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Re: Tesla Car Article

Original poster: "Brian" <ka1bbg@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

DITTO; right on, cul brian f.

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Sent: Wednesday, January 12, 2005 10:36 AM
Subject: Re: Tesla Car Article

> Original poster: Mddeming@xxxxxxx > > In a message dated 1/11/05 7:22:53 PM Eastern Standard Time, > tesla@xxxxxxxxxx writes: > Original poster: Ed Phillips <evp@xxxxxxxxxxx> > > It's interesting how many variants there are to this story, with > different dates, car brands, and descriptions of the power source. In > some of the latter Tesla either "bought some tubes at the local radio > store" or "removed some peculiarly-shaped tubes from a suitcase", etc; > always twelve tubes though, even if their description is different in > different stories. This article is better written than many - lots of > interesting details. For instance, of the 12 tubes of "curious > construction" three have been identified as "70L7GT (rectifier beam > tubes)", which weren't developed or sold until many years later. Time > warp? [Actually the 70L7GT contains a beam power amplifier and a > separate rectifier, but guess the author is entitled to artistic > license.] Another interesting detail - the motor is described as "40 > inches long and 30 inches in diameter", which works out to be a volume > of about 16.4 cubic feet. If it were half steel with a weight of about > 490 pounds/cubic foot, the weight would be around 8000 pounds or 4 > tons. Remarkable car, remarkable motor! [Hope I didn't slip a decimal > point there.] > > Is anyone aware of any direct statement about this car from Tesla > himself????? > > Ed > > > Hi Ed, All, > > This article has all the devices of 19th century Sci-fi, which is now > emulated by most all the conspiracy-theory tabloids. The article just > happens to come from such a conspiracy theory rag. (see nexusmagazine.com > for the original). Their story-formula is as follows: > > 1) A remarkable event, defying all known science, occurred a number of > years ago, involving some famous person > 2) Everyone was sworn to secrecy. > 3) The inventor/main character is dead or vanished. > 4) The person who related the story to the writer is likewise dead or has > disappeared. > 5) The marvelous machine / magical book, etc., has likewise disappeared, > been misplaced, been dismantled / confiscated, or secreted away in some > close-by but unidentifiable place. > 6) Only a tiny bit of technical information is available, often erroneous. > 7) The story concerns an anecdote told to the writer ten to thirty years > before he wrote the article. > > This kind of story device was used extensively by Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, > Edgar Rice Burroughs, and even Joseph Smith as far back as 1830! > > The 70L7GT was, as you pointed out developed in the 1940s as an audio > amplifier and rectifier in the same envelope, designed for more compact > table-top radios. It operates on a peak plate voltage of 117 V. in the > rectifier section, and 110V amplifier. The rectifier can handle up to 70 ma > of current (8.2 watts max.) and the beam power section has a max output of > 1.8 watts. > > I'm afraid this is just another one of those pseudoscientific legends > that keep the true believers faithful. > > Matt D. > > > >