Joseph Westley Newman
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|Joseph W. Newman|
|Born||2 July 1936|
|Died||6 March 2015 (78)|
Joseph Westley Newman (July 2, 1936 - March 6, 2015) was an American inventor who devised and sought a patent for an Energy Machine that was described as a perpetual motion device by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Newman filed unsuccessful lawsuits against the USPTO beginning in the mid-1980s when he was denied patent protection for his device, receiving some minor Congressional support and making the television interview rounds (including an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson), and even declared himself a candidate for president in 1987, but to no avail, as the lawsuits were dismissed, appeals dismissed, and the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his final appeal.
By the late 1980s, Newman began claiming to receive messages from God and issued warnings of coming catastrophe, in 1989 becoming embroiled in a strange case where he claimed to have entered into a spiritual marriage with his secretary, Annis Mizelle, and her 8-year-old daughter by divine command. During the 1990s, much of the media attention paid to Newman focused on his prophecies of the end, including a claim that the remnants of the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 could be redirected by Jupiter's gravitational field and sent on a collision course with Earth, in addition to other warnings of cataclysmic solar flares and subsequent earth changes.
- Newman, Joseph Westley; Soule, Evan R. (1985), The Energy Machine of Joseph Newman: An Invention Whose Time Has Come, New Orleans, La.: The Author
Newman ran several internet sites from the mid-1990s onward, as cached by archive.org:
- The Energy Machine of Joseph Newman, geocities.com/~josephnewman, 1996-2000, https://web.archive.org/web/20000818004802/http://www.geocities.com/~josephnewman/
- The Energy Machine of Joseph Newman, josephnewman.com, 2000-2015, https://web.archive.org/web/20000816004855/http://www.josephnewman.com/
- Joseph Newman -- Proof of God, raytube720.tripod.com/newman, https://web.archive.org/web/20080531042724/https://raytube720.tripod.com/newman/proofofgod.htm
- Leary, Warren E. (14 Mar. 1985), "Inventor tries again to win patent for energy machine", Rock Island Argus (Moline, IL): 2, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/665900719
- Gemperlein, Joyce (17 Mar. 1985), "Inventor fights suspicion about energy machine", News and Observer (Raleigh, NC): 19D, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/655249358/
- Gemperlein, Joyce (23 May 1985), "Energy machine fuels Patent Office debate", Miami Herald (Miami, FL): 15A, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/631408672/
- Gemperlein, Joyce (26 May 1985), "Show of proof - Fighting for a patent, inventor displays his energy machine", Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, PA): 3-D, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/173651923/
- UPI (4 Nov. 1985), "Inventor seeks patent for 'energy machine'", Daily Press (Newport News, VA): C8, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/234863877/, "A bill before Congress would grant a patent to Joseph Westley Newman for a 'revolutionary energy machine' the inventor from the Mississippi backwoods claims will eliminate home utility bills forever[...] Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., introduced a private bill on his behalf."
- Gemperlein, Joyce (15 Nov. 1985), "New fight in battle for energy machine", Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, PA): 10-A, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/174048371/
- Gemperlein, Joyce (15 Feb. 1986), "Pushing for a patent, inventor awaits test of energy machine", Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, PA): 9, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/169337217/
- Atkins, Joe (31 July 1986), "Newman takes fight to Senate", Hattiesburg American (Hattiesburg, MI): 3, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/278286690
- Bowles, Billy (22 Mar. 1897), "Patent office stalls energy machine", Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI): 1A, 18A, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/99561132/
- AP (24 Sept. 1987), "Newman wants to put energy into presidency", Hattiesburg American (Hattiesburg, MI): 3, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/278315859/
- Carson, Kelly (27 Nov. 1987), "Candidate: 'God told me to run'", Hattiesburg American (Hattiesburg, MI): 1, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/278158515/
- AP (18 Feb. 1988), "Inventor in patent battle over 'energy machine'", Post-Crescent (Appleton, WI): 6, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/289898718/, "An inventor who claims he has devised a machine that produces more energy than it uses says he will appeal a judge's refusal to force the government to give him a patent for his invention."
- Maines, John (14 May 1988), "Lucedale inventor's priorities move from patent to prophecy", Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, MI): 1A, 10A, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/184148265/, "In recent months, Newman, 51, has practically abandoned his work on the machine. He says he's now on a more important mission: To save the world from the wrath of God, who, Newman said, is angry with the degradation of human morals."
- AP (9 June 1988), "Newman accuses inventor", Hattiesburg American (Hattiesburg, MI): 7, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/278163009/, "Joseph Newman has accused another Mississippi inventor of being a CIA agent and stealing his idea for a revolutionary machine that uses more energy than it uses."
- Andrews, Edmund (30 Oct. 1988), "'Perpetual motion' rolls into patent court", Austin American-Statesman (Austin, TX): H2, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/363980351/
- Maines, John (12 Jan. 1989), "Lucedale inventor's energy machine gains patent from Mexican officials; Joseph Newman has been unable to win U.S. approval of the motor.", Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, MI): 1A, 12A, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/181742078/
- AP (10 Mar. 1989), "Newman claims he married child", Hattiesburg American (Hattiesburg, MI): 9A, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/278166441/
- "Joseph Newman, the indefatigable inventor who contends that he has developed a machine that produces more energy than it consumes, lost what may be his last bid to get a patent.", Austin American-Statesman (Austin, TX): C10, 30 July 1989, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/364099677/
- Langford, Tammie Cessna (3 May 1990), "Inventor tries bankruptcy to save home", Sun Herald (Biloxi, MI): 1, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/743972678/
- Larsson, Lennart (18 Aug. 1990), "Miss. man still promoting energy machine", Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN): B1, B2, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/773649943/
- Stallworth, Sharon (31 Mar. 1994), "Lucedale inventor says NAFTA validates motor patent - But the U.S. Patent Office still dismisses his perpetual-motion machine as bogus.", Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, MI): 1A, 13A, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/181758874/
- Langford, Tammie C. (14 July 1994), "Lucedale man warns of cosmic catastrophe", Hattiesburg American (Hattiesburg, MI): 10, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/279715501, "While astronomers and scientists are looking forward to the collision of pieces of a comet and Jupiter, self-proclaimed inventor, writer and doomsayer, Joseph Newman of Lucedale, is using the event as a way to warn doubtful earthlings of this planet's eventual demise. He argues that once Jupiter's immense magnetic field is attacked, a chain reaction will be felt throughout the universe, especially on earth."
- Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Energy, Nuclear Proliferation, and Government Processes of the Committee on Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, Ninety-Ninth Congress, Second Session, Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 30 July 1986, https://www.google.com/books/edition/Energy_Innovation_and_the_Patent_Process/NQyTNQsybkEC?hl=en&gbpv=0