ABC Evening News for Saturday, Feb 15, 1986
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(Studio: Kathleen Sullivan) Analysis of feasibility of perpetual motion recalled.
(DC: Brit Hume) Inventor Joe Newman's claim to have developed perpetual motion machine as energy source examined; Ronald Reagan mentioned having scratching post in Newman's hometown of Lucedale, Mississippi (shown). [State engineer Milton EVERETT - considers Newman a genius.] [Magnetic Engineering Incorporated spokesperson Sam TALIAFERRO - agrees.] [NEWMAN - explains his approach to machine.] [EVERETT - cites potential of invention.] United States Patent Ofc.'s refusal to grant patent and decision in Newman's favor by special attorney appointed by court, former United States Patent Ofc. director William Schuyler noted; court's demand for tests mentioned. Several Representatives said introduction private bills to grant Newman his patent. [Representative Dan BURTON - hopes goal will be accomplished.] [NEWMAN - cites role of inventors in human advancement.] Wilbur and Orville Wright mentioned; historical footage shown.
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