I've heard that JW McGinness, President of the Tesla Society
of the past, for years put his own money into it trying to keep
it afloat and make it a success. He is probably one of the victims in
that whole thing. I know that Dennis Lee always had it out for him.
The following is an account of interest by Michael:
When Dennis Lee appeared at a Tesla Symposium in Colorado Springs, i had a
chance to interview him privately, shortly before he made his presentation.
The background on this is interesting. He tends to draw a public which is
not normally plugged into Tesla communication lines. Thus, the Tesla
Society found it worthwhile to have him come in and do presentations,
because he did draw people who would not otherwise have known about our
activities. Many of these people are older gentlemen with money to invest.
Everyone i have ever spoken to who has invested in Lee's projects, has never
seen a return on their investment. This would total about 20 people over a
span of several years. Many of these investors follow Lee around the
country, in hopes of getting back at least something. What Dennis tends to
do, is put on very compelling shows which include what appear to be working
models of several technologies which he has collected over the years. He
always spent a lot of time talking about how he has been persecuted by
various authorities. There is always tremendous anger displayed during his
talks that i have witnessed, which tends to be appreciated by the crowds.
This anger often spilled over into his dealing with Tesla Society officials,
and they have always reported to me that he was extraordinarily difficult to
work with, frequently setting up bizarre conditions and requirements for his
At the time of this interview, which i think was in 1997, his main focus was
"solar energy". The solar collector he demonstrated was a model i was
familiar with from my work in a solar energy business in 1982. It is not
truly a solar system. It is actually a heat pump which depends on a lot of
electricity to run its motors, and is charged with a conventional
refrigerant in its plumbing. This particular model was regarded by most
legitimate solar energy experts of the early 80's as terribly inefficient,
an opinion i can vouch for, having assessed two different working
installations of this system. He also was displaying several other models,
including an odd-looking wind generator and a "free-energy device" which
nobody had a chance to seriously evaluate at that time.
I first ran into him at the Global Sciences conference in 1989 in Denver.
At that time, i heard several reports of an incident at a supplemental
presentation he set up, which was not part of the actual conference
proceedings. Because it was not a regularly scheduled part of the
conference, i was not in the room at the time. Therefore, a friend arranged
for me to see a video of the incident. A noted Tesla technology researcher
came into the room, and when given an opportunity, asked a pointed question
as to why none of Lee's investors had yet received any money back. Lee then
went into a bizarre diatribe against this individual, accusing him of having
murdered an 8-year old girl. Eventually the researcher left the room, as it
appeared the incident was about to degenerate into a physical fight.
While talking with Dennis Lee, he first brought up the subject of his
father, who he said was his main inspiration in life. He made his father
out to be a god-like individual, but factually he said they lived in a
series of apartments while he was a child after his parents divorced, and
that his father never made much of a living as an itinerant worker. Then,
we somehow got on to the subject of religion. Dennis said he is a devout
Christian. He told me that he receives communications from God constantly,
and that God always tells him the right thing to do. At that point the
interview had to be ended because his presentation time was coming up. I
had the unenviable job of introducing him on stage.
I came away with the impression that Dennis Lee is a singularly dangerous
individual. This is due to the twin aberrations in his personality -- that
he has this voice from God always telling him what to do, making it possible
for him to justify any action, and that he actually believes whatever he
says, when he tells a lie.
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It's eerie that Dennis accused someone of killing an 8 year old girl - because
Dennis's FE twin, Joe Newman actually married an 8 year old girl.
Eric Krieg eric@...