Testimonial from John Scalise
I am one of the people who pre-purchased a DVD and made a loan to you for the production of "Heart of the Beholder." When you made your original pitch I was very skeptical, but the amount of money to purchase a DVD was small so I did it. When you were not able to raise the money in this way I was pleased that the money I had sent was returned promptly.
When you then asked for loans, I publicized your request far and wide-I am the president of the Great Lakes Humanist Society and run several email lists-in an effort to get the movie made. I told people about my first experience with you, but sadly, many were skeptical and felt they might be duped. My wife and I sent you $500. Quite honestly it was a lot of money for us and I was half expecting to never see it again. I was particularly skeptical of your promised return on investment. If I remember correctly it was something like 25% per year.
I sent the money because I felt if freethinkers did not stand together on a project like this, we would never get our views out to the general public. I followed with interest the ups and downs of production, and when your ran into distribution problems I figured my investment was lost. Then, you sent an email saying that the repayment checks were in the mail. Within the week I received my check for more than $800, a return rate of 64.84%!
You have kept your word despite your own personal struggles making this film. Your integrity is impeccable. Thank you for allowing my wife and I to be a part of the effort.