A man named Jack
Shulman has a website that claims that the much-loved transistor (which,
if you didn't know, revolutionized just about every facet of our current
technological infrastructure) was actually derived from technologies found
in the alleged crashed UFO at Roswell.
Well, a lot more people than
just Mr. Shulman believes it, but his American
Computer Company website on the topic, Roswell,
1947 is the most comprehensive one out there.
It's an intriguing theory,
but it seems much more likely to be science fiction than history.
According to Roswell,
1947, Jerry Hartsell, former Chairman of IBM, has supposedly written
a corroboration to this story in his autobiography. I haven't read
this autobiography, nor have I even heard of it. A quick search on
Amazon revealed no books by or about anyone named Jerry Hartsell.
A Dogpile search also revealed no pages about him. What does this
mean? Nothing, really. But you'd think that corroboration of
such a weird theory by a seemingly trustworthy source would have made more
noise than this.
What makes this claim mostly
unbelievable and unlikely is the fact that the transistor is perfectly
capable of being produced by conventional, mundane, terrestrial science.
My detractors will say of course you'd say that, since you've been brought
up to believe that it was developed by earthly science.
And the argument would probably end there. But until the proponents
of the Roswell-induced Information Age Theory can come up with definitive
proof, it's going to be just another Weird Theory.