To: Subject: Quadro bites the dust.... Date: Wed, 24 Apr 1

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From: James Randi --- Wizard To: Subject: Quadro bites the dust.... Date: Wed, 24 Apr 1996 19:08:28 -0400 THE QUADRO FOLKS GET A POKE IN THE EYE Yesterday, the 22nd, US District Judge Thad Heartfield handed down a permanent injunction against the Quadro Corporation and its officers, Wade L. Quattlebaum, Raymond L. Fisk, and Malcom S. Roe, from selling, advertising, or otherwise offering their silly "Tracker" device. My regular readers will recognize this as the toy that was sold to police departments, schools, and customs agents for the purpose of detecting and locating drugs, explosives, gold balls and coon dogs. That was the civil case, the Quadro Corporation being charged and convicted of being engaged in a mail and wire fraud scheme to defraud customers, under statutes 18 U.S.C. 1341 and 1343. Now we will wait to see whether criminal charges are brought.... I can't resist quoting from some of the Quadro literature that was produced in court. You may recall that they had a selection of "tuned frequency chips," one of which was to be fastened to the empty plastic handle of the Tracker, to make it "zero in" on the sought-after substance. Describing the "scientific basis" for the device, the defendants said: "The frequency chip is oscillated by static electricity produced by the body [of the user] inhaling and exhaling gases into and out of the lung cavity. This static electricity is propagated on the surface of the body to the tracker which utilizes the charge to oscillate the chip....[A]ll matter contains exact molecular frequencies. When a magnetic field is created by a contained electrically charged body moving through space at a perpendicular angle moving to its direction, and that field is brought into alignment with another exact field, resonating at the identical frequency modulation, then both objects attract, just as two bodies are attracted toward each other in a gravitational field." Until I read this, I had no idea of how abysmally inadequate was my knowledge of science....! I'm told that at one point, an endorser of the Quadro device who spoke on the witness stand, was asked why he had not taken advantage of my offer to pay anyone the (at that date) $500,000 prize, if they could just show that it worked. The answer? "Mr. Randi refused to show up with the half-million in the form of cash." Damn right. 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. Randi also has a web page - check it out at


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