I’ve known John Hutchison for close to a decade now, and I know him well: I’ve visited his lab in New Westminster several times and spent many hours there. I’ve spent countless hours talking with him on the phone, and I’ve been an advocate for his research for a long time. I’ve met George Hathaway, interviewed Mel Winfield, and talked with John Alexander and a other military scientists who have studied his work. The more I learn about John’s life, the more impressive he is, both as an innovator as well as a human being.
I know John’s research, too. I’ve held dozens of his metal-samples in my hands, seen spectrographic analysis of the chemical and molecular changes they underwent, and I’ve discussed the Hutchison Effect with scientists, engineers, and researchers that I’ve met from around the world. I’ve visited his lab on two occasions with groups of aerospace engineers who reviewed his work and came back highly impressed by it.
What I haven’t seen is the Hutchison Effect, at least not yet. I’ve met many people who have, and they’ve described it in detail, but he’s never turned on the equipment while I was visiting, so I missed that rare experience to gamble on seeing metals turn to jelly or bowling balls fly up into the air. I’ve seen all the videos though, and others I know who have seen the effect say that it’s even more stunning in real life than on film. I believe them, and I believe John – he’s an honest man.
John Hutchison has been a good friend; certainly better than I deserve. He was there for me through an awful divorce, always upbeat and optimistic, and I can honestly say that he’s one of the most sincere, caring, and supportive people that you’ll ever met. Later, when I started dating again, he offered thoughtful, heartfelt advice on rebuilding my life and my relationships. He’s selfless; always ready to help a friend when they need it, which is why the people who are close to him are so protective.
Two of those people really stand out to me: Jeanne Manning and George Hathaway. They may be the closest thing to family that John has, and his relationships with both of them go back several decades. I’ve met them both, and the more I learned about them the more it’s helped me to understand him. They’re only two of the many close friends that John has who have known him far longer than I have. It’s his personality, you know? That eccentricity and optimism draws people to him like moths to a flame. He doesn’t brag or boast about what he’s done, but it’s his personality itself is what makes him so unique.
Does any of this make me an expert on John Hutchison? Not at all, but it puts me in a better position to vouch for his work than the skeptics who criticize it. In my experience, the real scientists who have taken the time to truly investigate his work can’t explain, but they don’t dismiss it. The others – the skeptics – are mostly just internet trolls seeking a free ride on his reputation by criticizing it.
This story, originally entitled “The Ultimate Hutchison”, is about the first trip that I took to his lab in New Westminster. He’d invited me up to visit two or three years before I actually made the trip, which at the time was a hundred mile drive up from Seattle. When I arrived, it was in a car packed with engineers who’d jumped at the chance to meet the legendary John Hutchison in person, and the experience itself was unique enough that it ended up being one of my favorite articles.
I felt like I learned something unique on the that trip to John Hutchison’s lab, but not about the Hutchison Effect. What truly surprised me was the depth of character and thoughtfulness, and it was something that I tried to put into the story. In my opinion, John Hutchison the inventor may be legendary, but John Hutchison the man is truly remarkable.