Issue 56 of Infinite Energy contains numerous tributes to
its editor, Eugene Mallove, who was killed on May 14, 2004. Below
we reprint the memorial presented by the New Energy Foundation Board
of Directors. The non-profit New Energy Foundation publishes Infinite
Energy and its directors take this opportunity to introduce
themselves to the public and assure readers that the magazine will
continue to publish.
By Bill Zebuhr, Chairman of the
New Energy Foundation
We have all suffered a great loss. Gene
Mallove was killed on the evening of Friday, May 14. He was at his
childhood home in Norwich, Connecticut, cleaning up between tenants,
when he was murdered in an apparent robbery. Infinite Energy
will provide reports as more details become available.
Gene's tragic death made me wonder once again about
the nature of the universe. How can a brilliant, hard working, loving
individual who has contributed so much and asked for so little be
killed by worthless thugs? Maybe we need to rethink the whole issue
of personal defense.
I only knew Gene for about three years, but we became
very good friends quickly. The news of his death was probably the
most horribly shocking I have ever heard. Gene asked me to be Chairman
of the New Energy Foundation (NEF) Board of Directors because of
my background and my strong interest in Infinite Energy Magazine
and the peripheral projects he was involved in. Neither one of us
expected that I would have to do very much hands-on work in that
role, but all that has changed. That is how I happen to be writing
The NEF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation that allows
contributors to take a federal tax deduction. Its purpose is to
promote the exploration of new science and technology that is energy
related and out of the realm of conventional paradigms. The NEF
does this primarily through publication of IE and secondarily
through direct grants to inventors/scientists and organizations
working in the "new energy" field.
The NEF was formed in the Fall of 2002. The former
company's (Cold Fusion Technology) major assets, including Infinite
Energy, were transferred to the foundation. After a lengthy
battle with the IRS, Gene was able to get the foundation its non-profit
status in July 2003. The NEF Board of Directors believes that the
NEF has enough history and enough depth that even though Gene's
presence was pervasive, his work can continue without him and this
is surely what he would want from us. The Board of Directors and
staff of IE are fully and enthusiastically committed to building
on Gene's goals and visions.
We would like to take this opportunity to formally
introduce the NEF Board of Directors. Members are Rick Broussard
(Vice-Chairman), Mark Aldrich (Treasurer), James Kazan (Secretary),
and myself (Chairman).
I am a mechanical engineer (master's degree, Cornell
University) with experience in the large corporation world, the
defense industry, and extensive experience as an inventor and entrepreneur
in the energy and environmental fields. I am currently founder and
CEO of Ovation Products Corporation, which has developed a small
vapor compression distiller which has broad application in cleaning
water for domestic and industrial use worldwide.
I have about thirty patents and have a great interest in finding
creative solutions to address the world's energy and environmental
Rick Broussard is Editor-in-Chief of New Hampshire
Magazine and a writer of numerous articles on topics related
to culture and science. Along with his role as a board member for
the New Energy Foundation, he is a board member of the New Hampshire
Stories, Inc. board, a member of the New Hampshire Humanities Council
board of advisors, and committee chairman for the New Hampshire
Mark Aldrich is currently the Economic Development
Director of Claremont, New Hampshire. In December 1999, he retired
after working for twenty years for the United States Senate, where
he was the N.H. Chief of Staff to United States Senators Bob Smith
and Gordon Humphrey. Mark was responsible for the administration
of the Senators' four New Hampshire offices and served as the Senators'
state representative and intergovernmental liaison, representing
them at various events and ceremonies. He also had a major role
in advising the Senators on major environmental issues affecting
the state. He is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with
a degree in political science (minor in anthropology), and he holds
an MBA from New Hampshire College. He is also a licensed NH real
Jim Kazan is a New Hampshire lawyer and a partner
in the firm of Kazan & Shaughnessy, located in Manchester, New
Hampshire. He graduated with high distinction from the University
of Iowa College of Law in 1973. Before entering private practice
in New Hampshire in 1980, he served as a law clerk to both the United
States 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, Missouri, and
the New Hampshire Supreme Court. He has also served as an Assistant
Commissioner of the New Hampshire Insurance Department and as a
New Hampshire Bar Examiner. Jim became acquainted with Gene a number
of years ago at Temple Beth Jacob in Concord, New Hampshire, where
both of them served on the Board of Trustees. Later, as an officer
of the Temple, Jim worked with Gene in presenting a series of lectures
on "Science & Religion," all of which featured Gene.
Although Jim does not have a formal science background, he is an
amateur astronomer and loved talking with Gene about science topics.
The Board of Directors elects and directs the executives
of the organization, in addition to other responsibilities (which
will now be more formal and broadened). This is still a small organization.
Gene was the President of the NEF and Editor-in-Chief of its magazine
and Christy Frazier is the Managing Editor of the magazine. Since
Christy was active in the business operation of the NEF and IE
with Gene, she has recently been given the title of General Manager
of the NEF and will perform many of the executive business functions.
Her dedication, talent, judgment, and energy throughout this difficult
and emotionally draining transition has been amazing. We will need
to replace Gene's editorial function and his technical expertise,
but the operation is in excellent hands.
There will be a transition period where IE
will continue as it has been, but with guest editorials. Readers
will be happy to know that the next four issues of IE will
primarily be made up of materials that Gene himself had authorized.
Decisions regarding direction and content will be mostly made by
Christy and myself with input from our Board members, Scientific
Advisory Board, past contributors, associates, and friends of Gene
who have been involved in some way with the foundation or magazine.
There is a great deal of will and ability in this group to not only
continue but to build on and improve. We also welcome constructive
suggestions from readers as to content, direction, and form.
If there is any silver lining to the awful event of
Gene's death it is that I have had the good fortune to know some
of these outstanding people that are, and will be, helping. I have
also gotten to know Gene's wonderful family better. His wife Joanne,
daughter Kim, and son Ethan all have been very helpful in spite
of their trauma. The foundation is working with them to ease the
transition as much as we can. Kim and Ethan are interested in taking
a more active role in helping to continue their father's work and
these efforts will be integrated in as time goes on.
None of the foundation's work could get done without
money. We are extremely grateful that our major contributors have
confidence in the NEF team and have been very supportive. We are
also grateful for all the contributions that came in after Gene's
death to help assure his work will continue. Of course, every reader
is a supporter and we thank you all. One of our goals is to find
more like you.
The transition period will probably be four or five
issues. During that time we will seek additional Board members to
add depth and facilitate activities such as fund raising, finding
new editorial talent and new material, and filling Gene's important
role as a major new energy contact for inventors, investors, and
the press. Gene stated in the last issue (IE #55, p. 6) "that
IE must be a mixture of original scientific research and
explanatory and motivating editorial material." Explanatory
to make "difficult scientific concepts accessible to lay audiences"
and motivating because it is not always clear what paths should
be taken and many paths are rough. Matching Gene's spirit will not
be easy, but we will try our best.
Change will be inevitable because of the people involved
and because technology moves on. We will maintain the general high
quality of the science reported and will seek as big an audience
as possible for such quality. We will continue to be controversial
because that is the very nature of new science. We will continue
to pull at the threads of the fabric of conventional science and
will hope for some good ripping sounds. We have to be able to live
with the uncertain and admit that we often don't know the answers.
Some theories look good for awhile and then look silly. These are
chances we have to take to exist in our chosen niche. We will try
to avoid "ownership" of ideas so that we don't acquire
a vested interest and lose our sense of openness and fairness. We
want to maintain a healthy outlook and perspective so that readers
can sense the importance of the science and technology in a proper
world view. Hopefully this will motivate activity in directions
that yield the most benefit to the planet and to the individuals
doing the work.
The Board and management of NEF and IE are
dedicated to the cause. We believe this is very important work and
can evoke major changes far beyond what the size of our readership
might suggest. We are there for the few who are really capable of
changing the world. Science and technology drive world change and
the spirit of discovery can drive the technology.
We owe gratitude and eternal thanks to Gene
Mallove for his important contribution to the world. Founding IE
and the NEF is just, to use one of Gene's favorite expressions,
"the tip of the iceberg" of what Gene has accomplished
for new energy science. The tributes in this special issue are just
some of the many proofs that Gene was a good, honest man who fought
for what he believed in in all areas of life, not just science.
May Gene's spirit guide us to new heights.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT THE GENE MALLOVE COLLECTION