Bob Barnett
3600 Anne Street
Richmond, Va

Dear Mark,

It was a pleasure to meet you for more than a few passing moments. You did a great job. I am honored and tickled. In appreciation are the accompanying items: summary resume and pickled watermelon. The resume may answer better your question as to what kind of jobs I have had. I changed my career focus every few years to appreciate my one life better. I've been very lucky.

I noticed that you noticed things that struck you as odd or out of place. One observation might have been my simple, inexpensive solution to the problem of heating one's home in the winter. For less than twenty-five dollars, I lowered my monthly heating costs by $100 to $200 dollars. Our gas bill has become the minimum of $50. How did I do this so cheaply in a way that your viewers could repeat? Tapping better brains.

As you may know, physics has two main fields: relativity (Einstein) and quantum mechanics (Planck), each of which is summarized in simple equations: E=MCC and E=hf . The "h" is Planck's constant. I applied the principle that was the basis of Planck receiving the Nobel prize in physics to a part of my house. My simple application of Planck's research is akin to how in my garden my old CDroms are better bird scarers than aluminum pie pans. I have a history of simple solutions to expensive problems. I have been called DIBs at different time by different people: Desert Island Bob, you'd want me on a deserted island.

While your televised garden story had merit in encouraging people to grow some of their food and to find solace in being in nature, the proposed energy saving story has greater merit. Imagine the benefit to your viewers if they could easily and cheaply save hundreds of dollars in energy costs that would reduce energy demands so as to lower costs for other forms of energy. More importantly, imagine the benefit of reducing "CO2 sinning" for each dollar of fossil fuels not burned to heat homes.

As you may recall, I referenced a 1982 essay in which I noted that the real immediate impact of rising atmospheric CO2 on humanity would be destruction of the foodchain by drought and deluge. Think Gaston. Think the recent Taiwan rainfall of 100 inches in one day. Think Louisville of 6" in one hour. Early this morning, 090824, almost 3" in one hour (I was up at 1:30 working when the rain started).

In just the last five years I have traveled 100,000 over North America personally talking about climate changes with people from the Polar Bear Capital on Hudson Bay to Mayan ruins in Mexico. I have databased over 2,000 articles dealing with climate change. Everything I have done intellectually since the late 1970's I have computerized for easy access by proprietory programs of my design.

You may find a disconnect between my resume/claims and public achievements. The reason is simple: I don't like politicians, bureaucrats, liars and thieves which are the norm in government, academia and business. I prefer simple serenity over discordant pursuits. I laff and engender laughter more each day than most people.

My real achievements are not only outside the pubic domain but are obscured by deadend alleys I have constructed to be left alone, e.g., I don't answer my phone unless I know you, I don't give out my email address (only two people have it despite 30 years of computer ownership), and I don't answer door knocks (I disconnected the doorbell.). Research will show that I am a crackpot and scofflaw who should not be taken seriously and who is not worth the cost and effort to litigate. As Janice Joplin said, "Freedom is just another word for nothing else to lose."

I learned a long time ago that the vast majority of people will not do what needs to be done for reasons of being lazy, illogical, funny mentalists, evilutionists and doodoo digesters. The latter are those who fabricate their views and values of the world from their gut reactions going from one shatty thought to another shatty thought. If one does not have the integrity of intellect and intelligence to re-inspect me then one will, ipso facto, not respect me. It is not my loss.

This cheap heat story has national merit worthy of a segment on an evening national news. Furthermore, I am sure a particular national chain of service provider would want to do a commercial tie-in because they could more easily produce the final product with their existing equipment than can the DIY approach. This a win-win situation for all involved: squeezed homeowners, squeezed tv's and concerned citizens.

As you know, I am home most of the time. Call. Come by. In two minutes, I can show and explain the simple solution. If you have questions, I can give you that glass of wine. I live cheap not from necessity but by choice and curiosity.

With warmest regard and respect,

Bob Barnett,

P.S. 513-0727 is my cell which I often ignore and don't recharge. If there is no answer, please leave a "not interested" answer or phone number on my generic answering machine at 233-7541. If I have not heard from you within a few days, I will approach another tv station since the simple, inexpensive "green" heating system has great merit and potential benefit. If you cannot do it but have a colleague that would do almost as well.

P.S.P.S. My ten foot tomato plant is pushing the twelve foot mark. Had to put up another bamboo stake. A horticulturist told me that he has heard of 25 foot tall tomato plants. Google records commercial growers that reach 40 ft. Next year!