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Steven Rado (1920-2012)

Steven (Istvan) Rado was born on February 25th , 1920 in Budapest, Hungary to a Jewish father, Rado Istvan and Catholic mother, Misik Maria. In 1939, less than a year after graduating from Zrinyi Miklos' real-gymnasium, Istvan Jr. or Ocsi, and his older brother Laszlo, were drafted by the Hungarian army. In the same year, forced by Nazi Germany, Hungary declared war on the United States and transferred all Jewish and half-jewish soldiers into army-controlled labor camps. The Rado’s shortly escaped from the camp and as deserters, had to go underground. Ocsi joined the Hungarian Liberation Movement. His graphical, mechanical, and literary skills enabled him to strengthen the movement. He created and developed a complete document forging laboratory. He helped hundreds of Jewish and non-jewish refugees and deserters escape persecution and live in freedom.

Surviving World War II against all odds, in 1945 Istvan found himself in a liberated democratic Hungary. He married his childhood sweetheart Lenke Molnar and worked as a journalist, play write and commercial artist for MGM, Budapest. His political and philosophical essays appeared in leading newspapers and magazines. His revolutionary play, 'The Duel' was honored by the Hungarian National Drama Society. During this same period Steve also became an accomplished pianist in a very untraditional way; he enjoyed deconstructing the fingering of some incredibly complex classical piano pieces and learning them by ear, for example, Szinding's Rustle of Spring and other well known piano pieces by Liszt and Rachmaninoff.

Freedom quickly ended for Hungary in 1948. Backed by the Russian army a Communist dictatorship took over the government of ‘Magyar Orszag.’ His refusal to join the party and re-write his plays to reflect Communist propaganda resulted in two of Rado’s theatre productions being shut down by the ruling powers and Rado was black listed as a playwright and author. At that point he took up hand-weaving and became a power-loom mechanic to make a living. He continued to write a secret journal; essays on 'The inherent contradictions in the theories of Marxism and Communism. Somehow, the Communist Police were informed about his writings and only the last minute burning of the manuscript saved him. Without proof he only had to survive four months in jail.

In the 1950s in Budapest, Istvan worked in a home-labor association making special textile products for state export, and once again joined the new underground liberation movement, this time against the Russian occupation. In 1956, during the short lived days of the victorious Hungarian Revolution, he wrote, designed, printed and organized the distribution of the 'Liberation Daily' in the form of thousands of silk-screened posters and leaflets which his wife Lenke and 7 year old son Adam helped distribute on the embattled the streets of Pest. This flyer was the only source of reliable information for the freedom fighters and counteracted the lies of the Communist controlled radio broadcasts. On November 4th, 1956, thousands of additional Russian tanks flooded the country, ending the revolution and killing thousands of revolutionaries. Under Rado Istvan’s leadership, two truckloads of Hungarian freedom fighters and their families left Budapest as ‘well documented’ communist functionaries with official instructions to the local officials securing them passage out of Pest toward the Austrian border. After a long suspenseful truck ride to a village near the border and after many more kilometers of walking and crawling through dark fields and forest, 35 men, women and children crossed The Bridge of Freedom over the EinserKanal on the 15th of November at 4:15 AM, to the free land of Austria. Miraculously, with the help of many generous charity groups, Steven, Lenke and Adam Rado flew in WWII prop passenger plane from Vienna, to Scotland to Iceland and finally arrived at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey, USA on December 11, 1956. Six years later Steven proudly became a U.S. citizen.

After a brief stay in New York, working for MGM as a commercial artist, Steven and family moved to Los Angeles, where he began his own textile business on a handloom in his garage while working as a commercial artist. After more than a decade of hard creative work using his textile knowledge and designing talent Rado managed to establish a high fashion line of ladies coats, where from yarn on, he created the fabric, style and finished garments. Thus was born Rado’s company, Loomart, the epitome of the American Dream; from anti-communist freedom fighter to refugee to entrepenuerial American capitalist.

Steven's business success allowed him to reflect back on his political struggles and philosophies in the context of his entrepeneurial achievements. He became convinced that the gradual moral liberation of all of the people was a direct function of the evolution of technology and modern industry. Therefore, the future of mankind depended on the clear rational understanding of science and our universe. This he felt would eventually lead to the development of a benevolent technocratic meritocracy. In this respect, he wanted to liberate humanity by democratizing what he believed was the foundation of science, theoretical physics. Rado, the ultimate rationalist, thus became determined to remove the shackles of obtuse theories couched in political and mathematical mysticism visited upon physics through the ages by simply explaining the functions and manifestations of the Universe through basic logic and common sense.

Steven was also quite athletic, swimming, skiing , skating and of course his first love, playing soccer. 1976 at age of 56 Steven and Adam formed a co-ed soccer club with the Considine family and friends. Istvan continued to play at least once a week with various incarnations of this group for more than 20 years.

During this period Rado spent every minute of his free time researching, discussing , initially writing by hand in a 3 ring binder, his alternate solutions to the conceptually unresolved problems of physics, all based on the concepts of 17th century philosopher/mathmatician Rene Descartes’ “all pervasive aether vortex”; Over the years, with a little mathematical, computer and linguistic support from his son and a great deal of tutoring and Socratic interaction with UCLA physics graduate student, Gene Lau and physics initiate and theosophist Paul Fontana, Steven combined his knowledge, literary and graphic skills to author and illustrate his book Aethro-kinematics. In 1994 Steven Rado self published his book Aethro-kinematics- The reinstatement of common sense ' on Amazon.com. 530 pages, 140 illustration, also available in CD format. With Fontana’s help he created a companion website: Aethro-kinematics.com with abstracts on clarifying the most enigmatic issue in physics. After Lenke died, Steve found and married his true soul-mate in Rochelle Ades whose undying love, designing talent, business skills and unfaltering support and loving family enabled Rado to research and write his second and more important book, Aethro-dynamics.

Although Steven was the ultimate rationalist and pragmatist he was also incredibly romantic. He often went dancing with Rochelle and wrote her several beautiful songs including “Oh My Darling.” After retiring and fifteen years of further study and research Rado completed his liberation of theoretical physics by presenting a definitive final conceptual foundation for understanding of the Universe through common sense; Aethro-dynamics. In this respect, Steven Rado's freedom fighter life cycle has been completed with this revolutionary 1st small step toward democratizing science and society and thus taking a giant leap toward achieving his goal of becoming the Father of Common Sense Physics.

 

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