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From: James Randi --- Wizard To: Subject: The Latest In The Great Quadro Drama.... Date: Mon, 15 Jan 1996 20:23:46 -0500 I've received a response from one of the persons to whom we offered the $500,000 prize vis-a-vis the Quadro QRS 250G Tacker device. This is Interquest Group, Inc., of Texas and California, a reputable and well-known company who train dogs for use in Contraband detection. Their former "endorsement" of the device, as printed in the Quadro publicity material, quoted Vice President Michael Ferdinand as saying: "Using the Quadro as a stand-alone unit certainly locates the drugs..." and "Since I discovered the Quadro unit, I have introduced it into my K-9 teams with great effect. In fact, I am now helping schools to acquire their own units..." But after Interquest personnel attended the mandatory training session in Harleyville, S.C., and had the device examined by Southwest Research Institute (SRI) in San Antonio, Texas, the tune changed. Says Ferdinand now: "We, too, fell victims to the hustle of the `Quadro Tracker'.... we now recognize that the entire training mission was staged.... based upon the conclusions of [the SRI] report and our inability to achieve any form of consistent results with the product, we disassociated our company from the Quadro Corporation. At present, we remain some $10,000 in the hole as a result of our encounter with the Quadro Corporation as well as sustaining a certain degree of damage to our otherwise flawless reputation...." The SRI lab report stated it's conclusion that: "the tracker is not functional and the operating principle suggested by the manufacturer is scientifically highly questionable at the very least. Both analyses support the suspicion that the tracker is a fake device." SRI tested the two "Training Samples" sold to Interquest with the Quadro, and found nothing inside but "epoxied scrambled dead ants." This led them to add to their report that "we think the tracker is a fake device." It remains to see whether Interquest will take action to get their $10,000 investment refunded by Quadro. In closing, Michael Ferdinand of Interquest mentions that his company "may be interested in further augmenting" the 2000 Club prize....! Wars are won with a series of small victories. We won this small victory. Onwards.... 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... Thanks to Anson Kennedy, back issues of the randi-hotline are now available on the World Wide Web: Back issues of the randi-hotline are also available via anonymous FTP to: USA: directory: /pub/an/anson/Mailing_Lists/geller-hotline directory: /Randi Please try first, since is very busy. EUROPE: directory: /pub/Randi Our gratitude goes to Anson Kennedy and Massimo Macucci for providing the ftp sites at netcom and, respectively.


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