et cum locuta fuissent septem tonitrua, scripturas eram: et audivi vocem de caelo dicentem: signa quae locuta sunt septem tonitrua; et noli ea scribere. (Revelation 10: 4)
John of Patmos was going to write down what the seven thunders (septem tonitrua) had said, but a voice from above told him to seal up what the seven thunders had said.
Early in the 1970s, author Clifford Irving claimed to have interviewed several times the reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes. A book was scheduled to be published by McGraw-Hill for which Clifford Irving would receive a sizeable advance payment. The marketing machinery had begun to herald the forthcoming book, when the whole thing came crashing down: a supposed Howard Hughes spoke via speaker-phone with seven “news” fakers in a conference call. “Hughes” denounced both Clifford Irving and his book. The book was hastily pulled from publication. The alleged autobiography of Howard Hughes was later published in Santa Fe in a private edition in 1999, and went out of print, but, in March 2008, John Blake Publishing, a British company, issued Howard Hughes: The Autobiography.
What may be the truer story of the Clifford Irving book is laid out in something called “The Gemstone Files.” Clifford Irving, author of a previous book called Hoax, became interested in Howard Hughes. Irving contacted the so-called “Mormon Mafia” who guarded (or imprisoned) Howard Hughes. One of these “Mormon Mafia” (name given as “Merryman”) gave Irving an already-written insider biography of Hughes. This secret biography purportedly contained hidden, suppressed details about Howard Hughes and his life. Irving allegedly used this secret biography to write his book, and camouflaged things by saying he had interviewed Hughes when he had not.
In his book first published in 1994, Gerald A. Carroll provided the results of his own research into “The Gemstone Files.” In Project Seek, Carroll managed to independently corroborate some of the information given by Bruce Roberts, the mysterious source of “The Gemstone Files.” Carroll casts doubt on whether the Clifford Irving book on Howard Hughes was indeed a fake, as some say it was. Carroll surmised that Irving’s book may have “carried hints of [Howard] Hughes’ background which elements of organized crime and the U.S. intelligence community wanted squelched, at least for the time being.”
What did “the thunder” (Gemstone Files) say which could not openly be written down? “Which brings us to 1975. [Gerald] Ford, [Henry] Kissinger and [Nelson] Rockefeller were squatting like toads on the corpse of America.”
Also speculating on what the thunder (septem tonitrua) said was the poet T.S. Eliot. The final section of T.S. Eliot’s poem, The Wasteland (1922), carries this heading: “What The Thunder Said.” There must be a connection between John of Patmos being told not to write down what the seven thunders said and the T.S. Eliot heading, “What The Thunder Said.” Eliot seems to guess the sealed information divined in part that, “Here is no water but only rock, Rock and no water and the sandy road.” The thunders speak, and yet there is no rain.