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Originally posted by Gazrok
July 5, 1947 Memo from Dr. Bush to FDR
---summary is status report of the working group, and shows the "Top Secret/Eyes Only Majestic Twelve" classification.
Sept. 2, 1947 Report to General Cabell and Air Materiel Command
---summary is details of the discs! and again shows MAJIC classification
Sept. 19, 1947 Memo from Hillenkoetter to MAJIC
---summary is for starters, the DEFINITION OF THE MAJIC anagram....Military Assessment of the Joint Intelligence Committee! It establishes WP as the place for biologics (as supported by the SOM1-01 security manual) and recaps the efforts so far.
Sept. 19, 1947 Twining's Report
---summary is that it recommends establishing Majestic
Sept. 24, 1947 Memo from SoS Marshall to the President
---summary is a suggestion that Twining present the findings of MJ-12 to the Director of the newly created CIA.
Sept. 24, 1947 Memo from Truman to SoD Forrestal
---summary is that this is where Truman formally declares that the group will be called Majestic Twelve.
Can you link me to the site you got them from please.
sorry if i missed it.
The memex is "a device in which an individual stores all his books, records, and communications, and which is mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility" (102). A memex resembled a desk with two pen-ready touch screen monitors and a scanner surface. Within would lie several gigabytes (if not more) of storage space, filled with textual and graphic information, and indexed according to a universal scheme. All of this seems quite visionary for the early 1930s, but Bush himself viewed it as "conventional" (103).
Consider a future device for individual use, which is a sort of mechanized private file and library. It needs a name, and to coin one at random, ``memex'' will do. A memex is a device in which an individual stores all his books, records, and communications, and which is mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility. It is an enlarged intimate supplement to his memory.
It consists of a desk, and while it can presumably be operated from a distance, it is primarily the piece of furniture at which he works. On the top are slanting translucent screens, on which material can be projected for convenient reading. There is a keyboard, and sets of buttons and levers. Otherwise it looks like an ordinary desk.
In one end is the stored material. The matter of bulk is well taken care of by improved microfilm. Only a small part of the interior of the memex is devoted to storage, the rest to mechanism. Yet if the user inserted 5000 pages of material a day it would take him hundreds of years to fill the repository, so he can be profligate and enter material freely.
Most of the memex contents are purchased on microfilm ready for insertion. Books of all sorts, pictures, current periodicals, newspapers, are thus obtained and dropped into place. Business correspondence takes the same path. And there is provision for direct entry. On the top of the memex is a transparent platen. On this are placed longhand notes, photographs, memoranda, all sort of things. When one is in place, the depression of a lever causes it to be photographed onto the next blank space in a section of the memex film, dry photography being employed.
There is, of course, provision for consultation of the record by the usual scheme of indexing. If the user wishes to consult a certain book, he taps its code on the keyboard, and the title page of the book promptly appears before him, projected onto one of his viewing positions. Frequently-used codes are mnemonic, so that he seldom consults his code book; but when he does, a single tap of a key projects it for his use. Moreover, he has supplemental levers. On deflecting one of these levers to the right he runs through the book before him, each page in turn being projected at a speed which just allows a recognizing glance at each. If he deflects it further to the right, he steps through the book 10 pages at a time; still further at 100 pages at a time. Deflection to the left gives him the same control backwards.
A special button transfers him immediately to the first page of the index. Any given book of his library can thus be called up and consulted with far greater facility than if it were taken from a shelf. As he has several projection positions, he can leave one item in position while he calls up another. He can add marginal notes and comments, taking advantage of one possible type of dry photography, and it could even be arranged so that he can do this by a stylus scheme, such as is now employed in the telautograph seen in railroad waiting rooms, just as though he had the physical page before him.
Isnt the guy in the tux an actor? I could swear ive seen that exact scene in a movie like war of the worlds or something similar.