Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Kalvin and the media part 2
So it looks like our dear colonel Kalvin really is not so happy to see some print media making the rounds. Here is the other article I found on an interesting website forum called the Paracast. Little confused kalvin appears to have rubbed a few chaps there the wrong way. But I digress.
This article and the previous one have some juciy little bits in them. Looks like I'll be contacted Kennedy High School and seeing how many foreign language classes Kalvin actually took. Our dear colonel crappy though will surely claim it was both high school and private lessons, of that I'm quite sure as Kalvin has an excuse for everything that contradicts his claims.
Kalvin you are a poor pathetic little man and reading this article gives one a great deal of insight into your sad little world.
San Jose Mercury News
IDENTIFIED FILING OBJECTS UFO BUFF SWITCHES ATTENTION TO COMPUTERS
April 13, 1988
Section: The Weekly
Edition: Alameda County/AM
LORI EICKMANN, Mercury News Staff Writer
When you gain notoriety at age 15 for analyzing UFO sightings and claiming evidence that more than one gunman stalked John F. Kennedy -- what do you do for an encore?
Kal Korff, now 25, is working on that. In the past 10 years he has taught English, written a book exposing one UFO encounter as a hoax, worked as a security guard, taken a few college classes, run his own graphic arts company, driven as a courier for a title company and, as of two weeks
ago, worked as a computer technician at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.Now he's become fixated with computers -- the hypertext concept, specifically -- in a big way.
''My goal is to be a major player in the hypermedia field," said Korff, in reference to a developing field of computer systems in which people can retrieve any information. "I intend to be involved in that."
Oh, yeah, and Korff still is fascinated with UFOs, though only as a hobby these days.
''You've got to make a living," he said, glancing at a pile of UFO books and now-defunct space magazines on the dinette table in his Fremont apartment.
Korff became a local celebrity as a teen-ager when he began lecturing classmates and nearby college classes with photographs and research he had gathered on UFOs. By ninth grade, he already had collected about 1,000 UFO-type photographs from around the world, and regularly corresponded with a network of adults known in the field of "UFOlogists."
His interest in UFOs was aroused in the sixth grade, where Korff, who already was interested in space after receiving a telescope four years before, heard a classmate's report on unidentified flying objects.
Korff began devouring library books on the subject. At first, he believed everything he read, but then he began to question the authenticity of many UFO reports.
So the research began.
Shortly after graduating from Kennedy High School in 1981, Korff had his first book, "Light Yarns: The Billy Meier Hoax," published by Towne Scribe Press of Arizona. By then, Korff had caught the attention of newspapers and radio and television stations.
Korff said his interest in UFOs is neither as a believer nor a debunker.
''I'm on the fence until I find an answer," he said.
While still in high school, Korff also attracted attention when he and another student had a photograph that was taken at the Kennedy assassination analyzed by an image-enhancement computer. The company that did the analysis said the dark image that Korff says is a person's head is, indeed, not a shadow.
But federal officials later concluded the image on the photograph was nothing more than a scratch on the film -- a conclusion Korff maintains will be disproved when the documents are declassified in a few years.
Korff hopped from job to job after high school, usually getting laid off before he'd move on to whatever interested him. Somewhere along the line, he fell ln love with the MacIntosh by Apple Computer Inc.
Then, Korff got hyped up over hypermedia, also called hypertext or mysteryware.
The hypertext idea was developed by computer guru Ted Nelson, based on a 25-year-old concept of entering and retrieving bits of information from a computer free-form instead of organizing information in the traditional table-of- contents hierarchy.
For example, Apple's Hypercard system might replace a medical text by showing a detailed picture of a human eye. A student could point to the iris on the computer screen and a written chapter about the iris would appear.
Korff has created a file called Rosettastone in his Hypercard system for -- what else? -- his volumes of UFO information. He enters the file by placing a cursor on a picture of -- what else? -- a flying saucer in the system's menu. ''I can do anything I want -- this is the future right here," Korff said quickly while rapidly scrolling through files with information on family trees, grocery lists, wine inventories and a recipe for crab apple jelly.
UFOs may be just a hobby for Korff now, but he's involved enough to gear his computer toward studying the phenomenon. He's also got an updated version of his first book coming out in a few months as the first publication of a New Jersey-based company he and two other UFO researchers own.
Still, he said working on the hypertext concept remains his latest goal.
''I live for the day Johnny can get whatever he wants (on a computer)," Korff said. "A total freedom of information.
''This is the future," he said again, motioning toward the small computer on the dinette table. "I won't see it in my lifetime. They'll have to read all about me on a Hypercard."