My Grandfather, Hugh Auchincloss Brown Sr., was born in 1878 and
graduated from Columbia University in the Spring of 1900.
Granddad came out to our house in Glen Cove, N.Y. every Sunday while I was growing up.
I fondly remember playing cards and one-o-cat with him (a modified form of catch
and base running) when I was ten and he was seventy-seven!
He would regale my sister and I with stories of his childhood.
Once as a tyke he fell down in a Washington DC train station and
was picked up by U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes. Modern folks
might be amused to hear his tales of hiking and camping in the "wilds"
of Scarsdale, NY.
Granddad played college baseball for Columbia University, including
their annual exhibition games against the New York Giants.
Sixty years later, Grandad still loved to tell the tale of the
times he got a hit off Giant's ace pitcher Amos Russie who was a big
star in the 1890's. The Giants were New York's National League team
from the late 1800's until the mid 1950's when they moved to San Francisco.
Granddad always dressed in a suit, walked and sat with a
straight posture, and was a wonderful conversationalist. He drove his
car into his nineties and walked a mile every day until his death in 1975.
His two sons have passed away, but he has three grandsons and two
granddaughters still living.
To the best of my knowledge, Granddad paid to have the book published.
Hugh Auchincloss Brown III (July 2003)
The fictional character Herbert Alan Boardman (HAB in The HAB Theory)
is based on a real life HAB: Hugh Auchincloss Brown and the
theories presented in Brown's non fiction book Cataclysms Of The Earth.
Even if you loved The HAB Theory,by Allan W. Eckert, you may still find
Cataclysms Of The Earth tough reading.
Allan W. Eckert told me that he wrote The HAB Theory, to use
fiction as a vehicle to bring public awareness to the ideas of Brown, and others including
Charles H. Hapgood.
(Path of the Poles, Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings)
Lest you think these were all crackpots, one famous name that endorsed
these theories was none other than Albert Einstein.
In 2003, Hugh Auchincloss Brown-III, grandson of the author of
Cataclysms of The Earth, contacted me and we have been
having some lovely conversations about his grandfather. I
hope to post more soon, but a mini-bio now appears on this
page under Brown's photograph at right.
Eckert and Brown share grave concerns that intense specialization in various
scientific fields creates a dangerous scientific tunnel vision.
Few scientists, they suggest, seem to grasp any larger pictures,
or permit themselves to look at evidence developed in other fields.
Brown's writing style is from another time, and probably wasn't all
that good even then. He tends to write his opinions as statements
of fact, rather than the current form of stating his conclusions as
his own opinions. Perhaps you can forgive an old man those
transgressions of writing style, by remembering that he did
believe that everything he wrote was fact.
In a world crowded with crackpot ideas and theories; you might even be
tempted to stop reading the first time Brown's statements
conflict with your current understanding of Physics, Geology,
Paleontology, or other physical sciences. I suggest that you not stop there
and try to finish reading it, even if you have to skim. Say you
don't accept half of the ideas Brown presents, that leaves a
big batch of serious questions that may continue to tantalize you .
Hugh Auchincloss Brown had a long and distinguished career as
an engineer, inventor and businessman. He spent most of his life
searching for scientific evidence that would prove this theory wrong.
Everything he found reinforced it.
Hugh Auchincloss Brown was 91 when this book was published.