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    This Week's Episode: DOWNLOAD (Free Version for April 21, 2024): Gene and cohost Tim Swartz introduce Paul Schatzkin, a biographer of obscure 20th century scientists. He has been described variously as a visionary, gadfly, serial entrepreneur, Internet pioneer, staunch McLuhanist, author, occasional bomb-thrower, guitarist and songwriter. His two books are: “The Boy Who Invented Television” about Philo T. Farnsworth and “The Man Who Mastered Gravity” about T. Townsend Brown. As to Farnsworth, he invented a thing called “the television” — which over the course of his lifetime (1906-1971) became the most ubiquitous appliance in the history of human civilization. Every video screen on the planet — including the one you are looking at now – can trace its origins to a sketch that 14-year-old Philo drew for his high school science teacher in 1922. Schatzkin’s second book — exploring the mysterious life of T. Townsend Brown (1895-1985) — is “the biography of a man whose story cannot be told.” “The Man Who Mastered Gravity” is a tale that lives in the Venn diagram between science, science fiction and pseudo science, with elements of world history, international espionage, and cross-generational romance. He was also involved in the early creation of a UFO research organization, the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP), which was later placed under the direction of UFO field pioneer and disclosure advocate Major Donald E. Keyhoe.

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    After The Paracast: Available exclusively to Paracast+ subscribers: Author Paul Schatzkin reveals more incredible details about the lives of Philo T. Farnsworth, the true inventor of television and antigravity pioneer T. Townsend Brown. He’ll tell Gene and cohost Tim Swartz, for example, how Brown became interested in the flying saucer enigma in the 1940s and his ultimate connection with creating National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP). You’ll learn more about Farnsworth’s ongoing efforts to perfect a practical method of nuclear fusion. Schatzkin’s biography of Farnsworth titled, “The Boy Who Invented Television,”and his biography about Brown is titled, “The Man Who Mastered Gravity.” Taken together, these two books suggest that if advanced civilizations are gallivanting around the galaxy, then their vessels are propelled by the two technologies that Farnsworth and Brown came close to — fusion energy and gravity control — that remain tantalizingly out of reach of even 21st century humans. In addition to being a biographer of obscure 20th century scientists, Schatzkin has been described variously as a visionary, gadfly, serial entrepreneur, Internet pioneer, staunch McLuhanist, author, occasional bomb-thrower, guitarist and songwriter. He was born in New York City and raised in Springsteen Country (Monmouth County, NJ).

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