|John Titor's Military Insignia|
Titor, whoever he was, was the source of many of the postings himself. After being discussed by Art Bell on Coast to Coast AM, a large number of people became interested in the man's story and his predictions of future events.
John Titor claimed to be a soldier from the year 2036. Based in Tampa, Florida, he was assigned to a government time-travel project that utilized a time travel device installed in a 1987 four-wheel drive truck. Titor claimed that he had been sent back to the year 1975 to retrieve an IBM 5100 computer. Purportedly this model was needed in order to "debug" several legacy computer programs in his year, 2036. Bear in mind, this tale was shortly after the Y2K panic of 2000 so computer programming issues were still on the minds of many.
There were several things that caught people's attention about the Titor story. His predictions indicated a disastrous future that involved nuclear strikes, civil war in the United States, and World War III.
Those with knowledge of computers became intrigued by the fact that Titor claimed that the IBM 5100 he was sent to retrieve could translate several types of computer code, a fact not well known outside of the computer industry at the time.
Now, fourteen years later, part of the label of the computer Titor supposedly took back to his future has surfaced, where else, but eBay.
|Portion of the 5100 computer label owned by John Titor|
The listing can be viewed here:
The item does, at least, have some connection to the Titor story. Paranoia publisher, Olav Phillips has verified that the item is being offered by someone who was involved with Titor and according to the eBay listing itself, Titor:
"...mailed Pamela Moore the label from the back of the IBM 5100 as proof. They had become more personally close. After Titor's departure, Phil Fiord flew to an agreed location and met with Pamela Moore. She gifted him with this cut from the actual label. As it was a gift and is a treasured item by him, he is loathe to sell it, but he has decided it is something that many have expressed interest in having for research purposes. He hopes this may go to someone who may be able to further explore and maybe advance the truth behind Titor."
There's something about the Titor story that intrigues people even today. Doubters point to failed predictions and similarities with other, futuristic stories. Supporters point out that Titor talked about the many worlds theory and the effects of CERN as well as social issues that he said would start to unfold.
A quick search on the Internet brings up pages and pages that talk about John Titor. The original thread from the old Art Bell forum is also still available to read and can be found below, it is, at the least, an interesting read. Personally, I think that I'll pass on a piece of a computer label for ten grand.