When Michael Crichton was asked why he didn’t write Westworld as a book, he responded that it couldn’t work in a book. It needed a movie.
The same can be said of The Quester Files. Some of the topics I investigate can be presented in a book, but they cannot develop in a book. Some would do well in film, but I do not have the ability to make a documentary movie at this time. Today, with the internet, we have a third choice– a combination of the two above: a website.
However, an informational website is obsolete. They have long given way to blogs. Nevertheless, for a site that aims at displaying real, tangible experience and data, there is still room to pioneer. Text, artwork, and pictures and even some video can be combined for a powerful presentation experience.
This is the purpose of The Quester Files.
Some topics, in fact, are better served this way. My investigation into EAR is a case in point. I backworked his stalking MO. It took lots of video and pictures. The purpose of the Files on the Night Predator, as I declared, was to solve the case or contribute significantly towards its solution. How can that be done in a book? And if I solve it, step-by-step, as it unfolds before the audience’s eyes, there is no need for a book. Old news is old cabbage.
For ZODIAC, it is different. So much folklore has developed that I had to use the web to chip away at it and rebuild a true foundation. Who wants to devote half a true crime detective book to that? But the web is perfect for it. The book, HorrorScope, will recreate the crimes and times accurately, the legend, and then my own investigation and, hopefully, unequivocal solution.
These examples bring home to you the different reasons how I use and will use The Quester Files.
It is for this lack of reason that I am bringing down http://www.Bermuda-Triangle.org. It’s a 16 year old site, with many articles just as old. Such a website was unheard of in 1999 when I put it up. No one believed that anybody had investigated the Triangle since the 1970s. They quickly found out that I did. At least 75 new cases were presented to the audience, and many old ones were presented with accurate information for the first time, gleaned from official accident reports. It was the first information site of its kind on the web. It was historical but it was also up-to-the-minute.
I was trampled by media interest. I was ignorant about a $500 honorarium for appearing on those documentary shows and never asked for it. And I did much more than appear. I gave contacts, recommended filming areas, let them film my reports and archival photos. Essentially I was like an associate producer. I have since figured that I passed about $18,500 dollars worth of honorariums. Not very wise. But you get my point. I was popular. McGraw-Hill rushed my book to publication in 2003, and Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner even optioned it for film while at Paramount Studios.
But, as I said, information sites have fallen away, and they have done so for a good reason. They are like a good magazine. Extemporanea but current extemporanea. They were a big deal in the 1990s when the web was young. So many new voices, new faces, new takes on subjects. But still, when it comes down to it, informational sites are like magazine or newspaper articles. The old issue goes out; the new issue comes in. We move on. That didn’t happen with the web. The pages remained. Let’s put it in perspective. Before the web, how many people would have a 16 year old magazine around on their nightstand or in their office so they can read it anytime? No one in 1977 curled up with a True or Argosy magazine from 1961 at night. That would be culture shock! Announcements for the making of Lawrence of Arabia while at the moment Star Wars was the latest big thing!
With the web we have forgotten the progress of knowledge. We Google and we frequently read 10 year old articles or pages written 15 years ago, and many times we don’t know it. It is time to advance.
And the web has. Most everything has gone toward a blog. These are like magazine articles today. They are light extemporanea. You read them and move on. Just like in the hardcopy day when you read your magazine or newspapers and it was fine until the next edition. If there was something so breathtakingly important, you could always go read a back copy at the library.
But blogs aren’t that artistic. They are no frills and fancies. The web gives one the ability of a very artistic display. If a website wants to survive as more than an archive but as a powerful speaking tool, it must become a combination of the 3 great methods of expression and education today– a captivating thesis in print, video, maps, artwork and pictures. But most of all it must reflect real life endeavor. Not some soap box or revisionist opinions on published works.
The pecking order of old has not changed– newspaper articles for timely but not necessarily lasting information; magazines for a deeper look; but a book was to stand the test of time. A book and documentary should still be the ultimate intellectual stone in which is chiseled lasting, provocative material.
The steps today can now be blogs to introduce; web pages for a deeper look, and then books and documentaries.
If not for The Quester Files multipurpose reason, it too would be a dinosaur like old information sites that are long gone. I investigate and explore in real life. And I can now share this in very powerful ways in many subjects. Thus The Q Files is truly the file for someone who is in quest of real life adventure and truth, and the website for those equally in quest of . . .