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Re: [ntesla-38] Third annual meeting

From: john w.
Sent on: Monday, August 22, 2011 10:19 PM

I am researching a book on Tesla and would like your help. I recently had a chance to interview the director of the Tesla Museum from Belgrade. He was staging a special Tesla exhibit in Chicago that closed recently.

A few items came up that I'm hoping you could help me with:

1) What happened to Tesla's papers after the FBI confiscated them in 1943. I've filed several FOIAs with the FBI and they only produce a clipping file. I've also checked with the National Archives, which was in charge of the Office of Alien Property, where Tesla's papers were supposedly shipped.

2) A Kenneth Swezy also was trying to obtain his papers. Have you ever talked with him?

3) There was one report that Tesla's papers were acquired by the defense department and used to develop an electron-beam weapon in Ohio. Any truth to that.

I look forward to working with you.


On Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 9:05 PM, Nikola Lonchar <[address removed]> wrote:

Dear Tesla Board Members and Advisors:

Ourc  third annual meeting and elections are approaching.  We have accomplished a lot the past two years, but can achieve even more in the next two.  It is important that we analyze out past work and make a plan for the next two years, the length of director and advisor terms.

Some members of the board have abandoned their roles, but we have also gained many new members who I believe are ready to become bigger contributors.  In order to properly plan for the future everyone needs to, in writing, tell us what they would most want to do, explain their experience and availability/anticipated time commitment.  This won't be contractual, but should be viewed as a promise nonetheless.  Please take this request seriously.  Telephone and in person conversations will not be as helpful for planning purposes and we will assume that those who do not put their interest in writing do not wish to be involved.

Also, we will have a meeting where everyone can join in on the discussion and members of the current board will decide whom to include based on suggestions and level of commitment.  We have had a lot of people offer good ideas, but then not follow through when it came time to do the work.  For this reason, we will try to get a firmer commitment from members.  The meeting will be held on September 7 from 5:15 to 7:00 PM at the Philadelphia City Institute at 1905 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA.  For more details about the meeting, visit

All board members and anyone else receiving this letter are expected to attend. If you do not attend and have not regularly attended meetings, absent written notification to the contrary, we will assume that you no longer wish to be involved.  Of course, if you cannot attend, we understand, but please let us know.  Also let us know if, for any reason, you are unable to continue to sit on the board and wish to relinquish your spot to someone else.

Please reply by September 1.

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Thank You,

Nikola Lonchar

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