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From: James Randi --- Wizard To: Subject: "Quadro Tracker" Date: Fri, 12 Jan 1996 23:25:00 -0500 TAKING THE BULL BY THE HORNS.... Today I mailed out very specific, individualized letters to 19 persons who have been specifically named and quoted by the Quadro Corporation of Harleyville, South Carolina, as endorsing their "invention," a supposedly high-tech dowsing-stick that was first described in the year 1538, and didn't work then, either. This device has been sold to school systems and police departments all over the U.S.A., despite the fact that the prestigious Sandia Labs in Albuquerque, New Mexico, took one apart and discovered that there is nothing inside it at all. It's a chunk of black plastic with a telescoping radio antenna sticking out of it, but nothing more. It costs about $2 to make, and sells for just less than a thousand. Sandia Labs have now been threatened with legal action, and their lawyers, before pulling their heads back into their shells, have issued a "safe" edict instructing scientists there not to discuss their findings or to release their official written report. The First Amendment is once again subject to the intimidation tactics of those to whom Truth is the greatest enemy. The First Wimp of 1996 Award goes to the Sandia legal department for making sure that science once again is silenced. But, Political Correctness has been properly satisfied, Quadro goes right ahead selling these useless toys to the taxpayers at $955 apiece, Sandia is safe, and the lawyers have sent in their bill for advocating this glorious retreat of reason and progress. So, relax! We have nothing to worry about! (Apparently, the news from Sandia got out before the Dome of Silence descended. The city of Albuquerque had intended to invest $200,000 in the Quadro gimmick, but decided against it when the facts became known.) The 19 persons who receive my letter will be therein informed about my offer to pay the challenge prize (now at $495,500) to any of them (first winner takes the whole prize!) who can support their endorsement. The Quadro folks were notified on November 27th, 1995, that I am offering this prize money to any of Quadro's staff or distributors, any purchasers of the product, or any person Quadro might care to designate. It appears that Quadro has chosen not to communicate this happy news to anyone! Perhaps these 19 chosen individuals should ask Quadro why they have failed to inform them? Surely Quadro believe that the Tracker really works? If not, it may be that we have some deception going on! Could that possibly be? I warned the Chosen Nineteen that if they were to contact any official of the Quadro Corporation after receiving my letter, they would very probably be eloquently urged to ignore this offer. But, we'll see, won't we? The Chosen Nineteen are: William Koopman, Val-Comm Inc., Albuquerque, NM Steve Lassiter, Drug Task Force, Albuquerque, NM Larry DeWees, Principal, Farmington High School, NM Clifford Weber, School Supt., Bloomfield, NM Nancy Radford, Vice-Principal, Bloomfield H.S., NM Troy Daniels, Resource Officer, Bloomfield H.S., NM Ralph Navarre, Principal, Mesa Alta H.S., Bloomfield, NM Capt. Ben Boozer, Dept. of Corrections, Crozier, VA Raymond Gomes, Inspector General, Richmond, VA Sgt. Marilyn Chambers, National Guard, Richmond, VA Jim Morrison, National Guard, Richmond, VA Brian Clements, Dir. of Security, Galena Park, Houston TX Michael Ferdinand, Interquest Group, Inc., Houston, TX Lt. Bill Munk, Police Department, Austin, TX Don Plybon, US Customs, Charleston, SC Cpl. Billie Johnson, North Charleston PD, SC Bruce Parent, FL Dept. of Trans., West Palm Beach, FL Pip Reaver, Adlerhorst Training School, Riverside, CA Pete Blauvelt, Nat. Alliance for Safe Schools, Lanham, MD Anyone who believes that a dowsing-stick can locate guns, drugs, explosives, missing persons, treasure, stolen cars, U.S. currency, and golf balls (I'm serious!) and do it from 2,000 miles away, through metal and brick walls, will want to become very friendly with the 19 listed above, because one of them will soon be half-a-million richer, if that belief is correct! And, just as a footnote to this riduculous scenario, I'm now told that Wade Quattlebaum, the "inventor" of this wondrous Quadro toy, showed up four or five years ago at Sandia Labs and announced that he had a device which would detect explosives, no matter how well concealed. Ever willing to examine a claim, and in the true spirit of science, Sandia scientists put him to the test. It was a resounding flop, and Quattlebaum told the researchers that he would work on it some more, then return. He never came back. But don't ask Sandia about this. The muzzle is on. And Mr. Quattlebaum is today making a fortune selling that same toy. James Randi. ************************************************** ** PROVIDED FOR YOUR REFERENCE BY THE MODERATOR ** ************************************************** Requests to be added to or deleted from the randi-hotline mailing list, must be sent to the service address: Internet: PLEASE BE PATIENT. All requests are processed before each new mailing to the list and these can be widely spaced. You *will* be added if your request was sent to the correct address. Mail to James Randi can be sent to: Internet: The Amazing One reads all mail and will generally respond eventually. This can change with growing volume, of course... 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