Michael Kobrin is not only a member of the Scientology cult, he's one of their Executive Planetary Disseminators. Moreover, he's the husband of Helena K. Kobrin, infamous Scientology attack lawyer and official Usenet Kook of the Month for August, 1995. This is yet another tie between ATG and Scientology.
ATG Media, Inc. FAX MEMORANDUM Priority Level: 1 3=low (handle normally) 2=high (handle w/in 24 hrs) 1=immediate (do it now) Confidentiality Level: C c=none (normal) b=sensitive (be discreet) a=confidential (private) Date: August 4, 1997 To: Brendan Haggerty - Top Marketing From: Mike Kobrin Copy: John Collins, Harold Rapp Subject: Past Due Balance Communication: Dear Mr. Haggerty: Attached is a copy of the statement which was sent to Top Marketing on July 31, 1997. As you can see, there is a past due balance of $23,795.76. This dates as far back as June 26. I assume that there was no problem with the products which we shipped, or we would have known about this by now. Therefore I expect to hear from you, and to receive payment, upon your receipt of this communication. Sincerely, Michael Kobrin President
ATG Media, Inc. FAX MEMORANDUM Priority Level: 1 3=low (handle normally) 2=high (handle w/in 24 hrs) 1=immediate (do it now) Confidentiality Level: C c=none (normal) b=sensitive (be discreet) a=confidential (private) Date: August 7, 1997 To: Brendan Haggerty - Top Marketing From: Mike Kobrin Copy: John Collins, Harold Rapp Subject: Past Due Balance - 2nd Notice Communication: Dear Mr. Haggerty: I have not received any response from you to my fax memorandum of August 4, 1997. There has been no agreement between Top Marketing and ATG Media, Inc. which provides for the extention of payment for goods beyond the 30 day term stated on the invoice. Therefore, I must demand that you remit payment in full immediately. The total amount due is $23,795.76. Please call upon your receipt of this memorandum in order to confirm that your check has been sent. And please do not simply ignore this communication. If there is some kind of problem which is preventing you from making payment then call to discuss it with me. I am sure that you know that simply ignoring my communication will not cause the situation to go away. Sincerely, Michael Kobrin President
FINAL FRONTIER space * science * astronomy John Collins, C.E.O Michael Kobrin, President August 15, 1997 TradeNet Tools 537 Douglas Avenue, #1 Dunedin, FL 34698 Attn: Eve Witter Dear Eve: When we spoke last week you asked that I allow you a week to get our payment handled. I agreed to this. That week has now passed. I have called you several times this week and have been unable to reach you. As I have not heard from you, and as payment has not been made, the instruction issued in John Dab's letter of August 8, 1997 is here re-stated: You are to immediately cease selling ATG Media, Inc. products. Additionally, you are to return all products and all masters to ATG Media, Inc. immediately. The product to be returned includes 6,000 each THE FORCE videos, 300 each THE FORCE hats and our display case, promotional literature and banners. After return of the product you still owe ATG Media, Inc. shipping charges of $1,696.76 and Bob Sikorsky's speaker fee of $500.00, for a total of $2,196.76. I will be in the office today until approximately 2:30 PM Pacific Time, should you wish to call me. Sincerely, Michael Kobrin President cc: John Collins Harold Rapp John Dab
Commentary by Mark Dallara:
Now, the car buffs in the readership may recognize Bob Sikorsky's name. He's a car expert, and writes columns for newspapers (syndicated?). He gave ATEG's automotive product, The Force, rave reviews. The Force is supposedly based on "IE crystal" technology, and TradeNet was banned from selling it in Oregon, just as they were banned from selling the laundry balls, the second generation of which were also supposedly based on (you guessed it!) IE crystals.
The problem is that Sikorsky's book, "Drive It Forever", is distributed by ATG Media, the wholly-owned subsidiary of the company whose product he's touting. And apparently he also got speaker fees. Hmmmmmmmmm.
FINAL FRONTIER space * science * astronomy John Collins, C.E.O. Michael Kobrin, President August 18, 1997 TradeNet Tools 537 Douglas Avenue, #1 Dunedin, FL 34698 Attn: Eve Witter Dear Eve: I have received no response to the letter which I faxed to you on August 15, 1997. I cannot fathom why you have not called me. I am trying to prevent this matter from becoming a major problem for both companies, but I cannot succeed in that regard if I cannot get communication returned by you. I implore you to call me so that we can bring this matter to a proper conclusion. I will be out of the office Tuesday morning, but should be here by 1:00 PM PDT (4:00 PM EDT). Sincerely, Michael Kobrin President cc: John Collins Harold Rapp John Dab
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Mark Dallara) Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology Subject: Re: Death and taxes: CST, Citizens for an Alternate Tax System, Snow White and Lisa McPherson Date: Fri, 15 May 1998 02:00:42 GMT Organization: http://extra.newsguy.com Message-ID: <email@example.com> Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote: >In article <199805140735.JAA13439@basement.replay.com>, nobody@REPLAY.COM >(Anonymous) wrote: *snip* >To the Mitchell crew: a fun idea for discovery: why not depose some current >CATS officials who are also scientologists, and ask them if their anti-tax >positions have resulted in similiar 'public bulletins' being issued? > >After all, if CST is claiming that this is legitimate, protected political >commentary, wouldn't it be interesting to know how many other >scientologist/tax reform advocates have been similarly smeared? > >Some suggestions for folks who might prove fascinating on the witness stand: > >Victor Krohn, currently "National Chairman", formerly president and director >in the pre-1993 CATS > >Steve Hayes, currently President and head of the Los Angeles chapter, formerly >VP and director > >Brendan Haggerty, co-head of the Clearwater chapter, formerly >Secretary-Treasurer and director This is the 2nd time I've seen Haggerty's name - Mike Kobrin (Prez of ATG Media) sent two faxes to Haggerty at Erwin Annau's company, Top Marketing, complaining about failure to pay for product. Dontcha just love how the same names seem to keep popping up in this nonsense? -- Mark Dallara ATG exposed: email@example.com www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/ATG www2.kcii.com/users/dallara/