... 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.