The Latest In The Great Quadro Drama....

James Randi --- Wizard (randi-hotline@ssr.com)
Mon, 15 Jan 1996 20:23:46 -0500

I've received a response from one of the persons to whom we offered
the $500,000 prize vis-a-vis the Quadro QRS 250G Tacker device. This
is Interquest Group, Inc., of Texas and California, a reputable and
well-known company who train dogs for use in Contraband detection.
Their former "endorsement" of the device, as printed in the Quadro
publicity material, quoted Vice President Michael Ferdinand as saying:

"Using the Quadro as a stand-alone unit
certainly locates the drugs..."
and

"Since I discovered the Quadro unit, I have
introduced it into my K-9 teams with great
effect. In fact, I am now helping schools to
acquire their own units..."

But after Interquest personnel attended the mandatory training session
in Harleyville, S.C., and had the device examined by Southwest
Research Institute (SRI) in San Antonio, Texas, the tune changed.
Says Ferdinand now:

"We, too, fell victims to the hustle of the
`Quadro Tracker'.... we now recognize that
the entire training mission was staged....
based upon the conclusions of [the SRI]
report and our inability to achieve any form
of consistent results with the product, we
disassociated our company from the Quadro
Corporation. At present, we remain some
$10,000 in the hole as a result of our
encounter with the Quadro Corporation as
well as sustaining a certain degree of
damage to our otherwise flawless reputation...."

The SRI lab report stated it's conclusion that:

"the tracker is not functional and the operating
principle suggested by the manufacturer is
scientifically highly questionable at the very
least. Both analyses support the suspicion
that the tracker is a fake device."

SRI tested the two "Training Samples" sold to Interquest with the
Quadro, and found nothing inside but "epoxied scrambled dead ants."
This led them to add to their report that "we think the tracker is a
fake device."

It remains to see whether Interquest will take action to get their
$10,000 investment refunded by Quadro.

In closing, Michael Ferdinand of Interquest mentions that his company
"may be interested in further augmenting" the 2000 Club prize....!

Wars are won with a series of small victories. We won this small
victory. Onwards....

James Randi.

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