Arthur Mayer left twelve messages,
justifying my belief that old people and answering machines was
not a good combination. But, Arthur only looked like an innocent
old man. He had stories to tell, and the little pieces of
information he'd disclosed to me proved that he wasn't your
typical listen to grandfather by the fire type. He sounded old
when we conversed over the phone, but it wasn't until we met face
to face that I realised just how old he was. Then there was the
reason he called; in five years of producing whistleblower
testimonies, he was the first to contact us to arrange a
'...yes, this is Ryan
'It's Arthur. We should meet up. I
don't think I have much time left.'
'They're onto you?'
'I'm afraid it's much worse than
Three cameras were set up in the
living room, pointing at the sofa from different angles. The
curtains were drawn, the doors were locked and our phones were
switched off. My co-worker Linda tried to help Arthur into the
room, but he insisted that he was fine. He sat down and we
brought him coffee and cookies. He adopted that old man pose,
resting two hands on his walking stick and leaning back. His
white hair and beard were full for his age. He looked in command.
And then his benevolent voice sounded out:
'Are we ready to
'We're making some final
adjustments. Sorry to keep you waiting.'
'That's alright. With the
information I have, this meeting could take all day and
Once we were ready, Linda rolled the
film on all three cameras. We left a couple of minutes for
'Don't ask me to help,' Arthur said.
'I'm useless with modern technology. I couldn't even work that
thing on the T.V with the menu and contrast and colour stuff. It
drives me mad.'
Happy with the tests on the cameras,
we began the interview.
'This is Ryan Hicks and Linda
Bloomer from The Awakening. I'm delighted to introduce to you one
of the greatest human beings I have ever met. He is a living
legend and a tribute to the endeavours of mankind. He is Mr.
Arthur Mayer. I'm going to hand over to you now,
Linda and I sat back, perked our
ears up and listened to the old man blow us away with his
'Thank you for that very kind,
generous introduction, Ryan.'
He took a deep breath, sighed, and
spoke very slowly.
'In my opinion, this is without
doubt the most important story in human history. It involves who
we are...where we came from...where we're going. I used to be a
no-nonsense military boy, lived a normal life with a house, a
wife and three children. But after I learned some information and
saw stuff with my very own eyes, my old paradigm was completely