On December 4, 2007, the Monadnock 9/11 Truth Alliance awarded a $ 500 Prize to Richard Bennett of Winchester, the winner of our Essay Contest Why the Towers Collapsed. Michael Turino of Hancock received an Honorable Mention. Altogether, about a dozen submissions were received.
Richard Bennett is an embedded software engineer living in Winchester, NH, with his wife and five children. One of his sons is serving in the U.S. Navy. Richard spent ten years in the U.S. Army and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal.
The contest, announced in New Hampshire newspapers early September, had as its submission deadline November 1. Entrants were encouraged to consider both the official theory of gravitational collapse and alternate theories advanced by 9/11 critics. The Essay Contest Committee included John Wyndham, physicist, Jack Meagher, engineer, and Gerhard Bedding, science writer and teacher.
The Monadnock 9/11 Truth Alliance exists to advance the search for truth with respect to the horrific events that took place on that day. The Alliance's essay contest on the destruction of the WTC towers fits into this framework. In awarding a prize, the value of the scientific facts and arguments presented in the winning essay are recognized. However, the Alliance does NOT imply that the winning essay contains THE TRUTH, nor does it endorse all the evidence, calculations, and reasoning presented. In short, the winning essay is considered to be a valuable contribution toward finding the truth.
In reaching their decision, the Contest Committee took the following into account:
. Focus on the subject and degree of organization
. Depth of presentation, including graphics
. Presence of little known facts or new evidence for research
. Discussion of both the gravitational collapse and demolition theories
. Conclusions drawn from the evidence
On all these counts, the 19-page submission by Richard Bennett stood out clearly as the winner.