Ch. 10 — “This is Ethan Thomas 180°”

“Hello, I’m Ethan Thomas of NNN, and you’re watching Ethan Thomas 180°.

“This evening, we’re going to be bringing you a story that you will find difficult to believe. I want you to know that I am still having trouble getting my head around this, big time!

“Frankly, friends, I would like you to make sure that you are sitting down for this portion of our program tonight.

“A couple of weeks or so ago, I visited with a family on the east coast that has found what those folks think is really a miracle.

“So intriguing is it, in fact, that some of them are beginning to think that what has turned up in their house is a gift from heaven.

“Tonight, you will have the opportunity to judge for yourselves how true that is.

“It was astounding to me when the family sat me down in its rec room and showed me, live through their TV, something that no-one but those kinfolk, and the people who actually had the terrifying experience have ever seen …

“Five Japanese kamikaze suicide aircraft plunging themselves into an American aircraft carrier, USS Saratoga. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because it should.

“Did I hear you old-timers saying, ‘we haven’t been at war with Japan for seven decades’? You’re right!

“That attack on USS Saratoga was carried out more than seventy years ago, on February 21 of the year 1945. The location was Iwo Jima, a Japanese island.

“Remember the men who raised the U.S. flag on Iwo Jima, on March 19, 1945? The famous photograph of that event is the basis for the U.S. Marines Corps memorial in Washington, DC.

“This is that same Iwo Jima!

“That old flattop was later used during atomic bomb tests off Bikini Atoll in July, 1946. The huge ship broke in two and sank. So, for the last 69 years, it has lain with forty feet of water over the top of its flight deck.

“The world has never seen pictures of this kamikaze attack because no footage was ever made of the raid.

“So, you’re thinking to yourself, ‘How did this Florida clan manage to show Ethan Thomas that scenario on live TV?’

“There is a need for me to clarify the process. What the family showed me was not on the HDTV. What actually happened was that we were literally looking through the TV at reality.

“It was compared by one member of the family to watching events through an open window. It was 100 percent live!

“It seems unbelievable to me, but we were physically there when that Japanese mission was carried out! Now perhaps you can understand why even I am having trouble getting my head around this story.

“This is only one of the incredible parts of the story.

“As unbelievable as it is, these folks have stumbled over a way to make their TV travel through time!

“There in the family room of their Florida home, they took me back in time by means of this amazing discovery, all the way from today in the year 2015, backward to 1945, and showed me that deadly strike … actually happening … and I was watching it from seventy years in the future!

“Not only that, dear friends, but it can traverse thousands of miles in any direction, in little more than moments. The travel time for the 7,781 miles from Florida to Iwo Jima was under 2 minutes; the return journey literally took a split second.

“Very shortly, we’ll be showing you footage of some of the operations that the family has shared in over the last few weeks.

“There’s more. Hey, I’m not finished yet!!

“Unknown to the rest of the world, these folks were responsible for the miraculous rescue of twenty-three miners trapped underground.

“Do you remember us covering the story of an explosion at that coal mine in Paw Paw, West Virginia, a little more than two weeks back?

“In the midst of that disastrous situation, these folks were able to pilot their HDTV through several hundred feet of solid rock and coal at the mine.

“They located and loaded up the twenty-three miners into their Florida home, then disembarked them onto terra firma at the mine head.

“Wait … Wait … Wait … I’m not finished yet. There’s even more!!

“On a now well-known occasion a day or so later, in the space of just a few minutes, the parents traveled up the Atlantic seaboard, and removed sixty-something people from the roof of the burning Massachusetts Tower in Boston.

“That was the story NNN covered of two F-16s involved in a major accident in Boston just a couple of weeks ago.

“I know … You’re asking yourself how in the world they did that.

“Well, by directing their TV to the scene of the accident, in both cases, they were able to get the people who were trapped in the mine, or on the roof of the Massachusetts Tower, out of danger through their TV into the recreation room of their home.

“Then, after getting the TV to a place of safety at ground level, still at the accident site, they disembarked the folks back through the TV to where rescue workers were able to give them whatever assistance they needed.

“‘Am I hearing right?’ You’re no doubt asking yourself that question.

“The answer is unequivocally YES!

“Not only does the HDTV transport them to times long ago, but when they arrive there, they are able to disembark through the television set into the ancient scene.

“They have been able to communicate with other people in the very distant past: Two marines on the island of Iwo Jima; believe it or not, Christopher Columbus.

“One John Summerfield from a village that today is known as Pytchley-Kettering, in East Anglia, England.

“Mr. Summerfield was a royal guard protecting England’s King Henry VII at the Tower of London.

“The family needed to know the exact date in the year 1492 and the guard was the only person they could find who had the information they were seeking.

“Why did the people need that date? Well it was essential in locating Christopher Columbus in mid-Atlantic. No, this is not a joke!

“The family has discovered a means to be able to revert to the past when these historic individuals were still alive and physically enjoying their original crack at life.

“They realized that this story would be difficult for some to come to grips with if only a verbal explanation was given, so arrangements were made to burn a DVD of each of the activities that has been experienced in the last few weeks.

“Much of that footage has been made available exclusively to NNN so that we could show it to you tonight.

“Here, just as a sample, is the record of the view I was shown at the family home a few days ago, of USS Saratoga being attacked back in 1945.

“First, though, to those of you who lost loved ones in this tragic and very deadly incident, I most humbly apologize.

“On behalf of NNN, I want to say that I am sorry for dredging up memories that should have been buried many decades ago, but this unprecedented footage just has to go to air.

“Those of you who lost fathers and grandfathers on USS Saratoga, and for whom this will perhaps re-create bad memories, I hope that you will be as fascinated by this footage as I was.

“This story is stupendous; and I thought that this would, without question, get the full attention of those who are skeptical over what has been discovered.”

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“That attack was over in less than three minutes, yet it took the lives of 123 of our gallant sailors and wounded many others, which explains my apology before we ran it for you.

“Families should not have to suffer the loss of their loved ones over and over again. This attack was, like the rest of the Second World War, truly a tragedy.

“For the reason that NNN is deeply aware of the impact that this could have on the lives of individuals, we will not be re-playing this video on this network.

“The original DVD will be returned to the family that burned it. We have not copied this for future use.

“Before we screen any of the remaining video, I need to explain something for you. In these clips you will hear constant references to the family’s chesterfield and its advanced state of disrepair.

“The first time the folks got an inkling that something had happened to their TV was when a U.S. marine on Iwo Jima, back in 1945, suddenly poked his rifle into their living room and began blasting away. As a result, the sofa was almost completely wrecked.

“The fact is, it has taken the family a long time to get around to replacing it. As a result, most of the people invited into the house through the TV screen  automatically comment on the seat.

“Here is the DVD showing what transpired down the mine at Paw Paw, West Virginia, less than a month ago.

“I met many of these miners. They figured they were goners; most of them told me they were pretty sure they had been rescued by a team of angels.

“They had more or less resigned themselves to the idea that they were not going to make it out of that coalface tunnel alive.

“Notice how the men comment on the daybed.

“We don’t mind screening this video for you, since, fortunately, it has a happy ending.”

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“Now we’re going to show you the record that was kept of the assistance rendered to those trapped on the upper floors of the Mass Tower in Boston after the F-16s hit the high-rise office building.

“The sofa comes in for a mention several times here.”

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“Next, we’re going to see the visit to the Tower of London and the conversation with John Summerfield of the King’s Royal Guard as he gives our benefactors the information they seek about the exact date at the time of their trip to London, back in 1492.

“You’ll immediately notice the man’s uniform appearance, but this is explained in the lead-up to the conversation with the soldier.

“Do take careful note of the verbal interchange between the family and the soldier, Private Summerfield. You’ll catch an unusual reference here to the shot-up loveseat.”

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“Following the expedition to the Tower, the family was able to locate Christopher Columbus in the western Atlantic Ocean. Incredibly, the teens were able to calm his fears and re-direct the navigator to get him back on course.

“He was actually traveling in the wrong direction and the kids had to set him straight as to which way he should be heading. Even explorer Columbus notes the wrecked settee.”

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“Finally, there is a brief visit to an unmentionable Naval Air Station in an unnamed country, where the family sneaked a peek at an antique airplane. We have pixilated over the markings, to stop that country from finding out that someone accidentally stumbled into one of its airplane hangars very early one morning. On second thoughts, maybe we won’t show you that segment. I guess there are not too many of that aircraft type sitting around in museums any more.”

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“It will probably be helpful to you in getting a sense of how useful this phenomenon is, if I tell you about a couple of my later visits with this east coast family. I’ll leave unsaid the nitty gritty of how I found them, but I will tell you that they were mighty surprised when I showed up at their front door.

“When I first saw the live action of the wartime events of the Second World War, along with the video we have looked at during our program tonight, I realized that this was something unprecedented in journalism.

“All my training and experience said that it would take some real skill in presenting this information to you in a way that would allow it to sink in and let you absorb it and foresee what it might do to change the lives of each one of us.

“So I called an expert, my producer, Ron Pfeffer, to give me some recommendations as to how to proceed with the presentation.

“Just like you, he too had trouble understanding how such a phenomenon could possibly exist. He too had never heard of a television set that traveled in time, and permitted you to climb in and out of it.

‘That’s science fiction,’ he said.

“So, I invited Ron to come on the show tonight to try and help you with the story.

“Ron, thank you for joining me tonight for this segment. What do you think of our program so far?”

“I don’t know what to say without giving the appearance of patting myself on the back, Ethan.

“I did produce the program; but, honestly, even though I have heard the story before and seen all the video clips, I still found myself riveted to my monitor.

“This is an unbelievable piece of luck; this capability falling into the hands of just one family.

“On the occasion of my first visit to the family’s home, the folks had arranged for you and me to go with them on a kind of mystery tour up to Philadelphia.

“We all traveled back in time to late December, 1776, a rather significant date in American history.

“After cruising around on the Delaware River, we finally located the headquarters of a certain general.

“You managed to interview him, Ethan and, in fact, you even made video footage of him. It was George Washington, Commanding General of the Continental Army.

“He was kind of put out because you knew in advance of his strategic plan to cross the Delaware and march on what is now Trenton, NJ.

“I guess we should make a point of mentioning to the viewers, that this is over two hundred years before video cameras will be invented.

“It was masterful, the way that you allayed his fears in order to get him to permit you that interview.

“He asked where he could get a digital camera like yours.

“It was precious how you described it to him as a special box that helps you to make very accurate drawings of people very quickly.

“You even had the nerve to take down his name and address so that you could let him know when the device was perfected and it was safe to buy one,” the producer continued.

“Maybe we should let that serve as a good introduction to the video, Ron.”

At that, the video of the operation begins to screen. Now Ethan’s audience is able to see the details of the trip, including the stop at the Philadelphia Mercury, and the check of the date with the paper’s publisher, Benjamin Fraser.

Included, of course, is the photographic experience that Mr. Fraser had with ET while even still photography of any kind was still some eighty years in the future.

Once the date is clearly established from Ben Fraser, the story can move on to the river and the military operation, with special interest being paid to Ethan Thomas in custody, being marched off to his confrontation with the great George Washington.

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“Now, you’ve seen everything we have, so far. As the days go by, National News Network will be obtaining more information concerning this unbelievable phenomenon and we intend to keep you informed as to the progress of our inquiries with the family.”

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12 Ethan Thomas and Alexander Allca

“Welcome back to Ethan Thomas 180°.

“In response to your tens of thousands of telephone calls, texts, and e-mails, we’re going to return to that story that we related to you last week.

“You will remember, we told you about the discovery by a Florida family of an incredible ability to travel in time.

“First, we need to give you a little reminder of how NNN learned of this unusual situation.

“Although we at NNN were all unaware of it, this family was involved in two important stories we brought you recently.

“NNN reported to you some time ago on the story of the near disaster at the coalmine in Paw Paw, WV.

“Also on the two U.S. Air Force F-16s that crashed into the Massachusetts Tower in Boston.

“Later we updated you to the effect that the family’s means of traveling in time was an HDTV, seemingly capable of taking the group to whatever point in time or destination was chosen.

“The set, they also were amazed to find, was able to penetrate solid surfaces of every kind.

“By using this latter capability the family was able to penetrate the coal face at the Paw Paw mine and rescue 23 miners and transport them to the surface.

“At the fire in Boston, more than sixty people were invited into their recreation room by stepping right into the television screen, and then taken to the safety of ground level, right at the Mass Tower.

“You can probably imagine how eager every fire department and police chief is to obtain a franchise for one or more of these sets.

“Before I introduce these folks to you, and tell you about an unusual opportunity for them that has now manifested itself, I want you to be fully apprised as to the potential for this most unusual ‘System’ that our Florida family has found.

“At the outset, though, I would like you to take note of two things that have really made this family stand out:

“1), the integrity with which the System has been used; 2), the obvious basis of principles and qualities upon which this couple has raised its offspring; children of whom the parents have every right to be very proud.

“Hopefully, every American family raises its children with such values in mind.

“Our Florida family calls this phenomenon the System. The reason for that is simple; no more fitting name has presented itself to them.

“They are continually looking for another title more suited to its functionality.

“If you have any suggestions, please feel free to pass them along to us by e-mail to newsroom@NNN.com.

“I’d like to propose a question to each of you out there, ‘What would you have done with it if this capability had dropped into your lap?’

“This device is able to penetrate solid material, like the rock face of that Paw Paw, WV mine, to rescue 23 miners trapped underground.

“Imagine what a simple thing it would be to simply fly that device through a few walls and into the Bureau of Engraving and Printing building, in Fort Worth, Texas.

“There would be no way to stop this family from looting that money-printing bureau every week-end, and filling their Florida home with thousands of genuine twenty-dollar bills.

“These are unusually upright people! Like most Americans, we hope!

“That’s why it’s a waste of time asking yourselves: Why don’t they use their time-travel capabilities to go back to the 1930s and invest in a heap of blue-chip stocks?

“Back then they were valued at only a few cents each?

“The profits from such an endeavor would be peanuts compared to what could be the pickings from the vaults at Engraving and Printing.

“That uncommonly principled way of life has not gone unnoticed.

“I have been authorized by our legal department to tell you that NNN was contacted earlier last week by someone very special.

“This person has offered to act as a sponsor to this family.

“I can identify him to you tonight as Alexander Allca, the prominent Pennsylvania philanthropist.

“Mr. Allca telephoned NNN, and expressed extreme interest not so much in the capabilities of the household’s discovery as in the fact that there had been no profit-taking motive exhibited.

“Allca was very impressed by the selfless way in which the phenomenon was handled. When he phoned NNN, he asked for a detailed report of the contacts that both the network and I have had with the Florida group.

“When he learned of the values that the group has observed, and the principles by which the parents have raised their children, Mr. Allca advised NNN that he is willing to act as sponsor the family.

“Mr. Allca has been moved by the family’s desire to use the phenomenon in order to benefit humankind in general.

“Because of this, he has advised NNN that he is taking the necessary legal steps to have $20 million from the Allca Foundation placed at the family’s disposal in order to allow it to develop the System for its humanitarian value.

“He has stated: ‘I have the greatest of confidence that these people will use this money to develop the huge humanitarian potential of this System that they have stumbled over.

“I have absolute trust in the family’s work and know that everyone will benefit from their continuing efforts to put this discovery to good use for all, not just a few.

“Right off the top of my head,” ET allowed, “I would imagine that there are many things someone in this group’s position would be able to do with $20m.

“For instance, that would make an excellent start to a non-profit organization that would be able to share this technology with others.

“There must be hundreds of areas in which people could make use of its capability.

“In addition to the monetary support, Mr. Allca has advised us that he is putting the entire resources of his own foundation at the disposal of this remarkable family.

“He acknowledges that a technology of this potential will have to be given the ultimate in protection to prevent it from falling into unworthy hands, and offers the services of his own organization to insure this.

“This report is being brought to you exclusively by Ethan Thomas 180°. In just a minute, we’ll bring you the family’s response to this fortune that is being sent in its direction to assist in the development of the System.”

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Russell, off-camera, as agreed: “Mr. Thomas … Ethan. Could I start out by saying a warm ‘Thank you very much’ to you and the crew at NNN for all of us.

“The impression left with us is that you and your producer have handled this matter right from the start with a very mild-mannered spirit?

“We certainly appreciate your professionalism in the care you took to make sure that you protected our privacy; and got down to the truth of what has happened and what the future might hold for the System.”

ET: “We thank you!”

“Yes,” Russell continues, “we are all aware of this most generous offer from Mr. Allca.

 “His legal department has been in touch with our family lawyer for the last ten days or so, and they seem to have reached an accord on how all this could be worked out.”

“Naturally, we won’t have the $20m deposited into our joint account, but we are going to have full access to whatever we need in order to develop the System.”

“As you know, sir, we are going out of our way to protect your identity. All we have done thus far is to identify your home state as Florida.”

“For the present we’d appreciate you keeping it that way.

“As you mentioned, it would be a simple matter for chaos to break out if the phenomenon were to get into the wrong hands.

“Eventually the word will get out, and we’ll have to cross that bridge when we come to it. Again, we thank you for your understanding.”

ET, “Now appreciate, of course, that I will not hold you to any of this, but what would you say might be the first steps you would take toward developing the System for wider use, sir?”

“Initially, we’re probably going to have to look at bullet-proofing the portal.”

ET, “What do you mean by that?”

Russell, still traveling incognito, “We still have no clue as to why this has happened to our TV.

‘Why we were chosen, out of the many millions of TV owners in the United States, to receive this opportunity, we are still trying to puzzle out.

“Our kids are firmly convinced that it’s a gift from heaven!

“The experiments we have carried out so far don’t offer any proof that this is true, by any means, but, certainly, things have fallen into place in incredible order.

“Anyway, to ‘bulletproof ’ it would mean that, while we have it up and running, we would like to do everything we can to protect it and keep it that way.

“Lightning strikes, for example, cable or satellite outages, power cuts, hurricanes and tropical storms; any one of these could cause us to lose the System.

“So those protective steps will have to be the first things that we look at, the very first steps.

“Also, we found that by putting two TV sets of the same format into close proximity to each other, the second set will take on the same characteristics as the System.

“I don’t know if you can picture the potential for that set-up, but, thinking about the Massachusetts Tower, two large-screen System TVs would have helped.

“We had only one set at that time. We could have positioned one on the roof where the folks were desperate to escape, and the other set at ground level.

“That way they would be able to get into our home through one, then step right into the second, and, presto, escape!

“As it was we had to let them into our home and try to gently mislead them as to how they got there.

“In the meantime, my wife ‘flew’ the System, if you wish, down to ground level, so that they could get out of the same TV. That certainly would have made it less cumbersome.

“We have since added that second large-screen unit to help facilitate evacuations like that one.

“All we have in the way of System TVs at the moment are those two large-screen HDTVs, which we have been using for operations, and two 12” HDTV units that we have used for some primitive experiments.”

“What sort of experimentation have you done so far?”

“Just to see if we could enliven the additional TVs onto the System.

“That plus one or two other experiments with powering up and down, to see if the sets can be resurrected back to life again once they have been turned completely off.

“Other than that, the children ‘flew’ to the top of one of the world’s tallest buildings, Taipei-101, in Taipei, Taiwan, a few weeks ago.

“We took the System there just for the sake of visiting somewhere to experiment with moving it around.

“I climbed out through the System onto the peak of the tower, so that my wife would be able to see how easy it was, and to show her what the System looked like from ‘outside.’

“She wasn’t to be convinced, though, so I went alone.

“I reached back for my daughter’s digital camera, through one of the 12” TVs, and took it and made two photographs and a few seconds of video, just for perpetuity.

“I think I gave you a DVD of that visit, when you made your first visit to our home.”

“Yes, we’re screening that footage now, as you are speaking, sir.”

“Tell us, when I saw the System in your home, I noticed that in appearance it is like an ordinary TV when you’re looking at it from inside your rec room.

“What does it look like from the other side?”

“It’s like a dull glow. In shape, it’s somewhat like a window.

“It can only just be seen at night; it’s certainly not a glaring, brightly lit object.

“In daylight, it’s hard to see it unless you’re actually looking for it.

“As an example, when our SUV was stolen from outside our home some weeks ago, without ever leaving our rec room, my teenaged daughter was able to give chase.

“She used the System to follow the car down the highway at sixty miles an hour.

“She ‘helicoptered’ to a position immediately in front of our stolen vehicle, rotated our view 180°, so that we were now traveling in reverse!

“Despite the full highway speed, we were able to take high resolution photographs and video of the bad guy driving our automobile with our Florida tags on it.”

“Thanks for that. As you’re speaking, we’re screening the video and the photographs using a split-screen format.

“We have pixilated out the face of the sinner, and the tags, to protect your identity.”

“Although we were only about twenty feet in front of him, he had no clue that we were there.”

“How did your local police respond to the video and the photos?”

“The desk sergeant said that this was the best evidence he had ever seen in a GTA case. He was just a tad curious as to how we came up with such clear video … and those photographs just blew them away.

“All the cops in the station gathered around for a look. It was the best laugh they had had in a long time.”

“Thank you for your great input here tonight, sir. We’ll be looking out for more reports of your operations in the days ahead.

“In the meantime, we invite all of you, our viewers, to keep watching NNN for the very latest news and reports of special events such as we have been able to bring you this evening.

“I’m Ethan Thomas for Ethan Thomas 180º wishing you a good night.”

 

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