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Stewart grew up on his family's farm located in NE Ohio's Summit County. In the middle of his last high-school year he asked his parents to give their permission for him to enroll, as a 17 year-old minor, in the US Naval Air Reserves "weekend warrior" O-2 training program at the Akron, Ohio Naval Air Station.

He graduated near the top of Hudson Township's 1951 class of forty-seven students. After spending part of that summer on active training duty, he commuted from home to Kent State University and to NAS Akron. The following summer his Navy Squadron flew an east coast logistical air wing based at Norfolk, VA Naval Air Station. He has fond memories of flying at 17 - 20 years of age in these Navy propeller-driven airplanes: PBY, SNJ, SNB, TBM, and R4D.

The Navy enabled him to transfer to Ohio State University and occupied his time again throughout the following summer. By December of 1955, at which time he earned his Bachelor of Science degree, the war in Korea had ended. More importantly for him, education and developing personal convictions precluded him from pursuing a military career.

He went to work within a few days of graduation, with a "Q" Security Clearance from the Atomic Energy Commission, in a laboratory at Battelle Memorial Institute, within walking distance of the college. An avid reader, by 1960 he no longer considered an academic or military career, nor a lifetime spent working in the confines of a laboratory. He took a job in Ohio with Lever Brothers Company, a large consumer products marketing firm that offered a two-year in-field sales-training program. After the two years he was promoted and transferred to New York City where he eventually participated in the introduction of new products.

He resigned from Lever after six years to triple his income, switching from marketing consumer products to industrial sales. By 1968 he had become one of the nation's top producing truck-body salesmen, selling to major truck-rental companies. After learning the techniques of successful distributor marketing, he moved on to become regional sales manager of a company for a couple of years and then the general sales manager of a division of a publicly traded company. He drove the business into a profitable position within his first full quarter's accounting period.

In 1976 he decided to go into business for himself and to return to his mid-western roots. In the course of a year he built an early Century-21 real estate franchise into the SE Ohio region's leading office in all areas: recruiting, listings, sales, and profit. Bored with that business, he began to study the way that personal financial products were marketed, especially "savings-type" or "money-back" life-insurance. These were financial contracts that he could never fully comprehend.

After sending away for The Consumers Union Guide to Life Insurance and reading it carefully, it became obvious to him that accurate information was needed from other than the industry's trained salesmen and their clever General Agents.

He then studied several books on the subject, including Norman F. Dacey's What's Wrong with Your Life Insurance, G. Scott Reynolds' The Mortality Merchants, the classic chapter #13 on life-insurance in Venita Van Caspel's Money Dynamics, and Randal A. Hendricks definitive study, "A Legal Analysis of the Sale of Life Insurance", [The Houston Law Review 810 (1969)].

He decided to recruit and train a marketing organization that would accurately inform consumers, enabling them to make financial decisions in the interest of their families rather than in those of already financially bloated life-insurance companies.

He met and joined forces with a couple of older highly successful and experienced sales executives, the men who introduced the marketing of mutual funds to the American public. Together, over the next several years, he worked with the progressive insurance companies for which they designed products his own company marketed.

In 1980 he wrote and self-published Financial Recovery. Advertised in full-page ads in "Life Insurance Selling" magazine, where it received a favorable review, thousands of copies were bought by individual agents and agencies across America where it helped to create substantial industry changes.

From 1980 to 1985 he built, owned, and managed a company that became one of the top volume diversified brokerage agencies in America, marketing selected financial products nationally, including tax-deferred single-premium annuities before the tax-law was changed from FIFO to LIFO effective Aug. 14, 1982, and selling attractive unregistered tax-sheltered investments before the IRS eliminated them with TEFRA. Before the personal computer age, he struggled to learn how to program the TI-59 in order to provide responsible agents throughout the country a means of calculating and presenting replicable and accountable financial product analyses for their clients at the point of sale.

He made the stupid mistake by entering politics. A couple of friends and Stewart picked a slate of state-wide candidates after helping the new Libertarian Party gain Ohio ballot access. He ran for the Ohio Senate, campaigning on rejection of the state income tax, repeal of the federal income tax, and audit of the Federal Reserve System. He put a sign on the back of his motorcycle's seat that read, "Stop the Federal Income Tax". It got a lot of approving honks. In retrospect, he realizes how politically naive he was at the time. He did relatively well at the polls but unexpectedly generated personally destructive and formidable enemies.

His brilliant younger brother Bob, a PhD geologist living in Florida, had for years been encouraging him to move south. In January 1986, during a particularly cold Ohio winter, he relocated to Sarasota, Florida, a community which he loves today as much as he did the first day he found it. He hopes to live peacefully there to age 100 among interesting neighbors. He is best contacted as Stewart in

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Thank you, NASA

In 1954 I helped a friend place numerous small round antennae in a corn field near Ohio State University and we wired them together. Nine years later, as the Vietnam War got swinging, the university erected its first large radio telescope called The Big Ear. It covered an area larger than three football fields and became famous for discovering some of the most distant known objects in the universe.

Years of astronomy were enlivened in 1964 by the discovery of a background radio hiss suspected to be a remnant of the very birth of our universe. Scientists called it the cosmic microwave background (CMB). Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson at Bell Lab received the Nobel Prize in physics for its discovery. The problem was that, because the earth’s atmosphere absorbs microwave radiation, balloons were used to collect CMB data and progress was slow until NASA designed satellites to specifically gather it.

A huge step occurred in 1989, only 3 years after the Challenger shuttle hoax, when NASA launched its COBE (Cosmic Background Explorer) satellite. No humans were claimed to have been blasted into space along with it that time. The COBE discoveries were amazing and in 2006 again resulted in a Nobel Prize in physics for John Mather of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and George Smoot of the University of California Berkeley.

NASA, is not all about hoaxes. Hoaxes are politically and financially expedient unless persons of science and intellect are willing to risk the opprobrium of America’s largely ignorant and poorly educated masses. As recently as 1993 a National Adult Literacy Survey revealed, “Nearly half of America’s adults are poor readers, or ‘functionally illiterate.’ They can’t carry out simple tasks like balancing check books, reading drug labels or writing essays for a job.”

In the same year the Department of Justice’s Literacy Statistics Reference Information stated, “21 million Americans can’t read at all, 45 million are marginally illiterate and one-fifth of high school graduates can’t read their diplomas.” I suspect that intellectual abilities have declined further over the past two decades. Cosmology is predictably confusing, potentially threatening and likely to be resented and unsupported.

We live in a wonderfully exciting and interesting time. Man has wondered about his life and his greater surroundings for centuries and has, in many ways and times, determined and measured his own progress by the stars. The English word “heaven” both singular and plural, has more than one meaning.

NASA’s more highly publicized programs, particularly narratives of brave humans who experience adventures in space and participate in life-threatening activities, are designed to appeal to the masses. This is the stuff of childhood drama that offers the same appeal as romantic tales of heroes, heroines, and adventure. Moon stories were great theater. Space shuttle crews, brought to you by the same narrators, and related tales of human earth orbit, shuttle-launched satellites, a shuttle-launched space telescope, and a manned international space station are amusing. Returning into earth’s atmosphere (“re-entry”) without burning up, as any incoming meteor, would be physically impossible. If you believe in heat shields and magic tiles I have a small planet to sell you. More significant is the mathematical impossibility of propelling weights of claimed space ships containing humans skyward from a “launch pad” by means of described rockets.

Philosophy has yielded to experimentation. The universe in which we all live is being increasingly researched thanks to NASA. Immense distances, a postulated new form of matter, a different form of energy, the discovery of an accelerated expansion that began 6 to 7 billion years ago and won, in 2011, more Nobel Prizes in physics, and the reconsideration of Einstein’s mathematical cosmological constant, all are far more interesting to many of us than silly television of human actors floating around and photographic trickery. Those who enjoy their TV and folksy narratives are happy too. Thank you, NASA, even if we are unable to positively separate truth from fiction.

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4 Responses to "Thank you, NASA"

  1. Ian Greenhalgh  October 11, 2015 at 7:40 am

    It truly disgusts me that you can label things like the Challenger Disaster a ‘hoax’ based on no solid evidence whatsoever. This is a large part of why NASA finds it so easy to lie to the world – the fringe of lunatics who revel in dreaming up conspiracy theories and lap up every piece of disinfo put out by the shills like Simon Shack.

  2. David Odell  October 10, 2015 at 7:25 am

    The study of CMBR is worthwhile. Here will be the merging of science and spirit, and it seems to me that a focus on the structure and changes of it, will unite many areas of study. The downside of improved predictability is preemptive law enforcement and rogue AI. But, the process that will lead to the practical applications of it, is not suited for the system under which science operates. That same process or set of rules we use for education in general is quite obviously in need of an overhaul. Freedom of expression and untethered learning is what has been removed. Certainly the I-Ching and many ancient calendars are not a joke, and should be compared in this regard. For some people, structured learning is quite harmful. Resistance to this is clearly seen in the medication of the young to get them to submit.

  3. NotAVeteranThough  October 10, 2015 at 1:16 am

    this was a very fun read, thank YOU.

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