I met a man who said he didn’t believe in winter. On the coldest day of the year he stood outside wearing only shorts and t shirt. I stood next to him wearing a parka, gloves and hat and said that I didn’t believe in summer.
I stopped wearing shoes because I wondered,
“Am I wearing the shoes out, or am I wearing the Earth out?”
(Foreword by Albert Eyenstein can be found here.)
The idea for this book was first born with an article I read in a Boston newspaper concerning a scientific expedition to the Middle East in the 1950’s. The following excerpt tells the tale: “While on an archeological expedition to Egypt in 1957, Dr. Henry Wallace discovered the ancient tomb of King Raoul, the only king who was never preserved as a mummy but was instead ‘freeze-dried’. Instructions were written on the side of the sarcophagus informing any discoverer that with the addition of 5 gallons of water, King Raoul would come back to life.”
I immediately knew where my destiny lie. I would set forth on a journey to uncover other mysteries and provide answers to them.
At the time of my decision I was living in the front seat of a Pontiac convertible. (A Dr. Humphrey Easkey, famed anthropologist, was living in the backseat. He was the discoverer of the “Peking Man”, the evolutionary predecessor to the “Peking Duck”.) The fact that I was living in a mobile home played a part in the choice of mysteries I would answer. It would be easier driving to some destinations than others so that immediately eliminated searching for the Lock Ness Monster.
I spent the next several months researching and planning my itinerary. My biggest help came from a magazine called “Absolutely Strange – The Magazine of Oddities”. Several articles highlighted mysteries that I was determined to solve. They were as follows:
1- In 1900 L. Frank Baum wrote the book “The Wizard of Oz”. In 1958 a book also titled “The Wizard of Oz” was found on Easter Island, a deserted island in the Pacific Ocean. Archeologists suggested that book was never a children’s story but actually an historical document of the exodus of the Easter Island inhabitants from their tiny island to Kansas. They suspect that L. Frank Baum was a direct descendant without even know it.
2- On September 3, 1973 Ronald Egger proclaimed that he was invincible and nothing could hurt him. The local junkyard challenged him to escape from their automobile compacter while it was crushing a car. Egger accepted the offer and sat inside a 1960 Chevy while it was being reduced to a one inch cube. Everyone, alarmed for Egger’s safety, rushed to the compactor expecting to find him fatally injured but were instead greeted by a smiling Egger who had become the world’s only one inch man.
3- There is a story that has been handed down for generations in China. It says that 6000 years ago God descended from Heaven declaring that it was Judgment Day. A frightened farmer picked up a rock and threw it at God hitting him in the head and knocking Him out. When God awoke hours later, it had caused Him to suffer a memory loss. In modern China, the Chinese believe that God is still walking around, suffering from amnesia and that the Day of Judgement is 6000 years overdue.
While I never solved any of the mysteries above, I did successfully discover answers to such mysteries as Bigfoot, the Bermuda Triangle, ghosts, UFO’s and more. Answers that I want to share with you in my book. So please read on and hopefully you won’t become a mystery yourself.
(Chapters to follow.)