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BRIEF HISTORY OF THE ZEPHINIE ESCAPE CHUTE

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 SYNOPSIS OF 35 YEARS PERIOD OF HISTORY OF THE ZEPHINIE VERTICAL ESCAPE CHUTE

Part 1
1968 - A DISASTROUS FIRE STARS AN INVENTOR THINKING.

Part 2
1977-1980 -- Go back to your country!

 




1977-1980 -- Go back to your country!

In the United States, Zephinie found the clock turned back ten years as he struggled to convince American companies to market the ZEC in the United States.
The top fire officials in New York boldly boycotted the invention including witness can testify about intimidation to discourage them to try to market the ZEC in the USA.
They were perfectly informed that the ZEC has been yet certificated in Europe after 4 years of tests and was marketed the under the trademark of one of the most prestigious American Corporation. It was not possible to reject the product in the technical ground. (They were first hand informed by Col. Riou since 1974)

Any contact with Zephinie asking for official examination of the new technology in New York, will lead the press and the national public opinion to ask for their evaluation. That has to be avoided, and will be for 25 years.

Since Octuber 2001 all available Internet contacts with the NYFD have been used several time, expecting after so many years that new peoples in charge will finally express a minimum of courtesy acknowledging the reception of the messages and why not finally honestly write down the NYFD opinion about the ZEC Evacuation Technology. Anyone is free to have a personal opinion, a credo. However, in technological matter, a scientific demonstration has to sustain an opinion. The problem is of refusing to review engineering data, testing, to express and sustain an official opinion.
They opted for the systematic refusal to meet, to answer mail, to answer telephone calls, disregarding the personal introduction from General Gers, in command of the French fire fighting forces at the time, to the New York Fire Commissioner in charge.
The New York "fire business" was in the hand of very few bosses, the State Fire Commissioner being obviously the capital authorities.

When Zephinie came first to New York, the NY fire commissioner O'Hagan was in the move to live the office soon. He was also a friend of Colonel Riou for over 25 years. His secretary will say: The Chief can't meet with you. He says that you have to call the Commissioner Burns. It is the only one you should meet with, regarding your business.

For weeks the commissioner's secretary will says: He is not available or call next
week. Later his son Donald, many time answered that his father was not available or honestly said, you know that my father don't want to tall with you.
After asking someone to get the guy to the phone. The fire commissioner shouted at Zephinie [sic]": we have no time to lost talking with you . . . You and your inventions are illegal in this country . . . Go back to France" and the man says, don't bother me anymore, have a good day and hanged the phone.

Zephinie extreme stubbornness will keep him trying to contact other Fire Chiefs.
All those located in the NY area, after knowing about the subject, will say, you have to call the Commissioner Burns. … But the Commissioner don't wan to talk with me… Sorry, we really cannot help you.

The first contact with a New Jersey Fire Chief was enthusiastic, two weeks later the man that have expressed that the ZEC would be a great business in NY, would says: Sorry, I am obliged to quit to deal with your business.

After weeks of vain intents, I have to live NY because I have not money to stay longer, I was not be able to meet with anyone of NYFD for months.
I play my last card and call Donald Burns and say to him: your father knows that the press support me in France and I will make a press conference to say that NYFD has refused to meet with me, including with the recommendation of General Gers.

The argument was strong enough. The Commissioner came to the phone. becoming a little more polite he say I will arrange a meeting for you with the Randall Fire school. Next day I received the only call back that I have ever received the NYFD.
Meeting was arranged. The Fire officers whom received me, says: I have order from the Commissioner to attend you for ten minutes. Saw his wristwatch and added, the meeting will be over in 10 minutes.
Within less than ten minutes, the honest man says, I was not told that, this look serious and called other officers to joint. The little classroom was now full. I went to the black board and for over an hour explained the results of years of work.

The officer whom has first received me, in from of all its companions, apologized for the reception and said: you did a good job. All of us have appreciated it, but unfortunately, this will remains off record. Any of us could say that officially. Please never ask for our support, we cannot give it to you.

Sorry, Gerard, has been only the conclusion of all my efforts in NY.

In this tale, there is no way avoid to mention the NYFD but only the commissioner Burns supreme authority or abuse of authority over the all organization is objectively definable in this case.

The story of the ZEC took a particular dimension due a time coincidence:
The struggle to dominate the market created by the so call "local law No, five" recently passed by the State legislature in 1978, such law creating Billions' potential market for retrofit of safety in many thousand High-rise buildings of Manhattan, had created huge special interest.
In the 70's most NY skyscrapers have been built without sprinkler fire protection and any tall building technique of evacuation was available prior the invention of the ZEC.
The NYFD analyzed and published that the situation was the result of a long tradition of political corruption having authorized the construction of hundred of high-rise buildings with the potential of becoming death traps for thousands in case of uncontrolled fire.

A project of law enforcing the retrofitting of Sprinkler that should have been originally enforced was legitimate.

A fundamental idea practically motivated the legislature to pass the law, EVACUATION WAS IMPOSSIBLE FOR HIGH RISE BUILDING; therefore, retrofit of fire fighting equipment up supposedly to give a 100% security was the only solution.
The non-evacuation option would oblige the higher level of fire protection technique and by the way a unique business opportunity for the unjustly frustrated industry. Any thing wrong as long as scientific logic fit with business.

Documents prove that years of efforts was invested to convince the public opinion to eventually accept a solution against the common sense of getting out from a tower in case fire.
Document of that time will state: The required obligation to remain into a tower in case of emergency is exclusively due to the lack means of evacuation.

Hardly the law has passed, shows up that stupid French man with his damn invention 10 times more effective than stairs, allowing finally High-rise building evacuation, asking to the promoters of said law, to assess a system beating out the substantiating argument of theirs enterprise.

Fire Sprinklers protection invented at the beginning of the 20th century remain the principal fire protection technique available and cannot be opposed honestly to means of evacuation. Both are fundamental concept of fire prevention.


Greediness don't care about of scientific arguments:

The powerful high-rise's owners party having as so far considered that the best ROI safety investment was to give generous contribution at election period, was not happy at all.
Owner paid insurance to get legal protection of the potential consequences of renting death traps. As long insurances accept their money and take the risk to pay thousands of life insurances, this is business.

Insurances, as lawyers really don't care if criminal outcome could result from they clients interests as long they pay for protection.
The degree of insecurity presented by a building allows insurance to charge more for the coverage in consideration of higher probability of disaster. As long as insurance coverage let enough on renting revenues is OK. The insurance cost in included in the price of rent.
If insurances were not allowed to make money gambling on statistic probability to pay for thousands of office workers' deaths resulting of eventual lack of reasonable fire prevention. Fire safety prevention everywhere would be much better. The moral aspect of business is only a matter of concern when stock gambling is in jeopardy. Including the potential victims will accept the risk as long business is prospering.
The ZEC evacuation was welcome in Europe, including insurance accepted to offer rebates, but the incentive will be too low in regard of the investment for extra human safety.
Not to mention that eventually complete fire destruction is a potential Bingo for any owner of an old building.

To spend a million dollars retrofitting Sprinkler in an old building was not profitable at all. In 1977 legal actions was raging between the owner party and the state of New York about Local law #5 having finally passed after years of opposition. Meantime ATO has gained control of the Sprinkler industry.

The introduction of the ZEC-ME high-rise evacuation would eventually allow the owner party the say: If evacuation is 10 times quicker and firefighter's priority to use of the stairways possible, to spend millions retrofitting structural fire defense in old buildings is business like absurd.
Let get the people out and the insurance to pay for a bright new building including Sprinklers, if the building burns down.

Zephinie says, I could joint the owner party and make a great business deal.
Many could think that was stupid not to do that. I never said or though that evacuation should play again structural fire prevention, but reality of ply bargain philosophy and greediness his there. Fighting against fire structural defense would not be an intellectual decent position. Fire structure defense and evacuation are scientifically not opposable. The goal was to integrate the new high-rise evacuation technique in modern tall building technology.
Someone has his convictions for sell or not.
Zephinie points out:
Anyway, the owner's party potential argument was unelectable if the ZEC is introduced. That was clear for the industry and associates.
Even with large profit, the ZEC gross sale will be only 1/3 compared with Sprinkler. Figgie's Group was in position to ripe off most of the billion dollars market created by the NY Local law #5. Protection against the ZEC potential market disturbances was urgent. Analyze can shows that $billions was involved.

The incredible mix up on influence and contradictories interests involved in birth and death of the Local law 5 could defeat the imagination of any fictional play writer.
ATO-Figgie, A public company run by a "Dallas" like family was engaged in the project to gain the control of the Sprinkler and fire rescue industry in the USA and of course worldwide.

Fire Sprinklers protection invented at the beginning of the 20th century remain the principal fire protection technique available and cannot be opposed honestly to means of evacuation. Both are fundamental concept of fire prevention.

In the 70's most of NY skyscrapers was build without sprinkler fire protection and any tall building technique of evacuation was available prior the invention of the ZEC.
With obvious reason the NYFD analyzed and published that the situation was the result of a long tradition of political corruption resulting having authorized the construction of hundred of high-rise buildings with the potential of becoming a death trap for thousands in case of serious fire.

A project of law enforcing the retrofitting of Sprinkler was legitimate.
Many publications will alert the public opinion that full evacuation was the best solution but technically impossible. The non-evacuation option would oblige to the higher level of fire protection technique.

The powerful high-rise's owners' party, having as so far considered that the best ROI safety investment was to give generous contribution at election period, was not happy at all.
Owner paid insurance to get legal protection of the potential consequences of renting death traps. As long that insurance accepts their money and takes the risk to pay thousands of life insurances, this is a business.
Insurances, as the lawyers really don't care if criminal outcome could result from they clients interests as long they pay for protection.
The degree of insecurity presented by a building allows insurance to charge more for the coverage in consideration of higher probability of disaster. As long as insurance coverage live enough on renting revenues is OK. The insurance cost in included in the price of rent.
If insurance were forbidden to make money gambling on statistic probability to pay fpr thousands of office workers deaths resulting of eventually lack of reasonable fire prevention
Not to mention that eventually complete fire destruction is business wise a potential Bingo for any owner of a yet old building.

To spend a million dollars retrofitting Sprinkler in an old building was not profitable at all. In 1977 legal actions was raging between the owner party and the state of New York about Local law #5 having finally passed after years of opposition. Meantime ATO has gained control of the Sprinkler industry.

The introduction of the ZEC-ME high-rise evacuation would eventually allow the owner party the say: If evacuation is 10 times quicker and firefighter's priority to use of the stairways possible, to spend millions retrofitting structural fire defense in old buildings is business like absurd.
Let get the people out and the insurance to pay for a bright new building including Sprinklers, if the building burns down.

Zephinie says, I could have joint the owner party and make a great business move.
Many could think that was stupid not to do that.
To fight against fire structural defense was not an intellectual decent position. Fire structure defense and evacuation are scientifically not opposable. Fire specialists could really have a matter to doubt about the ZEC's inventor competence/
Someone have his honesty for sell or not.

Anyway, the owner's party potential argument was unelectable if the ZEC is introduced.
Even with large profit, the ZEC gross sale will be only 1/3 compared with Sprinkler. Figgie's Group was in position to ripe off most of the billion dollars market created by the NY Local law #5.

NY was the strategic position to keep out Corporation like UTC-Otis Elevator and many others by intimidating them to get eventually troubles with the NY Fire Authorities.
20 years ago, Elevator, Air Conditioning and Sprinkler industries, only fit with the organizations readily available to install the ZEC-ME.
All those activities are in someway subject of city authorities controls. The companies have many thousands installations in the area. If official bad will is enforced the cost of just fixing peccadilloes, can be very high.
NY area of influence is the larger US High-rise buildings concentration of the US market. Companies having many thousands installations in the area cannot afford to get into that sort of troubles. Business is business and short term the rule.



Zephinie did try again with The President of the World Operation of Otis Elevator Company, Mr. Hubert Faure.
Mr. Faure admitted that any marketing research have been performed in the USA and immediately engaged a prominent consulting firm to start, with the cooperation of Zephinie, the job, a PR and national demonstration campaign project to introduce the new lifesaving technology to the American public.
A prior campaign was an exemplary success in Europe in 1974.
The idea was bypassing the NY Fire authorities blockade the same way the
French fire authorities 1973 unfair blockade have been battered and defeated.
UTC at the top level vetoed the same week the action. Obviously Mr. Faure was surprised.

Coincidently United Technology legal department of the board call a meeting with Zephinie to instruct him not to mention in the USA, that an UTC's subsidiaries in Europe was marketing the Zephinie escape chute.
A letter was served. A couple of years later, a UTC HQ man warned Zephinie, that to talk to mention that letter to the press, was a black mail.

The company employee will say: "Really Sorry Gerard" " I really appreciate your efforts" but this is a company decision. Nothing could change it". Please, I have to understand the reason, asked Zephinie.
A company decision could not be argue or comment at the mortal revel.

Zephinie was in acquaintance for years with the principal presidents of the European companies of Otis. Any comment about the decision will be obtained.

Some time before the same UTC had use its press department for publishing a 5 pages laudatory articles on the Zephinie Escape Chute, as the "Otis Evacuation System" in Popular Science. But, declared that was not market in the USA, not matter if any marketing studies never have been done.
Supposing that was an in house problem of UTC, Zephinie tried to market the ZEC through other major corporation like Westinghouse.
Westinghouse East Cost marketing operation director was enthusiastic, after a couple of encounter, set a meeting for Zephinie with a top officer of the board. The meeting will be canceled just a few hours before it was set, and all contact will stop. Any comment was issued.
With the Dover Elevator company, the president himself reviewed the project and conclude that the business was feasible, but Otis would do it, if it was not for some reason . . .can't understand, and he couldn't take the change.
Other small elevator companies was contacted but theses companies was too small for the project.

Other major companies including Martin Marietta, Signal Corp. will say the same thing . . .That is looking too good for UTC or Otis not doing it . . .
It would take a year to finally have a clue about that dramatic situation.

A negotiation with a subsidiary of the Baker Group was the first to reveal the truth. This Company was new in the safety business at that time. The Negotiation when close to an agreement after months of negotiation. but a letter informed Zephinie that the company has to postpone the project for some years.

After weeks to listen that Mr., the Marketing director, was absent, finally Zephinie obtained Mr. in the line, and begged from him the truth.

"Listen Gerard, he said, I will never acknowledge what I going to tell you: NY fire authorities will screw our business if we market your invention."

Zephinie will spend weeks at the Manhattan and Columbia library to study in deep the private and public structure of the national US fire safety market, including board of directors personal backgrounds. NFPA having assumed the method used by the fire authorities. He will also analyze the background of NFPA's commission members and read ten years of NFPA public information publications related to the subject of high-rise buildings safety and evacuation.
The majority of key persons were related with ATO later renamed Figgie International. That was logic since ATO was in control of the fire fighting principal industries.
Zephinie was limited, for several reasons, to have recourse to the mass medias; he will contact the specialized press.

The Fire Engineering Magazine, the major publication refused to disseminate information about the new technology in the United State.
The case with Fire Engineering Magazine, recall Zephinie, was barefaced, the assistant editor I meet told me: we know very well all about your invention, including that it works fine. Great I said, should you help me? . The man answered flatly, no, we don't need your product in the USA. We will fight you. Good by.

The editor of the Western Fire Magazine was very positive and friendly but he will not support the Zephinie Escape Chute.
Really sorry Gerard, I can't afford to sunk my business to help you.

Little by little the characters was revealing their parts in the story.

During a meeting in the International Fire Show of London, England,
Zephinie have meet two years ago Mr. Moore, the president of Snorkel corp., the American company world leader of fire aerial platform.
The understanding man, have invited Zephinie to come right away in the United State, to set up commercial agreement, The man adding:" Don't lose your time here, we do manufacture 800 aerial platforms a year, here is the real market for you. At that time Zephinie couldn't go, having to finish the set up of the engineering, marketing and homologation of the ZEC in several European countries.
To have an irrefutable engineering based documentation for a product designated to transport vertically millions of persons was a matter of ethic to Zephinie. (That will be a fatal business option, because in 1974 the NY Local Law # 5 was not a critical matter as it will be later for the quasi monopolized fire fighting safety industry in the USA.)

When Zephinie called Mr. Moore and tall him, I am in NY, ready to do business. The man did says, wait a couple of weeks, I have to meet first with the company board. Later shall say: your product does not interest the board. He said to be personally sorry. That was a board's decision.

His company has been acquired ( like most safety companies fitting to market the ZEC in the USA) by A.T.O later renamed Figgie International.
Figgie also has the control of the fire ladder and aerial fire platform industry.
The ZEC increase up 100 time a fire ladder evacuation capacity and sell for only lest than $20,000.
$100M sale of ZEC-Mobil type either would fit the short term profit appetite of Figgie (for obscures business reason to long to explain).
Anyway It was impossible to market the ZEC-Mobil and keep the boycott on the ZEC-ME

Figgie was effectively control. It will take over 20 years for that the monopolist obvious position could be finally questioned and dismantled.

The management will refuse systematically to meet, to answer letter.
Zephinie will contact the bank of Boston, the main financial support of the company expansion. The banker after studying the project wills says: We will set a meeting for you, he did. But the meeting again has been concealed.

The unique characteristics of the ZEC have generates a surprising and systematic discourtesy as response from thousands of contacts with the safety and governmental agencies in the USA that could be eventually concerned to review the ZEC evacuation existence.
The generally English adopted practice of civilized commerce has not to be blamed. But meeting or answering to a letter create in some degree potential legal antecedent and responsibilities for a public company in regard of his shareholders if a unique life saving patented product with international official references is offered to consideration. The normal process should thoroughly assess the proposal and motive the rejection technically and business wise in the internal records of the company. An simple acknowledgment and or a polite declination is expected as answer to the offer. Same mechanism of is supposedly expected from government instances. The ZEC is product that be potentially object of national public interest as its records shows and create a moral and business dilemma.
For example in the case of ATO-Figgie the management know that they control the national industry that fit to the marketing of the technology. The ZEC works and have obviously several hundred of dollars potential market. They have internal reasons not to market it. But the reasons are not publishable.
Any formal trace of knowing and refusing the offer can be embarrassing because a public company management eventually can be obliged to give explanation.
The officials contacted will carefully not answer either having not ground to justify a non- assessment of the technology. The matter involves public responsibility, that makes not easy to discard a new life saving technology without due process of technical review.
No courtesy acknowledgment solves the problem. Never have heard of it. Clean hands.
Since October 2001 thousands of emails was sent to carefully selected US governments officials concerned potentially by civilian defense.
May 29, 2002 was received a courtesy from Mr. David McKeeby
of the Recovery Division Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA),
The first courtesies answer acknowledging information about the existence of the ZEC in 25 years from an American official instance.

The story it a sort of nightmare in which an omnipotent malignant faceless power surge every time a door open, peoples want to help.
Hundred peoples including firemen, lawyers, architects, bankers and safety and elevator industry, all first interested by the business opportunity were unable to challenge the blockade of the power in place.

The president of the National Association of Retired Fire Fighters of America had been among the first enthusiastic supporters to try to fix the situation. One month later, he called me to a meeting in his office in the basement of Bloomingdale's where he told me, I really am sorry, Gerard, I am obliged to quit our project, including not personally meeting with you again!

Influential personalities of the Jewish community of New York did their best to help, and presented the project to the mayor of New York.
The mayor, Mr. Koch, willing to assays the ZEC, fire local authorities vetoed the ZEC.
The only major corporation whose show good will to cooperate with Zephinie have being the Walter Keede, the major US chemical corporation in the fire fighting business, but they will not manufacture or install the ZEC. Installation was the major problem.
Zephinie reconnected OTIS to workout some agreement eventually with Walter Keede, the answer was again negative.

But in Europe the same American company, was extending the licensing of the ZEC in Belgium, Holland, and Luxembourg, and in 1985 in Portugal.
Eventually extension to other countries as: South Africa, the USSR, Argentina, Germany etc. was proposed by UTC-Otis. A petition from the US State Department to install the ZEC in overseas government facilities was dismissed due that embassies are legally considered as national US properties and Otis will not market in the USA.
The position of UTC Corp., in the US was too much harmful to the invention for extending business in other countries.

Back in 1980 meantime the ZEC was blocked in the USA a French "businessman" offered to market oversea the ZEC, to Zephinie's brother.
To make it short, It resulted that the "businessman" found the way to secretly copy the full engineering and marketing package of the product.

Two years later, we were informed that the ZEC was enthusiastically reported in the Swedish press. Here we are not talking about a common product imitation, but of the use of a full engineering and marketing package obtained through illegal means.
The stolen information landed in Finland. Later the forgery started to be commercialized from Sweden; however, the ZEC was fully protected by Swedish patents. The funny of the story is that bought and never paid the chute used for demonstrations in Sweden to Otis France!
Actions to stop the felonious activity were engaged as soon as evidence was collected. To avoid public exposure of its illegal activities, the SBAB Svanka Brand AB asked for a settlement and signed the on September 9, 1982, a legal contract of license for the territories of Sweden, Norway and Denmark.
Later, investigation let's know that the "businessman" was a retired agent of the French secret service having obtained the most complete immunity, blackmail since 20 years the French Government on disgusting state secrets about the Algerian peace negotiators' assassination, in Geneva Switzerland.

The exhausting 7 years lawsuit in Salt Lake City will not to suit in Sweden at the same time. The fraudulent business will spread in a dozen of Arab and Asiatic countries . Ingstrom claims three thousands installations. They used a French man impersonalize the "French Inventor" of the ZEC to credit the originality of the product. So, the ZEC technology also account on this side 500,000<1,000,000 uses giving satisfaction to many governments, no matter if Ingstrom never understood how to make safe installation of the ZEC.

Unobvious international records show that the ZEC was tested much over 2,000,000 times since 1973. Zephinie got many suits hackneyed by the demonstrations during the first years. A suit don't resist 1000 times!
Many years during, peoples marketing the ZEC have not avoided performing hundreds of demonstration every month.
Those evidences don't bother the Fire Specialists, when they declare the system "Unproved as best" if a journalist eventually ask an opinion about the ZEC in NY, in 2002.


1981 -- In California, Zephinie, invited by Fire Chief Baron of EL Segundo, California, gave several technical presentations for fire officials and gained approval of several important individual. In particular, Chief Engineer Burn of the Los Angeles Fire Department though that the new technique must be honestly evaluated in the United State. In Chicago, Chief Engineer Blair of the Chicago Fire Department also felt that the ZEC should be tested and evaluated.

Zephinie keeps an unusual souvenir of the meeting with the Californian firefighter: A business cart that said "… Yourself" , Chief Baron gave it to Gerard adding, give this business card to our NY colleagues if some time they accept to meet with you, from our part!
Zephinie could not afford to spend more than four o five months a year in the USA. It's been some progress made in California, fire authorities had pledged for a fair play, but no capital was available to start any business.
European small or medium business people are frightened to do business in the USA, nothing to expect from that side, Major business will say, if UTC-Otis don't want it . . .
Fire and safety business are located in the east, Central North East of the country.
At this time, not at all fire safety business was located in the West Coast and any company or Venture capital would take the risk to be barred to do business in the NY sphere of influence.
Without money, the situation was difficult and exhausting.
A small clean business managed for twenty-five years by mom and dad was presented to Zephinie by a Venture Capital broker.

For the first time in five years of struggle, a full scientific assessment of the marketing and technology is performed. Installation was checked in Europe, an important legal firm of Los Angeles was involved . . . but at the very last moment Zephinie was informed that the mum and dad company was owned by great traditional Las Vegas's powers.

Zephinie recalls in 1993: I have to give up . . . but it was the only time in fifteen years of fighting in this country, that I had ever meet with a professional and a fair evaluation of the invention. Those people understood the root of the problem and were probably able to deal with the particularity of situation.

The same week I had terminated this opportunity, I received a telephone call from Salt Lake City, the man said to me "I have read in Science Digest a report on your patent, I believe is my live opportunity to do business with you . . . The next morning the man show up in Santa Monica.
The Man look like a character of the Bonanza TV series, Temple builder for the Mormon Church, the right guy to make comfortable any Americana gobbler as still I was.
He says: I have not money but I will found easily the capital throughout the Mormon community, and pay $5000 option upon the right of license.

July 1982. - Salt Lake City, That is the Place for . . .
Four month later, I was in Salt Lake city at the Little America Hotel waiting for the later day Saint drove me to the Freeman Institute were the contract would be signed.
They asked to sign of exclusive license with three weeks period delay for the payment of $1.5 million for guaranty fond.

They would get a four million Dollars financing with the signed contract and the business will go.
The Freeman Institute was full of a Benjamin Franklin Book show, and the president of the institute is the famous ex-Boss of the FBI.
A member of the group was an ex-council of the state of California . . . The place and the People was showing well and so.. they got my signature! Appearance can be misleading.

Later I shall have plenty of free time to make reading on the American contemporary history. Free time waiting weeks after weeks, for the 10 days federal rules on summary judgment decision, adding weeks up for 18 months.
Three times a 10 days summary judgment decision will sum up 54 months.

Time to understand that the president of the Freeman Institute was more incline to pick on the Civil Rights supporters, than to pick on con artist and Crook in his FBI times.
In fact some days after the signature of the contract of license, I observed a business meeting in presidential office of the same institute regarding a multi millions scan of buying in South America, bonds issued in 1936 by major US Banks to support the new German government.

The National Bank of Germany legally guaranteed those bonds at the time, they were trying to buy at paper value and get refunded in full plus interest.
Part of the Profit will go for the gospel of the US Constitution, which could work perfectly, without the 1789 amendment as they mentioned, and the other will fund the Zephinie Escape Chute . . .

The more creative of all the con artists involved in this story was fundamentally a man of the Plumbing art.
So, the chief plumber, flown to pipe the Nazi Bond in Ecuador, But the seller, no Speak English but, he makes it clear: CASH o NADA … so no deal!

The distinguished Plumber from Salt Lake City and his partners never pays cash but in shares of unincorporated BUSINESS . . . and use the copy machine of the Head Quarter of the Mormon Church to copy the unincorporated business's contracts.
Those dams' foreigners don't understand Utah's business.
I will be obliged to visit SLC during a period of 10 years and enjoy great non-business human relations and the wonderful land. The quantity of scam business of all sort I have observed raising and falling is just amazing. Local good honest peoples investing repeatedly their faith and savings in quick high return venture that finally get lost in the pocket of the promoters, seem to be a sort of local economy phenomenon. Anyone curious can check in the SLC court records, the number of cases. Community forgiveness generally avoids the artists to go to jail, promising to compensate the lost with a new venture.
Along the years beside researches of jurisprudence related with scam's cases in Utah for the actual case I was driving, I have reviewed many business plans to help peoples of my acquaintance. The local business creativeness is unique.
One plan was consisting in funding the purchase the legal property rights from the descendants of the American Mexican landowner of California. After the military conquest of California over Mexico, the Californian new American landowners registered legally they property legally but most of them were assassinated and underhanded illegal titles where issued and remains. The legal fees involved has discouraged as so far the project.

August 1982. - The abandon Brewery, part time business bunker and part time temple
Later the incredible gang left the premises of the Freemen Institute for the disaffected Brewery of Salt Lake City.
The huge factory was silent. The dust covering every thing, Quantity of telephones setting among fast food empties' canister was clouding the few desks. The phones are in use without interruption by half a dozen of men, most of them arriving or leaving after short stay.
The same place was also operating, after business time, for celestial business and divine guidance.
Sergio, an honest LDS man originally from Chile, was every day present, without taking part of the action; he was waiting, patient and silent all day long, with the hope to have back his saving swindled out by the master plumber.
He have many legal ground to send the master plumber to jail for years, but still prefers to keep believing that the community influent master plumber will finally made the great business venture allowing to payback the many that for years lend him chance of financial exculpation. The ZEC was a more serious business opportunity than cash speculating on Nazi's bonds of the 30's.

Everything was just like the Set up of characters and action of a novel of A. Robin.
Those conservative Utahan business Entrepreneurs where apparently the host of a strange man named Dr. Anderson, positively an educated person, specialist in gold metallurgy, in this hot summer 1982, gold recovery was not the prevailing enterprise but the action was in a $26 BILLIONS. READ billions, long term loon from petrol dollars to some kind of Saving institution, I never had insider Information. That was the beginning of the Saving and Loon epopee.
I was just waiting with Sergio. Several it was time mention of light plane living Texas to Salt Lake City with a load of big bucks, and getting lost after refueling in Vegas . . . So close Salt Lake that a pity, gosh!
The most Incredible of the anecdote, it is, that it was really a 26 billions dollars loan in process; A major bank of Luxembourg was daily sending telex regarding the complex procedure.
Some day arrived a telex of the confirmation from the bank, the loan was accepted.
They will never see a cent of this business. Expertise in central heating installation in or selling gold mining venture share in Salt Lake City suburbs is not the best background to deal with high sea banking chalks.
Sometimes later Dr. Anderson was killed in a tourist plane crash. The case wasn't investigated.
The complete story will take a book, to make the story as short is possible; The contract of license went from hand to hand for ten years, a dozen of players all saints, including one them was the son of one of the twelve prophets of the Mormon Church were involved.
The son of prophet passed the ball to a retired air force colonel proud of having not to pay for a photocopier, using the copy facility at one Temple Square, the Mormon "Vatican."
The Colonel sold via a Bishop "Businessman" the contract to the fast growing marketing company in Salt Lake City, called "Balanced Financial Management" fancy name for a business going to lost his president for five years retirement by recommendation of the SEC for five count of securities fraud.
BFM raised $33 million using the contract of license.
Zephinie organized the manufacturing of the ZEC in the USA, but they never bother selling any installation or making the planned national public demonstration.
Before to Crash Balanced Financial Management sold the license to the very same Crooks that started the business in 1982 . . .
The Salt Lake City Circle was closed.
More money was raised by the gang for fighting back the legal action Zephinie and associated have engaged against a dozen of companies and individual defendants.
1986 -- The Cuban government adopted the ZEC and performed the equipment of the 25 stories' National hospital of La Havana.
1987 -- The South Korean government adopted the ZEC as a national standard, and made the use of the ZEC mandatory in government building higher than 10 stories.
1988 -- Extensive negotiations have been conducted with officials of the USSR government to introduce the ZEC as a new safety standard; the Perestroika will delay for some years the penetration in Russia

1989 --The Completion of all the oil and methane tankers' vessel
Under the French flag is completed.
Successful evacuation with the ZEC of an elderly home in the night of the July 27, 1989 at Issoudun, Indre, France.
1990 -- After ten years of using the ZEC the European Space Agency have fully equipped with ZEC Multi-Entry and Single entry the new space launching pad used for the Ariane Space Program.
1991. - New contract for the Franchise of the Mexican's Market.

USA. AEROBUS a German corporation trough its US Engineering partner's Intermountain Design Inc of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, has selected the ZEC to equip a three hundred-monorail cars operation.
Many monorail projects accounts with the ZEC for the emergency evacuation of the passengers.
Forgeries of the Zephinie Escape Chute developed first in Finland and Sweden spread in many countries.
Those facts showing that the Zephinie Escape Chute is already an international standard and will be for many years in the future.

Zephinie got to win three time in court until finally the patent was free by the SLC Federal court Decision eight years after a first legal action was initiated and settlement occurred in 1983.
The final decision of federal court gives back our legitimate rights upon the ZEC's patents licensing in the USA.
A seven years battle ended against a dozen of companies and individual as defendants. Not a penny is recovered over $4.5 principal plus damages and legal cost. What to say about the lawyer that never bothers to files an action for his legal fees against the defendants having lost all the suits…
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Many actors are from historic family of the church foundation. It was a RICO case (a mafia like association concept) so, the Federal judge of Salt Lake City delayed over 500 days every issue of three summary judgments!
It is say that the case was the first of the US jurisprudence history to break the federal summary judgment 10 days rules to this extend.
That will allowing the key actors to get, church mediated forgiveness, from the many good peoples of Utah having lost millions of dollars in the SCC fraud.
Many of them were angry enough to send them to prison. To buy time was primordial to them.
One third of the patents life time where lost in the SLC business swamp.
Fourteen years of efforts in the USA, only led to a complete exhaustion.
Ten years later the ZEC remains yet unknown in America, making hard to believe that thousand lives could have escaped of death on Sep.11.

A loser's bad luck tale?

I lost the financial result of a lifetime effort and on Sep.11; thousands of Americans lost their lives, because few individuals in power have boycotted the technology in the USA during a quarter of century. That sum a lot of losers.

Can we really say that it is bad luck to invent and develop an exceptional life saving escape system with billions dollar potential market and concerning globally everyone living in urban area?
Can we call luck; using design systematic based on critical analysis logic?
Can we define as bad luck having the invention's fate smashed by logic of system inherent to monopolistic powers and associated law-making authorities?

Can we call bad luck, rules of Federal justice illegally delayed for years by influence of religious community members on judges?

Definitively there are too many losers in this recital where bad luck can't remains the only explanation and either would be a matter of bad luck if thousands of messages sent to the US media asking for a journalistic investigation about this to avoid the potential of a new evacuation tragedy in America, remain discarded.

Bad luck only fit as an explanation if we consider the evolution of our society.
A society having reached the gate of infinite wealth by the means of knowledge cosmic law of physic and prefer to venerate concentration of greedy power, conformism to archaic religious form of power and conformity to anything as long that short term financial game profit is expected and appearance is preserved.

Epilogue:

I have dedicated most of the last twenty years, working on creative philosophical researches focusing at socio economic alternative to Capitalist and Communist's models.
I stopped publishing development of the ZEC and on other fire safety technique, disgusted by fate of the ZEC the USA.
Seriously afflicted in 1996 by the phenomenon of multiple stress injuries produced by intensive computer work under stressing situation, I designed an advanced ergonomic computer workstation that saved my professional life and deeply improved my health, allowing me to work up 18 hours a day, during months without any daybreak. Absence of financial recourses impeded the commercialization of the patents.

Since last October, I had dedicated my effort to start again the fight for the ZEC.
I have the fierce determination to prove soon of later to the American opinion that most of the war lost ever endured by civilian and firefighters in the US history in Sep.11, 2001, are consequences of questionable actions of some key fire authorities of NY for blocking the development of the ZEC evacuation technology in the USA since 1977.
I hope that those efforts will contribute to keep from happening similar iniquity for other and make available the human right to escape from tower inferno in the XXI century.
 

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