During the first two hours of Friday's show, Oliver Williams discussed the fascinating case of John Titor. Williams pieced together Titor's story from postings on Internet forums going back to November 2000 through March 2001. Using the names "Timetravel_0" and later "John Titor," the author of the posts claimed to be a time traveler from the year 2036. He provided details about his time machine, why he was here, as well as what the future was like. Williams said some people believe the things Titor described about the future are now coming to pass.
Titor predicted that the United States would start wavering in its support of Israel, giving their enemies in the region the confidence to attack. Titor also seemed to be in agreement with current scientific theory about how time travel actually works, Williams noted. One forecast that did not pan out, however, had to do with the 2004 Olympics, which Titor said would be postponed until 2040. Williams defended Titor by pointing out that because of the nature of time travel his timeline/universe was likely different than our own.
George played part of his pre-taped interview from 2/17/06 with Larry Haber, attorney for the family of John Titor, and Kay Titor, the alleged time traveler's mother. Williams said some people think the John Titor time traveler story was invented by the Haber family for some as yet to be determined purpose. Williams remains open to all possibilities. "If it wasn't a time traveler," he said, "then it was a series of people that knew alot about what was going to happen."
The final half of the program featured Open Lines. George set up a special line for callers who wanted to share their incredible stories for a chance to receive two books from his collection -- producer Tom Danheiser determined the winners.
14-year-old Gerrit Blank of Essen, Germany, was struck by a meteorite travelling at 30,000 mph. The pea-sized space rock grazed the teenager's hand then hit the ground, leaving a smoking, foot-long crater in the pavement -- as well as a a three-inch scar on his hand. There is only one other known case of a a person surviving a direct strike by a meteor. More at Sky News.
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