the so-called bigfoot. She claimed these encounters took place at a creek where she would go to play.

Recently I posted about an old friend in college [an older student, like me, even back then!], who for some time kept secret his musical career back in the 70's. My first clue was when I visited his home and saw the gold records on the wall. :surprised

I have talked with a number of former military personnel of significant rank who tell of dramatic events involving UFOs. One is Tsu's uncle [her dad's brother]. He was a full bird [Col] in the Marines, and claims direct knowledge of a couple of events in Vietnam. The funny thing is that Tsu's dad thought all of this UFO stuff was nonsense. He also has tremendous respect for his brother. When the uncle told me about the events in Nam, Tsu's dad was sitting there. The look on his face was priceless!
 
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He is dead now, but he told me in no uncertain terms on multiple occasions that he KNEW that Earth had been visited by non-humans.
The family that lives directly across the street from me claims to have been abducted by aliens. The parents are elderly. The dad is a survivor of the attack on Pearl harbor. The daughter, in her late 40's, is the one who is most vocal about this abduction. She claims that her daughter, now in her twenties, is half alien.


Zooby, if his name was not John Vincent Atanasoff or Clifford Berry he did not invent parallel processing.
It seems they both died before I ever met this character.
I'm always very skeptical of people with extraordinary claims (... extraordinary proof, etc etc). If you have a classified background.... you could honestly say whatever the hell you want and mystify people haha
We here at area 51 do not fib. Additionally, there is no area 51, and we are not here.
 
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The family that lives directly across the street from me claims to have been abducted by aliens.
Yeah, I hear the border problems down that way are getting pretty bad.
 
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Yeah, I hear the border problems down that way are getting pretty bad.
To this day the sight of rice and beans terrifies them.
 
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Recently I posted about an old friend in college [an older student, like me, even back then!], who for some time kept secret his musical career back in the 70's. My first clue was when I visited his home and saw the gold records on the wall. :surprised
I don't understand. He was some kind of producer or song writer whose face most wouldn't recognise?
 
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I have not met anyone who has had an extraordinary past.

Maybe I'm an alien? :tongue:
 
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Maybe I'm an alien? :tongue:
Say it with confidence and conviction.
 
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This is what got me started. A number of posts follow including post at 932 and 940.
https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?p=2072591#post2072591
That's funny about the Saturday Night Live offer because, as I think I mentioned a few years back, I knew the guy who did makeup for that show during the Eddie Murphy years. He got me into a dress rehearsal once. Had your friend accepted the offer I might have met him that night.
 
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Had he accepted the offer we would probably ALL know his name. :biggrin: He definitely regretted missing that one. He may have been busy with the Phantom movie, but I don't remember anymore.

It was really a treat to hang out with Jeff for...well about two years. In fact we had a fantastic group of about ten of us that became close friends. Beyond a doubt they were two of the best years of my life.
 
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Crud! A skunk just came into my office through the cat door. Here we go again.

Zooby, why does this always seem to happen when you show up?
 
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Crud! A skunk just came into my office through the cat door. Here we go again.

Zooby, why does this always seem to happen when you show up?
Skunk Ape, Bigfoot, Zoobie: all the same thing.
 
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My roomie claimed he was Napoleon. What a nut he was. In fact all the inmates thought they were famous in one way or another. Not me. I really am a famous civil war ace pilot.
 
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My roomie claimed he was Napoleon. What a nut he was. In fact all the inmates thought they were famous in one way or another. Not me. I really am a famous civil war ace pilot.
I love watching documentary footage of all those Civil War Air battles: people shooting at each other with Enfield muskets from the cockpits of steam powered, iron clad biplanes. Still, there's nothing like the Napoleon vs Wellington dogfight over Waterloo. Of course motion picture film wasn't invented yet but many soldiers got cell phone footage.
 
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My roomie claimed he was Napoleon. What a nut he was. In fact all the inmates thought they were famous in one way or another. Not me. I really am a famous civil war ace pilot.
Inmates eh?
 
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Oh gads. Well, my best friend claims to remember her past lives. And she recounts for me adventures we've experienced together during this lifetime -- a few of them rather impressive -- that I have no recollection of whatsoever. She swears they happened. I smile and nod and tell her I'll take her word for it. Does that count?

Oh! And my mother's long-deceased mother visits my mother in the form of a bird in her yard.

My sister-in-law believes that same long-deceased grandmother's jewelry possesses magical capabilities (although it's never actually performed anything requested of it).
 
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That's funny about the Saturday Night Live offer because, as I think I mentioned a few years back, I knew the guy who did makeup for that show during the Eddie Murphy years. He got me into a dress rehearsal once.
Did you get to meet the entire cast?
 
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I love watching documentary footage of all those Civil War Air battles: people shooting at each other with Enfield muskets from the cockpits of steam powered, iron clad biplanes. Still, there's nothing like the Napoleon vs Wellington dogfight over Waterloo. Of course motion picture film wasn't invented yet but many soldiers got cell phone footage.
Many folks are unaware that there was an air-corps of sorts in the Civil War (on both sides actually, though the Union made more use of the balloons). Usually, the balloons were tethered, and observers in the basket could telegraph intelligence in real-time to the ground. It was a fairly new concept, and the Union generals did not take full advantage of it, and the project was abandoned by sometime in 1863 as US Grant and his staff decided to fight a war of attrition with their superior forces.
 
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Skunk Ape, Bigfoot, Zoobie: all the same thing.
Is THAT how we know when to expect you? Do Zoobies comes out in the spring for mating season?
 
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Did you get to meet the entire cast?
No, in fact the only person he introduced me to was Joe Piscopo, because they were friends. Piscopo was sitting at a piano. He shook my hand and nodded toward my friend Kevin and said "I'm his biggest fan." Kevin was going to take me into another room and introduce me to someone else but, looking through the little window he saw Lorne Michaels and said we couldn't go in there. He told me that if Lorne Michaels came into the makeup room at any point I should not make eye contact and should pretend I didn't exist. At one point I saw Eddie Murphy running down the halls playing hide and seek with two cute girls.
 
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Is THAT how we know when to expect you? Do Zoobies comes out in the spring for mating season?
Check your lawn for little holes. At night they dig for tasty grubs.
 

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