posted on Oct, 2 2008 @ 09:24 AM
The "why 1969" part is explained in the thread that Gemwolf posted. The short version is:
As far as UNIX/Linux based computer systems are concerned, the universe began on January 1, 1970. Sometimes in a UNIX-based database, a query will
result in a negative number in the date/time field; this will be expressed as December 31, 1969.
No big mystery, and it happens all over the internet. Google "1969 database glitch" if you want better explanations.
As for who John Lear is, try reading the ATS Issues thread
from page one, follow
links, and do your own research. You'll get more info than you could possible want. Please don't make the mods and admins go through the whole
story again. Please?
EDIT: added link. Note, whenever you see "JL" or "jl" that usually means John Lear. For people like me who had never heard of him, it was a bit
confusing, but there it is.
[edit on 10/2/08 by americandingbat]