Most major city newspaper companies keep back issues of their publication on
file. Usually, every page is recorded on filmstrips or microfilm, in the sequence
they originally appeared. The department these film files are systematically stored
in is called the Records Department.
The place is similar to a public library and is open during daytime business
hours for the public's use.
By placing your selected filmstrip into one of their viewing machines, the
screen lights up with a large image of a newspaper page.........All you have to
do is turn the knob holding the filmstrip in place until you reach the page you
want to view.
Last year, I was in the Records Department of a newspaper company using their
facilities to research some material for a magazine article I was writing. Page
by page, day by day, and year by year, I had viewed every piece of printed matter
from the years "1925" all the through "1929". I found it amazing to be able to
have such a wealth of recorded history and nostalgia at my fingertips.
I began viewing "1929". A variety of items flashed across the screen. News
stories! Clothing store ads! Comic strips! Women's Society pages! Radio programming!
Theatre ads! So many items that composed the world of that year. A world of excitement
was filling my head. The era of the Great Depression was holding an aura of wonderment
After hours of scanning and piecing together data for my article, my eyes
(or should I say my mind) started playing tricks on me. I saw the words, "DOCUMENT'S
DIRECTIONS TO TRAVEL BACK IN TIME - COME VISIT ME!!", flashed in front of me.
Then the words disappeared. I blinked my eyes and looked again. There were no
such words on the screen.
Before you think I'm crazy, let me tell you what I discovered. Looking over
the page carefully, there was an article about H.G. Wells.........there was a
travel vacation advertisement........and there was an article that gave directions
for the layman to write legal wills and documents. They were all on the same page.
Somehow, all of these separate printed entities had been fused together in my
mind for a brief second of time to form those words.
When I saw those words, my immediate reaction was a mixture of enthusiasm
and disbelief. At that moment, I thought to myself, "Someone from the past wants
to meet someone from the future...they want a full-fledged visitation. If I had
a Time Machine, I would go.....They've even printed directions on where and what
time to visit them." Then I wondered, "WHAT WOULD THE REACTION OF SOME FUTURE
PERSON WITH THE ABILITY TO TRAVEL IN TIME BE IF THEY REALLY CAME ACROSS THOSE
WORDS IN AN OLD NEWSPAPER?" It was that moment I knew I had hit upon something.
THE FUTURE PERSON WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO RESIST VISITING THAT PERSON FROM THE PAST.
From that day on, I worked diligently on the question, "How could I get a
Time Traveller to visit me?"
I couldn't very well snap my fingers and expect them to appear on the spot.
Somehow, they would have to receive my open invitation.......But I can't hand
deliver it to them in person?........and I can't mail it?......... How do I deliver
an open invitation to my Time Traveller?
I found the answer and the whole process seems to be so simple, I can't believe
I've never come across it anywhere else before.
The answer is to have someone else deliver it. Someone trustworthy living
in the projected time period.
How your Time Traveller gets their invitation is well explained in this book
under the section entitled "Document Holders."