To: broadcast-randi-hotline@ssr.com Subject: The U.S. Customs Date: 25 Jan 96 00:01:05 EST

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From: James Randi --- Wizard To: broadcast-randi-hotline@ssr.com Subject: The U.S. Customs Date: 25 Jan 96 00:01:05 EST ANOTHER DENIAL RE QUADRO ENDORSEMENT Today I was informed that the FBI had obtained an injunction against the Quadro Corporation advertising, selling or promoting their stupid and useless toy. And, I was called by the boss of U.S. Customs agent Don Plybon, one of those persons Quadro advertised as endorsing their "invention." Why I didn't hear from Plybon himself, I'll never know. Perhaps he is not allowed to admit that he was wrong. Quadro had published a quotation from Plybon in which he related an account of a "positive for gunpowder alert" that the stick gave him when pointed at a Russian plane at Charleston, SC, airport. The customs agent, said the Quadro ad, decided that "the plane was loaded with used guns." But when they then unloaded the cargo and searched the plane, they found nothing. So, says the ad, they "checked the grease on the ramp" and decided that the Quadro couldn't be wrong, that there must have been "something in the grease" that made it "alert." What really happened? Gee, could it be that the customs agent made a boo-boo, because he was naive enough to think that the thing actually worked? Why else would his boss call me and forbid me to write to agent Plybon any more? And where does he get the colossal nerve to forbid me to do anything? I made my opinion quite clear to him, I assure you. When the boss has to call me to tell me to stop challenging his employee, I begin to wonder... In any case, Quadro has been warned to stop using agent Plybon's name in the advertising they can no longer send out. My question is, will we see indictments handed down on this Quadro matter...? 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: randi-hotline-request@ssr.com 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: randi-hotline@ssr.com 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: http://www.mindspring.com/~anson/randi-hotline/ Back issues of the randi-hotline are also available via anonymous FTP to: USA: ftp.netcom.com directory: /pub/an/anson/Mailing_Lists/geller-hotline ftp.ssr.com: directory: /Randi Please try netcom.com first, since ftp.ssr.com is very busy. EUROPE: mercurio.iet.unipi.it directory: /pub/Randi Our gratitude goes to Anson Kennedy and Massimo Macucci for providing the ftp sites at netcom and unipi.it, respectively.

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