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708 (Special Edition)||Listen to the show!|
|Aired on May 6th, 2007|
|Guest: Walt Anderson|
|Walter Anderson was our special guest for this one hour interview today. Walt was with us from the Washington, DC jail where he has pleaded guilty to tax charges brought against him by the U.S. Government. He is awaiting transfer to a federal prison where he will serve out the remainder of his term. Walt called The Space Show in three 15 minute segment calls. You will hear background noise from the jail as he is using a public phone. Also, his calls are timed to 15 minutes and you will hear the notice of the remaining time left for each call, then the call is simply cut off. Here in Walt's own words the history of his investigation, events leading up to the arrest, why be believes he was arrested and "targeted," here what he has to say about his guilt/innocence and political statements. He discusses his treatment in jail, the details of his plea agreement and much more. This discussion last just shy of one hour. It is mostly Walt talking about his situation though I did ask specific questions and I did guide the conversation to a point. It is not possible to email or contact Walt with your comments or questions but you can read about his case and review all the court documents and more at the site, Justice For Walt (www.justiceforwalt.com. Depending on Walt's new location and its rules for phone calls and interviews, Walt may be with again for more on his situation. While these calls are recorded, they are not live but if you do have a comment or question for Walt,. please email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and if additional interviews with him can be held, I will be sure to ask him your question or give him your comment. The bio being used for Walt with this interview is the file bio from the last time Walt was a guest on The Space Show, about 14 months before his arrest, thus the bio is not current.|
|About our guest...|
Walt Anderson is a noted space commerce financier and businessman. In September of 2007, NewScientist identified the 10 individuals who they believed had had the greatest influence in the development of outer space. Also on this list: Arthur C. Clark; James Webb; and, Sergei Korolev. Walt Anderson was an Associate Founder of the International Space University and ISU's largest individual financial contributor in its first 5 years of operations, and he worked closely with the International Space University's 1st - 2nd presidents to help establish the organization as a premier graduate level educational institution, with a permanent campus in Strasburg, France. Mr. Anderson also Founded FINDS ("Foundation for the International Nongovernmental Development of Space"), FINDS funded a electro-dynamic tether project designed to allow low earth orbit space stations to maintain station keeping using solar power and the earths magnetic field. This technology would have allowed the International Space Station and the MIR Space Station (if it still existed) to reduce amount of fuel in re-supply payloads and allow for more efficient operation. Mr. Anderson has also provided significant financial support to the Space Frontier Foundation and has served on their Board of Directors. Walt Anderson made early investments in commercial launch companies. While these early efforts were not always successful, they paved the way for future commercial space opportunities. He was the founding Chairman of Micro Satellite Launch Corporation, and invested in American Rocket, Rotary Rocket, Space launch Corporation, and XCOR. Mr. Anderson was a Founder of Orbital Recovery Corporation which developed a method for on orbit service which extended the life of communications satellites. Mr. Anderson has been a leader in the competitive telecom industry in the United States, Europe and Asia. In the United States he founded Mid Atlantic telecom, co founded Telco Communication Group, Inc. (TCGX-NASDAQ), and was a major investor and Director of Erol's Internet. He was the Chairman of World X Change prior to it's merger with World Access in 2001 (WAXS-NASDAQ). In Europe, Walt Anderson founded Esprit Telecom in 1992. He was the Chairman and President of Esprit until shortly before it merged with GTS in 1999. Esprit Telecom competed against the giant monopoly telecom operators in the European Union. Esprit established network operations in 8 countries and served the entire European Union and EFTA region. In Asia, Walt Anderson served on the Board of Directors of Asia Access Telecom. Asia Access was purchased by KDD one of the worlds largest telecom operators, and was merger with KDD International which now carries over 700 million minutes of voice traffic each month for the worlds largest telecom carriers. You can learn more about Walt from his LinkedIn page: "Walt Anderson, Director at Foundation for the Nongovernmental Development of Space (FINDS)."
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