Previous Khroniker Owners
The Mystery History Video gave us 6 seconds of footage that revealed 18 previous owners of the Khroniker. I'm interested in discussing what, if any, bearing these Celebrity owners may have to do with the known locations of the missing numbers.
They are portrayed in the following order:
Cast of TV show Who's the Boss?
James Earl Jones
Vice Prez Dick Cheney
Captain Lou Albano
His jersey reads #33 and he played for the LA Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks.
His signature move was the Sky Hook.
An interesting reference to SHM, if thought of in another context: Simple Harmonic Motion, the application of "Hooke's Law" and Newton's Second Law of Thermodynamics lead to some mathematical possibilities if we are willing to work with the numbers on the 9th floor. Of course I'd share anything should it be extremely noteworthy, but in this case it is just interesting on a correlative level. Gus recently mentioned being a dedicated Skyliner, which sounds to me that he's talking about the ridiculous toy that you twirl around and LED's write a message in the air. It's similar in construction to an object on the end of a string that swings around, thus having characteristics of mass, angular motion and velocity, which is also similar to a pendulum on a clock that also relates back to Hooke's law. Any math/physics folks want to chew on this further?
Skyline = chili
I believe Skyline is the brand name of a fast-food chili chain restaurant in Cincinnati. I think Gus' reference to Skyline was part of his explanation that we no longer needed to consider the clue about chili because it was intended to go with the 2nd Floor puzzle.
Originally Posted by erexere
As you know, I am trying in recent weeks to be skeptical whenever a clue (or free association based on a possible clue) takes my thinking too far outside of the book. Reading the T.S. Eliot poems and mining their substance is about as far as I'm willing to go at this point to use "outside the book" information to solve the last puzzle. And only if they point me back toward something in the book.
Early on in TCWAF sleuthing, I thought I had a clue that directed "use web clues at end". So I've tried to figure out how the "Scene of the Crime" and "resident" clues, as well as the Twintig posts, could be useful. Similarly, you may be right to consider the video as an important clue (or set of clues) of equal value to the Eliot poems. Since the speakers on my ancient computer have been gone for years, I have not relied on the video for information. I hope it's only helpful, but not necessary, to hear the video in order to solve the last puzzle.
Good luck with this line of inquiry!
Paleontologist on Friends.
paleONTOlogist = ONTO = a math function where for all b in B there is an a in A such that f(a)=b. I have to admit I've been reviewing a bunch of old math and this just fits in with the whole Godel's Theorem about Completeness (not too dissimilar from but not to be confused with the Axiom of Completeness...Dedekinds Rule).
edit: from the book, when Gus says "What the deuce?!", when Roy tells him not to eat just the marshmallows, I believe this clue is a reference to ONTO, since deuce = 2, and ONTO sounds like "On Two".
[Sara, thanks for input. I fully intend to map the depths of the deep-end of the dark-side of the eclipsed moon for the slightest dust-mote of evidence to support my theories.]
Arthur Fonzirelli (Henry Winkler), character on Happy Days might support the Milwaukee connection from Kareem. I'm feeling very compelled to look more closely at this connection and others that might offer synthesis in this direction.
The only thing I can come up with that seems interesting here is combining his last name with The Fonz' first name for Larry KING ARTHUR Fonzirelli. Finding some kind of reference that corresponds to a Knight of the Round Table might get us somewhere.
I have two considerations that come only from the gut 1) Pesci = Pisci, which draws our attention to the striped fish on floor 2, and 2) his initials J.P. are a reference to a different J.P. who was a banker responsible for organizing and stopping the Panic of 1907, the same year William Willett published his paper on adjusting DST "The Waste of Daylight". I haven't gathered any real reason as to why this date circa 1907 would be important, but if you take c.1907 and flip it upside down it might look like it spells "LOGIC".
[I'm just tossing around ideas...]
Casey Kasem = CASE-CASE, a repetition/alliteration.
Carcass, mentioned in a recent Twintig post contains the suffix sounding CASE as well.
CASE = CASETTE
I think the idea best conveyed by Casey Kasem isn't his being the Top 40 host, but being a reference to music and cassette as a peripheral clue about RCA Victor through a reference to Muntz and Lear.
"The Round Mound of Rebound" is notable here as the second Hoops player on this list. There are multiple Hoops references in the book. The King Arthur idea has relevance if you consider that Stonehenge is a large round burial mound. My primary take on his relevance is that he is an employee of Turner Network Television...TNT.
Captain Lou Albano
I think I've already posted this somewhere before.
Back in the 80's, he was well known as a WWF wrestling manager for the Iron Sheik (sheik's sixth son?) and made several appearances with Cyndi Lauper who sang "Time after Time" and "True Colors" and also appeared in Goonies (super awesome kids move about treasure hunting).
These references should do well as homage type whispers of clues...