C. J. Ransom
Kenneth & Angie Ransom on the left
in front of Eisenhower Birthplace
C. J. RANSOM - Class of 1958
Kenneth and Angie Ransom were both graduates of Denison High School. The Ransom name was well known in those days as Kenneth, a musician, played with bands around town. They had two sons, Phil, who died a number of years ago, but at one time worked in radio and television in Denison.
Younger son, C.J., is now retired and living in Colleyville, where his garage is his "proving ground." Both also are graduates of Denison High School. C.J. was a technical computer person at Bell Helicopter for 15 years and did research at General Dynamics for17 years. He holds a Ph.D. in plasma physics from the University of Texas at Austin. He’s also taught physics at UT, Austin and Software Design and Testing for the TCU Masters of Software Engineering program.
In 1976 he wrote a book, "The Age of Velikovsky" He had presented papers at the International Velikovsky Symposia at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR and in Ontario, Canada at McMaster University relative to Dr. Immanuel Velikovsky’s theory developed in the 1940s for the recent history of the solar system. Dr. Velikovsky’s theory eventually was presented in the form of a cosmological reconstruction titled "Worlds in Collision."
C.J. said that while most people don’t remember Velikovsky because his ideas have been modified and absorbed into the field of Plasma Cosmelogy. Many scientists, he said, say that Velikovsky was wrong, but they don’t realize that his basic concepts are now being taught under a different name.
His mother and dad were warm, intelligent people, but this son has inherited everyone’s curiosity and ability to figure things out. And he’s done it again.
On April 17, 2005, in Tampa, FL, he presented a paper to the American Physical Society demonstrating that "blueberries" from hematite can be created by plasma without using water. We’re not talking blueberries that you pick in the berry patch. We’re talking blueberries like some found on Mars.
C.J. said that in the March 7, 2005, "Time Magazine" on page 63 published a picture from Mars depicting what are called "blueberries." The caption, in part, said "…mineral deposits most likely formed in water, help prove Mars once boasted a shallow sea." C.J. said that other sources say that the blueberries are composed of hematite.
Ransom always has been curious about scientific things and as a youngster he almost got himself into trouble with some of his experiments. None of these incidents dampened his spirit for his love of science. He said his work at Bell Helicopter and General Dynamics was to pay the bills. But the work there wasn’t exactly on a production line.
At Bell Helicopter Textron in 1985 he was a program manager and supported scientific analysis computing. At General Dynamics he conducted research in electro-optics, reconnaissance, and non-destructive testing and while there developed computer aided manufacturing systems. But while at both places, his continued interest in the scientific way the universe works and why it works the ways it does, gave him the greatest pleasure, he said.
Now, at age 64 and experienced a recent stroke, his ability and keen mind have not suffered. He’s just as interested in pursuing his interest in the world as he was many years ago.
He is now serving as executive director of a Colleyville nonprofit organization known as Cosmos & Chronos, which he created through his interest in the nature of the cosmos and its connection to mythology. His experiments have helped advance his theory. The organization concentrates on research about mythology as it is related to ancient global catastrophes, the effects on chronology of various ancient cultures, possible orbital changes of planets and electrical effects in the solar system and universe, according to the group’s web page.
C.J. has presented the ideas about the recent history of the solar system at meetings in Switzerland, Germany and England. His thoughts expressed for a company in Germany are being added to a book by Dr. Ruth Sharon about the controversy surrounding the work of Velikovsky. He said he doesn’t know when the book will be published.
He says that all his experiments don’t work out the way he wants them to, but even when they are a bust, it’s a lot of fun developing and pulling them off. He never considers it a waste of time. But when the experiments do prove something, it’s really exciting and worth all the effort.
His most recent experiments on "blueberries" produced spherules the size and shape of items found on Mars. These blueberries are believed by some to be composed of hematite. His experiments suggest how the blueberries were formed on Mars without the presence of water. His experiments used electricity to form the tiny blueberries, which are smaller than BBs.
It’s a good thing this world has physicists like C.J. around with the curiosity to understand and figure all these complicated scientific how’s and why’s out. – Donna Hunt