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Post-World War II Era

I am Zolf and this is the continuation of my chronicles. Below, we repeat the previous entry for clarity. If you've somehow arrived here without seeing the earlier entries, CLICK HERE to go to the start of the chronicles.

EY1940, Light Probe #002148: As expected, the early computer emerges, simultaneously in Germany and the United States. During the same period, the jet engine and the helicopter are invented, providing additional tools for the upcoming conflict.

Amazingly, this period saw not only the birth of the computer, but also the birth of Robert Hoffman in St. Cloud, Minnesota, our chosen computing representative who is destined to be the co-author of Wulff's book describing the Astrian arrival. His interest in computers was immediately seeded, such that he and the computers developed at a parallel rate. In EY2006, when the documentation of the arrival was planned, both Hoffman and computers will have developed to the necessary level to provide the exact publicity that the Astrians anticipated.

Through idea seeding, subtle nudging in desired directions, and occasional use of dream implantation, the Astrians plan to develop Wulff's writing interest and talent, Hoffman's computer expertise, and to join the two in a collaboration at the precise point in time to facilitate the publication of Astrian activities at the proper level and time period. To further ensure the success of these two Earthlings, the Astrians will lay out a plan for mentorism and the availability of opportunities. As will become evident in future entries, both Hoffman and Wulff will be aided by mentors at key periods in their development and seemingly miraculous opportunities will be put in their paths on several occasions. Both will spend their lives thinking that "somebody up there likes me", without realizing how close that is to the truth. Likewise, both will become aware of the Astrian influence at various points during their lives, although this awareness is always slightly flawed and not truly recognized as control and direction by non-Earthly beings.

Due to the level of conflict and turmoil during the next 10 Earth Years, no probes were able to make it to Earth and collect data. After this gap, the Chronicles of Zolf continue in what is described as the Post-WWII Era.

EY1950, Light Probe #002149: As mentioned in the previous entry, no probes were successful in reaching Earth during the EY1940-EY1946 period. A manned probe was attempted in 1947, but even this met with disaster by being grounded and discovered by Earthlings near Roswell, New Mexico. After these numerous failures and the Roswell disaster, it was decided that it was best to  postpone subsequent flights until EY1950. As it turned out, the Roswell disaster actually had some positive results, since upon return in EY1950, it was discovered that large segments of the Earth's population were now interested in interplanetary travel and were evolving toward a point where "alien" arrivals would be accepted, possibly even welcomed, by some of them.

You may notice a change in the type style here. It was during this period that the Palatino Linotype font was invented, which is supposed to be easier on the eyes that the original Courier. This invention was somewhat insignificant compared to others during the period. As early as EY1935, we had seeded ideas for advancements in computing, rocketry, and defensive weapons. Also during that time, future projections had shown the devastating results of success by Adolph Hitler's Third Reich. Extrapolations of potential timelines showed that his success would ultimately lead to the necessary destruction of Earth shortly after the Astrian arrival in 2016, due to the uncooperative nature of the entire Earth population. Based upon these projections, we were determined to provide whatever aid possible to the Allied forces during the upcoming conflict.

Of the major inventions of the period that resulted from Astrian seeding, two of three were received and implemented by the Allied forces.  One of these was the first digital, programmable, electronic computer, Colossus, designed by British engineer Tommy Flowers. Several Colossus machines were used during World War II in British efforts to read messages encrypted using the German Lorenz SZ 40/42 cipher machine. That was especially important, since the second major advancement, the V-2 rocket, fell to the German scientist Werner Von Braun and his staff. Finally, the real tie-breaker in the war was the nuclear weaponry and the atomic bomb, first perfected by a group of scientists in the United States. These resources, plus some minor Astrian guidance in defensive tactics during the conflict, proved to result in the success of the Allied forces.

Two other significant inventions that resulted from Astrian idea seeding during this period were the first generation of modern programmed electronic computers and the transistor. This first generation computer was about the size of a large piano and had 2500 electron tubes, but was a definite step in the right direction. The transistor was destined to be one of the key ingredients required for future generations of computers.

It was during this period that we guided the formative years of both Wulff and Hoffman. Both found themselves to be slightly out-of-sync with those around them, thereby creating in them a drive to learn how to adapt to unfamiliar environments and to use compromise and negotiation as tools to getting along with beings unlike themselves. Wulff overcame the challenges presented by his initial shyness and tendency to temper flairs, while Hoffman learned to live with a serious speech impediment and a similar tendency to frequent uncontrollable bouts of anger. Both learned early on of the danger of letting anger take control of their actions and were able to learn to suppress their tempers, often over-compensating to the point of accepting unpleasant situations that would frustrate most Earthlings. All of these traits and life lessons were planned towards forming their personalities and temperament in a manner conducive to uniquely qualifying them to provide the support necessary for the success of the Astrian mission.

EY1955, Light Probe #002290: During this period, a mixture of successes and failures, from the Astrian point of view, were recorded. Hovercraft, medical ultrasonography, the transistor radio, and Velcro were considered successes, since they all contribute to technologies of interest to the Astrians. At the same time, despite efforts to turn inventors in other directions, the fusion bomb and the first nuclear power reactor are developed. It is expected that these inventions, which continue to thrive in the coming years, will require an Astrian project to be replaced by more socially acceptable technologies.

Regarding Wulff and Hoffman, this period also included several changes in their lives that served to bring them on parallel paths in the future. While Wulff spent time in the United States Navy acquiring electronics training, Hoffman's family moved to Florida, where he would find an environment so inviting that it brought him back at various points during his life. Both were now on a path that would find them working in the aerospace and defense fields, then ultimately retirement in Florida. Little Astrian guidance was required in this regard, since their early stimulation toward topics of interest resulted in both following the fields of endeavor first envisioned in the EY1935-EY1950 era.

It was also in the EY1955 time frame that we began to seed the idea of interplanetary travel from multiple directions. We first seeded the concept of using rocketry to escape the Earth's gravity, thus allowing travel to other areas of the galaxy. At the same time, we transmitted a variety of ideas to writers and authors to stimulate interest in the field that Earthlings refer to as Science Fiction, including one of the most successful implementations by author Gene Roddenberry, who had begun writing television scripts in the 1950s. Roddenberry was stimulated with dream implantation several times, eventually leading to his creation of Star Trek in 1964 (see details in later entry).

It is worth pointing out at this juncture in the chronicles that we had initiated multiple efforts to guiding the development of Hoffman and Wulff toward the path that we had chosen for them, primarily through the techniques of providing them with mentors and with demonstrating life choices that would positively influence their own later directions in life. Growing up in Kankakee and the Chicago area, Wulff was exposed to many influences, both in his schoolmates and friends, as well as those he'd meet in his erstwhile adventures in poolhalls, gambling casinos, and other somewhat unsavory environments. He learned that he was able to accomplish most anything that he decided to attempt, how to quickly adapt to new environments, and developed an ability to readily meet and fit in with new types of people. Later, while in the Navy, we facilitated several encounters between Wulff and mentors in areas necessary to his personality development. From his good friend Bill Denni, he learned the value of humor and an upbeat attitude to accomplish goals that might otherwise be beyond his reach. From his other sailor buddies, he was exposed to a variety of personalities and behavior patterns which had significant effect on his own character and life goals. These effects would prove to have substantial positive influence on his later life choices.

For Hoffman, two of his early mentors was actually his brother Richard and his mother, who together subtly guided Hoffman away from many potentially harmful life choices and toward interests that would aid in his later appreciation for some of the key Astrian proposals. One of these interests was in several areas of transportation, specifically engines, automobiles, and airplanes. From his mother, Hoffman learned the value of thinking outside of the  generally accepted boundaries (later referred to as "thinking outside of the box") and the fact that little was impossible if one simply chose a path and determinedly followed it. These lessons were most apparent with her decision to seek employment and purchase her own automobile, two directions that were highly unusual for women during the period. As it turned out, the Studebaker that she purchased as her first automobile and later passed on to Richard, who eventually passed it on to Hoffman, was one of the first of several programmed situations to demonstrate the fact that innovation and futuristic inventiveness would often fail if not supported by adequate publicity, gaining of widespread public support, and the backing of a large and experienced professional commercial organization. Although Hoffman wouldn't recognize it until many Earth Years later, the failure of the Studebaker, one of the most innovative vehicles of the period, could have been avoided if those in control of its development had been aware of the necessity of those key ingredients of publicity, public support, and organization. This lesson was the first of several that would lead to his appreciation of the Astrian approach to success in their mission, 50 Earth Years in the future.

EY1960, Light Probe #002311: Inventions during this period have been somewhat disappointing and we feel that additional seeding will need to be accelerated to meet our 2016 arrival schedule. Computers continue to advance, along with associated technology, including the invention of the integrated circuit and packet switching. The first commercial machines constructed entirely from transistors are put on the market and the Fortran computer language was developed. As a means of accelerating needed computer technology and communications advances that would ultimately lead to the world-wide web, we seeded several ideas, including the communications satellite, laser, light-emitting diode, hypertext, computer mouse, video game console, video-conferencing, and the ARPANET.

Also during this period, the lives of Wulff and Hoffman were closely monitored. While Wulff was completing his curriculum at the University of Missouri, Hoffman completed High School and entered Florida State University in the field of Mathematics that eventually brought him to the extensive use of computers. Coincidentally, both took a relative hiatus during this time, Wulff going to work in Las Vegas as a dealer in EY1960 and Hoffman taking an auto trip around the USA in EY1962 (see details in next entry).

During this time leading up to Hoffman's 1962 automobile adventure, he was led through a series of experiences with the goal of instilling in him an appreciation for those who are different and/or a minority, an understanding of the value of large organizations with a well-planned public presence, and an acceptance of things new and foreign. From his early Studebaker days, he progressed through ownership of a series of automobiles, including several by the more popular manufacturer Ford, then several by the giant leader in the automotive industry General Motors, and finally to one of the earliest non-American made vehicles to be introduced in the United States, Volvo. This introduction of a "foreign" vehicle into his life provided an initial step to his future acceptance of the Astrian mission, as well as enabling him to take a very early venture into the world of "recreational vehicle" travel with his EY1962 USA trip, which would be instrumental in the Earth-wide broadcasting of the Astrian message many Earth Years later.

EY1965, Light Probe #002372: As a result of Astrian idea seeding, this period saw the advent of communications satellites, lasers, light-emitting diodes, hypertext, and the computer mouse. Although all of these were not destined to be fully applied until much later, they laid the groundwork for the important 50-Earth Year period leading up to the 2016 Astrian arrival.

As mentioned in the previous entry, Hoffman decided (as a result of dream implantation) to quit college and his job at the U. S. Post Office and take an auto trip around the United States and across Canada. The value of this trip was to stimulate his interest in travel, recreational vehicles, and ultimately, Las Vegas. Unbeknownst to either Wulff or Hoffman, their paths nearly crossed in Las Vegas during this period. The closest they came was in Hoffman's playing Blackjack at the table at the Nevada Club in downtown Vegas where Wulff had been dealing only a few months earlier. Our intention was that they should meet at that time, but unforeseen circumstances prevented it. Hoffman's unexpected good fortune at a slot machine in Elko, Nevada resulted in his taking an unplanned side trip to Denver, then to drive directly to Phoenix, Arizona instead of his original plan of going to Las Vegas first.

A few months earlier, Wulff had decided to leave Vegas due to a combination of factors, but mainly through his gradual change from one who had foolishly possessed that gambler’s killer instinct addiction.  Hank Leddi, the Las Vegas club owner where Wulff was employed, performed an unintentional service to the Astrian mission through a series of unethical and unpleasant actions that convinced Wulff to leave the life of Vegas gambling and to embark on a career in the space and defense industries.  This experience would also prove to be valuable by providing the basis for a lucrative gambling adventure in his RV trip to Vegas with Hoffman 45 Earth Years later, as he would describe in their novel "Aliens to Vegas." After this near miss in EY1962, the two were not destined to meet again until over 20 Earth Years later, when Hoffman hired Wulff at a company called General Research Corporation (GRC).

While computer advances were made, and we saw Hoffman and Wulff enjoying their short hiatus from school and work, our success in stimulating interest in Earth's Science Fiction was possibly the most successful endeavor. As a result of our dream implantation efforts with Gene Roddenberry, he was able to get his Star Trek series initiated on television and the success of the series was phenomenal. This was the first of several television series that promoted the concept of interplanetary travel and association with non-Earthian species, and it was widely accepted by many Earthlings on all parts of the globe. It continued to draw interest and followers for over 40 Earth Years, until the termination of the final Enterprise series in Earth Year 2005. We feel that Star Trek has done more for our cause than almost any other activity during the period.

It was also early in this period that we were able to do some minor, but possibly unnecessary, dream implantation in the then president of the United States, John Kennedy. Having earlier seeded the idea of using rocketry for space travel, both the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics were enthusiastically pursuing research in that regard. It was Kennedy, however, after an Astrian dream implantation and an unexpected Russian success, that directed the United States scientific community to strive to reach the Earth's moon during this decade. This direction, coupled with the success of Star Trek, were invaluable to our cause.

We found it necessary during this period to once again employ dream implantation in order to encourage Hoffman to terminate his hiatus to get back on the path we had planned for him. This involved his joining the U. S. Air Force, where he gained many of the same attributes and character changes as Wulff had during his time in the Navy. Hoffman's mentors and influences were many during this period, involving a large number of different types of Earthlings and different environments that he encountered. One of the most significant was Grayson Buckner, who taught Hoffman many lessons relative to meeting and interfacing with new people, handling unfamiliar situations, and having the boldness and confidence to pursue previously unacceptable challenges. The contact between Buckner and Hoffman is one of our most successful efforts, requiring that we turn both from their chosen paths to a decision to join the Air Force. This change required a series of idea seedings and dream implantations, since neither was inclined toward military service at that point in their lives. Our most successful ploy was the seeding of the concept of military draft, which was instrumental in prompting them and many other American Earthlings to join a military service of their choice, instead of a waiting for their Government to choose one for them. The friendship between Hoffman and Buckner later proved to be the most long-lasting and most frequently recurring in Hoffman's life, which brings up a question as to the long-term effects of our dream implantations. It is speculated that extensive employment of the implantation process, as was necessary to turn Hoffman's life choices, may have a lingering and recurring effect on Earthlings. This theory has prompted investigation into the wisdom of later planned introduction of the Innerama helmet for use on Earthlings. Our research indicates that, although dream implantation appears to have a somewhat lingering effect if over-used, the Innerama helmet operates on Earthlings in a similar fashion as has been evidenced on Astrians and has been determined to be completely safe. For readers of this log unfamiliar with Innerama, the concept is explained in detail in the Wulff/Hoffman "Aliens to Vegas" tale, to be published in EY2006.

Besides contributing to Hoffman's personality advancement, this time in the Air Force also served to heighten his interest in flying and ultimately in aerospace, to introduce him to the Earth area known as the Bermuda Triangle, and to provide funding that allowed him to complete his education and enter the field of computing. It also had the unexplained effect of changing Hoffman's attitude toward automobiles, whereby he subsequently started retaining each vehicle for greatly extended periods, instead of changing vehicles at a high rate of frequency as had been the case prior to his Air Force experience. This characteristic would be instrumental  in his understanding and support to a future Astrian project involving the production of transportation means that would last many Earth Years longer than contemporary vehicles.

EY1970, Light Probe #002463: This period demonstrated perhaps more successes than any since our first Light Probe #000001 in EY1890. The United States achieved their goal of a moon landing as part of the Apollo missions, with both Wulff and Hoffman employed with NASA contractors ...  CONTINUED IN THE NEXT CHAPTER ...

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