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   The are 3 ways to recall important information:

(1)  Paper records

(2)  Electronic records

(3)  Esther Crandel’s Memory System¹


   What???   For more use the DOOR.







   Advantages of (1):  No hacking, privacy, truly personal storage.

   Disadvantages of (1):  Often only 1 copy, though occasionally somewhere one or more deliberately duplicated typed (often “carbon”) copies may exist; fire; accidental loss; limited access for others who might need, profit from, or enjoy information.


   Advantages of (2):  Quickly retrieved from almost anywhere; easily corrected, modified.

   Disadvantages of (2):  Subject to worldwide hacking, as well as local thieves; not available when “system is down,” batteries are dead, or one is unable to provide (or remember) a “code” necessary to “unlock” an electronic storage room or “cloud” for personal use; subject to destruction by EMP² attack.


   Advantages of (3):  Totally private and retrieved at will; cannot be stolen or hacked.

  Disadvantages of (3):  Disappears with death, disability of the owner, or unwillingness of the owner to share.


   As to Esther Crandel’s memory system, a sixty-five(+)-year-old mystery woman had to have had some access to Harry Lorayne’s Memory System³, or some variant of it, or some of the principles he used, for her teaching a desperate, precocious teen, Michal Hammond, who quickly needs all the help he can get.  A letter from a lieutenant colonel in the U. S. Air Force said the following:

Dear Mr. Lorayne,

   I was a POW from 1966 to 1973. Shortly before I was shot down and captured I read one of your books. The POW’s had no reading or writing material, so we relied solely on [your memory system] for sanity…During the first few months of captivity, while flat on my back in a cast, I attempted to reconstruct the contents of your book…I applied your system…and found that it indeed worked! I taught it to hundreds of my fellow POW’s over the next 6 years. Eventually it was widespread throughout the camp and was an invaluable aid to all of us…We applied your system and learned literally thousands of foreign words, poems, speeches, mathematics, electronics, classical music, philosophy…the list is endless. This opened new worlds of mental activity which was so important to us since we were isolated from the world for such a long period of time…Just wanted to tell you how much your systems meant to all of us behind the bamboo wall.

Lt. Col–USAF


   ¹ Esther Crandel is a minor character in the Christian sci-fi novel, The Blood of Three Worlds (Ephemeron, 2019; described in the right sidebar here and at johnknapp2.com and is available at Amazon in ebook or paper formats). In this story, after EMP destroys the power grid, two precocious, caring, and naive teens (a “local”boy and a mysterious new-comer girl) take a forever one-way trip to an exoplanet to encounter and survive on an exoplanet occupied by identical fallen humans created in God’s image, who have a different language and culture. Esther Crandel, on Earth before the couple’s leaving, shares with just Michael a unique way to store and remember information. It’s a crash course, but it’s one he’s ready for.

   ² Electromagnetic pulse. Google “EMP,” or check out the astrophysicist/Christian minister’s explanation of EMP in the introduction to TBOTW (above).

   ³ See Harry Lorayne and Jerry Lucas, The Memory Book (Scarborough, Briarcliff Manor, NY, 1974). Jerry Lucas, by the way, was a former NBA superstar and outstanding college scholar/athlete.