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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
BRYSON CITY DIVISION
In the Matter of
WILLIAM C. HAMMEL, |
ALAN J. BELLAMENTE, |
et al., | AFFIRMATION OF
Plaintiffs | WILLIAM C. HAMMEL
| No. 2:99:CV-44-T
STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE |
INSURANCE CO., |
STATE FARM INDEMNITY COMPANY, |
et al. |
AFFIRMATION OF WILLIAM C. HAMMEL
William C. Hammel, being duly sworn, declares and deposes:
1. I am an adult over the age of 18, and am a party to this
action. I have personal knowledge of all of the following
and if called upon to testify upon the truth of thereof
2. I was born on December 4, 1944 in New York City.
3. According to family mythology, I spoke and read at a
very early age.
4. By the age of eight years, which I do remember, I had an
English vocabulary beyond the average adult of my
5. About that time, I discovered music and studied piano.
6. Later, having studied musical composition with men
whom the musical world considers brilliant, Stefan Wolpe
and Raoul Pleskow, I had become an accomplished composer,
respected by both men, had my music performed, commissioned,
broadcast and recorded. On September 16, 1994, I was still
a member of the American Society of Authors, Composers and
7. Since my dealings with State Farm Indemnity Co. over the
MVA of September 16, 1994, I have no idea whether I am still
a member of ASCAP.
8. As a young teenager I discovered medicine as an area of
scientific study that I could understand grossly since
it did not require the mathematical skills of deeper
sciences. My love of it as a science constantly showing
more and more connections between that which was previously
thought separate has continued to this day, even though my
academic work eventually took me through other paths than
being a physician.
9. At the same time that I discovered medicine, I discovered
astronomy which I also studied by myself. My parents,
fortunately, were indulgent in buying books for me. I still
have the telescope bought for me in my teenage independent
study of astronomy, of astrophotography and the chemistry
of photography and optics.
10. During those years, I discovered, by attempts at lens grinding,
that my talents were not very good at being an optician,
nor was I a very good carpenter, nor did I have a good singing
voice, and that, generally, talents have limits.
11. During those years also, I was exposed to and lived in a
community where it was usual for anyone to speak as many
as six languages, and so developed an ear, assisted through
music, and a love of languages, particularly as they never
seem to translate one to another properly. That, later
resulted in my, again independent, study of linguistics,
subsequently connecting that with the theory of formal
languages, computer languages, music and mathematics.
12. During my High School years, since it was not available
as taught language, I learned Russian independently,
while formally learning Spanish and German.
13. During my High School years, in my sophomore year, I
was finally introduced to real mathematics in Euclidean
Plane Geometry. It was at that time my great love.
With that small mental explosion, I became interested
in how my particular mind worked, and so began a study
of psychology and eventually psychiatry. I know now a
good deal about how my mind works, what it can do and what
is not within my abilities, and have no intention of
attempting to explain that here, as I still have much
14. In my college years I majored in first physics, but
discovered that as I was simply not good at carpentry
or lense grinding, I was also not good in a laboratory.
Since I had also exhausted the undergraduate mathematics
courses, I switched majors in my Senior year and graduated
with a mathematics BA and minors in physics, philosophy,
comparative languages (since I had taken French, German
and Russian), and music.
15. With the help of one of the younger professors of physics
I studied quantum theory as an undergraduate.
16. As an undergraduate, I developed an extension of differential
calculus that was unknown to my professors and deemed useless.
Later, I found that a great mathematician, Bernhard Riemann,
had already done it in the 1850's, and to my chagrin, more
generally. The paper was then apparently only available in
17. As an undergraduate, I settled on "my problem" in physics,
to which the rest of life would be devoted: the reconciliation
of quantum theory with general relativity. It is
a great problem of physics that has existed since 1915,
and has still not been solved.
18. As a Senior I took graduate courses in physics, mathematics
19. I continued taking courses in these previous three subjects
while I earned an MS in mathematics.
20. During my undergraduate and graduate studies, I worked to
pay my tuition.
21. Thereafter, I chose to study for my PhD at the University
of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (UWM) (1986) since it was possible
there to specialize immediately in either experimental or
theoretical physics. I took to theoretical physics, and
augmented my studies in the mathematics department.
22. While at UWM, I was the first, and as far as I know only,
graduate student who was ever assigned to teach an upper
level undergraduate course on solid state physics, and
also given the full responsibility of teaching a large
lecture class on introductory physics.
23. While at UWM, in consort with a then postdoctoral student,
Stephen A. Fulling, now, full professor of mathematics at
Texas A&M, we organized a "Lyceum on Mathematical Physics"
to try to create more of an interaction between the Depts.
of mathematics and physics. Stephen gave the first lecture,
I gave the second.
24. While at UWM, my studies ranged over all the theoretical
specialties of physics, culminating in a thesis that was
connected to "my problem" adopted long ago. The formidable
mathematics belies its crudeness. After that, I resolved
to look for other possibilities by seeking deeper into
the essentials of relativity and quantum theory.
25. As a product of my thesis, three professional papers
were published, two in Il Nuovo Cimento, one in the
Journal of Mathematical Physics.
26. My last years at UWM were paid for by a University
Scholarship, a decision of the graduate faculty of physics.
27. Shortly after my PhD (1974), my mother died and left me enough
money to live pursuing my goals in music and science,
physics and mathematics in particular. The conferral of a
PhD is not just another academic degree, though it is the
highest. It is a judgement by a body of experts, the graduate
faculty, that the conferee knows the subject in which the degree
has been conferred, is capable of independent thought and study,
and that he has also made a significant contribution to
the field in question, thus demonstrating his independent
28. My mother's deeply disturbing death occurred while I was
visiting associate professor of physics at UW-Parkside.
29. While in Milwaukee, several pieces of my music were
performed under the auspices of the Music Dept. of UWM
and Dr. John Downey of that department.
30. While in Milwaukee, several pieces of my music were
performed by organist John Weissrock, and recorded on the
31. While in Milwaukee, I was commissioned by the Green Bay
Symphony Orchestra for the Bicentennial. The commissioned
piece, a concerto for orchestra, was performed at the
orchestra's Bicentennial Concert.
32. While living in Milwaukee, my "Variations for Strings
and Tympani" was premiered by the Dayton Symphony Orchestra,
and later broadcast.
33. While in Milwaukee, I also studied Gross Anatomy and
and muscle physiology as a foundation for beginning a
weight training program, which continued with only minor
interruptions up to September 16, 1994.
34. After moving to Teaneck New Jersey in 1979, I did some small
work with Prof. Yemini at Columbia on the statistical mechanics
of large computer networks.
35. Shortly thereafter, I found myself doing research in Molecular
Biology at Columbia University with Prof. Cyrus Leventhal,
concerning the relationships between molecular geometry and
biological activity, leading to my interest in the fundamental
protein folding problem.
36. The work in molecular biology was assisted by my previous
independent studies, but required a closer look and study
of biochemistry and the electrical properties of cell
membranes. All of this connected with previous studies
of various branches of medicine.
37. The work in molecular biology required learning the UNIX
operating system for computers, and then C language.
38. Next door to the "theoretical molecular biology lab" were
people doing work in molecular neurology, which was, an
already fascinating interest, leading to discussion and
further study connected with the molecular biology projects
on which I was working.
39. During my time working in molecular biology, I found that
my developed skills and knowledge in UNIX and C programming
were valuable, and I took advantage of that, as a way of
earning money so that I might have more time to
continue working on my research in theoretical physics,
and musical composition, activities which had never ceased
since their inception.
40. I worked as a computer consultant, teaching public and private
courses on UNIX and C, one, a full week course at the FCC in
Washington D.C. on UNIX.
41. At about this time my neighbor Mr. Martin Kalman, an attorney
in personal injury law, asked me if I could develop a computer
system for a case database from which legal documents could be
produced. I said yes, and spent three years designing and
and coding the 40,000 lines of code for that. To my knowledge
that system is still functioning in the offices of two
New York law firms. My long time friend and business
associate Alan Bellamente was associated with this enterprise.
42. Years later Mr. Bellamente became interested in the video
retail business, and asked me if I would be interested in
joining him and another associate in the business. I said
yes, and I wrote and maintained the software for that business.
43. At the time of 1994 MVA, I owned this business as a d/b/a,
did consulting and maintainence of my commercial programs
under Lex*Data, was making considerable progress with my
physics research, composing music, practicing piano, and
maintaining an exercise program of weight training and
cardiovascular work, while still keeping up with developments
in all my other accumulated fields of mathematics molecular
biology, computer science, medicine, astrophysics and
44. Now, all of that is gone. The continuity of
of knowledge acquisition has been irreparably broken, my
once muscular body has become mass of atrophied muscles,
that spasm at the slightest overuse, leaving me completely
unable to care for myself, unable to return to any of my
prior activities and unable to be productive in any way
without considerable help from others.
45. I know enough about the specifics of my condition to say
three things: (1) given the proper help and environment,
which due to its expense, is beyond what can be available
to me, I can regain some of the muscular strength that
has been lost. (2) the unbearable pain that can be made
bearable through medications and other facilities which
are economically unavailable, will never get any better.
(3) Without the proper help and environment, my body and
mind will continue it's steady and rapid decline to the
point of death from some secondary cause.
William C. Hammel
A-11 Moose Branch Road,
Sweetwater Apartments 1A,
Robbinsville, NC 28771
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