THE INTERVIEW

TIM THOMPSON’S CONVERSATIONS WITH THE MAN WHO BORE WITNESS TO THE INCREDIBLE: MR. DON BEETON

TIMOTHY J. THOMPSON

FOREWARD
I, Timothy J. Thompson, am an historian. For as long as I can remember, I have always displayed an insatiable appetite for history and writing. While enrolled at college, I would spend virtually every waking minute reading history books; whether they were military, political, national, or economic. This was even the case when I was seated at a desk in the middle of class; any class; not just a history class. Yes, it is true, even when I was sitting in the middle of an Accounting class, an Algebra class, or even an English class, I would soon become bored with the current lecture and calmly pull out a history book and begin to read it. And, on more than one occasion, the professor would become irritated, stop lecturing, and give me an evil look, forcing me to put away the history book and pay attention to his lesson. After graduating college from the University of Missouri St. Louis in 2002, I relocated to central Florida where I began pursuing my writing career. Thus far in my life, I have published five major works on a variety of historical subjects. My very first book is entitled: GRIT AND VALOR: THE STORY OF SWALE. It is all about the life and career of a great thoroughbred racehorse named, SWALE. He was one of the greatest and most beloved sons of the legendary and immortal Seattle Slew. I followed this one up with MAGICIANS ON ICE. In this book, I detail the very inception of the great and unmatched Soviet Hockey Dynasty. My third book was on the Second World War. It is entitled: WACHT AM RHEIN. Wacht Am Rhein is German for: Watch On The Rhine. These were the special code words used by the Germans to lull the Western Allies, most notably the Americans, into a false sense of security during the late fall of 1944, just prior to them launching their great Ardennes counter offensive. My fourth book, was a major expansion upon the prior one. It is entitled: THE ARDENNES ON FIRE. In this one, I take WACHT AM RHEIN to a whole new level. In both, I detail the intensive German military buildup just prior to them unleashing their massive attack. However, in, THE ARDENNES ON FIRE, I go into tremendous detail on weaponry, commanders and then examine the very first day of the German assault.

Without question, I am extremely proud of each of these publications. And this pride also extends to my fifth and latest publication: THE INTERVIEW. It chronicles a series of in depth discussions I had with a very remarkable man, my friend, Mr. Don Beeton. It is based entirely upon an equally remarkable event he just happened to witness early one evening just by accident. Perhaps what is even more intriguing about this whole story is how I came to meet Mr. Don Beeton. In August of 2009, I began a radio talk show with an internet pod cast called, Blog Talk Radio. The name of my show was: THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE. Over the course of the next 16 months, I performed countless radio broadcasts; sometimes as many as 10 per week. I would inform my audience about every aspect of the Battle of the Bulge, ranging from weapons, units, commanders, and quotations. I even devoted a portion of each show to answering Emails that I received from fans of the show as well as many close friends. Over the course of each and every show, there were many highlights. Each show was unique in its own special way. I always had a different topic and answered different E-Mails as well. However, through it all, there was always one constant; something that always made my show worthwhile. And that was when Don Beeton would show up in my chatroom. I always thanked him on air for his participation. I would even say that “It was never the same without him”, and I meant it. Later on, Don would even have his two wonderful children listen in on my broadcasts. He soon became a very special friend of mine. There are literally hundreds of pod casts on Blog Talk Radio; hundreds. With that in mind, I once asked Don how he ever came across my show. He responded that he was going through the historical category, and when he came across the photo of mine, it looked very interesting, so he decided to check it out. I am so glad that he did. Soon after he appeared in the chat room of my show, I went into the chat room of Don’s show on BTR. His was, and still is, entitled: THE RETURN VIEWER’S GUIDE. I was intrigued by the title. Within a few minutes of listening to his show for the first time, I became even more intrigued by the subject matter; eventually I would become hooked. That’s because early on the evening of May 22 1970, when Don was just a ten year old boy, he literally bore witness to one of the most incredible sights anyone could ever have seen. What Don saw that evening is the subject of this book. It is based upon his testimony to myself over a series of in-depth conversations we had beginning in January 2011 and lasting until this very day.

I wish to make this perfectly and unmistakably clear to you the reader. I believe Mr. Don Beeton. I believe in what he said happened that evening. I have had the opportunity to ask Don countless questions. I have even re-phrased many of them. Over the course of our discussions, he has never wavered once. He has always maintained his convictions of what he witnessed that evening. I believe that he is a man of honor. And, I believe that his vision will soon become one of the most significant moments in the history of the world. Timothy J. Thompson July 1 2011

To: Mr. Don Beeton and his wonderful family. This book is gratefully dedicated to each of them individually and a family as a whole as well

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

A work such as this, which I am confident will soon become an historical document, would not have been possible without the help and, quite frankly, the existence of one man, Mr. Don Beeton. I thank him so much for becoming my friend and giving me the opportunity to tell his story; his incredible story. I really appreciate this. Thank you Don.

“The universe seems neither benign nor hostile; merely indifferent.” Dr. Carl Sagan

“A religion old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science, might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths. Sooner, or later, such a religion will emerge.” Dr. Carl Sagan “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known” Dr. Carl Sagan “The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent” Dr. Carl Sagan “Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence” Dr. Carl Sagan “We are star-stuff” Dr. Carl Sagan “We are a way for the cosmos to know itself” Dr. Carl Sagan

“…The use of our intelligence quite properly gives us pleasure. In this respect the brain is like a muscle. When we think well, we feel good. Understanding is a kind of ecstasy.” Dr. Carl Sagan

“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.” Galileo Galilei “You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him discover it in himself” Galileo Galilei “I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.” Galileo Galilei “I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn something from him.” Galileo Galilei “Doubt is the father of invention.” Galileo Galilei

“In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.” Galileo Galilei “The Bible shows the way to go to Heaven, not the way the Heavens go.”

Galilieo Galiliei “We have a hunger of the mind which asks for knowledge of all around us, and the more we gain, the more we desire; the more we see, the more we are capable of seeing.” Maria Mitchell “All men, by nature, desire knowledge” Aristotle “Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.” Aristotle “Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure, Science.” Edwin Powell Hubble “To ignore the obvious, is the very essence of ignorance.” Timothy J. Thompson

TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. MR. DON BEETON, THE MAN………………………………..1 2. THE BEETON FAMILY………………………………............... 3. MAY 22 1970.……………………………......................................

4. THE “OBJECT”……………………………................................ 5. AFTERMATH AND DILEMMA………………………………. 6. DON’S RADIO SHOW AND WEBSITE………………………. 7. A DESPERATE APPEAL TO REASON………………………. 8. AUTHOR’S NOTE………………………………........................ 9. COMPREHENSIVE INDEX………………………………........ 10. ABOUT THE AUTHOR………………………………................

MR. DON BEETON: THE MAN
Donald George Beeton, who bore witness to one of the most incredible life changing moments in our time, was born in Montreal, Canada; in the Province of Quebec, on April 15 1960. Montreal is one of the most famous cities in the great nation of Canada. It takes its name from, Mont-Royal, which is the three-peaked hill located on an island in the center of the metropolitan area. The city

itself is huge, expanding to an astounding 1,644 square miles. In addition, Montreal has the second largest population in all of Canada. As of July 2009, 3,814,700 citizens reside there. Toronto, of course, has the largest population with over 5,555,000 residents. Montreal is an absolutely beautiful city with a very solid and well-structured skyline. While French is the official language of Montreal, millions of its citizenry speak English fluently as well. The city is so well kept, it has been and still is routinely voted as one of the world’s safest and most livable cities. And one final note about the very fine city of Montreal, it is the home to the greatest NHL dynasty in history-the Montreal Canadiens. So, it was here, that Don Beeton would spend his initial childhood; along with his two sisters, Laura Mae and Barbara Ann Beeton. Don enjoyed a very solid upbringing. Early on, both his father, William Donald Beeton, and his mother, Joan Winefred Pepper, instilled in their son, very strong family values. Amongst these were: honesty, integrity, and compassion. Both his parents wanted their son to always look out for others, and be cognizant of their feelings at all times. In other words, they wanted Don to have empathy toward his fellow human beings. Don vividly recalls one thing his father would always stress to him during those meaningful father-son talks. “My dad would always tell me,” “How would you feel if someone did that to you?” That is something that has remained close to Don’s heart to this very day, and always will. In addition to this, Don’s parents also stressed to their son the importance of remaining in and doing well in school. This was true, so much so, that on numerous occasions, his father would make it a point to help Don with his nightly homework, so he would continue to excel at his studies. Don has such an enduring love for his mother and father. His mother was a very special person. According to him, she is a very “church” going person. And this is just scratching the surface. That’s because she makes it a point to go to many churches and many denominations, and respects them all equally. Don’s mother also volunteers her time to help out in every way she can at a Community Care Center where she enthusiastically prepares special food baskets for those unfortunate persons in need, and then delivers many of them personally. Don sums up his love, respect, and admiration for his mother by saying, “She is the kindest person I have ever met.” Unlike what is sadly the case in this day and age in the USA, with the divorce rate after a mere five years of marriage exceeding 50%,

Don’s parents have been married for over 53 years! That alone is a lesson to us all. The key to that success is, not only love, but mutual respect. Simply put, they have always looked out for one another. And they have always made it a point to look out for their neighbors, as well as those people who have not been as lucky as they have been. One of the greatest examples of this spirit is the fact that Don’s mother and father were foster parents during a great portion of their wonderful marriage. To quote him directly, Don states, “My parents have always been there for me. They are always ready to step up in order to help people, and are always positive about life itself.” Clearly, that statement says it all. For the first five years of his life, 1960 thru 1964, Don and his family resided in the town of Mont-Saint Hilaire, which is an island suburb located near the Richelieu River, just east of downtown Montreal. Interestingly, Mont-St. Hilaire is actually situated on the slopes of a thankfully extinct volcano which bears the town’s name. Today, it is a fair-sized suburb with a population of about 15,700. It was here where Don first attended the American equivalent of Nursery School, then Kindergarten, and then the initial stages of Elementary School. In 1965, Don’s father relocated the entire family to the town of Mississauga, which is about 10 miles west of Toronto, along the north shore of Great Lake Ontario. Mississauga, which was incorporated into a city in 1968, is situated in the Regional Municipality of Peel. Currently, it has a very healthy population of 734,000 people, which is enough to rank it as Canada’s sixth largest city. It actually has surpassed both Milwaukee and Cleveland very recently in overall population, making it the fourth largest municipality situated along the Great Lakes. When he was living in Mississauga, Don first attended Lorne Park Public Elementary School for grades one thru six. He then went briefly to Hillcrest Public School in Clarkson, Ontario, Canada. Shortly thereafter, he transferred over to Tecumseh Public School for the rest of Grade Seven, and the beginning of grade eight. Don did pretty well in school, and many things came natural to him. He also participated in and did quite well in sports. For example, he played Bantam Football. But, not in the ordinary fashion. Because of his athletic prowess, Don played both offense and defense. So, he was quite multi-faceted, to say the least. In addition, Don also played on two undefeated teams. Clearly, Don was very good at adaptation. And this characteristic

would be tested during the intermittent time period between seventh and eighth grade when his father would relocate the entire family to another part of Mississauga. It was a hard move for Don who described it himself as, “A big switch.” He had made many friends at Tecumseh and missed them greatly. His new environment was located way out in the country at Saint Ann’s Public School where he completed eighth and nine grade, before enrolling in Beamsville High School. Later on, he transferred to Smithville High School where he completed all the remaining credits for graduation. One of Don’s best high school memories was playing football. Once again, just like before, he excelled, playing the positions of both guard and tackle on the offensive line, as well as linebacker on defense. Specifically, he played one year each at both Beamsville and Smithville. After returning from Calgary, Don briefly attended Niagara Community College. He took evening courses one day per week, but did not have any declared major.