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Project Aladdin Journal 03-15-2002

SoundByte, here is Christine's response to your comments from yesterday:

Interesting idea. We have also considered that our problem might be a wormhole with one end in Hawaii and one end in a distant part of the galaxy. However, we are unsure of exactly how the other end of the wormhole would get to the other side of the galaxy. The wormhole has only a certain probable range in space. To get Project Aladdin's wormhole from L3 to Atlanta was not too difficult, but to get even out to Jupiter would require an enormous investment of energy. It is unlikely that the people of your time had the means to create such a wormhole. Of course, since they clearly didn't know what they were doing, they may have inadvertantly discovered something that even we don't know.

As for how to close a wormhole once you've opened one, well, we don't really know. We opened the one to talk to you without any real idea of how we would close it. Given the fact that there is a giant hydrogen leak about to choke us, closing our wormhole to you seems like a small enough problem that we can figure it out later.

Dave Sizemore came by yesterday with a camera crew. We basically repeated our conversation from last week, but this time the camera was rolling. I carefully explained what the pseudo-FBI agent said to me, and his cameraman took some shots of my car and my apartment. Sizemore told me that he would air a one-minute spot on tonight's 6:00 news. But today, he called me back.

"Patrick, I'm sorry," he said. "My editor cancelled the spot. It won't go on tonight after all."

"What?," was all I could say.

"I know, I'm disappointed too. We both put a lot of work into that. But he said it wasn't newsworthy enough."

We talked for a few more minutes, but there wasn't much more to say. Not newsworthy enough? Bob, SoundByte, what does that mean?

Project Aladdin Journal 03-15-2002

Bob checking in.
There is a possibility that someone leaned on Fox 5 to spike the story. But there is just as strong a possibility that the news director simply found it a little too strange to believe. One thing I know from over 25 years in the news business dating back to my teens, is that news managers are very cautious and skeptical types who don't go out on limbs. I think they sometimes miss good stories as a result.
Try Channels 2 and 11, and CNN, next. You might well get a nibble. CNN may be your best bet, in fact, since they DO go out on a limb for a story fairly often. The Constitution and Journal papers, and WSB and WGST radio, may also be worth a call.
Good luck. I hope this story gets the play it deserves.