The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California on January 7, 1976 · 21
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The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California · 21

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Wednesday, January 7, 1976
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ENE Fashion Food Health The Arls SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER Wednesday, Jan. 7, 1976 A Page 2 1 nn ine p king yrami lures to 'innergy' --T.t- . 4 " 1 4 : i- f " f, I ' - . ' " 4 ?7 r' 4 GREAT PYRAMIDS of Egypt, left, are said to hold secrets revealed to G. Patrick i Flanagan, self-styled apostle of esoterica. Pendant he wears supposedly ' concentrates cosmic energy. s '1 1 : 1 , txmmer. Photos by Seymour Sn.ipr and Rohnrl Mr I pcxi 4. ,'.A ) i i J 'I STARTING out flat, Flanagan propels himself upward into a handstand the hard way. By Bea Pixa i His head is shaved bald as a crystal ball and his space age image is further enhanced by a digital watch, reverse heel shoes, and a mysterious looking pendant which he says is a kind oT mini-battery for storing cosmic energy. At variance with his other worldly look are a mundane gray turtleneck sweater and plaid jacket. Given his choice of dress, intriguing background, and far fetched claims, G. Patrick Flanagan, 31, who stands about five feet, comes off as a potent personality. Over the past five years, he has been the leading apostle of pyramid power in this country. He and his believers hold that a power emanates from pyramids which can alter the character of many things from restoring vigor in droopy plants to improving one's sex life. There are, of course, many who scoff at such claims. "Anything not explainable is considered a cult, and is attacked without investigation or else fervently worshipped," says Flanagan, unperturbed. He says he's taken the pyramid out of the realm of magic and turned its "energy" into something demonstrable and measurable. Professor William Tiller of Stanford, former chairman of the department of material sciences, has met Flanagan and says he's "obviously a very inventive young man," but has reservations about bis qualifications. Tiller personally believes in the concept of pyramid energy but adds, "the techniques for measuring these energies are not accepted by conventional science. It will take years to substantiate the data." All Flanagan's publicity materials tout him as a one-time child prodigy who at age 12 invented a practical guided missile detector which was bought by the government. Pressed for details; Flanagan was at a loss to recall the name of the U.S. official with whom he dealt. ("It was so long ago. I was just a kid.") He maintains there was a great deal of publicity about it at the time, but a check of our news files uncovered nothing. The pyramid potentate also claims he was accepted to MIT at age 11, but didn't attend because his parents thought he was too young. Curiously, he says he chose to do his undergraduate work and get a Ph.D. in physics at Mary Stewart International University, a non-accredited school in Anaheim. Flanagan is also said to have invented the "famous" device called a Neurophone at age 14. It purportedly enables totally deaf people to hear. .Flanagan explains: "No one could figure out how it worked." The device is not in use "because it all has to do with FDA approval and the testing isn't complete." A 19fi2 special issue of Life magazine describes Flanagan, then 17, as a kind of wunderkind and that same year, he was listed in "Leaders in American Science." . Flanagan says one of his early books on pyramid energy was used by the department of experimental physics at the University of Arizona, but Dr. Carl Battle of th e purse at B ucKingiiam By Seymour Freidin Special to The Examiner LONDON The battle of Buckingham Palace has bpgun again, not with lances and knights of old but a shrunken government purse and hostile eyes focused on Queen Elizabeth II. In a way, the siege has become a prickly perennial as inflation takes its relentless toll of the monarchy's resources and voices of discontent are -heard in the land. Far . from the political forces gathering today to do battle, the Queen is roughing it in an eight-bedropm farmhouse of Old England. Before departing the palace, she discreetly took some of the fight out of the hostiles by offering to dip into her privat means to cover 250,000 pounds to be provided this year for relatives. SMMMMMMA ill f J M r--; - V-jav -"-..V -'-'V-orsf 1 I if .. "'iyl lull mrrn 5.,, iO ... Bicentennial visit to U.S. poses a money dilemma for Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth Tomazuka, chairman of the physics department, says he never heard of it, "and of the 42 professes we have, I'd be very surprised if there's anybody w ho has." For several years, Flanagan was principal manufacturer of pyramid shaped devices used by cultists and the curious. Now, he says, he's exploring "innergy," his own word for what he calls a source of limitless inner energy that can battle age and disease. This source, he says, works in many ways, not the least of which is helping folks improve their sex lives. "When a person approaches orgasm, an electric charge takes place," he . explains. With proper training, he says, orgasm can be experienced mentally, without loss of energy. He plans to spread his gospel in San Francisco this Friday at Masonic Auditorium. . His mind-boggling claims go on and on. He says he slept in the King's Chamber of the Great Pyramid of Giza and awakened 'with paranormal abilities, including the ability to heal. (We had a cold the day of our interview, but alas, there was "no time" to test that gift.) He says he can do a headstand nobody else can do (he starts lying down flat, arms close to his sides and propels himself up) and credits his concentration of energy for that feat. Early biographical information reveals lie has been an expert gymnast, since his youth. He claims to have also invented a speech computer for transcribing dolphin speech into English, and devised a way of treating seeds so they yield three times the harvests expected. Flanagan remains an enigma. Is he a genius who is so far ahead of his time that few will pay him serious attention? His work is not funded by the government because, he explains loftily, he doesn't want government funding. Or is he just cashing in on a craze of his own creation? Whatever the answer, he seems to have made it to the top of his own pyramid . Black Filmmakers lelc A dinner dance fund-raiser for the Cultural and Ethnic Affairs Guild of the Oakland Museum Association will be held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Hilton Hotel. The affair will benefit the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame. Individual tickets are '.VS, and details on reservations may be obtained from Teola Sanders, 781-5100, extension 53. That still leaves nearly half-a-million dollars to be bridged between her last year's total of around three million dollars and inflation's bite. 1 Interestingly, Labor Prime Minister Harold Wilson has become the Queen's champion in this Royal money dither. He hailed her personal offer with extensive chivalry. Some of his armor, though, is vulnerable, Wilson last year pledged to index public money paid for the sovereign's" cost of living. He also compelled the nation's work force to toe the line on a maximum $12 a week increase to beat inflation. Wilson will win but some scars are sure to show. . What neither the Queen nor her Prime Minister want is to have a glaring deficit, as happened two years ago w hen the shortage came up at $450,000. She has a staff of 463, from equerries to parlor maids, for whom the Queen pays from the annual contribution. It also covers pensions, food and laundry among other items. Besides the money Queen Elizabeth will provide to some relatives, she has gone on a budget-cutting program to pare away frills. This year, on her official birthday in June, all British diplomatic establishments abroad must celebrate more frugally than they have become accustomed. Her actual birthday is April 21, when Queen Elizabeth turn 50. But that is strictly a family affair for her husband, Prince Philip, their three sons and a daughter. A couple of months later, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, will visit the U.S. at the height of our Bicentennial, already getting great notices here. To do that stateside tour properly and to let bygones be bygones after 200 years, the royal couple can't skimp on this special kind of pomp and circumstance. So, the Queen is tirelessly cutting back on other costs, even something as important as her own silver jubilee to be celebrated in 1977 as a public holiday. She also just abandoned a costly modernization plan for her personally-owned home in Sandringham at Norfolk. That would cost a cool $1 million and rising. To cut off criticism in the private sector, the Queen will shelve most of the project, including demolition of 91 rooms of the 241-room house set in 20,000 acres. Besides, the public for the first time this spring can start touring sections of the house for about a thin dime. Nobody else, can touch that price these days. The staff at Buckingham Palace won't officially or otherwise discuss who gave what, if any, advice to the Queen on this sequence of cost-cutting programs. It has, nevertheless, slowed down the knights errant eager for the fray with the Queen and Prime Minister Wilson in the battle of Buckingham Palace. Any additional displays of royal austerity will most assuredly unhorse the plumed gallopers long before they reach the palace gates. v '.".-a ,:. - Yt-. u ' , -t , GET SET TKEhWMlH STARTS THUnSDAY AT JM-STOCKTON & O'FARRELL, STONESTOWN, AND STANFORD SHOPPING CENTER CASUAL, SPORT, AND DESIGNER STYLED SHOES, ORIGINALLY 1G.C0 TO 50.03, GATHERED TOGETHER FROM MANY dM STORES. JOSEPH HE all sales final, sorry, no mail, phone, c o d. orders, or deliveries. rs.

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