After father's death physicist dedicates life to building a time machine to warn dad not to smoke

Reply Fri 7 Nov, 2008 08:33 am
Space cowboy
For more than 50 years, UConn physics professor Ronald Mallett had a secret. Now that it's out, we may be one step closer to traveling back in time.

For more than 50 years, he’s been obsessed with finding a way to return to the past. Specifically, to the Bronx, in 1955. That’s the year his father, Boyd Mallet, died. Mallett’s lifelong mission? To traverse spatiotemporal continuum and warn his dad to take better care of himself. To tell him to kick the two-pack-a-day habit that helped lead to the fatal heart attack he suffered at the age of 33.

The “overwhelming shock” of his father’s death caused Mallett, now 63, to “just disconnect from reality,” he says. So when, at age 10, he started building a jury-rigged jalopy, based on the gyroscopic contraption on the cover of the Classics Illustrated version of H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine, it might have seemed as if he had gone over the edge.
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Reply Fri 7 Nov, 2008 08:50 am
@Robert Gentel,
This guy was on George Noory's show in the middle of the night . I was listening on a clear channel station from Boston.
Noory gives a platform to many kooks as well as straight scientists (His topics cover UFO's Ghosts, remote viewing, inevitable wars, end of the world, etc) George was having some fun with this guy. SO Im not sure that he was being recievd with a straight face.

SOme people on A2K listen to Noory (Coast to Coast AM) and BELIEVE his stuff, when even Noory is having a laugh up his sleeve.
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Reply Fri 7 Nov, 2008 11:11 am
@Robert Gentel,
Wasn't there a movie where a son ends up talking with his dad (when his dad was younger) via CB - When they found out they were son and father talking across time - the son told the dad to quick smoking, but then he smashed the CB so he didn't know if his dad got the message or not.

Of course in B rated movie fashion - you see his dad healthy as could be.
Reply Fri 7 Nov, 2008 08:52 pm
That was the movie Frequency with Dennis Quad.

A rare atmospheric phenomenon allows a New York City firefighter to communicate with his son 30 years in the future via short-wave radio. The son uses this opportunity to warn the father of his impending death in a warehouse fire, and manages to save his life. However, what he does not realize is that changing history has triggered a new set of tragic events, including the murder of his mother. The two men must now work together, 30 years apart, to find the murderer before he strikes so that they can change history"again.


Reply Sun 9 Nov, 2008 03:54 pm
Butrflynet wrote:

That was the movie Frequency with Dennis Quad.

I've seen that movie and liked it.


Does the fellow mentioned in the original post have any credibility? I admire his tenacity.
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Reply Sun 9 Nov, 2008 06:03 pm
@Robert Gentel,

OK: 3 problems of logic here, that I can think of:

1 ) the classic paradox of a timetraveller killing his own grandfather,
so that he will never have been born to kill his grandfather

That is inherent in this plan insofar as it is his intention to prevent
his fathers 's death, which was his motive for building the time travel
machine in the first place, so if his father does not perish,
then: no motive to build a machine, but if it is not built, then he will die, as he did.

2) He has the rong target date: 1955 is too late.
Arriving in 1955, he can meet his father in time to say: "good bye" n attend the funeral.
In order to save him, he needs to arrive before his dad began to smoke,
to warn him to avoid that addiction.
1955 is when his dad STOPPED smoking, already.
Death can be Nature 's way of telling u to stop smoking.

3 ) Space travel: neither the solar system, nor its Earth
is in the same place that is was in 1955. Our solar system is in orbit
around the center of the galaxy; it has moven since 1955.
The time traveller needs to get back to the place where his dad was before
he became addicted to smoking.
If he went back to 1955 (to be in time for the funeral),
and remained HERE, in this place, he d arrive in empty space,
with Earth nowhere around and the father 's funeral happening
many 1000s of miles away.

He needs to intercept his dad at the intersection
of the correct co-ordinates of both time and space to prevent the fatefull addiction.

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