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This is the second installment of a three-part story & picture series. If you are new to this site it might be good for you to read the last post–the 1st installment–before reading this installment.

“Not much is known about Kilgore,” Stone returned. “The only reason I know the name is he was an associate—possibly a friend of Tesla’s. Tesla talked about him in a letter he wrote during those years right after he and Edison had their falling out then again in several letters written in the forties.”

“The guy was brilliant—quite likely a genius on the scale of Einstein,” Stone continued. It appears he understood an incredible number of things about gravity and electromagnetism long before the mainstream scientific community and academia. There is some evidence he was able to complete Einstein’s work on Unified Field Theory. It appears he was also a very reclusive, weird guy—someone who wanted to be invisible.”

“He was the type who has no or few friends—who is all intellect—has no hobbies, no social life—never goes anywhere but home and work, no social skills—usually looks like crap and smells just as bad.”

“I don’t know where he came from, where he went to school,” Stone explained, “if he did. He was probably in his 30s when he finished, “On Levitation.” He stayed with Tesla in his Waldorf-Astoria apartment in the 20s and again in the 40s toward the end of Tesla’s life. He helped Tesla solve some problems in developing the first radar systems but the two of them also worked on some other, quite secret projects.’

“Tesla wrote that Kilgore gave him credit for help in developing the ideas explained in the book and dedicated the book to him. Tesla wrote the preface. Have you seen the book?”

“No,” Marvin responded. “I was hoping you had. How was the book received—and what happened to Kilgore?

“There was a brief comment about the book in the New York Times in 1930,” Stone replied. “Why it took 3 years for the article to appear is unclear. I suspect the Publisher—some very odd outfit called Harbor Lights out of Garden City—delayed release for some reason.”

“The article was short—a brief mention in a science column. It ridiculed the book as little more than psychotic rambling. Tesla himself was considered a “mad scientist” by many in the scientific establishment as well as the popular media—in spite of his many

accomplishments. So a book by two crazies didn’t go over well—especially in the tight-ass world of theoretical physics. It probably didn’t sell a dozen copies. I’m guessing Kilgore and Tesla just gave them away—probably most of them were just thrown out. Except, apparently, for the carton your friend had.

“Are there any other sources?”

“Yes,” said Stone. “There was an obituary in the times in December of 1943 for a T. Kilgore—it mentioned Garden City, NY as his home. As you may remember, Tesla also died in 1943—in January.”

As they separated, both men agreed it might be best not to say anything about their discussions to anyone else.

The date 1943 in combination with the names Kilgore and Tesla together rang another, louder bell for Marvin. For the next week he tried without success to figure out why date and names sounded familiar—it drove him nuts for a week. Finally he willed himself to stop thinking about hoping it would emerge from the unconscious. It did.  The next day he remembered how he knew the combination of date and names.

Kilgore and Tesla were mentioned in an interview with one of the witnesses of the so-called Philadelphia Experiment.

For the uninitiated, The Philadelphia Experiment is an urban legend about a 1943 U.S. Navy experiment to make warships invisible that went horribly wrong. There are various accounts but most accounts agree the experiment involved the use of two, possibly four, modified Tesla coils and a device called a Zero Time Reference Generator. In August of 1943 the U.S.S. Eldridge, with dozens of witnesses watching, disappeared from the  Philadelphia Naval Station and re-appeared 200 miles away in Norfolk, VA.

When the ship reappeared some of the crew were partially embedded in the metal structure of the ship. Some were, or later became, psychotic, one or men burst into flames and several simply vanished.  There are also accounts the ship traveled anywhere from a few seconds to a few hours, into the past.

Marvin located the interview file which had been conducted in 1999 with a man by the name of William Hamlisch.

This is the end of installment 2. Come back tomorrow for the 3rd and final installment in this story series. Thanks.

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