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It was in the year 1984, that I realized, that my study of the enigmatic Phaistos disc had brought me to the decisive turning-point, that my 22 stem-forms disclosed an omnipresent divisibility by eleven. No-one had ever found a nummerical factor for those glyphs before. These exact stems trigger a reality of clusters of pictograms in lack of language.

This breaking discovery of mine should be coeval with Michael Ventris famous grid of syllables from 1950, that soon after was verified by the excavation of 1000 more written tablets in linear-B from Pylos, allthough the Phaistos disc is an unique incidence and more over 'hermetically closed' like the Antikythera mechanism:  from without coming fragments of toothed wheels are unwanted!

After a moment of thoughts, I choose to contact, late Kristian Jeppesen. It is in the spring of 1985, he himself had transmitted a detective work over the scope of hieroglyphs of the disc in "the year-book KUML, 1962. -Co-excavator of the Maussolleion at Halikarnassos". Under an extemporized meeting on a rainy day, sadly my idea showed to be to big a mouthful to swallow unexamined for the professor. Learnt by this experience, I attach to my letters in the continuation a minor introduction, so that the recipient can be alone with my discovery before a consultation.

Then I visit a distant relation of our family 'professor of anthropology Kirsten Hastrup'. A postal answer arrives after few days, she express enthusiasm about my stems, but she too mistake that my 22 stem-forms are the definitive turning-point of the item. My dillema was, that I had to withhold my  knowledge of the subject, except for the 22 genuine stem-forms, in that this case was profound serious to me. On the other hand the reader has to count the abilities of the 70 stems to check on his own, that my break-through is correct, this is of course a necessity. - The stem-forms are at the same time introductary and conclusive

Now I take focus on the danish periodical 'Sfinx' that deals with popular mediterranean archaeology. Its editor is archaeologist, cand. phil Erik Hallager, who travelled for many years between Århus and Heraclion like a pendulum. Sfinx had in its volume 1977-78 a nice article about the Phaistos disc, the two faces were placed on the opening pages, the author was Ole D.Rughede an amateur historian. The article concerns "which is the direction of reading", and ends up with the obligatory question at that time: which names of kings or deities will soon be revealed in the words. Holding this article in remembrance, I send my introductive paper to editor Hallager. In giving time, I pay a visit two months later to 'Århus faculty of history', here I am referred to a waiting room with a display of periodicals like by the dentist. Full of horror I suddently look at my own dusty papers, lying there for anyone ambitious climber (of my back) to read and commit to memory!  At the exit door I ask Hallager, if he then wants to publish my discovery? His answer was a clear: No, thank you.

En route I direct my attention to other potentiel editing houses, and end up with lecturer in mathematics Jens Høyrup (RUC), who wrote papers about Babylonian algebra. He agrees 'voluntary' to bring my ideas to a publication, the year is now 1986. I then write a report in details about my discovery, and await a publication. Whatever intrigues are going on, I do not know; but in 1988 the press of the university is eventually no longer on strike, and I am assigned a preprint in 50 copies, as promissed ( actually a team of students could have explored all possibilities of my discovery in the meantime).

 Høyrup dials this opinion to me, that the 22 stems-forms are of importance. -For 80 years nothing did happend, now a sure entrance to this hermetical closed riddle was gained. On request from Jens Høyrup I get my preprint admitted to 'Harvard college library' in Cambridge Mass.. This little print of mine will make the history about the Phaistos disc.

In 1988 I am apple to send the edition from Roskilde university center (incl. of the gnomonical arrangement) to the three former mentioned. -Professor Jeppesen replies by sending me a post-cart* in which he congratulates me with the publication, he continues by some considerations about to prove one's ideas. My idea, in the contrary, is proven, and it only wants the natural credit, probably followed up by my alphabetic notation in a suitable periodical). -The very busy and grave professor of anthropology K. Hastrup do not respond -. The recorded parcel directed to editor Hallager is returned postmarked with an: addressee unknown (now framed as a picture decorating my wall). Alas, how can an editor be so absent-minded not to have his mail forwarded when removing from his house, -perhaps to be explained by, that Hallager in the meantime had been appointed as assisting professor. Finally I make a call to the above mentioned year book, they tell me that they are expired. Nevertheless I am sitting here with a copy of the 2012 edition of KUML, very unusual!  (another Danish periodical with a phoney name too: 'Skalk' did not respond either).*

Thereupon I write a translation into english in haste in 1989, containing my withhold knowledge of a calendar etc. Equipped with the Roskilde preprint, I pull the starting gear for 10 life-years -wasted: <<<<<<<<<<

"The Phaistos disc alias the Minoan calendar" is now published by Authorhouse, Indianapolis as a print-on-demand, and was assigned a copyright in "The Library of Congress" the same year 2001.

Besides I still own an homepage on the internet, which has been seen, all over the world, by nearly 500.000 visitors since 1998, however my email account indeed not reflect this reality.
Well, I still watch my opportunity for getting a normal recognition of my calendrical solution.

*p.t. Cambridge, 27/2/88. Kære Ole Hagen. Mange tak for tilsendelsen af dit trykte arbejde om Faistosskiven! Det glæder mig for dig, at det blev færdigt, og jeg håber at dine ideer kan føre videre. Vigtigst er det vel, at emnet har appeleret til din nysgerrighed og moret dig. Jeg har selv en svaghed for det detektiviske, men er med årerne blevet mere og mere optaget af bestræbelsen på at "bevise" mine ideer, såvidt som det kan lade sig gøre. Med venlig hilsen og de bedste ønsker for dit videre arbejde. fra Kristian Jeppesen.
* The name of their editors? Now let me guess: Skink & Sfalx :´)


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