Jeane Manning began this life near the Alaskan wilderness, and today she explores another type of frontier – the emerging science paradigm. **
When she was born – in Cordova, on Alaska’s pristine Prince William Sound – Jeane’s father was a lawman. Later he moved the family to a farm in northern Idaho, where she continued contemplating nature – and human nature. She earned her way through the University of Idaho and an honors B.A. in Sociology.
Marriage, a job in social work, and three children – Teresa, Jay and Stan – followed. After moving to the Okanagan Valley of western Canada, she parented while writing for newspapers and a regional magazine. She’s also been an editor, counsellor, Big Brothers’ executive director, and publicist for a theater company that traveled in gypsy wagons pulled by Clydesdale horses.
In 1981 Jeane had encountered an electrician who invented a potentially revolutionary magnetic motor/generator. Through him and his wife she met others in the “free-energy underground” from Germany to South Africa, and discovered books about Nikola Tesla and other unsung pioneer inventors.
The implications of their inventions included two of her concerns – ecology and social justice. During the 1980’s, she began researching for a book about this fascinating movement and its people.
While editing a small-town newspaper, Jeane used her vacations to fly to conferences to interview frontier scientists and engineers. German Association for Field Energy, the Swiss Association for Free Energy, Planetary Association for Clean Energy, International Tesla Society, and even a magnet factory hosted them.
In 1989, her birthplace in Alaska was fouled by the Exxon Valdez oil spill. The horrific news strengthened her resolve to research non-polluting energy sources.
The Explorations program of Canada Council for the Arts in 1994 awarded her book project– then titled Living Energy — enough funding for gasoline and food expenses for a research trip. So that autumn Jeane steered her little Nissan pickup onto cross-country highways to visit inventors and other researchers.
After two months of travel, one morning she awoke – in her sleeping bag in the Nissan’s camper – to a white world outside the window. The chill she felt, however, had more to do with what she’d learned on the trip than with a Wyoming blizzard. Her upbringing had not prepared her for the corruption in trusted public servants, and other obstacles, faced by the people she had interviewed.
Much of what she learned during that odyssey, on the other hand, was good news. She heard that a multilingual architect in Australia was bringing out a book titled Living Energies. He had masterfully interpreted the works of her favorite energy pioneer, the late Viktor Schauberger of Austria, so she gladly changed her manuscript title from Living Energy.
Eight years earlier in Colorado, she had met the publishers of a magazine entitled Energy Unlimited. The Baumgartners sent her a book, Living Water, introducing Schauberger and his knowledge of engineering in harmony with nature’s creative movements. Schauberger had pointed out that 20th century technology moves everything the wrong way – exploding, heating, pressuring. His own inventions used nature’s quiet cooling, inward-spiraling suction motions instead, and the result rejuvenated instead of destroying.
Baumgartners’ next publication, Causes newsletters, furthered Jeane’s understanding of harmonious “implosion technologies”. Meanwhile, her own evolving manuscript dealt with a wide range of unusual approaches to generating electricity and their implications for society.
Before her energy book was published (in New York by Avery Publishing Group), the then-editor of Auckland Institute of Technology Press asked Jeane Manning to be a co-author of Suppressed Inventions and Other Discoveries. AIT Press of New Zealand published the book in 1995. (The North American edition was published in 2000 by Avery Publishing Group. Avery was later bought out by Penguin Putnam.)
The Granite Man and the Butterfly: The David Hamel Story, published by Pierre Sinclaire’s Project Magnet, was Jeane’s next writing project. The sole print run for this small book sold out quickly.
The third diversion from her main project came from meeting Dr. Nick Begich of Anchorage, Alaska. Another researcher had sent Jeane Manning a large file of science papers related to experiments on Earth’s ionosphere, and to a specific project called the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP). Dr. Begich had written an article about HAARP for Nexus magazine. Concerned that such experiments might cause unforseen large-scale effects, both Begich and Manning wanted to see the broader topic brought out into the open, and hoped for an investigation by all independent scientists.
Their co-authored book, Angels Don’t Play This HAARP, was published in 1995 by Earthpulse Press, a company belonging to Dr. Begich and his wife Shelagh. The book sold widely and was translated into Japanese, German, Yugoslavian, and now French. The European Parliament passed a resolution asking for that independent inquiry.
Jeane returned to her main project which was published in 1996 by Avery under the title The Coming Energy Revolution: The Search For Free Energy. In 2002 Penguin Putnam, the publishing giant which took over Avery, took the English version of The Coming Energy Revolution off the market. Jeane reclaimed the rights to the book and is updating it. French and German editions are still available.
Over the years, Jeane wrote articles about frontier science for Explore New Dimensions; Dennis Weaver’s Journal of Ecolonomics; Alive; Shared Vision; Atlantis Rising; Infinite Energy, and other magazines.
Invited to speak at the Institute for New Energy conference in Denver in 1996, she quickly joined a Vancouver Toastmasters’ Club to develop speaking skills. The next podium was, in contrast, an open-air rock concert stage whose audience sprawled on a grassy mountainside. The ski hill venue was organized by young political activists and musicians. Other venues included meeting halls on a sheep ranch in Colorado and in rural B.C., the Planetarium in Vancouver, and a university campus in California.
Further invitations to speak have included a panel at the Women and Sustainable Development conference in Vancouver; the Climates of Change Congress (Victoria 1999); and conferences in Austria, Switzerland and Germany. She will be speaking at the New Energy Movement public conference in Portland, Oregon, September 25-26, 2004.
One year, Jeane lived in a mountainside log home beyond the power lines in the interior of British Columbia. She emerged from the wilderness only for travels, such as the Innovative Energy Technologies conference in Berlin, where she gave a presentation. Now she’s back in the southern part of the Okanagan valley. Her royalties from books were plowed back into research travel, computers, and further educating herself.
Recently, she reconnected with William Baumgartner and his wife. He and Jeane began a book about his extensive knowledge and experiments he’s conducted over a 30 year span. It’s an opportunity to write about engineering in harmony with nature, and she’s enthused. However, her need for an income has postponed the project until the current book is published. It was delayed by the same reason – the necessity for her to do freelance writing for business publications.
Her motivations for the energy odyssey began with her children and now include the newest generation: Travis, Nicholas and Sarah. “I simply want my children, grandchildren, and all of Earth’s offspring to breathe clean air, on a rejuvenated planet.”
Jeane sees hope in grassroots campaigns such as the New Energy Movement, which recognizes the need for personal responsibility, sensible economics, wise governance and sustainable agriculture, as well as clean water, oxygen-rich air and ample non-polluting energy.
Her challenge is to put the issues into plain language, in books full of compelling, true stories. You take it from there!