Las Vegas—Writer Martin Hazel has a very impressive list of people he’s interviewed over the years. From comedians to authors to actors to politicians, he’s met and spoken to people from all over the world in every industry.
But the interview that would possibly have been the greatest of his career apparently isn’t going to happen. At least, not yet.
Hazel had been in contact with a man named John Titor beginning in late 2001 and into the spring of 2002. Titor gained notoriety in chat rooms and internet circles around 2000 as a purported time traveling soldier sent from the future to retrieve a computer from the 1970s that contained vital information needed in his time. He said he had a working time machine, but was hanging around at the end of the 20th century and beginning of the 21st century for personal reasons.
Hazel said he made contact with Titor via e-mail, and the two exchanged several e-mails over the course of about six months. “He was always very reluctant to answer too many of my questions, but eventually, he agreed to do a sit down interview,” Hazel said. “But he said it would have to wait a few years, until he was back in our time. I still have a copy of the e-mail.”
Hazel said Titor agreed to meet him for an interview on July 3rd, 2011 at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas. Hazel said Titor told him he’d have a room, under his own name, and that Hazel could come up and they’d do the interview. But much to Hazel’s dismay, Titor wasn’t there.
“The hotel said they’d never heard of him,” Hazel said. “I couldn’t believe he didn’t show.”
Hazel said he spent the entire July 4th weekend in Las Vegas and called every hotel in town, and kept hanging around the Luxor hoping Titor would show up.
“Nothing,” Hazel said. “I can only think he got delayed somehow. I hope he’s all right.”
Hazel said he would think he’d get an e-mail from Titor, but e-mail can’t be sent back in time from the future. He said that’s why he hasn’t heard from Titor since he agreed to the interview back in 2002. “I knew I should have pushed harder (for the interview) back then,” Hazel said. “Now I’ve wasted all this time, and avoided making plans so I’d be available to meet him. I even postponed my fifth wedding for this interview. Live and learn, I guess. Damn.”