Tuesday, 5 July 2011
Stranger than fiction
Although I'd never heard of him at the time, he mentioned several mutual acquaintances, and he was obviously very knowledgeable on subjects like the Podkletnov gravity-shielding experiment (which was big news at the time, although it's been discredited since then). During that first phone call I wasn't at all sure what Graham's background was -- I thought he might have been a journalist, because he talked about making TV documentaries, but he also talked about a research project he was trying to get funds for at Sussex University... obviously a man of many talents! I subsequently found out (from one of the mutual acquaintances he'd mentioned) that he was the director of a small company called Condor Aviation which specialized in advanced aircraft designs such as blended wing-bodies.
Guardian newspaper!). However, I've no idea if the proposed steering committee got off the ground, or if Graham's research project ever got funded.
Graham's first contributions to UFO Magazine were on the subjects of electro-gravitic research and gravity shielding... not too different from the sort of things he'd talked about on the phone. But his later articles went into completely new territory... predicting worldwide disaster as a result of a shift in the Earth's poles, and/or an environmental catastrophe. In the last few months of the magazine's existence (October 2003 to March 2004) he had a regular "science column", covering subjects like SETI, the Martian meteorite and the Beagle Mars lander. Still not quite clear what Graham's "day job" was, I was interested to see him describe himself in one of his articles as a "sober and serious aerospace scientist"!
Googling "Graham Ennis" turns up Condor Aviation, the 2001 Field Propulsion Conference and his work for UFO Magazine, but also the interesting snippet that he was a humanitarian aid worker during the Bosnian War (1992-95). These days he is the director of something called the Omega Institute -- apparently an environmental "think-tank" which has developed a number of patents relating to wind turbines. Aid worker, aerospace designer, breakthrough physicist, UFO journalist, environmentalist... as I said, a larger-than-life individual!